In Pictures: Surfer Blood (USA), Nocturnes (Yugong Yishan 14.07.2016)
Well that was a pleasant surprise. After recalling the band name Surfer Blood from my university days and giving their latest record a spin I wasn’t expecting much from the Flordia-based indie rock band. Nevertheless, through tight musicianship, and khakis shorts charm, and more than a few songs that stuck with me long after the show, I was won over by the band, who closed out their China tour at Yugong Yishan earlier this month to a slim yet excited crowd of Chinese. I was also excited to check out local indietronic duo Nocturnes, whose sensual atmospheric sound, robust vocals, and crackling guitar (the guitarist reminds me of a kid who just opened up his first guitar out of the Christmas wrapping paper) received a much needed boost from Yugong’s sound system, and likewise a very warm reception from the crowd. Their sound clearly struck a chord with audiences and I’m happy to see the band getting their due. Check out more pictures below.
LBM Mixtape No. 99
me:mo – 2016 demo (performs FRUITYSPACE July 29th)
David Boring – Machine#1 (performs School July 29th)
The Flyx – Last Wish (performs Temple July 27th)
The CLF – 感谢好时光 (performs Modernsky Lab July 30th)
Perpetual Motion Machine – 大乐 (performs Temple July 30th)
Ex-Punishment – The Six (performs School/Yugong Yishan July 29th/30th)
Dream Can – Kill The Man (performs Yugong Yishan July 30th)
Alpine Decline – Aftertaste of Gold (performs Yugong Yishan July 30th)
Weekend Update 07.22-07.24
Hope you folks were able to catch some waves these past couple days. Looks like we’re in the clear now and that can only mean one thing – weekend shenanigans galore. From DDC’s 2 Year Anniversary (which LiveBeijingMusic will be closing out this Sunday with a special showcase) to café album releases – there’s plenty to bite into this weekend so let’s get right into it. Here’s your weekend update…
New Releases: Sound and Fury, Qi Zitan, Run Groove Vol. 1, Liu Xinyu
A singer from Hangzhou to be reckon with, one the shoegaze scene’s finest examples out of Chengdu, a Beijing experimental artist makes ‘some dirty’ to J.S. Bach, and a collection of house tunes to kick start your weekend – it’s the freshest releases to ram shack your membrane including the latest from Qi Zitan, Sound and Fury, Liu Xinyu, and Run Music.
OTS: Parachutes of Fire, Wang Shengnan, The Blue Moon, The Forbidden Zone (DDC 28.05.2016)
The last gig I attended before my sabbatical back West, the evening doubled as a farewell to a dear couple from Shanghai, Adam and Ivy, who were the first people to ever give me a proper Shanghai experience. So yeah – drinks were flowing and memories were blurred as an eclectic lineup unfolded at DDC including visiting Shanghai alt folk outfit Parachutes on Fire, made up of the remnants of some of that city’s most well known bands (The Horde, Friend or Foe) who provided ample, jamtastic, rock and roll made with care and the support of flip-flops.
Love the progression of the song, and the psychedelic grooves that slowly emerge. The evening also saw the likes of indie pop songstress Wang Shengnan, who’s impressing more and more, The Blue Moon, who’s supple synth-heavy song deserves more love, and The Forbidden Zone, whose shifting and rotating cast of characters surprised and delighted me. Check out more pictures below.