Weekend Update (06.11-08.11)


Holy shit – is that rain cold or what? Could it be possible that snow is right around the corner! Good lordin. Gonna be playing around around with the weekend update format a bit these next few weeks so bear with me. Need to comply myself to get them out earlier and at the same time start making some cuts. Simply too much to cover in one weekend and my sanity is started to fade. Nevertheless, here\’s your weekend update you heathens! And as always, check the new and updated November calendar for more. In order of their awesomeness to me (and guess what – I can be pretty friggin biased) ——–


  • Sally Can’t Dance Festival (Nov. 7th, 8th at School)

    • The avant-grade festival returns for the fifth time showcasing the some of the experimental scene’s most prolific characters performing original ‘compositions’. Go for the onslaught on humanity that is harsh noise duo Torturing Nurse – stay for the other offbeat surprises from an array of artists on the fringes, including Yi Yin and MAI MAI out of Shanghai and Liu Wei-Chih out of Taiwan. Josh’s got the lowdown —- Full schedule here. (4pm start/100 RMB per day)
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  • Nine Treasures One-Off (Nov. 6th at Modernsky Lab)

    • Inner Mongolian pagan metal outfit Nine Treasures continue their reign of terror after a jampacked 2015 which saw them in Europe and beyond. Expect a culture blend of influences and a horse whipping frenzy of moshing. (60/80 RMB)
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  • [INSERT NAME HERE] Experimental Minifest (Nov. 6th at fRUITYSHOP)

    • Throughout November Meridian Space will host a collection of artists who will showcase ‘their vision through whatever media they choose…video installation, music performance or screening, or something else altogether’. This week’s event includes the ever elusive tripped out drugcore duo Deadly Cradle Death, and JDX-X – the duo of Josh Frank and Thin Gaze (now) at fRUITYSHOP. Check full listings here as they’ve been switching up venues often. (40 RMB)
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  • Fare-Thee-Well Xi and Winker Funfest (Nov. 7th at Old What?)

    • One of Beijing music scene’s most fascinating characters bids the Big Red adieu with an all out rager at dive bar and underrated venue Old What? that’ll also double as hardmath spazz punk trio Fake Weed’s last show ever. Expect the jolliest of times and more with support from Lonely Leary, SNSOS, and Filthy Bill & Pussy Catastrophe. (FREE)
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  • ‘Calling Neo’ Showcase (Nov. 6th at DDC)

    • Local promoters Neo continue taking a sledge hammer to the scene with their excellently curated rock offs — tonight’s at DDC is no exception including some of the year’s freshest new talent including The Eat, JajaTao, Solaris and more. (60 RMB)
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  • Li Dong EP Preview (Nov. 7th at DDC)

    • Nangjia-raised, Beijing-based folk rock outfit Li Dong, one of the scene’s most beloved bands and one of the last remaining remnants of Dos Kolegas’ glory days, return to the stage to preview their latest EP, expected out next year. The band, led by the charismatic Li Xia, skyrocketed to acclaim last year, when lead singer was featured on the Voice of China. Expect a packed house. (50/60 RMB)
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  • BuHaoChi 10 Year Reunion Tour (Nov. 6th at School, Nov. 7th at Temple)

    • Does the prospect of a debauched Johnny Cash cover band entice you? Well, that’s what you’re gonna get. A band that has claims to massacred each of the master’s ‘go to’ songs and drink themselves into oblivion, don’t expect your usual cool dad covers band. Expect hooliganism of the highest degree with a horde of supporting bands including The Diders, Bedstars, Free Sex Shop, and more to hold the torch high and proud. (60 RMB at School/Free at Temple)
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  • ‘Door’s Off!’ Mao Livehouse Festival (Nov. 6th, 7th at Mao Livehouse)

    • Mao Livehouse sheds its iconic rustic door and they’re celebrating with a Pogo-sponsored two-day showcase featuring a bunch of rock and roll indie poppers including AV Okubo, Bian Yuan, Bye Bye Noise, Hot Line, Blue Moon, Time Street, and more. Expect lots of youngins sweating it out. (80/100 RMB or 130 RMB for two day pass)
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  • Nakoma China Tour Kick Off (Nov. 6th at Temple)

    • Hard rock instrumental badasses Nakoma kick off their first China tour at none other than Temple which lives for this shit. Pump fisting and head banging highly recommended. Support from math rock up and comers Rhonda. (FREE)
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  • JamAfreeca Live Show (Nov. 6th at Yugong Yishan)

    • Reggae vibes up in the houseeee!! Feel the love and jam it out alongside some of the city’s leading reggae representatives including Ultimate Band Crew, Longjin, as well as visiting guest Perfect Giddimani. (120 RMB)
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  • Four Five Album Release (Nov. 7th at Modernsky Lab)

    • One of Beijing’s most well-known deathcore bands return with their latest head banger, courtesy of their new label, Modernsky. The band are a riotous experience, fast and furious, so put on your moshing shows. (80/120 RMB)
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  • Super VC 2015 Tour (Nov. 7th at Yugong Yishan)

    • Indie pop wunderboys Super VC bring their boyish charm and hordes of ravaging lady fans to the big house to kick off their nationwide tour. Beatles ballads and good-natured melodies — bring a date. 100 RMB
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  • Jessica Stuart Few Classes/Showcase (Nov. 8th at DDC)

    • ChinaMusicDish presents The Jessica Stuart Few is one of Canada’s hottest new sounds in indie folk whose Joni Mitchell lyrics combined with koto grooves (Japanese harp) has earned her quite a few followers. The band will be giving lessons throughout the day at DDC followed by a performance in the evening. (50/60 RMB)
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  • Frandé China Tour (Nov. 8th at Yugong Yishan)

    • Acclaimed psychedelic indie outfit out of Taiwan make their Beijing stop as apart of their nationwide tour. Jazzy, female-led psych pop that’s emotionally consuming. Bring a date. (80/120 RMB)
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  • Zhang Qianqian (Nov. 8th at Snail Club)

    • Folk songstress – a veteran of the folk scene – and one’s whose quirks have put off more than a few (she’s an artist for crying out loud!) gets intimate at the cozy Snail Club on that hutong across from the old 8-bit. Ah. You know the one. Cute joint. 80 RMB
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  • Su & The Paramecia (Nov. 8th at 69 Café)

    • Folk rock outfit up and comers who are inching toward their first proper release continue bringing in the fans and accolades – so catch them at the NGLX hotspot before it’s too late. 40 RMB

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