For the sake of brevity I’ll list only my top ten picks, which doesn’t do justice to the full range of bands I intend on running from stage to stage to catch. Post-rock soundscape masters Collider top my agenda, with the rest in no particular order: rock and rollers 88 Guava Seeds 八十八顆芭樂籽), pop-punk-garage group White Eyes (白目), rocker boys Liger Attack, who have a whole new roster of original songs I’m excited to hear, fun bouncy poprock grrrls No Money No Honey, Dr. Reniculous Lipz and the Skallyunz live hip-hop and funk, old-style jug band The Muddy Basin Ramblers, rock-funk-rap from Coach, psychedelic rockers Blind Acid Date, and live electro-dance act Kid Millionaire.
‧Spring Scream (春天吶喊) goes from Wednesday April 3 to Sunday April 7 with music from noon to midnight at Oluanpi Lighthouse National Park (鵝鑾鼻燈塔國家公園). Admission is NT$2,400 at the gate. Tickets can be purchased from 7- Eleven iBon kiosks or Indievox (www.indievox.com). For a full band schedule and links to campgrounds see www.springscream.com.
This weekend has Taichung-based indie band Peaks playing with Blind Acid Date and Kid Millionaire at Revolver’s Ladies Night tomorrow. The latter will be shooting their first music video at the event so get your swag on when you hit the dance floor.
‧Ladies Night at Revolver with Peaks, Blind Acid Date and Kid Millionaire from 10pm tomorrow at Revolver, 1-2 Roosevelt Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路一段1-2號). Admission is free for women, NT$300 for men, includes one drink.
Tomorrow is also Taichung’s annual Whose Travel Charity Book Exchange, with a full day of second-hand books, vendors, food, children’s activities, a silent auction and bands including Two Acres Plowed, Reider Band & Hell Bent Angels, Three Day Bender and the Eversofriendlies.
‧Whose Travel Charity Book Exchange from noon to 9pm tomorrow at Chungming Park (忠明公園), 424 Huamei St, Greater Taichung (台中市華美街424號). Admission is free, minimum donation for books is NT$50 each.
Through the weekend catch the last half of Roxy Rocker’s ROXY 31st Anniversary Music Festival, with 1976 tonight, Mary Bites Kelly (瑪莉咬凱利) and Skaraoke tomorrow, and 88 Guava Seeds on Sunday.
‧Roxy 31st Anniversary Music Festival with bands at 8pm from tonight through Sunday at Roxy Rocker, 177 Heping E Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市和平東路一段177號). Admission is NT$200.