Weekend Update (27.05-29.05)


First thing’s first. Updates! This weekend your editor here will be leaving Beijing for the month of June. I’ll be taking a much-needed sabbatical back West, as well as say my vows once again. I have plenty of posts – videos, photos, reviews, etc. – scheduled to roll out throughout the month BUT unfortunately I will not be able to keep up with the weekend updates as I’ll be mostly off the grid for all of June. I do recommend checking out showstart.com for weekly listings as well as each venue’s douban page for more specific events. And here it is – your last weekend update for the next month!!!

Friday May 27th


P.K.14 at School

Post punk godfathers P.K.14 leave the batcave for a special one-off performance at School Bar – catching these cats is a rarity these days so if you’re itching for some foot stomping, lyrical rich, post punk that’ll rattle your soul and get you moving look no furthers. FREE (add Converse on Wechat for details)


Bastards of Imperialism, Own Up, Dirt, Chudao De Lieren, The Blanks at Hot Cat Club

Dr. Smartass hosts a night of heavy and new sounds with a killer diverse lineup that features  old school metal trio Chudao de Lieren from Hebei, grunge rockers Nigou, hardcore outfit Own Up!, two piece garage rockers The Blanks and of course the ravenous Bastards of Imperialism, ready to lead the charge. FREE


Pacalolo, The Hotline, Secret Club at Temple

Local label and promotions group D.O.G. once again descends upon Temple for a night of rock n\’ roll and hopefully a good helping of debauchery with the help of indie electro-rockers The Hotline, catchy Brit-pop dudes Secret Club, and also the electrifying dance rock female fronted duo known as Pacalolo. FREE


Prayer Circles, Mengqi, Layer feat. Half FOR at fRUITYSPACE

Modular synths, electronic wizardy, and ambient soundscapes to get lost in – it’s an underground electronic showcase at fRUITYSPACE featuring some of the scene’s most skilled soundsmiths. 40 RMB


Ty at DCD

Chengdu hip hop collective Hit Dat Mixtape unloads its roster of mainland rappers including rising rap star Ty, as well as Easy Boyz, and Boom Xu. Practice your dialects and get down with the beat. 100 RMB


Parachutes of Fire, The Nightcrawlers at Caravan

Shanghai psych folk outfit makes the trip up to Caravan for some noodling and airplane rocking (it’s a thing!) alongside Chicago blues shufflers The Nightcrawlers. 50 RMB


Wang Juan at Snail Club

Esteemed folk singer-songwriter Wang Juan brings her pristine voice to the cozy Snail Club in Gulou. 60 RMB

Saturday May 28th


The Big Wave, Penicillin, Heat Mark, The Diders, Laisee at Yugong Yishan

School takes the party down the street for a special showcase at Yugong Yishan featuring the Wudaoying venue’s favorite 7th generation rockers including new wave outfit The Big Wave, britpoppers Peniciilin, dance punk trio Heat Mark, proto punks The Diders, and hardcore ruffians Laisee — an electrifying lineup. 120 RMB


Parachutes on Fire, The Blue Moon, The Forbidden Puking Unicorns, thruoutin, Wang Shengnan at DDC

The folks down at DDC are bringing out a rich lineup of acts and genres for the chest-bursting Spesbols Festaruol including masked-wearing industrial doom punks The Forbidden Puking Unicorns sit atop the bill, following electronica buffs The Blue Moon and American-born Thruoutin. Self-styled ‘airplane rock’ crew Parachutes on Fire and singer-songwriter Wang Shengnan complete the lineup. 60 RMB


Motorbike Girls, Lonely Leary, Bedstars, The Vague Dreams at Old What? Bar

‘Fuzz drenched’ trio Motorbike Girls celebrates one year of making moves with a killer show at the Old What? Bar that’ll include sets from post punk grinders Lonely Leary, punk scene stalwarts Bedstars, and the Vague Dreams, which I’m told includes members from three of Beijing’s best bands and one from a band that would be good if they weren’t in it. Scandalous! 30 RMB


SNSOS, The Twenties, Joker’s Belief, Macondo at Temple

Cold Neo hosts a night of sexy sounds as post rock faves SNSOS join math rockers Macondo, The Twenties, and Joker’s Belief for a long righteous evening at Temple. FREE


Twinkle Star, Daleiyin at Modern Sky Lab

Emo rock scene favorites hit Modern Sky Lab for a special showcase that’ll surely have the kids singing along and throwing their good natured fists in the air. 50 RMB


The First Medal, All Unknown, Bai You Jie, Pet, Nocturnes at School

Get your rock n\’ roll fix this evening at School with as local promoters FanZui TuanHuo host emo/alt-rockers The First Medal, pop-rock five-piece All Unknown, pop-punk trio Pet, and indietronica duo Nocturnes, as well as Bai You Jie. 80 RMB


AK47 at MOMA Post Mountain Space

Legendary heavy metal outfit AK47 return to the small stage for one night only as they take over MOMA’s Post Mountain Space for a rousing, hard boiled performance. 120 RMB


Iimmune, punx, VU, Dumb Plants at fRUITYSPACE

Fruitful electronic compositions, hardware live sets, and exploring new sonic territories with these three electronic artists including the new techno duo Dumb Plants, sound and visual artist VU, as well as Glow Curve guitarist iimmune bringing his transfixing set to fRUITYSPACE. 40 RMB (4pm)


Jurat, Sam & Friends, WHAI at Caravan

Jurat, Sam & Friends will be delivering some acoustic electric folk goodness, akin to world music, before WHAI takes over and kicks things into overdrive – Reverse Polarity!!! 50 RMB


Liu Donghong at 69 Café

Veteran blues folk singer-songwriter Liu Donghong hits up NGLX venue 69 Café for an intimate performance. 70 RMB


Maxiao, 鹿先森乐队at 13 Club

Folk rock up and comers have already garnered quite the following and they’re go to youth central, 13 Club to play to their fans. 80 RMB


Mademoiselle et son Orchestra at Hot Cat Club

The French-Canadian gypsy jazz band Hotcat debut show! Come and swing to the sound of their amazing songs, both originals and covers from the standards of the genre! FREE

Sunday May 29th


Five Dollars, Hentai No Atsumari, Laurelin, Bu Ke Hui Shoudao Laiji, Xueji, Time Parfait at School

Sped your Sunday afternoon at School with some J-ROCK, J-POP, and ACGN music as performed by Five Dollars, Hentai No Atsumari, Laurelin, Bu Ke Hui Shoudao Laiji, Xueji, Time Parfait. 70 RMB


Li Bo and Rosewood Bullet, Nuclear Bomb, FlowS, CMLine, Default at School

College rock night featuring bands from students attending Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications and across a wide range of genres. 40 RMB


Xiaobianer at DDC

Shandong folk singer-songwriter presents his latest at DDC. 40 RMB


Ah Q Jazz Orchestra at Jianghu Bar

Catch some sweet sweet jazz this Sunday evening with Ah Q Jazz Orchestra. 60 RMB


Carlo, Dan, Nick at 69 Café

Three busy musicians, of various groups and outfits go solo for their interpretations of The Doors’ singles. 50 RMB


Xiyou at Modernsky Lab

Folk rock with Chinese features – that’s what Journey has in store for you this evening at Modern Sky’s headquarters. 60 RMB

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