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5 Local Acts that Should Be on Your Radar Right Now

New acts and new stuff from old favorites you shouldn't miss.
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  1. Reese Lansangan

Surprise—or not really, if you're an observant Batang Lansangan—the ridiculously talented artist just dropped a brand-new EP yesterday. We at the Candy HQ, Of Sound Mind and Memory, do hereby declare that you'll fall in steady love with the four introspective tracks, especially "For the Fickle."

Find more at: Reese Lansangan on Spotify and reeselansangan.com

  1. Ben & Ben

After breaking out with the love song "Tinatangi," with Cookie Chua and Bayang Barrios, at last year's PhilPOP Music Festival, this indie folk duo continues to woo us with their sweet, sweeping songs. Previously named The Benjamins, brothers Paolo and Miguel Guico make songs that will have you reaching for that special someone's hand—but if that’s not an option right now, it’s okay. Just sing your heart out with the rest of the crowd.

Their latest: "Ride Home" single and music video

Find more at: @benandbenmusic on SoundCloud

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  1. BP Valenzuela

You know that feeling when a BP Valenzuela song comes on and you just melt into a puddle of sweat and tears? Well, if her new album's name, Crydancer, is any indication, you'll have more of those songs coming when it drops this July. For now, you can vibe to "bbgirl," a super smooth single that captures the hazy, can’t-get-enough feeling of a new love.

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Go lurking on: @bpvalenzuela and @sleepypasta on SoundCloud in case she releases more demos from Crydancer

  1. Kiana Valenciano

Pulsing and low-key confrontational, "Does She Know" deserves a music video that is as visually arresting as it is sonically, and that's exactly what Kiana Valenciano delivers in this intimate, (almost) one-woman show.

Don't miss: The acoustic version of “Does She Know” featuring Curtismith. 

Find more at: Kiana Valenciano on Spotify

  1. Ang Bandang Shirley

The indie rock band that scored your core memories with "Theme Song," "Sa Madaling Salita," "Di Na Babalik," "Nakauwi Na," "Tama Na Ang Drama," and a lot more is back with a new album, possibly their best one yet. Favorite is vocalist Selena Davis' last album with the band, but if there’s one thing Shirley is good at, it's squeezing every last drop of the good in goodbye.

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Their latest: The "Maginhawa" music video launch on May 6

Find more at: Ang Bandang Shirley on Spotify and YouTube

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First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.

The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.

There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.

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