Beastie Rock (巨獸搖滾) is Aug. 24 to 26, starting early evening Friday and early afternoon on Saturday and Sunday. The location is a three-minute walk from the Tamsui MRT Station. Three-day tickets are NT$1,400, single day tickets for Friday are NT$400, and single-day tickets for Saturday or Sunday are NT$800. On the Net: www.beastierock.tw
International acts will come fast and furious this fall. With new, bigger venues like Neo 19, consistently strong attendance for touring acts, and a general maturation of the scene, Taipei is now getting bands that only a few years ago seemed like they’d never play here. Now they’re showing up on a regular basis.
The biggest announcement of late is a power line-up of North American indie bands from the 90s. And They Shall Knows is by the Trail of Dead, Thurston Moore (from Sonic Youth) and Dinosaur Jr. will play together in a showcase called Don’t Look Back, Vol. 1 at Neo Studio on Nov. 11 (NT$3,000, NT$2,800 in advance. On the Net: littleu.utiki.com.tw). This one definitely gets two thumbs up. It’s brought to us by Earwax, a promotional company that also brought No Age and Deerhunter to Taipei.
Extreme metal is also on tap, and that comes much sooner. UK grindcore band Napalm Death plays next Friday, Aug. 31 at The Wall (NT$1,500, NT$1,200 in advance. On the Net: www.indievox.com.tw). “They’re as extreme as it gets,” says Andrew Hsieh, vocalist of thrash metal band Masquerader, who’ll be warming up, along with Ashen. “Napalm Death has been going for about 30 years and is one of my favorite bands,” says Hsieh. “They’re known for the high-pitched, growling vocals, and they’re really the first band that brought that kind of vocal style.” The show should provide all you heads with your metal fix, at least until Cannibal Corpse comes on Oct. 22, also at The Wall (details to be announced).
Britrock’s “other piano band,” Keane, will come on Sep. 22 to Taipei Show Hall II (NT$1,500 to NT$3,800. On the Net: www.ticket.com.tw). If you like Coldplay, Oasis and other tuneful British music, but are looking for something fresher, you will love Keane, a four-piece with no guitars from East Sussex, UK. Still more pop and one week later in the same venue, the Los Angeles boy band Maroon 5 will perform on Sept. 29 (NT$2,500 to NT$4,000. On the Net: www.g-music.iticket.com.tw).