In Pictures: ‘Get Off’ Music Festival (798 Livehouse 06.10.2016)


Contrary to what some may think – the music scene is alive and well in Beijing. Just take a look at the ticketing platform showstart to get a fuller view of just how many shows are going down on a given weekend (and that’s not including many of the Gulou staples). A heck ton. At venues I haven’t even heard of or didn’t even realize were still operating. Take 798 Livehouse. They’ve been quietly (to some circles at the very least – a point most people forget when they talk about how few shows are happening outside of Gulou) hosting shows week after week, with solid lineups nonetheless. Power to them. While the acoustics in there aren’t up to snuff, aesthetically it’s perfect for some down and out rock and roll. And during the Golden Week holiday we got just them – a full day worth of rock and roll from an array of artists with active followings. Perhaps not with the underground tastemakers of today – but legions of Chinese fans who grew up on them. From the crusty hard rock of Iron Kite (a band that’s been around since the mid-1990s), the bluesy folk rock of Hoochie Coochie Gentlemen, the big band appeal and energy of Mr. Honey, to even the britpop swooning of Windsor Forest, and the always reliable alternative rock of Perpetual Motion Machine – these are bands that have been hitting the China circuit for years and it shows. Gig warriors. More pictures below.


OTS: Dirty Fingers, Split Pants, JaJaTao (Temple 28.09.2016)


Shanghai was all over Beijing last month, as band after band made their way to the charm, grime and bustle of our fair city, with one thing in mind, to rock their way into our hearts. Like punk ruffians Dirty Fingers, who were gracious enough to stick around for a week for a stint of shows. Seems Beijing couldn’t get enough of them and for good reason – they’re not many punk bands with the sheer audacity to turn it up to eleven every single time out.

I’ll say it again and again – these guys are the real deal – a red-hot mess of guts and glory that simply ignites. Unless they ride to close to the sun, expect to see these cats being talked about a lot in the next couple years. That wasn’t all the Shanghai that Temple had in store – Split Pants, the alt folk brotherly duo, formed from the ashes of Stegosaurus? (remember them!) had some acoustic, delay-heavy folk tunes with a devilish heart. Loved the dark undertones. Not quite what you’d expect. Finally, JaJaTao stepped in to show how’s it’s done in Beijing – which evidently means wool cardigans and lots of brass. Love em. Check out some more pictures below.


Upcoming: thruoutin Winter International Tour Kick Off (10/28 No 6. Jianguo Bar)


This Friday, October 28th – before all the freaks and ghouls invade the streets (well, bars mainly) – your kindly editor here will be doing guest Djing for my buddy, thruoutin, at No. 6 Jianguo Bar (next to Culture Yard) for his tour kick off which will find the artist jumping around the globe over the next couple months. Hit it up – should be good fun. Let me know your song requests. Full press release below…

Prepare yourself for an intimate DJ night where marvelousness, music, friends and tranquil moods get together to form a special and interesting experience. We are honored to have the following DJs showcase an incomparable atmosphere at No 6. Jianguo Bar this Friday October 28th.

DJ Guigz (GUIGUISUISUI) is regarded as one of the Beijing macabre music community’s most exciting groups of current times. Joyful and yet spooky entertainment makes DJ GUIGZ a gem to be held and are now well-renounced through the worldwide looking glass.

DJ Fancy Hobo, of Live Beijing Music fame, has been a freelance blogger, photographer and videographer of the Beijing underground scene for many moons now. As well as throwing events himself, he also runs his own cassette label with the aforementioned DJ GUIGZ called Nasty Wizard Recordings. DJ Fancy Hobo will fill the room with some of his favorite cuts from around the city and much more.

Beijing based producer and founder of Seippelabel, thruoutin, starts his Winter International Tour on this night. The tour will include two stops in the US, Malaysia, China and a single performance in Singapore. You’re welcome to come and start the tour off right with music that will be the soundtrack of his two month long voyage.


thruoutin Tour kickoff Party
No. 6 Jianguo Bar
Friday, October 28th, 2016
Beijing, China

9:30 ~ 12:00
DJ Guigz (AWEH)
DJ Fancy Hobo (Live Beijing Music)
thruoutin DJ Set (Seippelabel)

Weekend Update 这周末 (10/21-10/23)


Beijing is really reeling in the love this week with yet another smog-alert. Even the apocalypse has more picturesque charm than this. My sole advice – start a ragtag team of steampunk cannibals and get your freak on to one of these live gigs. Plenty of human fodder to be had there. Trust. 

Friday October 21st


The Pumpkins, Bastards of Imperialism, GuiGuiSuiSui, Death Narcissist at School

Local label and booker Dr. Smartass (aka Shanzhai Laowai, aka Darryl, aka signer of the Bastards of Imperialism) celebrates two years of bridging the various rock scenes and Beijing with a killer showcase which’ll also double as the debut release from the policatcally charged punk out Bastards of Imperialism. Support from some Beijing regular ass kickers as well as Xinxiang punk band Pumpkins, true torchbearers. 40 RMB (includes album)


MIJI Concert Series #40 at Meridian Space

The MIJI Concert Series is back, for another experimental music performance taking place in a long rectangular room. This time, Subjam brings us 3 experimental sets: a duo by Vietnamese/Austrian duo Parallel Asteroid; another duo by Ake + Zhao Cong; and finally a trio featuring Parallel Asteroid and Zhu Wenbo. 50 RMB


Jackson Tunrer, Longjing, UBC, Crystal C, MC Webber, Zulu Bob, Slogi, Abel X at Yugong Yishan

Reggae and hip hop join forces as ‘Distant Relatives’ hopes to bring together different cultures and musical styles for an evening of god vibing including sets from rappers Jackson Turner (New-York) and Crystal C (Chicago), Longjin, UBC, and more. 120 RMB


Jony J, Easy Boyz Gang, Dragon Well at DDC

Nanjing rapper Jony J looks to put a mirror to the image of material goods, wealth and sex as the goal in life with his latest album. The rising hip hop star will be joined by Beijing’s own rap collective Easy Boyz Gang and more. 100 RMB


Pork, Demerit, Duff Beer at Temple

One of the scene’s most passionate and dedicated punk outfits Demerit join grunge veterans Pork perform tonight at Temple alongside up and coming punk scrappers Duff Beer. FREE


The Dice! at fRUITYSPACE

Spacey noise rock duo continue their residency at fRUITYSPACE, this time performing for the latest painting exhibition from Li Xiangyu and Guo Siban. FREE


Ephemerality, The Tek Dead, Painted Skin, Equal Temperament, N&Y, Haixing at Ao Club

Grrrrrrrrr!! That’s the sound the kids will be making when you venture down to the Qianmen venue for some metal and hard rocking with such mainstays as Ephemerality, Painted Skin and more. 100 RMB


Li Bo at 69 Café

Lead singer of Rosewood Bullets, the rootsy hard rock band that infuses 80s hard rock with a more tender folk twang, goes solo at the couch-filled venue. 60 RMB


The Nightcrawlers at Jianghu Bar

Feel the Chicago blues as The Nightcrawlers get down at the hutong hotspot to ease away those weekday blues. 60 RMB


The Felling Tree, Scott Walker at Mogu Space

Upbeat folk tunes ‘wrapped in delta blues, Americana, and rockabilly’ looks to get you moving in Xizhimen. 60 RMB


Disaster Chat, The Hunters at Hot Cat Club

Indie rock, and digestible grooves to lay into at the Hot Cat Club. FREE


The Groove Collective at Modernista

Multi-national funk rock outfit The Groove Collective present their ‘melting pot of disparate rhythms and fun-loving uproar’ on Baochao Hutong. FREE

Wang Wu at Snail Club

Northeastern Chinese singer-songwriters, Wang Wu, whose loose hair and vibrant voice made him one of the finalists on one of the country’s top rated American Idol clones performs. 50 RMB



Saturday October 22nd


Wonder Sea, The White Papers, Brickleberry, Asakawa Pharmacy, Default at DDC

DDC host the next generation of rockers – a crop of bands that are looking to break out – from the post emo rock stylings of Wonder Sea, to the new wave post punk of The White Papers, these are bands who are eager to be heard. 50 RMB


Mr. Sterile Assembly, The Death Narcissists, DJ Fido at Caravan

New Zealand art punk duo Mr. Sterile Assembly swing by Moroccan hotspot Caravan for some devious fun alongside the ever busy Death Narcissits and DJ Fido. FREE


Candy Monster, Nerve Resistance, The Sweet Escape, Time Street, Next Door Band at Mao Livehouse

Industrial metal, doo wop pop, 8-bit emo rock, and some much more – it’s a varied lineup tonight at Gulou’s Mao Livehouse as Nerve Resistance, Candy Monster, Time Street, and more take the stage. 120 RMB


Bedstars at Mogu Space

The rancidly devious, 70s era punk favorites bring their inebriated riotous sounds to Mogu Space for a special unplugged performance. 60 RMB


Parallel Asteroid (Austria/Vietnam), Mind Fiber, Soviet Pop at fRUITYSPACE

Parallel Asteroid, consisting of Vietnamese pianist/synthesizer player Lan Cao and Austrian saxophonist (among other electronic gizmos) bring their abstract experimental sound to fRUITYSPACE alongside experimental noise acts Mind Fiber (made up of Li Jianhing and Vavabond) and Soviet Pop. 50 RMB


Image Above All, Jump The Fence, Pacalolo at Temple

Get your indie on at Temple with funk rock outfit Image Above All, indie foot tappers Jump The Fence, and electro rock veterans Pacalolo. FREE


ShuangBangEr w/ DJ Wesley, 1043, B-Boy, Jaio Jin at Yugong Yishan

Hip hop continues to strive in Beijing – Double Sticker, formed by Jia Lei and Ou Zi, bring their underground hip hop success story to Yugong Yishan with a slew of hip hop affiliates including 1043 rap team, Jiao Jin, and more. 100 RMB


Bian Yuan at School

Ex frontman of legendary punk rock band Joyside, Bian Yuan continues evolving his solo career, with influences from Leonard Cohen and other singer songwriters, the artist returns to Beijing to conclude his nationwide tour alongside a host of friends and bandmates. 80 RMB 


A.J.K, Drunkard, Laisee, Back, N&Y at 798 Livehouse

798’s old factory venue appropriately hosts some of the scene’s hardest rockers including goth metal veterans Army Of Jade Kirin (A.J.K), hardcore aerobatics Laisee, and grunge renegades Drunkard. 100 RMB


Dongzi at Jianghu Bar

The wise weary-voiced folk veteran Dongzi brings his intimate stories and lyrics to Jianghu Bar. 100 RMB


Time Partner, Day Day Cherry, Windsor Forest at Blessing Livehouse

Britpop, indie pop – however you want to chalk it up – there’s gonna be some swooning and good ol fashion popping going on at the Shuangjing joint. 80 RMB


Without Iron, Hummingbird at Ao Club

My doctors used to tell me I was lacking in the iron department – have to wonder if that’s the deal with this pop heavy hard rock outfit who along with Hummingbird hope to bring their mainstream appeal to the Qianmen outpost. 100 RMB


Jin Song at Modernsky Lab

Lijiang folk singer-songwriter Jin Song swings through Modernsky Lab as a part of his national tour to promote his new EP, Meet You. 100 RMB


Stevie Mac & the Mac Daddies at Hot Cat Club

Inspired by all things classic, pop, and big band, Stevie Mac & The Mac Daddies bring ‘a vintage approach to contemporary music’. Enjoy classic reimaginings from the ever-expanding trope at the Fangjia Hutong venue. FREE


Sunday October 23rd


Demerit, Bedstars, Penecillin, The Sino Hearts, Free Sex Shop, Quick Shot at School

School Bar welcomes back two friends of the Beijing rock n roll – Rupert and Johanna from Vienna – with a stacked showcase of School’s closest affiliates including the always dependable Bedstars, Demerit, Penecillin, Free Sex Shot, as well as Quick Shot, and The Sino Hearts. Bring your weekend mentality cause it’s gonna be a long evening. FREE


Mr. Sterile Assembly (New Zealand), Dead Corner, Ding Chenchen at fRUITYSPACE

New Zealand art punk duo continue their reign of destruction across China with a explosive drum/bass free for all at fRUITYSPACE alongside Beijing party stoppers Dead Corner and Ding Chenchen. 4pm start. 50 RMB


The Samans, Bloody Woods at Yugong Yishan

Changchun folk metal outfit The Samans celebrate ten years of epic composoitons – a visceral combination of Celtic, Viking, and traditional Chinese metal that has ignited crowds for years. 100 RMB


Once And For All at Modernsky Lab

Avant-garde metal outfit Once And For All, one of China’s leader Djent pinoeers (a style of heavy metal music that was developed as a spinoff of traditional progressive metal) strut their latest as part of their China wide tour.  


Bravery in Battle (France) at DDC

Acoustic post-rock outfit from Paris, France bring their melding of styles to DDC as they utilize classical instruments to give the post rock genre a new twist. 80 RMB


The Nightcrawlers at Temple

Chicago blues outfit The Nightcrawlers get their clammy mitts all over Temple Bar for some Sunday fun. FREE

Ember Swift at Hot Cat Club

Ember Swift brings her swag and stylish indie rock to DDC as the longstanding Beijing-based artist presents her latest musings. FREE

Qin Jiannan, Scott Silverman at Jianghu Bar

Jazz maestro performs with his skilled trope alongside fellow guitar picker Scott Silverman. 60 RMB


Nick Parsons, Fofox at 69 Café

A piano-led folk night featuring the talents of regular scene hitters Nick Parsons and Fofox whose Neil Young, Nick Drake, and Pink Floyd renditions and originals will ease you into the new week. 60 RMB

MV Weekly: Wogui de Huoche, Bastards of Imperialism, Boiler Room


What better way to tease your upcoming album than a music video – both Hangzhou dream poppers Wogui de Huoche and Beijing geopolitical punks Bastards of Imperialism present their debut album’s MVs. Plus, a look at Boiler Room’s latest venture into China. Here’s the latest videos to get down with.


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