Weekend Update (08/05-08/07)


While your head editor here will be checking out drone sessions, albums releases, and punk festivals down in Chengdu – there’s still plenty left here in cozy ol’ Beijing for you to sink your teeth into. So don’t fret. Instead, get down and dirty, have one too many, and dance the night into oblivion at one of these gigs about town.

Friday August 5th


S.A.W, Owat, Ouch, Laisee, Drunkard, Hindbrain, Mega Soul, Purple Hell, Painted Skin, Multi-Ego, Dr. V’Agent, Big Thunder, Die From Sorrow, The Uncrowned, Ephemerality, A.J.K, The Skin I Live In, The Sweet Escape, Unregenerate Blood, Beijing Thug Brotherhood at Yugong Yishan

Holy shit look at that lineup. It’s a friggin behemoth of metal, hardcore, and screamo bands put together by none other than the Beijing Thug Life crew, who love going all out whenever they can. Serious bang for your bang – with the key highlights being ska vets Ouch, industrial metal faves A.J.K, new kings of trash metal Mega Soul, death metal outfit Die From Sorrow, and on the rise hardcore kids Laisee. So much goodness for you boys and girls willing to get out to YGYS mid-afternoon on a Friday for an afternoon to past midnight bender. Pace yourself. 150 RMB (3pm start)


Free Sex Shop, Dress Code, Stay Gold, Motorbike Girls, The Final Impact at School

Celebrate the impact and power of punk pioneers The Ramones with Beijing’s annual Ramones tribute show to the band’s last gig in 1996 featuring all girl punx outfit Free Sex Shop alongside rising scene crashers Dress Code and Motorbike Girls. 50 RMB


Zhege, Jump The Fence at DDC

Merging various styles to create almost satirical music that is somewhere between R&B, Rock and Britpop’ Beijing based supergroup Zhege bring their debut album, Easternisation, to DDC with the help of emerging rock outfit Jump the Fence. 40 RMB


Talin Tuya at Jianghu Bar

Enter the dreamscapes and vast grasslands with Mongolian singer Talin Tuya who’ll be showcasing her exquisite sound that melds the traditional and modern together. 80 RMB


Macondo, Pacalolo, Rhonda at Hot Cat Club

Get down and dirty with these rockers who know a thing or two about igniting the stage including new local faves Macondo and Rhonda as well as seasoned pros Pacalolo. FREE


Magic World, DJ Raddam at Temple

Temple lets out the good vibes with a reggae night featuring Tianjin reggae outfit Magic World, DJ Raddam, and more surprises I\’m told. FREE


The Shape Shifters, Moor Hick at Caravan

Explore your musical boundaries with a performance from fresh on the scene, The Shape Shifters whose sound is a mix of Ancient Persian, Classical Indian, and Free Jazz. They’ll be joined by Caravan owner Badr’s own band Moor Hick, who fuses music from North Africa and the old South. FREE


Joe Wittman (USA) at 69 Café

New York City jazz guitarist brings his merry band of jazz maestros for some top notch jazz fun. 70 RMB


Gabrielle at Snail Club

Up and coming folk singer-songwriter, Gabrielle, who recently hitched with D Force Records, gives an intimate performance at Snail Club. 80 RMB


Dan Taylor, Zhang Ming, Nick Parsons at Mogu Space

Folk pop, indie rock, and singer songwriters converge on 69 Café’s new Xizhimen venue, Mogu Space. 60 RMB

Saturday August 6th


Omnium Gatherum (Finland), Mors Principium Est (Finland) at Yugong Yishan

To fight the cold, Finland kids are forced to enter a metal band as they hit puberty. Or so the myth goes. Whatever the case, audiences in China are happy cause ‘all things heavy’ platform Painkiller is bringing over over two of the country’s top melodic death metal bands to get you through the summer. 280 RMB


Lu1 x Cee, Kichy Tlic at School

Pioneering Chinese hip hop figure joins Shanghai underground hip hop legend to celebrate their collaborative album release, ‘Farewell on a Midnight’. They’ll be joined by beatmaker Kichy Tlic for a lesson in hip hop. 100 RMB


Atelier II, Looming Mountain at FRUITYSPACE

Dark ambient drone soundscapes envelope the basement of FRUITYSPACE courtesy of duo Atelier II and Looming Mountain. Sleeper gig of the weekend particularly for those looking to bask in the darkness and chaotic beauty of it all. 40 RMB


Ego Fall, Four Five, The Falling, Dagon Power, Laisee, S.A.W, Dusky Star, The Sweet Escape, Virus Base at 798 Livehouse

District 798 takes a cue from Yugong Yishan’s Friday metal fest with a even heavier lineup of the scene’s heaviest hitters including Inner Mongolian infused metal outfit Ego Fall, nu metal legends Four Five, industrial metal group The Falling, and much much more. 180 RMB (3:30pm start)


Never Before, Jajatao, Electric Lady, Lonely Hearts, Gas at Temple

Temple throws down the gauntlet with a heavy, sludge-filled evening of stoner rock, sludge metal, and ethnic grunge including Jajatao, Electric Lady, and more. FREE


Click #15 at Modernsky Lab

Glam rocking, tight jeans wearing funk rock outfit Click #15, led by Ricky Sixx (of Rustic fame) unveil their debut EP, The Funky Experience, with a party at Modernsky Lab, complete with DJs and other surprises. 90 RMB


The Story Teller, Hindbrain, Eternal Flower, Amitabha at DDC

A fresh roster of bands take stage at DDC covering grunge, pop rock, and then some. You might even find the next ‘it’ band here. 40 RMB


Toy Soldiers, Ramblin Roze, P-318, Ma, Nuclear Power Box at 80 Music

You know how I mentioned they are new venues popping up here and there – well here’s another one for you with a pretty ridiculous name – 80 Music – located just west of Pinganli. Good location, solid lineup – might just have to check this one out. 60 RMB


Large Magellanic, Auburn, Jungle Fever, Siberia-Cocklebur, Hindbrain, R.D.X at Mao Livehouse

Psychedelic pop, funk rock, indie flavors and more with this eclectic lineup at the ever busy Mao Livehouse, which refuses to die. 80 RMB


The Beauty at Hot Cat Club

Up and coming Britpop outfit The Beauty are starting to receive goo word of mouth. See if the hype is real tonight on Fangjia hutong. FREE


Haozi at Snail Club

Haozi whose music ‘branches out like a tree through many styles and genres’ such as atmospheric post rock, folk, and reggae stops by Snail Club. 80 RMB


Kun, Mao, Gabrielle at Mogu Space

Violin maestro and experimentalist Kun joins trumpet player Mao and singer-songwriter Gabrielle at the new Mogu Space near Xizhimen. 70 RMB

Sunday August 7th


Dream Can, Last Goodbye, Future Orients at School

After a week of recording their debut for Maybe Mars, Shanghai shoegaze post punksters Dream Can, led by a trio of fierce ladies, end their Beijing stint with a show at School with support from new neo psychedelic band The Last Goodbye and faves own Future Orients. 60 RMB


L+R, Noise Temple at DDC

Electronic wizardry and noise whizzes express Eastern phiopophers with Western instruments and electronica this evening at DDC with L + R (Wang Lu and Yu Miao) and Noise Temple, coming over from Chengdu. 60 RMB


Time Street, Stream of Life at Mao Livehouse

Rock it this Sunday at the still standing Mao Livehouse as J-pop style rock outfit Time Street join fresh on the scene Streams of Life for some ruckus. 80 RMB


Soundsylvania (USA), Haozi at Yugong Yishan

Pennsylvania, USA folk duo bring their easing sounds and stories to the big stage with some help from acclaimed Beijing based folk singer-songwriter Haozi. 100 RMB


Joe Wittman (USA) at Jianghu Bar

New York City jazz guitarist brings his merry band of jazz maestros for some top notch jazz fun. 70 RMB

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