Ben Ben (斑斑), aka Lin I-le (林以樂), was formerly the drummer for Beijing’s Carsick Cars and the girl in Boyz & Girl. (The boys — guitarist Jon Du (杜澤威), drummer Lo Zun-long (羅尊龍), and bassist Tseng Kuo-hung (曾國宏) — have gone on to form Forests.)
Skip Skip Ben Ben has an artful addiction to reverb, with the lyrics blending into the overall sound. The music ranges from lo-fi shoe-gaze to garage to noise rock and with an original experimental folk style that crosses the line into the psychedelic.
■ Skip Skip Ben Ben with Until Seeing Whales Eyes and Heartones play from 8pm Wednesday Feb. 20 at The Wall (這牆), B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段200號B1). Admission is NT$200 at the door.
Stars, one of Canada’s finest song-crafting bands, play with Japan’s Shugo Tokumaru at Legacy on Feb. 20. The band’s fifth album, The Five Ghosts, continues with themes of romance, love and death that the group is renowned for. With nuanced, beautiful instrumentation, soulfully narrative lyrics, and caressing vocals, the show should be a great way to slither into the upcoming Year of the Snake.
■ Stars and Shugo Tokumaru play from 8pm to 11pm 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$1,500 in advance and NT$1,800 at the door. Tickets are available at the door or at tickets.books.com.tw