This Week in Live Music: Oct 6-12

Posted by Pete DeMola on 6. Oct 2009


FUNK FEVER: Join Slide, Manky A, Martin Starr, Bite*Size Buddha and live drummer Sammy Slazenger for a night of Afro, soul, rare grooves and of course, funk.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 30 RMB

MODERN SKY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2009: While we're disappointed at the last minute cancellation of all 14 foreign performers at what was slated to be the most progressive youth culture festival to ever go down here in the evidently still-stodgy China, the event is still worth checking out for the all-star domestic lineup of Casino Demon, Hedgehog, New Pants, Me Too and Planet Map alone. Prices have been adjusted to 80RMB /day, and limited refunds for the four-day pass are available if you really feel grumpy. For comprehensive scheduling and ticket info, click here.
Chaoyang Park, 1pm, 80 RMB

ZOOMIN' NIGHT: A night of experimental noise and scene construction by some of Beijing's most innovative musicians: Birdstriking, Cardiac Murmur, Fat City, Streets Kill Strange Animals and the Offset: Spectacles.
D-22, 8pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

PARTY 2009: Double dose of traditional sounds with Buyi and Hanggai, performing Ningxia and Mongolian-flavored rock, respectively.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50/40 RMB (students)

Guai Li: Regularly cited as favorites by an impressive list of their peers in this city's art and music community, this female-fronted quintet continues to tear holes through Beijing with their visceral live performances and stellar musicianship. Their signature sound of angular guitars flecked with noise and feedback paired with off-key vocals, quirky time signatures, abrupt breakdowns, children's toys and the occasional Patti Smith cover somehow manages to sound machinelike, surreal and disorienting at the same time. Soviet Pop, a new project featuring Carsick Cars' Li Qing and Lei Weisi, will support alongside Rustic, Old Fashion and Flyx.
Yugong Yishan, 10pm, free


MODERN SKY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2009: Glorious Pharmacy, the Ghost Spardac, the Reason, DH & the Chinese Hellcats, Miserable Faith, Britsky, Candy Monster, Alt Senior and more (RE-TROs unfortunately canceled) are scheduled to close out the four-day blast.
Chaoyang Park, 1pm, 80 RMB

PENG: Minimal tech with Jackson Lee, Ashley, Xiao Feng, Pancake Lee, Yan Long and Chris Du.
China Doll 3.3, 10pm, 50 RMB

BEIJING FORESTRY UNIVERSITY SHOW: Independent music and forestry make good bedfellows. Tonight's student lineup includes Nanwu, Youlan and others.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

AUTUMN PEOPLE'S ROCK FESTIVAL: The mini-festivals just keep on ticking. Tonight's international performers include Japan's Trash Box, Higuchi Makiki and Poplar, Korea's the Beasts from Seoul and Taiwan's Bike. Domestic acts include Caffe-In, China Town and Lucky Monkey.
MAO Live House, 7pm, 50/30 RMB (pre-sale and students)


Old Street: Acclaimed Shanghai street folk band (pictured above) winds down their three-month nationwide tour here in Beijing. Support comes from young Beijing folk artist Xiao Yang (小样).
D-22, 9pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Panjir: Global music sextet from Xinjiang.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free

FUNK SHUI: Funk, Afro, soul and rare grooves courtesy of Dan Stephenson, Slide and special guest Audio Fidelity.
Yugong Yishan, 9:30pm, 30 RMB (free for women)


Lonely China Day: Join the critically-acclaimed post-rock act who excel at combining lush, emotive soundscapes with stunning visual imagery. Support TBD.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 50 RMB

Pork: Trio carves out thick, sloppy and fat-free slabs of grunge and sludge rock with shrieked vocals and throbbing basslines. (Did I get it right?) Jurat, Chocho Maldito and Nucleus will also perform.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

李漠、薛仲华与乐队、国王之象 and 甜石头乐队 will perform. (We haven't heard of any of these bands: drop us a line if you have.)
MAO Live House, 9pm, 40 RMB

HOT POT #20: This month's installment of DJ Wordy's party series features Berlin-based mash up maestro DJ Passion.
PUNK, 10pm, free

The Verse: Homegrown old school funk crew are on deck.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


Ibrahim Electric: The critically-acclaimed (and commercially successful) trio of Danish multi-instrumentalists combine elements of jazz, funk, rock and jazz with wildly-energetic live sets. Should be a must for all fans of music in the capital city.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40 RMB

Bisq: Haunting Japanese singer/songwriter returns to the Wudaokou venue.
13 Club, 10pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

Arrows Made of Desire: We wish this uninspiring and insipid modern rock act would go the way of 1.20 RMB/kilometer cabs, Super Bar Street and Jimmy Hoffa and just disappear completely. We are unfortunately not that lucky. Fortunately, their numbing mediocrity should be leavened by the ever-dependable Wu & the Side Effects, Fire Balloon and Rolling Rolling.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Toy Head: Ska from the headliners, with support from Airbag and sickeningly-sweet girl band Orange Line.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 40 RMB

Night of an Era: Screening of the documentary detailing the old school Chinese rock scene. Featuring Cui Jian, He Yong, Dou Wei and others, the 2008 flick will be followed with a Q & A.
Yugong Yishan, 8:30pm, free


Blues Fire: Rock and roll septet said to be in the vein of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter, the Rolling Stones and others.
13 Club, 10pm, 30 RMB

FOLK NIGHT: Wind down the weekend with Mongolian throat singing from Gang Zi.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

HOLA BEIJING: Macau act 刃記 headlines, with support from Cactus, Oliver and Brain Failure.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50/40 RMB


Diabolic Love Machine: German trio heavily-influenced by 1980s punk and hard rock lands in Beijing alongside Operation Bojinka.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB

Did we miss something? Feel free to send me an email at pete AT weliveinbeijing DOT com if you'd like to see your event here.


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