Before relocating to Belgium next year, jazz musician Martijn Vanbuel will hold one more concert with his group Orbit Folks (世界軌跡), bringing a new, challenging crossover feast of sounds from Africa, India, Indonesia, Hakka, folk, jazz, post-rock and more. Orbit Folks’ musical collaborators Nana Formosa, a virtuoso percussion duo, will also play at the concert.
■ Multi-purpose auditorium at New Taipei City Hall, (新北市政府多功能集會堂), 3F, 161, Jhongshan Rd Sec 1, Banciao Dist, New Taipei City (新北市板橋區中山路一段161號3樓)
■ Show starts at 7:30pm
■ NT$400 to NT$800. Tickets can be purchased at NTCH ticketing outlets, online through www.artsticket.com.tw
Legacy Taipei, located in a former warehouse at Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts. Tonight’s performer is singer-songwriter Huang Shan-liang (荒山亮) with rock ‘n’ roll and blues. He plays with the Fung band (丰樂團). The spotlight is on Japanese punk group NAMBA69 tomorrow, with Japan’s melodic punk act GOD4NOTHING and young rockers My First Story also playing. Golden Melody award-winning Puyuma musician Sangpuy (桑布伊) takes the stage 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)
■ Show starts at 8pm tonight and Wednesday, 6pm tomorrow
■ NT$800 tonight, NT$1,800 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
Post-rock band EF from Sweden arrives tonight at The Wall (這牆), Taipei’s most prominent venue for indie rock artists, with Swedish indie pop act Halo of Pendor, Taiwan’s Until Seeing Whale’s Eyes (直到看見鯨魚的眼睛) and 2HRS as the opening acts. It is the release party of electronic post-rock act Formosa Romance’s debut album tomorrow, joined by garage/punk rockers The White Eyes (白目), Forests (森林合唱樂團) and TuT. Sunday promises to be a jazz night featuring Blueberry Jazz Pie (藍莓派爵士樂團) and Festival Jazz Ensemble (小節慶爵士樂團). Wednesday’s roster is formed by electronic/post punk group Miss Banana (香蕉小姐), punk band Destroyers (擊沈女孩) and emo-rock/post-hardcore outfit The Girl’s Mood (少女情懷). Chinese rocker P.K.14 hits the stage on Thursday. Also on the bill are Taiwan’s post-punk rockers Macbeth (馬克白) and psychedelic rock band The Gigantic Roar (巨大的轟鳴).
■ 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 except tonight which begins at 7:30pm tonight
■ NT$1,400 tonight, NT$450 tomorrow, NT$400 on Sunday, NT$200 on Wednesday and NT$600 on Thursday. Tickets for all shows, with discounts on advance tickets, can be purchased online through www.thewall.com.tw and tickets.books.com.tw
Japanese punks PUNiK hit the stage tonight at Indie rock club Revolver. Also on the bill are garage rock favorites 88 Balaz (88顆芭樂籽), powerviolence/crust band Stench of Lust and Mr. Dirty. Tomorrow’s show features ambient/chill-out band 90Hz and post-rock trio The Capelin (柳葉魚). Electronic duo Orientone (大聲東) mixes Oriental music traditions with electronic sounds on Wednesday, with electronic duo Dronetonics and Beneath the Leaves also playing. It is indie rockers Freeman (自由人), The Disabled Outlaws and post-rock/scream group LSD Love Sex Delicious on Thursday.
■ 1-2, Roosevelt Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路一段1-2號), tel: (02) 3393-1678
■ Shows start at 10pm
■ Entrance is NT$300 tonight and tomorrow, NT$200 on Wednesday and Thursday. Admission includes one drink
Indie rockers Tight Tight Crotch (緊褲襠) and Murky Crows (昏鴉) are scheduled tonight at Roxy Rocker, a basement hangout for indie rockers and fans in Taipei. Alternative metal group XIII Goat (拾三羊) share the stage with noise pop/post-rock band Corgi Riot (柯基暴動) tomorrow.
■ 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 9pm. Roxy Rocker is open daily from 8pm to 4am, closed on Mondays
■ Free admission to all shows. Cover charge is one drink
Pop group Hush! Flying Highway (飛行公路) plays on Sunday 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: kafkabythe.blogspot.tw
■ Show starts at 8pm. Cafe/bookstore opens noon to midnight Sundays through Thursdays, noon to 2am Fridays and Saturdays
■ Entrance is NT$400 at the door
Toffee (太妃堂) mixes traditional Chinese music with contemporary beats tonight at Riverside Live House (河岸留言西門紅樓展演館). Other performers are R&B/funk group Space Cake (史貝絲考克) and funky/soul outfit Blue Blooded Bruder (藍血人). Pop musician Denise Juan (阮丹青) and her band Sunshine Costa team up with Timeless Fusion Party (無限融合樂團) 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 8pm
■ NT$400 tonight and NT$600 on Thursday. Tickets can be purchased online through www.riverside.com.tw and tickets.books.com.tw
R.A.Y. Band (雷樂隊), a trio of veteran session musicians who play power-rock originals and covers, appear tonight at Riverside Cafe (河岸留言). Tomorrow’s show is by Rukai musician Gelresai (陳世川), whose musical influences range from Aboriginal tunes, British rock to blues and folk. Jazz combos Hands Up Band (分享器) and HOPELAZZ trio are schedule on Sunday. It is electronic/alternative rock outfit Sleeping Brain (眠腦) and post-rock act Phantasy of Mirage (現象師) on Tuesday, followed by Paiwan hip-hop artists Boxing (拳樂團) and indie rockers Great Adventure (大冒險樂團) on Wednesday. Female singers Hama (蛤小蟆) and Sherry (鄭雙雙) take the stage 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 tonight which begins at 9:30pm
■ NT$400 tonight and tomorrow, NT$350 on Sunday and weekdays. Tickets can be purchased online through www.riverside.com.tw and tickets.books.com.tw
Europa Night Attack bring European jazz tonight at Sappho de Base, a late-night lounge bar that hosts mostly jazz shows. Mo-Men-T, a Hong Kong-based quintet, put together a creative mixture of modern jazz, funk and post-rock tomorrow. It is Minyen Hsieh with Symbiosis Trio (謝明諺與共聲体三重奏) on Sunday. Featuring American jazz drummer Adam James Sorensen, the Adam Sorensen Trio perform on Wednesday, followed by the Ash Hines Jazztet playing jazz grooves and compositions influenced by the cool-Jazz genre 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
■ Shows start at 9:30pm except Sunday which begins at 8:30pm. Closed Mondays
■ Entrance is NT$200 tonight, tomorrow and on Thursday, NT$300 on Sunday, free admission on Wednesday
Tonight’s main act is Paiwan group Feature, Percussion and Dance (羽•擊舞藝術) 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. Hualien-based acoustic folk duo Tom and Huck (湯姆與哈克) share the stage with ukulele player David Chen (陳建廷) 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
■ Shows start at 8pm. 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
■ Entrance is NT$250 tonight and NT$300 tomorrow. 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). It is the release party of indie rockers Donkey’s Ears’ (驢子耳朵) debut album tonight, with COM’Z as the opening act.
■ 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
■ Show starts at 7:30pm
■ NT$300. Tickets can be purchased at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks, books.com.tw and indievox.com