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The second edition of Vinyl Underground — Renaissance of LP (黑膠文藝復興運動), a 10-day feast of rock, pop, hip-hop, classical, jazz and electronic Long Play records begins today at Eslite Bookstore Dunnan branch (誠品敦南B2藝文空間) and runs through March 9.

Eleven celebrated collectors have been invited to share their vinyl passions in an exhibition under different themes such as NYC Rock, Brit Rock in the 1980s, local singers’ LP debuts and the patriotic versus the banned. Forums on different subjects will be held by music luminaries such as critics Cora Tao (陶曉清) and Ma Shi-fang (馬世芳).

Aboriginal musician Mama Panai (巴奈) will begin proceedings tonight at 8pm. Several indie bands and musicians, including Punk Hoo (胖虎), Kou Chou Ching (拷秋勤), 919 and Smoke Ring (煙圈), will hold free concerts on each day of the festival. On the Vinyl Underground’s last day, local DJs will join forces for a non-stop show from 1pm to 9pm outside the bookstore.

▲ Eslite Bookstore — Dunnan B2 Art Space (誠品敦南B2藝文空間), B2, 245, Dunhua S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市敦化南路一段245號B2)

▲ For detailed information on the vinyl event, visit

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Musician Chu Yue-hsin, right and award-winning album-cover designer Xiao Qing-yang are both veteran collectors of LP records.


Canadian indie-rock supergroup Broken Social Scene takes its unique brand of experimental/baroque-pop to The Wall in Taipei on March 11. The musical collective, which formed in 1999 in Toronto and now has nearly 20 members, not all of whom tour, has won four Juno Awards, including twice in the category of Alternative Album of the Year. Their music is marked by a combination of many different instruments and a chaotic production style and ranges from anthemic art-rock to obscure guitar noodling and psychedlia that’s reminiscent of US indie bands Yo La Tengo and Pavement.

▲ B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段200號B1). Call (02) 2930-0162 or log on at for more information

▲ March 11 at 8pm

▲ NT$2,800 admission includes one drink. Tickets are available from the venue

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Avenue Q (喜樂社區) by Glorious Theater Company (耀演劇團) is based on the Tony Award-winning musical of the same name. The set and puppets are inspired by the children’s television show Sesame Street, but the themes are adult-oriented and address serious topics such as racism, pornography and homosexuality. The show, geared toward adults, includes full-puppet nudity.

▲ Performing Arts School 36 (表演36房), 156-1, Muxin Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市木新路二段156-1號)

▲Today and tomorrow at 7:30pm and tomorrow and Sunday at 2:30pm

▲Tickets are NT$500 and are available through NTCH ticketing or online at

Dubbed the first Broadway-style Hakka musical, My Daughter’s Wedding (福春嫁女) is based on William Shakespeare’s classic, The Taming of the Shrew. It tells the story of a successful career woman who is skeptical of love and fears marriage. Consequently, no man dares approach her because of her rudeness — except one, who tries to win her heart by unusual means.

▲ Jhongli Arts Center (中壢藝術館音樂廳), 16 Jhungmei Rd, Jhongli City (中壢市中美路16號)

▲ Today at 7:30pm and tomorrow at 2:30pm

▲ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$900 and are available through NTCH ticketing or online at

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