We’re almost back on regular rotation folks meaning that the good shows are back on the menu but so are the bad ones! It’s unfortunately the side effect of having so many bands around Beijing. Mao is having a strong showing this week with some decent lineups from Thursday to Sunday. I’m particularly excited about the 80s revival saturday night with all the cheeky kids. Temple continues to make a stand for themselves even when the big boys are back in town!
Jue Festival kick off that same day and as much as I think that might be an interesting show, I’m weary of the kind of folks it might attract…. yeah, hutong hipters galore complaining about 20rmb qingdao while not even listening the band they just paid good money to watch.
Wednesday February 22
Devils at the Crossroads @ Temple:
If it feels like these cats are everywhere lately, that’s because they are! I’ve seen the Devils play a half dozen times lately and I like them. It’s not music that’s gonna save the world but you’re gonna have a good boogie time and down a few drinks. but then again, that’s just me, I like my rock n roll with a side serving of attitude! An Temple is actually earning some serious Rock n Roll chops at the moment… it’s gonna be tough to beat them this year as a venue!
Thursday February 23
Punk & Metal @ Mao Live
This one is actually advertised as Punk versus Metal but i’m not sure there’s enough bands on the bill to make it a proper battle. What it’s got though is some good young guns that sound intriguing! I’ve listened a bit to Temper Tantrum who have a speed metal edge i like. The other bands, i’m not too sure… It’s one of those “a show at mao is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you gonna get” things.
The Tore Down @ CD Blues
I’ve been keeping an eye on these cats ever since a picture of their rehearsals was leaked a few months ago. Featuring alumni of RandomK(e) and the Over Easy band, they should know what they’re doing. Expect, and i quote, “a triple shot of Blues, Funk and Soul at their official debut.
Friday February 24th
Buyi & Zhuan @ Temple
Seriously, this is the best thing happening on friday night in town? If nothing else, we’re guaranteed a good time by the Buyi gang. I haven’t seen zhuan before so not much there. I can’t complain much because at least, it’s at Temple.
Leeroy Thornhill @ Yugong Yishan
Remember him? Neither did i but the guy is actually part of that UK-Cum-DJ-Smack-my-bitch-up Prodigy band that did have a moderate success for a while back in the 90s. I got a whole bunch of friends headed there and I’m getting increasingly curious about the electronic side of music. Maybe it’s time to drop my guard an follow the white rabbit?
Saturday February 25
Golden Virgin Age @ Mao
Jacky Danny, Red Pirates, Kick Ass, Los Crasher, Devil at the Crossroad and Flaming Heat all on the same bill. It’s the right time to get out your spandex pants, blond wig, bandanna, cowboy boots and party like it’s 1985. It’s gonna be cheesy, cheeky, loud, fun and just all around interesting when some of the most entertaining bands in Beijing share the stage. I’m gonna be dancing on this one folks and so should you.
JUE Festival: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ YGYS
If I had gone by the labels, this show would never be listed on ‘daze. They seem to tag themselves as NU-Gaze but having seen a live video, they’re nowhere near that. It’s actually decent power pop with some extra distortions and a cute drummer. Musically, it might be the best show of the week in town! however, with the crowds this one might draw, I’m susceptible to developing a case of indie-allergy. The cool kids will all be there..unfortunately.
Ajinai and Li Wen Xin @ Zajia
Nice, quiet, chill time with grassland throat singing. It’s not quite Hangaiesque ( did I just make up a new adjective) but it’s got some soul. Li Wen Xia serves up some easy listening folk that is not offensive. It’s actually not a bad way if you’re in the mood for a quiet Saturday night in am educated setting.
for the Residence A fans, be advised that they do play Sunday at Mao but I’ve had enough of Glow Curve once this month… just a heads-up