Not the most jam packed weekend, but have the feeling that the summer season is finally starting to pick up – and this weekend is breaking the ice. Psychedelic freakiness, short film screenings, rockin pop em showcases, and afternoon gatherings. Plan your weekend accordingly folks – and as always jump over to the calendar for more.
Friday August 15th
I’m a film nerd at heart. This music nonsense – just an excuse to indulge myself in becoming a filmmaker. So when I have any opportunity to check out what other Beijingers are cooking up on the film front, I’m all ears. And when said production involves music from some of my favorite local artists, well, then you’ve my undivided attention. That’s why you’ll find me at The Other Place’s screening of Maya Rudolph’s new short film – Horoscope– which will be followed by a a performance from lead actress Little Punk and Charm. Three bands with definite swag – though each of a different ilk – join forces at School – tight jeans sporting, high kick screaming, glam rock trio Rustic. Trashed new wave electronic punk from Steely Heart. And mohawk-wearing, fist pumping punk favorites Demerit, who rarely leave the comfort of their Tangzhou hood. All the makings for a sweaty heap of aggression, companionship, and head bopping (and ladies you get in for free). Over at Temple, punk mainstays Gum Bleed give it their all. Globe-trotting lo-fi electronic noise duo Hot & Cold spilt up duties tonight at XP as Parallel Pyres and Simon Frank – they’ll be joined by new experimental noise group Spy Rat 51. Fast forward a decade with the \’North Dirft\’ gang at Mao Livehouse with performances from The K, CMCB, Recycle and Silver Dust. Finally, catch neoclassical Italian group Ashram school just about all of Beijing as they perform at Yugong Yishan.
Saturday August 16th
Sunday August 17th
Looking for the perfect excuse to chillax on a Sunday afternoon? 69 Café, the adorably lil café unadorably located on clusterfuck central –Nanluoguxiang – has got you covered. The venue will host young-faced Britpop rocking outfit Secret Club for a special performance set up by none other than promoters D.O.G. (who, if you recall just celebrated two years of killin it). Folk goes retro at Mako Livehouse as Hao Meimei and Wang Xiao bring out the folk hipness of the late 60s. Finally catch Joe & CC at Mao Livehouse and Sunny Song at School.