This summer week has it all when it comes to live music, from a festival called Flower Power to a one-man band named Mudd.
But we start with a mention of Taiwan’s best known world music troupe, A Moving Sound (聲動劇場). The group appears tonight at Legacy Taipei for a show titled Urban Tribe Dance Party. The group will focus on a drum-heavy, more danceable version of its unique mix of Western, Middle Eastern and Eastern European sounds, intertwined with traditional Taiwanese, Aboriginal, and Chinese melodies played on instruments such as the erhu (二胡) and zhongruan (中阮).
Vocalist Mia Hsieh (謝韻雅) and husband and bandmate Scott Prairie have been developing their act with an array of musicians, producing a mix of original and borrowed music over the last decade. The troupe has raised their international profile in recent years, having played in over 15 countries to date, and are gearing up for an appearance at the BBC Radio 3 stage at WOMAD Festival in the UK next month.
■ 8pm, Friday at Legacy Taipei, Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), Center Five Hall (中五館), 1, Bade Rd, Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號). Admission is NT$600 at the door or NT$500 presale at 7-11 iBon or FamiPort.
Saturday late afternoon is Flower Power Volume 2, at Treellage Life Cafe (樹樂集), a coffeehouse, artist gallery and live performance space wrapped up in one. Flower Power is an all you can eat, all you can drink event with a fun line-up that includes slick hipsters New Sunglasses, a band with two synth players, two vocalists, a guitarist, drummer and bassist. The band’s solid, tight sound has attracted enough attention to keep them busy. They’ve been playing up to five gigs a month at different universities and venues such as Pipe and The Wall (這牆).
One highlight of the festival will surely be 88 Balaz (88顆芭樂籽), known for its fun and energetic bluesy-garage rock and punk sound. Expect an entertaining show from this confident band, whether in the form of playful on-stage antics or simply a display of its ability to rouse an audience. Sorry Youth plays shoegazer rock, but like 88 Balaz, it’s also known for high-energy shows, complete with props and costumes.
Danceable indie-disco-emo that’s catchy and dark — this isn’t an oxymoron, but rather, ahem, Roxymoron, who round out the lineup and have added female singer Pia Hsieh (謝詩平) to contribute dreamy-sounding vocals.
■ 5pm to 9:30pm, Saturday at Treellage Life Cafe; (樹樂集), 33 Minzu W Rd,Taipei City (台北市民族西路33號). Admission is NT$399 at the door or NT$450 presale. Presale tickets can be purchased at 7-Eleven or online at www.walkieticket.com
Saturday night is the 7th Tequila Face, a spirit-swilling event at Revolver where photographer Johan Vosloo captures the look on people’s faces after participants engage in the tequila cruda: a lick-shoot-suck of salt, liquor and lime. Dr. Reniculous Lipz and the Scallyunz might not be able to give medical attention to over-imbibers but are sure to keep the crowd on its toes dancing to homemade hip hop and funk. DJs Charles, sublime scratcher Subtle, and the soon-to-be-departing Colour Wolf will be spinning tunes to keep the body rocking while the tequila is talking. See full story on Colour Wolf in today’s Vinyl Word.
■ 10pm Saturday at Revolver, 1-2, Roosevelt Rd, Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路一段1-2號). Admission is NT$300 at the door.