Gig Recap: SUBS, Gum Bleed, The Sino Hearts (School 2017.11.10)

Chic-A-Go-Go, the underground Chicago rock and roll show swung through Beijing courtesy of Round Eye’s Chachy, who has been importing rock and roll legends into China since forever (case in point: they’ll be bringing over The Dickies March next year). The show, which has been around since 1996, is essentially an American Bandstand-style ” music and dance show with live performances, interviews, and free dancing to recorded music. There’s a puppet rat involved, which pretty much is a win in my book. And most importantly, they’ve been shining a spotlight on the diverse musical acts in the US and beyond – and have shared the stage with just about everyone – from The Cramps, Neko Case, The Pretty Things, to Guitar Wolf out of Japan. For their Beijing stint, the Chic-A-Go-Go team, led by Miss Mia and Ratso (dude had me in stiches) rounded up some of the punk scene’s busiest players – the queen of punk Kang Mao and SUBS, whose maverick guitarist Wu Hao was celebrating his birthday, as well as the always dependable anti-establishment punk outfit Gum Bleed, and finally the young energetic and charming Sino Hearts. Good rowdy fun for all.




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