Legacy Taipei hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts. The latest installment of The Next Big Thing takes place tonight, featuring alternative/post-hardcore band Instinct of Sight from Hong Kong, Taiwan’s indie pop group Queen Suitcase (皇后皮箱), punk outfit Random (隨性樂團) and electronic rockers Flux. Indie pop songstress Debbie Hsiao (蕭賀碩) takes the stage tomorrow, followed by pop singer and songwriter Eli Hsieh (謝震廷) on Sunday.
■ 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 7pm tonight, 8pm tomorrow and on Sunday
Photo courtesy of Flux
■ Admission is NT$200 tonight, NT$700 tomorrow, NT$800 on Sunday. Tickets available through www.indievox.com and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
The Lacking Sound Festival (失聲祭) continues to celebrates its 100th edition tonight at The Wall (這牆), Taipei’s most prominent venue for indie rock artists, with an impressive lineup of sound artists, DJs and noise makers, including Fujui Wang (王福瑞), Wang Chung-kun, Gay Bird (梁基爵), Betty Apple (鄭宜蘋) and Dawang Yingfan Huang (黃大旺). Sunday’s spotlight is on Japanese math rock band LITE, supported by Taiwan’s post-rock outfit Kishikan (既視感).
■ 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 Queen Suitcase
■ Shows start at 8m
■ Admission is NT$600 tonight and NT$1,200 on Sunday, available online through thewall.tw
On Wednesday, acclaimed German death-metal outfit Fleshcrawl makes its debut performance at Jack’s Studio (杰克音樂) in Ximending (西門町), with Taipei’s grind/powerviolence/crust band Stench of Lust as the opening act.
Photo courtesy of Yolanda Cheng
■ B1, 76 Kunming St, Taipei City (台北市萬華區昆明街76號B1), tel: (02) 2381-0999
■ Show starts at 7:30pm
■ Admission is NT$800. Tickets available through www.indievox.com
Photo courtesy of Dismiss
Tonight’s spotlight is on Japanese hardcore act Nemu at indie rock club Revolver, accompanied by ANYO from Osaka.
■ 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 9:30pm
■ Tickets cost NT$650, available through www.indievox.com and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Taiwanese rockers Kid King (孩子王) from Kaohsiung come to APA Mini (小地方展演空間) tonight, with Taipei punk trio Messyroom (梅西的房間) also playing.
■ 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 8pm
■ Admission is NT$450, available through www.indievox.com
Tonight, workers-rights combo Black Hand Nakasi (黑手那卡西) holds its farewell concert before officially disbanding at Pipe Live Music, a major venue for indie music and parties. The venue hosts a late-night party tomorrow, with a couple of bands and a group of DJs covering everything from hip-hop, soul and funk, to house. Participating artists include SOSS, Mellow Groove and LEO37.
■ 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 7:30pm tonight and 11pm tomorrow
■ Admission is NT$500 tonight and NT$400 tomorrow. Tickets for the venue’s concerts can be purchased online through www.indievox.com and pipemusic.kktix.cc
Pop songwriter and songstress Lotus Wang (王美蓮) performs at Kafka by the Sea (海邊的卡夫卡), a coffee house-cum-music and arts venue in the National Taiwan University area, tonight.
■ 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
■ Tickets cost NT$400, available at www.indievox.com
Tomorrow, The Beetoast plays songs of The Beatles at Bobwundaye (無問題), a small pub in Taipei.
■ 77, Heping E Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市和平東路三段77號), tel: (02) 2377-1772
■ Show starts at 10pm
■ Admission is NT$300
Indie act Riven Wen (文河樂團) is among the performers at Witch House (女巫店), an intimate coffeehouse-style venue in the National Taiwan University area, tonight, while it is sitar player Wushi Azer (屋希耶澤), alt-pop band 13 (拾參) and folk/rock artist Ai-ching (艾青) tomorrow. Thursday’s roster include trip-hop/jazz duo Stephani (史蒂芬妮).
■ 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
Riverside Live House (河岸留言西門紅樓展演館) hosts girl duo Dears tonight. Sixties Gang (六零幫樂團) holds a charity concert tomorrow, playing iconic tunes from the 1960s and 1970s. Japan’s anime and video game singers Mi-Chan and Kettaro appear on Sunday.
■ 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 8pm tonight, 7pm tomorrow, 2:30pm on Sunday
■ Entrance is NT$500 tonight, NT$1,200 tomorrow, NT$1,500 and NT$3,000 on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online through www.indievox.com and tickets.books.com.tw
Veteran singer-songwriter and producer Bing (王治平) plays with friends tonight at Riverside Cafe (河岸留言), followed by pop rock duo Ricing Star (米星星) tomorrow. Pop singer Yolanda Cheng (鄭宇伶) shares the stage with funk group Soul Blower on Sunday.
■ 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 9:30 tonight, 9pm tomorrow, 8pm on Sunday
■ Admission is NT$400, available online through www.indievox.com and tickets.books.com.tw
Jazz pianist Grace Weng performs with friends at Sappho Live, a late-night lounge bar that hosts mostly jazz shows, tonight. The Flat Fives jam out on swing and R&B tunes from the 1940s and 1950s tomorrow, followed by M.A.S.K Jazz Quartet on Wednesday. Born in a family of musicians among West African rhythms, percussionist Moussa Camara from Guinea plays African beats on several traditional instruments, including balafon and n’goni, 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 Wednesday and Thursday
Pop act Liao Wen-chiang (廖文強) tours to Legacy Taichung, a spin-off of Legacy Taipei, tonight, and it is folk musician and producer Shen Sheng-jer (沈聖哲) 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
■ Show starts at 7:30pm tonight and 8pm tomorrow
■ Admission is NT$700 for both shows. Tickets available online through www.indievox.com and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Tomorrow, shoegaze/dream pop/post-punk outfit Dismiss (解散樂團) and PA66 each plays a set at TCRC (前科累累俱樂部), a small venue for independent musicians and local artists in Tainan.
■ 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 9:30pm
■ Admission is NT$250, available at www.indievox.com
Japan’s Nemu and ANYO arrive at Live Warehouse, a main venue for indie music located inside Kaohsiung’s Pier-2 Arts Center (駁二藝術特區), 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
■ Entrance is NT$600. Tickets available online through tickets.books.com.tw
Guitarist Chin Sheng (欽聖) fuses elements from jazz, pop and folk music at Goat Bar (山羊飯館), a music venue and restaurant in Pingtung, tomorrow.
■ 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
■ Admission is NT$200
Hakka musician Chen Yong-tao (陳永淘) appears at Tiehua Music Village (鐵花村), an arts village in Taitung City, tonight, followed by young Puyuma rockers Savakan and Dafton (大佛蹲) 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
■ Minimum charge is NT$120 tonight and tomorrow
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