Legacy Taipei, located in a former warehouse at Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts. Electronic pop band The Girl and The Robots (女孩與機器人) joins hands with female-led indie pop group Miss Stocking (絲襪小姐) tonight. It is the release party of pop rockers Chocolate Tiger’s debut album (猛虎巧克力) tomorrow. Currently on its Asian tour, visual kei band Royz from Japan arrives on Sunday. On Wednesday, five nominees of this year’s Golden Melody Awards including indie rockers My Skin Against Your Skin (激膚樂團), pop rockers io and Lie Gramophone (謊言留聲機) put on a show together. The Next Big Thing series returns on Thursday presenting emo/post-hardcore outfit OBSESS, disco/post-punk act New Sunglasses (新墨鏡) and garage rockers Bowztiger (包子虎樂團).
■ 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)
Photo courtesy of Legacy Taipei
■ Show starts at 8pm tonight, tomorrow and Thursday, 6:30pm on Sunday, 7pm on Wednesday
■ NT$600 tonight, tomorrow and on Wednesday, NT$1,900 on Sunday, NT$200 on Thursday. Tickets for the venue’s concerts can be purchased at ERA ticketing outlets, online through www.ticket.com.tw, www.legacy.com.tw and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Tonight’s show at The Wall (這牆), Taipei’s most prominent venue for indie rock artists, features Taiwanese hardcore punkers No Order (無秩序), psychedelic heavy rockers Sleaze (湯湯水水), thrash metal act Bazooka and heavy metal group Burning Island (火燒島). Folk rockers 929 take the stage tomorrow, followed by garage/punk rockers The White Eyes (白目), Murky Crows (昏鴉) and B.B.Bomb (BB彈) on Sunday. Wednesday’s main act is pop rock group DreamWalker (夢行者樂團). It is the release party of psychedelic folk rockers No.7 Cyan’s (七號青) EP on Thursday, with acoustic indie-pop group French Cheese (法式綺思) also playing.
Photo courtesy of Legacy Taipei
■ B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段200號B1), tel: (02) 2930-0162. On the Net: www.thewall.com.tw
■ Shows start at 8pm
■ NT$400 tonight, NT$600 tomorrow, NT$200 on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday. Tickets for all shows, with discounts on advance tickets, can be purchased online through www.thewall.com.tw and tickets.books.com.tw
Photo courtesy of The Wall
Punk group Destroyers (擊沈女孩) and indie rockers Frusciante (佛香甜) are scheduled tonight at Roxy Rocker, a basement hangout for indie rockers and fans in Taipei.
■ B1, 177, Heping E Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市和平東路一段177號B1), tel: (02) 2351-8177. On the Net: roxyrocker.com
■ Show starts at 8:30pm. Roxy Rocker is open daily from 8pm to 4am, closed on Mondays
■ Free admission to all shows. Cover charge is one drink
Indie rock club Revolver hosts the seventh installment of the Next Suck Thing featuring punk rockers Feed Pigs (餵飽豬), electronic outfit Sonic Deadhorse (音速死馬) and Kaohsiung-based punk rock band The Fan (奮樂團). Alternative rock group Escape and Stand out! George take the stage on Sunday.
■ 1-2, Roosevelt Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路一段1-2號), tel: (02) 3393-1678
■ Show starts at 10pm tonight and 8pm on Sunday
■ Entrance is NT$250 tonight and NT$150 on Sunday. Admission includes one drink
Pipe Live Music, a main venue for indie music and parties, hosts indie rockers 300,000 Old Pliers (三十萬年老虎鉗), metal group Ultra-Violet (紫外線樂團) and Through the Prism (穿梭稜鏡) tonight.
■ 1 Siyuan Rd, Taipei City (台北市思源路1號), tel: (02) 2364-8198. On the Net: www.pipemusic.com.tw
■ Show starts at 8pm
■ NT$350, one drink included. Tickets can be purchased online through www.walkieticket.com and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks and FamilyMart (全家) FamiPort kiosks
Jazz/alternative rock musician Early (安里) plays tonight at Witch House (女巫店), an intimate coffeehouse-style venue in the National Taiwan University area. It is solo folk rocker Birdman (日京江羽人) tomorrow.
■ 7, Ln 56, Xinsheng S Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市新生南路三段56巷7號), tel: (02) 2362-5494. On the Net: www.witchhouse.org
■ Shows start at 9:30pm. Restaurant/bar with queer/feminist bookstore and large collection of board games, open 11am to midnight Sundays through Wednesdays, 11am to 1am Thursdays through Saturdays
■ Entrance for music shows is NT$350
Folk combo Four Pens (四枝筆樂團) appears tonight at Kafka on the Shore (海邊的卡夫卡), a coffee house-cum-music and arts venue in the National Taiwan University area. Indie rockers Bearbabes (熊寶貝) end their island-wide tour tomorrow at the venue.
■ 2F, 2, Ln 244, Roosevelt Rd Sec 3, Taipei City 台北市羅斯福路三段244巷2號2樓). On the Net: kafkabythe.blogspot.tw
■ Show starts at 8pm. Cafe/bookstore opens noon to midnight Sundays through Thursdays, noon to 2am Fridays and Saturdays
■ Free admission tonight. Cover charge is one drink. NT$450 tomorrow
The spotlight is on Mando-pop singer Tony Sun (孫協志) tonight at Riverside Live House (河岸留言西門紅樓展演館), and it is four-piece boy band What Century (花世紀) on Sunday. Thursday’s roster is formed by pop/electronic rock band Morning Call (輕晨電樂團) and Murky Crows.
■ 177 Xining S Rd, Taipei City (台北市西寧南路177號), tel: (02) 2370-8805. On the Net: www.riverside.com.tw
■ Show starts at 8pm tonight, 7:30pm on Sunday, 8:30pm on Thursday
■ NT$800 tonight, NT$400 on Sunday and Thursday. Tickets can be purchased online through www.riverside.com.tw and tickets.books.com.tw
Musa’s Trio perform jazz and Latin music tonight at Riverside Cafe (河岸留言). Also on the bill is young Chinese singer Shiny (呂程程). Taiwan’s pop singer Chen Pei-chieh (陳佩潔) croons tomorrow, followed by hip-hop group Chiu and Love (丘與樂) and GG Brotherz (把妹哥) on Sunday. Tuesday’s lineup includes grunge/Brit-pop band Arkmen (阿克曼樂團), and it is pop rockers Love Manana (愛的大未來) and Rosy (玫瑰紅) on Wednesday. Pop singer Iris Lin (林綾) and singing combo Missy Mute and Friends (吃頻小姐與她的好夥伴) are scheduled on Thursday.
■ B1, 2, Ln 244, Roosevelt Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路三段244巷2號B1), next to Taipower Building (台電大樓), tel: (02) 2368-7310. On the Net: www.riverside.com.tw
■ Show starts at 9pm except for tonight which starts at 9:30pm
■ NT$400 tonight and tomorrow, NT$350 on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Tickets can be purchased online through www.riverside.com.tw and tickets.books.com.tw
Sappho de Base, a late-night lounge bar that hosts mostly jazz shows, hosts LEO37’s hip-hop jazz tonight. Andrew Salim Trio brings modern jazz tunes tomorrow.
■ B1, 1, Ln 102, Anhe Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市安和路一段102巷1號B1), tel: (02) 2700-5411. On the Net: www.sappho102.biz
■ Show starts at 9:30pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays
■ Admission is NT$300 tonight and NT$200 tomorrow
On Friday, electric blues band Bopomofo (ㄅㄆㄇㄈ) plays live at Italian restaurant Capone’s. Pop rock outfit ADOGA takes the stage on Saturday. Yvonne sings jazz standards on Sunday. Monday features Leavy crooning light jazz standards, followed by jazz duo Mary Jane and Nathan on Tuesday. On Wednesday, it’s Latin music from guitarist Roberto Zayas. Jazz singer Angel appears on Thursday.
■ 312, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段312號), tel: (02) 2773-3782
■ Live music is on from 9pm to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm to 10pm on Sundays and Mondays, 8:45pm to 10:45pm from Tuesdays through Thursdays
■ On Fridays, minimum charge of one drink. On Saturdays, minimum charge is NT$300
Puyuma musician Hao-en (昊恩) shares the stage with Taitung Amis singer Long-ge (龍哥) tonight at Tiehua Music Village (鐵花村), an arts village composed of a music venue, design and crafts shops and a weekend arts fair in Taitung City. Paiwan music group The Sun Goes Down (太陽下山) and Farmers (法蒙斯) come tomorrow.
■ 26, Ln 135 Sinsheng Rd, Taitung City (台東市新生路135巷26號), tel: (089) 343-393. On the Net: www.tw.streetvoice.com/users/tiehua
■ Show starts at 8pm tonight, tomorrow and on Thursday, 6pm on Sunday. Music venue and crafts shops are open 2pm to 10pm Tuesdays through Sundays. Weekend arts fair opens 6pm to 10pm every Friday, 3:30pm to 10pm every Saturday and Sunday
■ NT$300 tonight, NT$350 tomorrow, NT$500 on Sunday and NT$200 on Thursday. Tickets can be purchased online through tickets.books.com.tw
The Wall (這牆) programs regular live rock shows at Kaohsiung’s Pier 2 Arts Center (高雄駁二藝術特區). Tonight’s roster includes pop singers Chen 09 (陳零九) and Willy Lin (林少緯). Tainan-based blues rock/funk band OverTone, New Sunglasses and Fun People congregate tomorrow. 929 tours to the harbor city on Sunday.
■ 1 Dayong Rd, Yancheng Dist, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市鹽埕區大勇路1號), tel: (07) 521-5148. On the Net: www.thewall.com.tw
■ Shows start at 7:30pm
■ NT$350 tonight and tomorrow, NT$600 on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks, books.com.tw and indievox.com
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