Artist Aloud teams up with Indi.com to fly a band to LA
The Indian independent music scene is ready for a global audience. All it requires is a push in the right direction. The music platform Artist Aloud and website Indi.com are giving an opportunity to Indian musicians and bands to take their music to international levels. The winner of this contest, titled LA Calling, will get a chance to meet Grammy-winning musician John Shanks and also be awarded a free distribution deal by Artist Aloud.
Artist Aloud is a platform that promotes musicians and composers who create popular music and help them distribute their original tracks, enabling them to reach out to their fans. “We are looking for an individual, duo or a band that has an original style. We are open to any genre or language,” explains Soumini Sridhara Paul, VP of Artist Aloud. Any band or individual who believes that they can create quality “non-film” music and generate buzz can participate.
John Shanks is an American songwriter, guitarist and music producer who has produced songs for Carlos Santana, Celine Dion, Sting, Hilary Duff, Alanis Morissette and Ashlee Simpson among others. In 2005, he won the Grammy Award for Producer of the Year in the Non-Classical category for his work on various albums that year.
The winner will be selected from a shortlist and mentored by John. It will be an all- expenses-paid trip and they will also get a chance to perform at Hard Rock Cafe in LA.
Indi.com has a strong viral platform and Arist Aloud has access to talent, making for an ideal partnership. “John is a legend in the music world and he has shown that he can guide musicians to fame. I urge everyone to make the best of this challenge, showcase the best of your talent, and compete for the top spot,” sums up Soumini.
— Anagha M
Smoke House Deli pulls out all the stops with its revamped menu
The New Year spells new beginnings. While many a restaurant is trying to whip up new menus, only a few get it right. Smoke House Deli, who have conjured up a menu with 34 new dishes, is one of them. From breakfasts to salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers, risotto, pasta and desserts, it’s an elaborate assortment fit for kings.
At the chef’s table, we were served a selection of their best picks. We started with the Crunchy mozzarella fritters sprinkled with cheese powder. A burst of warm mozzarella cheese accompanied with a medley of spicy, salty and tangy flavours and an interplay of gooey and crunchy textures makes this a sinful dish. Then came the Smoked black pepper chicken. While the chefs had made an earnest effort to smoke the black pepper, the final result fell short because of the oversalted chicken. But the next dish managed to compensate for the chicken. The Panko crusted Kashmiri chilli with cottage cheese on corn flat bread was a delectable assortment of textures, flavours and of course, colours. The panko coating mellowed down the chilli flavour, while the corn and cottage cheese made it worth every bite. The meaty Prawn fritter with spiced mayo concluded the impressive appetiser course.
The Roasted sweet corn-sour cream with truffle oil soup makes for ideal comfort food. The dollop of sour cream and truffle oil helped reduce the sweetness of the corn. Next, the Tomato bocconcini salad with queen olives and pesto vinaigrette is the perfect dish for those who eat healthy.
The Potato gnocchi three cheese sauce roasted vegetables pasta and the Slow-roasted cauliflower mascarpone risotto were rich in flavour and texture. With such a heavy start, we could only manage to take a small bite of the Three-way polenta cake with chickpeas. This dish was basic with nothing much to describe about the taste, though the plating seemed impressive with all those bright reds and greens.
The desserts, as expected were the highlights of the afternoon! An unbelievable torrent of flavours was unleashed on our palates.
From the Milk cake with toasted hazelnuts, Prune crumble tart with dark chocolate tart and Lemon tart with orange mascarpone cream to the White chocolate with lemon molten chocolate cake, each of the desserts were outstanding on their own. But, it was the white chocolate with lemon molten chocolate cake that was top-notch. Just as our spoon sliced through the fondant cake, the molten chocolate infused with lemon gushed out and the sweet aroma wrapped our senses in sinful indulgence. The five-course meal left us with a deep sense of guilt but with food so good, it’s definitely worth every extra calorie!
From February 6. Rs 1500++ for two. At Lavelle Road and Indira Nagar. Details: 40515151
— Ayesha Tabassum
Puma Social Club hosted the Fun Sunday Brunch which was made extra special with some techno tunes by Mumbai-based Dushyant Saraswat aka DJ Saraswat Electric and Neel Sengupta aka DJ Doctor Does. (In picture: Nivedita Jags)
Koramangala Social hosted #getoffline where the topic of demonetisation was discussed by experts in the area. Although it sounds like a serious evening, we trust Social and the young crowd made it a happening event.
The Humming Tree brought down American singer Mike Posner for a gig at the Indira Nagar Club. Fans could not get enough of the singer who is currently sporting an electric green hairdo. Accompanying him were musicians Prateek Kuhad and Charishma.
The 36th Ayaz Peerbhoy Memorial Lecture at Vivanta by Taj saw the who’s who of the ad industry come together as TT Jaganathan, executive chairman, TTK Prestige Ltd gave the keynote address. Hosted by the MAA Group chairman Bunty Peerbhoy, the event was being held in memory of his late father, ad guru Ayaz Peerbhoy.
If you want to engage in some retail therapy, pick up traditional Japanese knives, origami, handicrafts, anime art and more at the Habba. Those who love to cook, can buy authentic Japanese foods and ingredients such as miso, noodles and Japanese tea.
City-based restaurants like Matsuri, Harima and others, along with home chefs will put up stalls at the festival. Sensei Ohga will recreate the magic of a traditional
Japanese tea ceremony.
Visitors can try on the traditional cotton Yukata, and take pictures in the attire. Learn Japanese lettering and calligraphy and watch the sari and kimono fashion show as women and kids from Bengaluru take the ramp. A few Japanese artistes will also sing Kannada songs.