Legacy Taipei hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts. Tonight’s spotlight is on pop musician Hush, while emo/screamo outfit Faded Moment (凋零瞬間) takes the stage on Sunday, supported by Constant & Change (康士坦的變化球) and 70% (柒拾趴樂團).
■ Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), Center Five Hall (中五館), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei (台北市八德路一段1號)
■ Show starts at 8pm tonight and 7:30pm on Sunday
Photo courtesy of Constant & Change
■ Admission is NT$1,000 tonight and NT$700 on Sunday. Tickets available through www.indievox.com and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
After three-year hiatus, grunge/Brit-pop band Arkmen (阿克曼) plays tomorrow at The Wall (這牆), Taipei’s most prominent venue for indie rock artists, accompanied by Nora Says, Smoky Bomb (菸霧彈樂團) and hip-hop/rock combo Chiu and Love (丘與樂). British extreme metal band Carcass arrives on Wednesday. Thursday’s lineup features Taipei post-punk act Touming Magazine (透明雜誌) and punk rockers We Are So Sad (傷心欲絕).
■ 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 re: public records
■ Show starts at 8pm tomorrow and on Wednesday, 9pm on Thursday
■ Admission is NT$400 tomorrow, NT$1,500 on Wednesday, NT$1,000 on Thursday, available online through icon-promotions-tw.kktix.cc or thewall.tw
Post-rock act Kishikan (既視感), mental group Devil Assassin# (惡魔刺客) and alternative rock band The Last Breath (殘息樂團) come to APA Mini (小地方展演空間) tonight, while Ground Zero (放射空間) fuse rock with Taiwanese pop tomorrow. Sunday’s lineup is formed by smooth jazz/pop combo Realgood (真正好樂團) and Rolling Dice (搖滾骰子).
■ 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
■ Show starts at 7:30pm tonight, 2pm tomorrow, 7pm on Sunday
■ Admission is NT$350 tonight and on Sunday, NT$600 tomorrow, available through www.indievox.com
Norwegian singer and songwriter Kate Havnevik makes her debut performance in Taiwan tonight at Pipe Live Music, a main venue for indie music and parties, together with her long-term music producer Guy Sigsworth, who is known for his work with Madonna, Bjork and the likes. Sunday’s performers include pop/rock band Silent Spiral (沉默螺旋) and Cross Road (十字路口).
■ 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 tonight and 7:30pm on Sunday
■ Admission is NT$1,200 tonight and NT$350 on Sunday. Tickets for the venue’s concerts can be purchased online through pipemusic.kktix.cc, www.indievox.com and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Indie folk musician Chiang Sung-lin (江松霖) croons at Witch House (女巫店), an intimate coffeehouse-style venue in the National Taiwan University area, tonight, followed by Yuchain (昱辰), the vocalist from folk rock group Green!Eyes 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
Three worldly renown musicians — keyboard player Paolo di Sabatino, drummer Jojo Mayer and bassist Christian Galvez — get together for a show at Riverside Live House (河岸留言西門紅樓展演館) on Sunday. Wednesday’s show is by ambient electronica artists Empty Space on a Chessboard (棋盤上的空格).
■ 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
■ Entrance is NT$1,500 and NT$2,500 on Sunday, NT$400 on Wednesday. Tickets can be purchased online through www.indievox.com and tickets.books.com.tw
Tonight, The Funkenstein Project performs funk and soul at Riverside Cafe (河岸留言). Original Brewing (原味醞釀) plays folk, funk, blues and hip-hop tomorrow, with Pingtung rockers Jump also on the bill. Pop rock band Huoyaodays (火曜日) shares the stage with solo rocker Jesse (梁立昂) on Tuesday, followed by Paiwan hip-hop/rock outfit Generation 7 (七字輩) and Aboriginal act Mafana on Wednesday. It is live music whit pop singer Voter (徐哲緯) and Suitcase (旅行箱), a new band formed by three veteran rockers, 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
■ Shows start at 9pm except for tonight which begins at 9:30pm
■ Admission is NT$400 tonight and tomorrow, NT$350 Tuesday and Wednesday, NT$450 on Thursday. Tickets can be purchased online through www.indievox.com and tickets.books.com.tw
4 Jazz men perform tonight at Sappho Live, a late-night lounge bar that hosts mostly jazz shows. Tomorrow, Tony Taylor and the Rockits lay down a smooth groove of electric blues, followed by Toshi Fujii Quartet on Sunday. Led by sax, flute and blues harp-player DC Rapier, DC3 performs 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.sappholive.com
■ Shows start at 9:30pm
■ Entrance is NT$400 tonight and tomorrow, NT$200 on Sunday and Thursday
Trip-hop artists Ma-te Lin (林瑪黛) come to There Cafe & Live House (那兒咖啡), a venue for indie music in Taoyuan, tomorrow.
■ 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$400, available online through tickets.books.com.tw and www.indievox.com
On Thursday, Japanese instrumental rock group Qu teams up with Taiwan’s post-rock outfit Constant & Change (康士坦的變化球), Kishikan (既視感) and Drunk Dogs (醉狗) at 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.
■ 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$450, available online through www.walkieticket.com and at FamilyMart (全家) FamiPort kiosks
Legacy Taichung, a spin-off of Legacy Taipei, hosts Mando-pop act Evan Yo (蔡旻佑) tonight. Former indie star Faith Yang (楊乃文) returns with a show on Thursday.
■ 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 7:30pm tonight and 8pm on Thursday
■ Admission is NT$800 tonight and NT$1,200 on Thursday. Tickets for the venue’s concerts can be purchased online through www.indievox.com and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Japan’s rock trio Suichublanco and alternative roots duo Nayuta take the stage at TCRC (前科累累俱樂部), a small venue for independent musicians and local artists in Tainan, on Monday.
■ B1, 314, Simen Rd Sec 2, Tainan City (台南市西門路二段314號B1), tel: (06) 222 3238.
■ Show starts at 8pm
■ Admission is NT$250, available through www.indievox.com
Pop rock duo Ricing Star (米星星) play tonight at In Our Time, a restaurant-cum-gallery inside Kaohsiung’s Pier-2 Arts Center (駁二藝術特區), while chamber music ensemble Cicada (蟬) plays tomorrow.
■ 99, Penglai Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市蓬萊路99號), tel: (07) 521-0017
■ Shows start at 7:30pm
■ Admission is NT$200 tonight and NT$500 tomorrow, available through www.indievox.com
Death metal/math rock band Beyond Cure, Out of Survive (適者生存) and Erase the Darkeness congregate at Live Warehouse, a main venue for indie music located inside Kaohsiung’s Pier-2 Arts Center (駁二藝術特區), tonight. Indie rockers Mary See the Future (先知瑪莉) hold a concert tomorrow.
■ 2-5 Dayi Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市大義街2-5號), tel: (07) 521-8114. On the Net: livewarehouse.tw.
■ Show starts at 7:30pm tonight and 8pm tomorrow
■ Entrance is NT$350 tonight and NT$400 tomorrow. Tickets for the venue’s concerts can be purchased online through tickets.books.com.tw
On Sunday, Paramount Bar (百樂門酒館), an indie rock club in Kaohsiung, hosts a troop of bands, including melodic hardcore outfit Between the Savage (人性先覺), alternative rockers Find the Intersection (紛亂交錯) and Ferryman (擺渡人).
■ 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 7pm
■ Entrance is NT$350, available through www.indievox.com
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