The hottest underground spot in Taipei City at the moment is Revolver (1-2, Roosevelt Rd Sec 1, Taipei City, 台北市羅斯福路一段1-2號). Since opening two months ago, artists/owners Leeroy Ransom and Jeremy Gray have turned a past-its-prime gay bar into a place where DJs and bands are clamoring to do shows.
With wedding photographs defaced in graffiti style, a shrine to serial philanderer Mick Jagger, handwritten signs on the flat-screen TV about music requests (“No Dire Straits!” “No post-80s U2!”) and three floors of action (pub downstairs, bands/DJs on the second floor and pool table on the third), Ransom and Gray have done brisk business while working out the kinks of running a new venue. But can the coolness last?
If this past weekend was any indication, the answer is yes. Skaraoke and High Tide separately squeezed all their members onto the second floor to play a cramped, crowded and rabble-rousing gig last Friday. On Saturday, The Soul Sweat and Swank show attracted a totally different crowd for a satisfying selection of super fly funk and sizzling soul.
Tonight Revolver hosts the Indulge! Vol. 5: No Wall Between the MUSIC so We DANCE! party with an eclectic lineup of DJs, including DoSoul, Fresco, Astro B, KAY LEE and Flow (流), playing underground hip-hop, disco and house. Entrance is NT$200 with a drink.
Tomorrow the Central and South American contingent will be making it caliente at the Afro Caribbean and Latino Night with DJs Raby, Javier and Cola. Entrance is NT$350, which includes two drinks.
Drum ’n’ bass seems to go in and out of fashion in Taiwan as frequently as 7-Eleven comes up with new Hello Kitty promotions. Right now, drum ’n’ bass is peaking so it’s a perfect time to bring back LTJ Bukem (Danny Williamson).
For the past eight years, Bukem and his trusted emcee, Conrad (Conrad Thompson), have traveled to Taiwan and played their style of liquid drum ’n’ bass on or near the 228 holiday weekend.
If you’ve seen them before, most likely you’ll be back. If you haven’t, watching these two legends in tandem is awe-inspiring. Conrad’s vocal dexterity is especially impressive because of his ability to deliver rhymes but still let the music breath. This Sunday, they will be starting a bit earlier than usual — at midnight — for a three-hour marathon set.
LTJ Bukem and MC Conrad play with Subtle, Rich and MC Stoppa Sunday from 10pm to 4am at Luxy, 5F, 201, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段201號5樓). Call (02) 2772-1000 or 0955-904-600 for reservations (English service available). On the Net: www.luxy-taipei.com. Entrance is NT$600, which includes two drinks.