\’m a wreck people – heck, Temple\’s lights didn\’t even turn on until 11 and still the place was packed. Geez. Let\’s take a lot at the whole of the uber stacked calendar. Really, just too much.
Wipe off the smut of the previous night with some of the warmest, bountiful music that immediately erases all that inter-city pressure. Ningxia folk rock outfit Li Dong, fronted by Dos Kolegas’s royalty look to get the Old What? Bar kicking up dirt. Chengdu heavy psychedelic rockers Proximity Butterfly, whose mix of 70s arena rock with an ethereal animated bend that sounds above all fun are hitting up Yugong Yishan along with equally trance-enabling band WHAI as well as surf rocking motel sex duo, The Dyne – check it out. If you missed the them last nite (somehow even without electricity Temple is still packed) the Beijing Misfits are kicking it again at School, paired with the Bedstars who are working on that hangover cure as well along with their secret weapon, those scrappy little wildlings known as The Diders who are just rabid I tell you. It’s an ethnic hoedown at the Hot Cat Club, as Mongolian up and comers Taan Towch join Bilaye for a night of homegrown tunes. In Beijing Gang’s three night bash begins tonight with Residence A, Nanwu, New Perfume, Neighbors, and Finger Family bringing that pop flavor to Mao Livehouse. Britpop darlings Dirty Little Secret join Magic Bus for that old time feeling at XP while topical crosstalking folk rock outfit Slap perform at Zajia Lab. There’s always the Hot Club of Beijing bringing the gypsy jazz to Jianghu Bar. Finally, for you hip hop fans check out the party at Mako Livehouse where a slew of rappers, including 1043 take the stage to heat things up.
while doing some festival research, and immediately knew I would have to check these guys out at first opportunity. The Xian electro post punk kids, The Fuzz, have a lot going for them – killer rhythms, power pop synths – I don’t care how much it reminds me of Joy Division or New Order, this is Manchester 80s post punk done right. Tonight they celebrate the release of their latest, The Best of Love, which was given the gold treatment courtesy of Yang Haisong, at School, joined by good natured indie pop threesome Mr. Graceless as well as The Big Wave, who have killing it lately as well. It’s Vespa Day!! Celebrate with a free party at MOMA Post Mountian Space with food, fun, and of course music, courtesy of Chengdu-grown, mod rockers Mr. Turtle as well as ska lovers Toyhead (now called Mr. Honey I’m told). In Beijing Gang continues to reign supreme – tonight seasoned veterans SUBS, Thin Man, Hang on the Box, Silver Ash, and Lun Hui take the stage at Mao Livehouse. French classical hardcore trio M.O.P.A (My Own Private Alaska) bring their uproarious sound to Temple while the Beijing Misfits throw a last show before their hang up their makeup at XP along with Gum Bleed and Hecate. For something on the softer side, check out earthy folk outfit Sand at Mako Livehouse and pristine voiced Wang Juan at 69 Café. Finally, get your ska on at the Old What? Bar with Early Bus or embrace the darkness with Finnish folk metal group Korpiklaani at Yugong Yishan.
My money’s on day three of In Beijing Gang’s One Year Anniversary at Mao Livehouse – metal galore with a whopping six bands looking to kick ass and take names – including charismatic goth kids A.J.K, Mongolian-infused trash metal group Ego Fall, industrial metal outfit Nuclear Fusion G (fresh off an album release) and pagan metal group Nine Treasures, among others. It’s a Subjam fest at Zajia Lab as experimental artist Yan Jun continues his MIJI concert series tonight at Zajia Lab bringing French tape manipulator Lionel Marchetti, Austrian cellist noid, with Matija Schellander on double bass and synthesizer, and local modular oscillator duo Soviet Pop. Tianjin pop rockers, The Hangover, release their debut over at School while Xinjinag flamenco lovers Tursun join Fusha for some world music fun at 69 Café and Ismat at the Hot Cat Club. Finally, check out The Terry Hsieh Quartet at Jianghu Bar for a little evening jazz.