Tonight’s spotlight is on singer-songwriter Easy Shen (沈簡單) at The Wall (這牆), Taipei’s most prominent venue for indie rock artists. Pop rockers Champion (強辯樂團) join forces with hard-rock/metal group Red Generation (赤世代) tomorrow.
■ 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
Photo Courtesy of Islandjam
■ Show starts at 8:30pm tonight and 7:30pm tomorrow
■ Admission is NT$800 tonight and NT$600 tomorrow. Tickets for the venue’s concerts can be purchased online through republic-records.kktix.cc or thewall.tw.
It is a night of Jamaican dub and roots music tonight at indie rock club Revolver, featuring DJs O-Brothaz Sound System and Sherwyne Splenda, a reggae artist hailing from Trinidad and currently living in Taiwan.
Photo Courtesy of Playmess
■ 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 10:30pm
■ Admission is NT$300
Photo Courtesy of Oragnegrass
Tomorrow is the release party of folk artist Chen Yan-yuan’s (陳妍元) debut EP 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.
■ 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: www.kafkabythe.blogspot.tw
■ Show starts at 8pm. Cafe/bookstore opens noon to midnight Sundays through Thursdays, noon to 2am Fridays and Saturdays
■ Admission is NT$350. Tickets can be purchased online through www.indievox.com
Versatile musician DC Rapier takes the stage tonight at Witch House (女巫店), an intimate coffeehouse-style venue in the National Taiwan University area. Tomorrow, Yuchain, vocalist from Green!Eyes, shares the stage with ambient/indie-electronica act Heartones (心電樂). It is live music from Chinese musician Leon Zheng on Thursday.
■ 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
On Wednesday, Taipei-based Japanese guitarist Eiji Kadota puts on a show at Riverside Live House (河岸留言西門紅樓展演館) based on his acclaimed debut album.
■ 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 8:45pm
■ Entrance is NT$500. Tickets can be purchased online through www.indievox.com
Three fingerstyle guitarists, Dong Yun-chang (董運昌), Shu Kuo–ming (舒國銘) and Pan Shih-cheng (潘世程), team up for a show tonight at Riverside Cafe (河岸留言). Led by Amis musician Suming (舒米恩), a group of Pakalungay, or youngsters between the ages of 12 and 20, show off their musical talent tomorrow. Tuesday’s lineup is formed by indie rockers Playmess (玩亂樂團) and Boiling Frogs (溫水煮青蛙), while The Funkenstein Project performs funk and soul on Wednesday. Thursday’s show is by indie rock group La Petite Nurse (小護士樂團) and jazz/funk ensemble Silk Wood (絲木).
■ 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 8pm tonight, 9pm tomorrow, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30pm on Wednesday
■ Admission is NT$400 tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday, NT$350 onTuesday and Thursday. Tickets can be purchased online through www.
indievox.com and tickets.books.com.tw
Tonight’s lineup at indie music venue APA Mini (小地方展演空間) features post-punk/garage rock outfit Tight Tight Crotch (緊褲襠) and country/disco/alternative rock act The Tic Tac, and it is alternative rock outfit Goosander (川秋沙) and local post-rock heroes Aphasia (阿飛西雅) tomorrow.
■ B1,147, Hangzhou S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市杭州南路一段147號B1), tel: (02) 2327-8658. On the Net: www.facebook.com/apamini
■ Shows start at 8pm
■ Admission is NT$350 tonight and NT$300 tomorrow, available through www.indievox.com
Funk/soul/reggae combo Arman Torus and the Soul Pack plays original songs and popular covers tonight at Sappho Live, a late-night lounge bar that hosts mostly jazz shows. Featuring drummer Adam Sorensen, Adam James Sorensen Quartet performs tomorrow. Tony Taylor and the Rockits lay down a smooth groove of electric blues on Sunday.
■ 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.sappholive.com
■ Shows start 9:30pm
■ Entrance is NT$400 tonight and tomorrow, NT$200 on Sunday
It is a swing night tomorrow at TAV Cafe (村落餐廳), a bar and cafe located at the Taipei Artist Village (台北國際藝術村), with The Jelly Roll Affair and Jump Somethin’.
■ 7, Beiping E Rd, Taipei City (台北市北平東路7號), tel: (02) 3393-7377X207. On the Net: tavcafe.com
■ Show starts at 8pm
■ Admission is NT$400
Post-rock/emo band Orangegrass (橙草) visits There Cafe & Live House (那兒咖啡), a venue for indie music in Taoyuan, on Sunday.
■ B1, 454, Fuxing Rd, Taoyuan City (桃園市復興路454號B1), tel: (03) 339-8819. On the Net: www.therelivecafe.com
■ Show starts at 7:30pm
■ Admission is NT$500. Tickets can be purchased online through tickets.books.com.tw and www.indievox.com
Easy Shen (沈簡單) comes to TADA Ark (TADA方舟), a music venue located inside the Taichung Cultural & Creative Industries Park (台中文化創意產業園區) in Taichung, tomorrow.
■ 362 ,Fuxing Rd Sec 3, Taichung City (台中市復興路三段362號), tel: (04) 2229-0989. On the Net: www.tadaark.com.tw
■ Show starts at 8pm
■ Admission is NT$700. Tickets available through www.walkieticket.com and at FamilyMart (全家) FamiPort kiosks
A cappella group Seagull-K Vocal Band (海鷗‧K人聲樂團) performs at Sound Live House (迴響音樂藝文展演空間), an independent venue for music and art exhibitions in Taichung, tonight. Sunday’s roster includes pop singer Shiang (鐘韡驤) and Lake Blue (湖水藍). The venue hosts a rock party, featuring Mr. Wu (無先生), Jiawu Band (甲午樂團) and Playmess (玩亂樂團) on Wednesday.
■ B1-1, 429, Henan Rd Sec 2, Taichung City (台中市河南路二段429號B1-1), tel: (04) 2451-1989. On the Net: soundlivehouse.msmusic.com.tw
■ Show starts at 7:30pm tonight and Sunday, 5:30pm on Wednesday
■ Admission is NT$450 tonight, NT$400 on Sunday, NT$350 on Wednesday. Tickets for the venue’s concerts can be purchased online through www.indievox.com
Legacy Taichung, a spin-off of Legacy Taipei, hosts top indie act 1976 tonight, followed by jazz crooner Joanna Wang (王若琳) tomorrow.
■ 117, Anhe Rd, Taichung City (台中市安和路117號), tel: (04) 2359-8780. On the Net: www.legacy.com.tw/taichung.
■ Shows start at 8pm
■ Admission is NT$800 for both shows. Tickets for the venue’s concerts can be purchased online through www.indievox.com and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Japanese-American duo An Atomic Whirl mixes chaotic noise and soft melodies tomorrow at TCRC (前科累累俱樂部), a small venue for independent musicians and local artists in Tainan, accompanied by local punk/garage act Mr. Dirty and Tap Dragon (龍頭)
■ B1, 314, Ximen Rd Sec 2, Tainan City (台南市西門路二段314號B1), tel: (06) 222 3238.
■ Show starts at 9pm
■ Admission is NT$250, available at www.indievox.com
Ta Wei (大葳), the lead singer from folk rock act Young David (青春大衛), puts on a solo show tomorrow with folk musician PiA at In Our Time, a restaurant-cum-gallery located inside Kaohsiung’s Pier-2 Arts Center (駁二藝術特區). Sunday’s show is by Seagull-K Vocal Band (海鷗‧K人聲樂團).
■ 99, Penglai Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市蓬萊路99號), tel: (07) 521-0017
■ Show starts at 8pm tomorrow and 7:30pm on Sunday
■ Admission is NT$400 tomorrow and NT$450 on Sunday, available through www.indievox.com
Taipei Discussion and Learning meets at Frog Free Cafe (蛙咖啡) to hear lectures and discuss topics such as philosophy, science, anthropology, globalization and alternative medicine. This week’s discussion is titled: Revolution Gardening: Growing Ecological Awareness and Community through Permaculture. The speech will be given by a champion of the permaculture movement in Taiwan, Tammy Turner. All discussions and lectures are conducted in English.
■ Frog Free Cafe (蛙咖啡), 5, Ln 69, Songjiang Rd, Taipei City (台北市松江路69巷5號)
■ Tomorrow at 8pm. Admission is free. Look for Taipei Discussion and Learning on Facebook
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