One of the finest curated gigs in some time (and on a Tuesday!), watching Norwegian avant-core doom trio MoE meld together PowerRanger-style with some of Beijing’s most bewildering and offbeat acts was a class act in turning up the insanity and turning an evening of live music into something unique. How? By turning MoE’s hard-hitting ‘ballet by way of sludge hammer’ set into a sprawling hour long amorphous being alongside maverick experimental artist Yan Jun and drone-heavy tombstone-wielding duo Rainbow Machine is something that needs to handle more. If that wasn’t enough fastcore favorites Struggle Session were on hand to obliterate those who thought they’d be safe on a Tuesday, and Kaoru Abe No Future – essentially a trimmed down version of Not in Catalog (they even had a song where they switched off the amps to the delightful confusion of some). Not an ounce of fat on tonight’s offerings – and likely the last time a show will end before midnight at Temple – proof once again that sometimes less is more.
Last week, Temple celebrated three years of stirring up the pot in Gulou with their consistently unpretentious inebriated love of beer, misfits, cigarette smoke, and above all music. The criminally insane Stechs, who runs Precis […]
Whooooo —- getting closer to the end of the tunnel here. And if I plan accordingly, I can get everything out by the time I ship my ass off to Europe. For this particular Gulou […]
Live Beijing Music returned to Temple last month for their latest series, New Dangerous Sounds, which looks to shine a light on some of the new emerging acts around town. Our first installment find some […]