Tonight’s main act at The Wall (這牆), Taipei’s most prominent venue for indie rock artists, is indie rockers Murky Crows (昏鴉). Also on the bill is noisy experimental rock group The Sign of Human (記號士) and Moonteg. A Mandarin rock band based in San Francisco, Dream Rush, performs tomorrow with The Chairman (董事長樂團) as a special guest. It is pop rockers Gsus (激射樂團), alternative rock band 3.D.B (參噸半樂團) and Candy Wine (糖果酒) on Sunday. Thursday’s roster is instrumental rock band BHD and Donkey’s Ears (驢子耳朵).
■ 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 and tomorrow, NT$200 on Sunday 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
300,000 Old Pliers (三十萬年老虎鉗) and The Golden Age Syndrome (黃金年代症候群) are scheduled tonight at Underworld (地下社會), a small basement club in Taipei. A rock duo based in Brooklyn and Tokyo, Ken South Rock appear tomorrow with reggae rock group Hang in the Air (盪在空中) also playing. Alternative rockers When I see the Mushroom share the stage with The Sameday (平凡生活) on Wednesday.
■ B1, 45 Shida Rd, Taipei City (台北市師大路45號B1), tel: (02) 2369-0103. On the Net: www.upsaid.com/underworld
■ Shows run from 9pm to 11pm. Underworld is open daily from 9pm, closed on Sundays and Mondays
■ Entrance for music shows is NT$300 on Fridays and Saturdays, which includes one drink, and NT$100 on Wednesdays
Electronic rock duo Phaze (瘋十代) from Singapore land tonight at Roxy Rocker, a basement hangout for indie rockers and fans in Taipei. Also on the bill is Taiwan’s country/alternative rock outfit The Tic Tac. Tomorrow’s lineup includes garage/punk outfit Floaty and pop/psychedelic band Blind Acid Date (迷幻的瞎眼約會).
■ 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
■ Shows start 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
It is night of electronica spun by DJs Zi-Jing, Al Burro and Puzzle Maker tonight at Indie rock club Revolver. Tomorrow is the After the Scream party featuring Kid Millionaire, Dr Reniculous Lipz and The Skallyunz (白悟空). Funky Brother is back on Wednesday. Thursday goes acoustic with interaction act The Bollands, The Wayfarer State and Nick Brown.
■ 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 tomorrow, 9:30pm on Wednesday and Thursday
■ Entrance is NT$300 tonight, NT$200 tomorrow, NT$100 on Wednesday and NT$150 on Thursday. Admission includes one drink
Pipe Live Music, a main venue for indie music and parties, hosts blues rock outfit Commuters (通勤少年), electronic/post punk group Miss Banana (香蕉小姐) and Sodium tonight. Taiwanese musician Chu Yueh-hsin (朱約信), also known as Joy Topper (豬頭皮), and Hsiao Fu-te (蕭福德) take the stage tomorrow.
■ 1, Siyuan Rd, Taipei City (台北市思源路1號), tel: (02) 2364-8198. On the Net: www.pipemusic.com.tw
■ Shows start at 8pm
■ NT$350 tonight and NT$500 tomorrow. Tickets can be purchased online through www.walkieticket.com and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks and FamilyMart (全家) FamiPort kiosks
Female duo Mars & Coara (火星熊) and Infancy (隱分子) perform tonight at Witch House (女巫店), an intimate coffeehouse-style venue in the National Taiwan University area. It is alt-rock band Silent Toads (啾吉惦惦) tomorrow. A-list songstress Cheer Chen (陳綺貞) appears on Wednesday. Thursday’s show features award-winning jazz pianist Alex Pryrodny.
■ 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 tonight, tomorrow and on Thursday, 8:30 on Wednesday. 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
Paiwan singer Jin Wen (曾靜玟) and pop newcomer Wu Wen-fang (吳汶芳) play 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. It is acoustic group Cicada (蟬) tomorrow.
■ 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 on 8pm. Cafe/bookstore opens noon to midnight Sundays through Thursdays, noon to 2am Fridays and Saturdays
■ Entrance is NT$400. Admission includes one drink
Legacy Taipei, located in a former warehouse at Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts. Tomorrow’s show features hip-hop outfit Juzzy Orange, electronic/dubstep group Lie Gramophone (謊言留聲機) and hip-hopsters and activists Kou Chou Ching (拷秋勤). It is the release party of pop rockers FUN4’s debut album on Wednesday.
■ 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)
■ Shows start at 8pm
■ NT$350 tomorrow and NT$500 on Wednesday. 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
Israeli flutist Hadar Noiberg plays with Chipin & Kaiya’s Jazz Quartet (啟彬與凱雅爵士四重奏) at Riverside Live House (河岸留言西門紅樓展演館) tonight. Jimmy Wang (王俊傑), a folk and ballad singer performs with friends tomorrow. Sunday’s show features indie folk group hush! and Easy. Funk-rock/nu-metal veterans Coach (教練) and God Dance hit the stage on Thursday.
■ 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
■ Shows start at 8:30pm
■ NT$400 tonight, on Sunday and Thursday, NT$600 tomorrow. Tickets can be purchased online through www.riverside.com.tw and tickets.books.com.tw
Riverside Cafe (河岸留言) hosts Japan’s blues guitarist Shun Kikuta and friends tonight. It is pop outfit Come on! Bay Bay! (來吧!焙焙) and Crispy tomorrow, followed by Paiwan hip-hop artists Boxing (拳樂團) and Wildflower (野花樂團) on Sunday. Pop rock youngsters Yellow Hyacinth (黃色風信子) and punk/hard-core rockers Hardboiled (水煮蛋) are scheduled on Tuesday, and it is Rosy (玫瑰紅樂團) and Bling High (不厲害) on Wednesday. Thursday’s lineup are Puyuma musician Hao-en (昊恩) and experimental singer-songwriter Wang Yu-jun (王榆鈞).
■ 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 tomorrow, 9pm on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
■ NT$400 tonight and tomorrow, NT$350 on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, NT$200 on Tuesday. Tickets can be purchased online through www.riverside.com.tw and tickets.books.com.tw
Ash & Friends bring a night of jazz grooves and tunes of the cool-Jazz genre tonight at Sappho de Base, a late-night lounge bar that hosts mostly jazz shows. Soy La Ley blends jazz with Cuban music tradition tomorrow, while A Nossa Musica brings a blend of traditional Brazilian music and jazz on Tuesday. Wednesday’s act is Baaa! Jazz Quartet, followed by Adriano-Musa Duo on Thursday.
■ 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 10pm tonight, 10:30pm tomorrow and 9:30pm on weekdays. The venue is closed on Sundays and Mondays
■ Entrance is NT$200 tonight and NT$300 tomorrow. Free on other nights
The Wall (這牆) programs regular live rock shows at Kaohsiung’s Pier 2 Arts Center (高雄駁二藝術特區). Indie pop group Queen Suitcase (皇后皮箱) stages a show tomorrow with alternative rock outfit The Old Mog Detective Agency (老貓偵探社) and Easy also playing. It is Shuo & Cool Humor (蕭賀碩與冷笑話樂團) 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 tomorrow and 7pm on Sunday
■ NT$300 tomorrow and NT$400 on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks, books.com.tw, and indievox.com
Taipei Discussion and Learning meets every Sunday at Wisteria Tea House (紫藤廬) to hear lectures and discuss topics such as philosophy, science, anthropology, globalization and alternative medicine. All discussions and lectures are conducted in English. This weekend’s lecture is entitled: The Controversy within the First Teachings of the Buddha”.
■ Wisteria Tea House (紫藤廬), 1, Ln 16, Xinsheng S Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市新生南路三段16巷1號)
■ Every Sunday at 8pm
■ Entrance is free. For more information visit www.taipeidiscussionandlearning.blogspot.com