Anger towards China and past political repression has turned Taiwan on to heavy metal, Chthonic (閃靈樂團) frontman Freddy Lin (林昶佐) told a group of fans in New York on Friday.
"We're doing heavy metal because are full of pent-up anger," Lin said. "The anger we feel in Taiwan is directed at China's invasion threat and a hatred for martial law, even though in the past Taiwanese musicians couldn't find a link connecting heavy metal to Taiwan."
Lin added that while China-friendly media outlets in Taiwan criticize Chthonic, this has only made his band more popular.
He was speaking at a forum on the history of indie music at the 2006 CMJ Music Marathon, a music-business convention devoted to independent musicians that was held New York's Lincoln Center.
Freddy was the only singer from Asia invited to take part in the forum, where he took the stage as one of the main speakers. He told the audience that Chthonic had strong political convictions, stressing their opposition to China and support for Taiwanese independence.
The 2006 CMJ Music Marathon began on Oct. 31 and ended Saturday. Chthonic's latest album Seediq Bale debuted at number two on the CMJ chart after its Oct. 3 release and has remained there ever since.
Saying he was impressed by Lin's address at the forum, Unearth lead singer Trevor Phipps noted that heavy metal was supposed to be dangerous and that political dissidence was the main power force US independent music during the 1950s, and even as late as during the 1980s. He added that today, however, the US was too diverse and lacked a central p olitical target to protest against.
Taiwanese fans hoping to see Chthonic will have to be patient, however, as Lin also announced that his band will tour the US next year, visiting 30 cities for as many concerts. They will also perform 30 concerts in Europe, in addition to shows in Japan and Southeast Asia.
Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue arrived in Sydney yesterday and told fans she was delighted to be on the comeback trail after being sidelined by health problems for 18 months.
"We're on tour again, whoa!" a bubbly Minogue told reporters after her plane landed.
The Sun Herald newspaper reported that the 38-year-old jumped up and down clapping her hands as if to reinforce recent stories that she is fully recovered from breast cancer.
A spokesman for Minogue said the Showgirl concerts would be modified to accord with Minogue's continuing health concerns.
A lump was removed from the her left breast in a Melbourne hospital in May 2005. After the operation in her hometown, which forced the postponement of the remaining Showgirl concerts in Australia and in Asia, Minogue underwent treatment in France, where she has been sharing an apartment with her fiance, actor Olivier Martinez.
The former Neighbours soap opera star will make her first public appearance in Australia on Wednesday. In Sydney, she will launch her own perfume.
The King may no longer be a resident of Sin City, but Las Vegas has opened its arms to a new member of rock royalty: Prince.
The eccentric pop superstar is setting up shop in the desert gambling and entertainment resort, performing twice a week at a hotel nightclub on the Vegas Strip, organizers said last week.
Prince, 48, will perform on Fridays and Saturdays at a jazz club inside the Rio Hotel for an indefinite period, joining big names like Celine Dion, Barry Manilow and Elton John who have taken up semi-permanent residence in Las Vegas.
The club is named 3121 Jazz Cuisine, after Prince's latest album 3121, which took the No. 1 spot on the U.S. album charts soon after its release in March. His first performance will be this Friday. Ticket prices start at US$125.
Prince, who shot to fame in 1984 after releasing Purple Rain, was not available for comment on the Vegas decision. The singer changed his name in 1993 to an unpronounceable symbol and was referred to The Artist Formerly Known as Prince until 2000.
Sometimes reclusive but acknowledged as one of the most talented and eclectic pop music artists, Prince has emerged from his self-imposed isolation this year, performing at the Brit Awards for pop music, on US network comedy show Saturday Night Live and on the finale of American Idol.
When Auntie Su (蘇) was evicted from her apartment last Monday, locals were so overjoyed that they sent thank you wreaths to the Tainan Police Department. “Justice has been served.” “Punish villains and eradicate evil,” read some of the notes. “Thank you, hardworking police for bringing peace and quiet back to Tainan!” a neighbor posted on Facebook. Auntie Su is a notorious “informer demon” (檢舉魔人), someone who is known to excessively report violations either for reward money or — depending which side you’re on — to serve as a justice warrior or a nosy annoyance. Usually they are called “professional”
In Taiwan’s foothills, suspension bridges — or the remnants of them — are almost as commonplace as temples. “Suspension bridge” is a direct translation of the Chinese-language term (吊橋, diaoqiao), but it’s a little misleading. These spans aren’t huge pieces of infrastructure. The larger ones are just wide enough for the little trucks used by farmers. Others are suitable for two-wheelers and wheelbarrows. If one end is higher than the other, they may incorporate steps, like the recently-inaugurated, pedestrians-only Shuanglong Rainbow Suspension Bridge (雙龍七彩吊橋) in Nantou County. Because torrential rains hammer Taiwan during the hot season, the landscape is scarred by
With his sugarcane juice stall at Monga Nightmarket (艋舺夜市) floundering due to COVID-19, things took a turn for the worse for Lin Chih-hang (林志航) when he was furloughed from a part-time job. The crowds are trickling back to this nightmarket in Taipei’s Wanhua District (萬華), but Lin is now so busy that he has hired a friend to run his stall. As the sole driver of the night market’s delivery service, established on April 12, Lin takes on an average of 20 orders on weeknights and over 60 on weekends, with his father helping out when he is too busy.
Eslite Gallery will hold an open house at their new gallery tomorrow in Taipei’s Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. The doors to the new space will open at 4pm and will feature works by local and international artists. As a nod to the ongoing pandemic and Taiwan’s handling of it, the gallery also announced a project called Artivate, calling on 12 of its artists to emblazon details from their artwork on cloth masks. Participating local artists include Jimmy Liao (幾米), whose illustrated books with simple stories about people coping in the modern urban world have become hot sellers across Asia, and