This Week in Live Music: May 19-25

Posted by Pete DeMola on 19. May 2009


Birthday Cake: The blues/reggae act is set to play every Tuesday at the Wudaokou live house.
13 Club, 9pm, free

Maiko; Double Harvestmen: Two new acts split the bill.
D-22, 9pm, 20/10 RMB (students)


UNIVERSITY NIGHT: Finger Family (指人儿), Encounters, My September (我的九月), Chaliangfen (茶凉粉), Weilai Zhizao (未来制造) and Nan Wu (南无) will perform.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

Ratatat: Critically-acclaimed NYC electronic music duo have opened for Mogwai, Daft Punk and the Faint, among others. Beijing's own post-punks Re-TROS and electro duo Zig Zag will support.
MAO Live House, 120/100 RMB (pre-sale)

Chou Doufu: Quartet plays a combo of jazz covers and originals with modern interpretations.
Purple Haze Bistro, 9pm, free

Mademoiselle et les Chinois: Quebecois vocalist Marie-Claude performs with her trip-hop flavored band.
Salud, 9pm, free

SILVERSCREEN PART IV: For the fourth edition of the bi-monthly installment designed to bring local groundbreaking artists, producers and visual artists to this 798 venue, French event organizers 86/33 set their crosshairs on Shanshui Music, the local independent music label with a focus on quality electronica. Dead J, Sulumi and LIman will spin ambient, 8-Bit and dirty electro, respectively. Yangtao will provide visuals, while UCCA's own DJ Cappuccino will support.
UCCA's Super Ganbei, 9pm, 30 RMB

THE SPIRIT OF THE LAND: Australian troupe Boodjar Weern performs a showcase of traditional dance, storytelling and music -- including the didgeridoo -- from the indigenous peoples of western Australia
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB


Fat City, IDH, Birdstriking, Streets Kill Strange Animals and Residual Life (生命的残余) set to tinker away in a night of experimental music ranging from avant-garde to No Wave.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

French Electro Night: Mechanic Motion returns to the Lucky Street venue with their DJ/live music set, combining elements of minimal dance with French-style electro.
White Rabbit, 10pm, 30 RMB


Buyi: The Beijing-based quartet who seamlessly meld Ningxia folk with a wide variety of contemporary elements celebrates their 14th birthday -- no small feat in this country's rock scene tinderbox. Planned activates include a flea market labeled as the "Buyi Treasure Box," an American-style table football tournament and BBQ. Live music kicks off at 9pm.
2 Kolegas, 2pm, free

DJ Mixwell: Innovative globetrotting American turntablist returns to the high-end Solana hip-hop venue for a two-njght demonstration of his formidable scratching skills.
Bling, 9pm, 50 RMB (free before 11pm)

Free the Robots: Chris Alfaro, producer of sample-driven beats, draws sonic influences from psychedelia, jazz, hip-hop... even Bollywood.
The Boat, 10pm, 40 RMB

10 YEARS BEFORE THE 90S: DJs Little Fra' Cheese and Big Carlo Cheese take you back the 1980s.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

BAICAI LABEL FESTIVAL: French electronic music label Circus Company relocates the sideshow to Beijing, where label head Sety and Oleg Poliako will man the turntables, with intriguing electronic trio dOP slated to issue a live set that incorporates everything from saxophones to synths.
Club Tango, 10pm, 80 RMB

Vandalism: Electro-house from the Land Down Under.
Coco Banana, 9:30pm, 80 RMB

Wu & The Side Effects: The incendiary trio gives off more smoldering heat than a Mississippi whorehouse. Nucleus, Rolling Rolling and Mr. Corner will support.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

MxPx: Christian pop punk heavyweights coming up on their third decade land in Beijing; local pop punks Secret 7 Line and SKO to support.
MAO Live House, 580/250/180 (VIP/door/pre-sale)

FIFTH ANNIVERSARY PARTY: Celebrate five years of the cozy Middle Eastern venue with free Absinthe shots, 5 RMB drafts, food specials and bar band Bad Apples.
Souk, 5pm, free

Xin Xin and the Groove Gang Unit: Quartet serves up funk and R&B at this hedonistic Chaoyang West hotspot.
Suzie Wong, 11:30pm, free

Phreaktion: Shanghai collective brings their drum n' bass to the capital city, with support from the Syndicate.
White Rabbit, 10pm, 50 RMB

AFRICA DAY: Expect live African music and dance at this celebration of the African Union holiday with MITABE, the Ras Ethiopian Dancers and DJs S-Press, Sinwu and O.P.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50/30 RMB (pre-sale)


ACID LIVE: A coming together of artists and musicians seeking to celebrate Beijing's vibrant cultural scene. Expect DJ sets paired with live acoustic performances, art installations, and more.
2 Kolegas, 8pm, 50/40 RMB (students)

Intro 2009: China's first-ever electronic music festival. Click here for detailed information.
798 Art District, 751, D-Park Plaza, 1pm

DJ Mixwell: Can he? Tune in to find out.
Bling, 9pm, 50 RMB (free before 11pm)

BOB DYLAN BIRTHDAY BASH: Celebrate the folk legend's 68th birthday by checking out cuts from his recently-released LP Together Through Life, unreleased gems and rare visual footage. A trivia quiz is scheduled, as well. (No word yet as to if Mr. Dylan will make an appearance.)
The Bookworm, 7:30pm, free

Hard Queen: CD release party for the mod revivalist trio from Shanghai. 24 Hours and the Molds will provide support for this week's top gig.
D-22, 10pm, 50/40 RMB (students)

RELATIVELY LIVE: Some songs from Wang Lan and his LAN Band recall the wails of traditional opera over fist-pumping WWF arena entry music; others sound like cyborgs wrestling with stoned nu metal guitarists. Ambient rock act Supermarket will support.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60 RMB

DeepSpace Mafia: Smooth electronica, with special guests to be announced.
White Rabbit, 11pm, 50 RMB

Big Red: French MC brings his UK grime, as well his buddy DJ ROM1 (Mr. Explicit), to Beijing. Beijingers MC Webber and the Beijing Hip Hop Experience are also on the bill.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 80 RMB

THE ANTIDOTE FESTIVAL OF ZHUJIAJIAO: It's a pity that we're based in Beijing, for this mini-fest sounds really cool. Brought to you by the Antidote, Shanghai's longest-running DJ/production crew, the one day event places a strong emphasis on electronic music, with Beijing duo Zig Zag, Danish crossover soul act Reptile & Retard, experimental musician Ben Houge, Shanghai producer B6 and new electro-synth act Resist Resist -- as well as a dozen more -- set to stir up this formerly tranquil river town located about 50 minutes west of downtown Shanghai. Detailed information can be found on Antidote's website or at their event page.
Zhujiazhao: Wang Chang Memorial Courtyard, 1pm, 80/60 RMB (pre-sale/door)


FOLK NIGHT: Liu Kun will perform.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

SOUL KITCHEN: Free BBQ and funky soul on the Xihai venue's rooftop.
Club Obiwan, 5pm, free

Emil de Wall & Band Apart: The critically-acclaimed Danish contemporary/crossover jazz recording artists land in Beijing.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60/40 RMB (pre-sale & students)

Eliane Amherd Trio: Swiss-born singer guitarist, composer and lyricist touches down in Beijing with her trio as part of the Ninegates Jazz Festival.
Purple Haze Bistro, 8pm, free

Beijing Free Improvisation Alliance: Monthly collaborative musical workshop with a focus on improvisation and experimentation. Initiated and organized by saxophonist and composer Li Tieqiao, this month's session features French guitarist Pierre Brahin and Brazilian percussionist James William, among others.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50/40 (pre-sale and students; 30 RMB by sending an email to this address)


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