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Live Wire: Mega-birthdays, mega-punk, Megaport!

By Alita Rickards  /  Contributing reporter

If you missed Japanese experimental metal psych-rock pop band Boris at the Wall (這牆) yesterday you can catch them with Grizzly Bear as they are also playing Megaport. With 17 studio albums under their belt, they bend genres and define the analog-digital hybrid ethic with an E-bow, a Vibrato bar, a range of pedals and a double-necked bass guitar that vocalist Takeshi uses to avoid having to switch instruments.

Joining the two-day lineup are a long list of bands including Skaraoke, Wonfu, Fire Ex, Manic Sheep, 10-Feet and How to Dress Well. Check the Web site, www.megaport.com.tw, for a full schedule — it’s a good one.

■ Megaport Music Festival tomorrow and Sunday from noon to 10pm at Pier 2 Art District (高雄駁二藝術特區), 1 Dayong Rd, Yancheng Dist, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市鹽埕區大勇路1號). Pre-sale tickets are NT$900 for a one-day pass and NT$1,600 for a two day pass, available through 7-11 iBon; NT$1,100 NT$1,800 at the door.

This weekend might be one of the last times to catch Roxymoron, now on mini-tour, as frontman Ben Smith will be leaving Taiwan shortly. Roxymoron and Forests played Underworld on Wednesday and will hit Taichung tomorrow and Kaoshiung Saturday.

■ Roxymoron and Forests, tonight from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Emerge Live House (浮現藝文展演空間), 12, Ln 55, Sinsing Rd, Longjing Township, Taichung County (台中縣龍井鄉新興路55巷12號). Admission is NT$200, NT$100 with Megaport wrist band. Tomorrow from 10pm at The Mercury (水星酒館), 46 Liwen Rd, Zuoying Dist, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市左營區立文路46號). Cover charge to be announced, check mercurybar.blogspot.com

This coming Wednesday, catch hardcore punk bands Fucked Up (Canada) and Gallows (England) at The Wall. Though Fucked Up are a critically acclaimed, award-winning band (in 2009 they won the Polaris Music Prize) they and their fans are known to fuck things up, with massive damage reported after shows. Just another brick in the proverbial wall.

■ Fucked Up and Gallows from 8pm on Wednesday 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$1,800 at the door, NT$1,600 presale.

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