On Sunday, the first Dub Session will kick off at Triangle. From classic dub to UK roots the event, which takes place on the first Sunday of the month, will get your bones shaking in all the right places. This week’s acts include DJ Taili from France, Trombonist Andy from the US and Jamaica’s Mighty Lion.
■ Triangle, 1, Yuman St, Taipei City (台北市玉門街1號). On the Net: www.facebook.com/events/177598365974254/
Photo courtesy of The Mercury
■ Show starts at 4:30pm
■ Admission is NT$200
Legacy Taipei hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts. Electronic rockers Flux will take the stage tonight and play from their debut album Pluralism (多元觀點). They will be joined by DJ Sonia Calico. Tomorrow it is Japanese rockers The Bonez. On Sunday, pop folk artist PiA (吳蓓雅) will sing tunes from her new album. The Other (他者), Meuko! Meuko!, Dizparity and Ruby Fatale ( 鹿比 — 吠陀) will play on Thursday as part of the venue’s The Next Best Thing.
Photo courtesy of Flux
■ 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).
■ Show starts at 8pm tonight and tomorrow and Thursday, and 7pm on Sunday
■ Admission is NT$800 tonight and Sunday, NT$1,500 tomorrow and NT$200 on Thursday. Tickets available through www.indievox.com and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Photo courtesy of Sunset Rollercoaster
Indie rock trio Sunset Rollercoaster (落日飛車) kicks off their Deja Vu tour tonight at The Wall (這牆), Taipei’s most prominent venue for indie rock artists. They will share the venue with jazz/surf rock band Angel Baby. Tomorrow its the venue’s Thai Invasion with Retrospect, Sweet Mullet and The Yers. Punk trio Sora will play Sunday along with DSPS and The Fan (奮樂團).
■ 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: thewall.tw
■ Show starts at 8pm tonight, 7:30pm tomorrow and 8pm on Sunday
■ Tickets cost NT$600 tonight, NT$1,600 tomorrow and NT$500 on Sunday, available online through thewall.tw
Rock trio Forests (森林合唱樂團) play tonight at indie rock club Revolver. Tomorrow it is the 20th anniversary party for Japanese alternative rock band Balloons. It will be their final tour, and they will be joined by Japanese outfits killie and heaven in her arms, and Taiwan’s Human Beings (人).
■ 1-2, Roosevelt Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路一段1-2號), tel: (02) 3393-1678. On the Net: www.facebook.com/revolver.taipei
■ Shows start at 7:30pm
■ Admission is NT$400 tonight and NT$1,500 tomorrow
Riverside Cafe (河岸留言) tonight hosts saxophonist Tung Shuen-wen (董舜文) and guests. Tomorrow it is Aboriginal folk icon Panai. On Sunday, Shen An (沈安) will take the stage along with Puyuma rockers Savakan.
■ 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 9:30pm tonight and 8:30pm tomorrow 9pm on Sunday
■ Admission is NT$400 tonight and NT$400 tomorrow, NT$350 on Sunday and weeknights, available online through www.indievox.com and tickets.books.com.tw
Jazz ensemble Project RunAway play tonight at Sappho Live, a late-night lounge bar that hosts mostly jazz shows. Tomorrow it is indie folk duo The Bollands from New Zealand, who will share the venue with rock, folk and jazz group Red Cliff.
■ 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 at 9:30pm
■ Entrance is NT$400 tonight and tomorrow, NT$200 on Thursday
Solo rocker Hung Sheng-hao (洪申豪) takes the stage tonight at There Cafe & Live House (那兒咖啡), a venue for indie music in Taoyuan. He will be joined by Wang Dan (王丹).
■ 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 8pm
■ Admission is NT$400, available online through tickets.books.com.tw and www.indievox.com
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, tonight hosts two jazz groups: Jazzing (爵心樂團) and Tender Birds (青鳥爵士樂團). Tomorrow, Sunset Rollercoaster continues their Deja Vu tour with Angel Baby.
■ 362, Fuhsing 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 7:30pm
■ Admission is NT$400 tonight and NT$600 tomorrow
Mando-pop artist and One Million Star alumnus Queen (魏如昀) plays tomorrow at Legacy Taichung, a spin-off of Legacy Taipei.
■ 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.
■ Show starts at 8pm
■ Admission is NT$1,000 tonight. Tickets available online through www.indievox.com and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Golden Melody Award winning Taiwanese folk singer Zhang Yu-wei ( 張羽偉) will play tomorrow at Taichung’s Forro Cafe (呼嚕咖啡).
■ 47, Jingcheng 3rd St, Taichung City (台中市精誠三街47號), tel: (04) 2310-1661. On the Net: forrocafe.blogspot.tw
■ Show starts at 8pm
■ Admission is NT$400. Tickets available online through www.indievox.com
The Mercury (水星酒館), an indie rock club in Kaohsiung, hosts a 20th birthday celebration tomorrow for local garage rock favorites 88 Balaz (88顆芭樂籽). The group will be joined by Kaohsiung-based surf rock band Los Coronados (可樂娜多汁合唱團). On Monday, Indie rock trio Sunset Rollercoaster (落日飛車) will continue their Deja Vu tour. They will be joined by jazz/surf rock band Angel Baby.
■ 46 Liwen Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市立文路46號), tel: (07) 550-8617. On the Net: mercurybar.blogspot.tw
■ Show starts at 7:30pm
■ Entrance is NT$350, available at www.indievox.com
Live Warehouse, a venue for indie music located inside Kaohsiung’s Pier-2 Arts Center (駁二藝術特區), reopens today and will be celebrating this weekend. Tonight, tomorrow and Sunday, singer-songwriter An Pu (安溥), formerly known as Deserts Chang (張懸), will play some indie tunes.
■ 2-5 Dayi Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市大義街2-5號), tel: (07) 521-8114. On the Net: livewarehouse.tw
■ Tonight’s show starts at 7:30pm
■ Entrance is NT$1,500. Tickets available online through tickets.books.com.tw
Paramount Bar (百樂門酒館), an indie rock club in Kaohsiung, on Sunday hosts indie rock band Maffine (瑪啡因). They will be joined by The City Rain Man.
■ 70 Minzu 1st Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市三民區民族一路70號), tel: (07) 389-0501
■ Show starts at 8pm
■ Entrance is NT$300, available through www.indievox.com
Greater Kaohsiung-based pop-punk group Fire Ex (滅火器) plays tonight at the The Goat Restaurant & Bar (山羊飯館), a music venue and restaurant in Pingtung. They will be joined by taike rockers Sunset Samurai (夕陽武士).
■ 23-2 Hengnan Rd, Hengchun Township, Pingtung County (屏東縣恆春鎮恆南路23-2號), tel: (08) 888-0183
■ Show starts at 8:30pm
■ Minimum charge is NT$200
Tiehua Music Village (鐵花村), an arts village in Taitung City, tonight hosts Paiwan guitarist Balai. Tomorrow it is Kaohsiung-based pop-punk group Fire Ex (滅火器). On Sunday it is indie folk and rock band The Chairs (椅子).
■ 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
■ Shows start at 8pm. Music venue and crafts shops are open 2pm to 10pm Tuesdays through Sundays
■ NT$300 tonight, NT$500 tomorrow and NT$120 on Sunday, available online at tickets.books.com.tw
The Taipei Children’s Art Festival kicks off today with a series of theater performances. The festival features 28 international and domestic theater troupes and over 100 performances. Echoing the theme this year are three main shows that focus on participatory and improvisational performance and individualized experience for audiences.
The festival will be held at venues across the city. For more information in Chinese and English, go to: eng.taipeicaf.org
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