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August Wahh: “Being emotional isn’t a bad thing if you put it to good use”

On her new EP ‘Vivid’, August Wahh paints a picture of someone “fiending for the old life” – with a little help from new friends

Jun Lopito: “I never considered myself a rock star. I just try to survive”

The famous (and famously elusive) Filipino axeman has released ‘BODHI3NMRK’, his first proper album in 25 years. He tells NME about the crossroads in his long, storied career

Ebe Dancel – ‘Baliktanaw’ review: ex-Sugarfree frontman gives old songs new life

The elder statesman’s voice stands front and centre on the reworks of these beloved songs

IV Of Spades’ Zild Benitez on solo album ‘Homework Machine’: “I put excellence above perfection”

The bassist lost a bit of himself amid Spadesmania. Now, on his solo debut, he fleshes out his own “childlike” vision

Philippines’ Lilystars Records announces monthslong slate of releases

Label head Clem Castro tells NME what the roster has planned, starting with a new Orange & Lemons single out today

‘Mulat’ filmmaker Maria Diane Ventura: “Who would’ve thought an immigrant woman could have her films distributed globally?”

The Filipino director on her debut feature, toxic relationships and how streaming has levelled the playing field

Rico Blanco: “I can’t set the bar low no matter how hard I try, because I’m answerable to myself”

NME meets the former Rivermaya songwriter, who’s in artist emeritus mode and a state of contentment

Seedy And The Years – ‘Downshift’ review: economy is king on indie pop band’s debut EP

The California-and-Manila outfit avoid cookie-cutter monotony over these seven tracks

Former Eraserheads frontman Ely Buendia: “I had a chip on my shoulder for the longest time, and I admit now that it got to...

The man once hell-bent on exorcising the past has now found peace with it – and he’s even got further plans for the Eraserheads’ catalogue

The Itchyworms on new album ‘Waiting For The End To Start’: “It’s not meant to be inspiring or encouraging”

On their fifth studio record, the Filipino band channel COVID-induced personal struggle into an album of sunny pop with a bittersweet edge