■ Dr. Reniculous Lipz and the Skallyunz with Point 22 tomorrow from 10pm at Rocks, B1, 219 Juguang St, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市莒光街219號B1). Admission includes one drink, NT$300 at the door, NT$200 with student ID.
Midweek, Paul Simon comes to this fair nation for the first time. The iconic singer-songwriter has won a dozen Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. We all know who he is, but now he — or at least his tour manager — knows Taiwan.
■ Paul Simon plays on Wednesday at 8pm (doors open at 7pm) at the Taipei International Convention Center (台北國際會議中心), 1, Xinyi Rd Sec 5, Taipei City (台北市信義路五段1號). Admission ranges from NT$1,200 to NT$12,800. Tickets are available through 7-11 iBon.
It’s good to see young and up-and-coming artists putting Taiwan on their tours instead of only legends/pioneers/veterans. First Lady Gaga, now ethereal Canadian musician and artist Grimes, and next? Bat for Lashes? Or Die Antwoord? No, not yet.
But it is a sign of the times to have Taiwan on the map, at least musically. With Go Chic’s tour of Europe, Revilement just back from a tour of Northern Europe, and Chthonic, who have brought their politically-edged black metal everywhere, Taiwan is making a name for itself. Canada has an AsiaMusic Fest, but also has a separate Taiwanfest. America has the Passport to Taiwan festival in New York City.
Refreshing, after seeing this nation referred to as that magical place, that Narnia of the East: Chinese Taipei, in the baseball game last week. Has anyone ever seen a stamp for that country, er, city… uh…place in their passport?
■ Grimes plays March 22 at 8pm (doors open at 7pm) 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$1,700 at the door and NT$1,500 in advance.