“Pretty Loser” by Sheila and the Insects, an Ode to Unrequited Love

Fans of Sheila and the Insects (SATI) may choke on their drinks and swallow their tongues upon hearing “Pretty Loser,” the newest single from the alternative pop group. At the very least, the song will not fail to snag one’s attention, while putting one’s back up. Leave it to SATI to break their lingering silence with an anti-love song. (Not counting solo efforts in between, their prior single came out in 2008, whereas their last album, Flowerfish, was released in 2005.) Twenty one years in the music circuit, off and on, has not mellowed the band. They still sound as belligerent as punks, with a light coating of jaded sophistication.

Wanderlust Single + SEA Tour Launch Party

You didn't expect The Camerawalls to go on tour with nary a goodbye or farewell party, did you? Pinoys and Spanish host a despedida, the Germans pull off an abschiedsfete, but yes, before the band takes off to satiate their wanderlust, they're kicking up some dust first -- and everyone's invited! Pen & Ink Manila, in partnership with Lilystars Records and Requiem Rising Singapore, is staging "WanderLust: The Camerawalls Single + SEA Tour Launch Party," on Monday, Aug. 20, at Quantum Cafe (Kamagong cor. Bagtikan Sts., Makati City).