You’re in it for a treat Beijingers… this is a good weekend with some substantial goodies in store for you all. I’m just pissed off I’m gonna miss a lot of it due to out-of-town Capoeira commitments. Let’s get started:
Thursday April 19th:
Swan Punch @ Tango
Metalheads from Denmark hit Beijing tonight as part of their China tour. I just heard a few samples of the two bands scheduled to play tonight and these kids are not bad! Cool little show to get for a heavy hitting start to the weekend. The Kandidate are relatively new whereas Scarred by Beauty are hardened veterans of the scene and fuse a few different types of metal together. Me thinks it could be worth it.
Borbetomagus @ 2 Kolegas just got word that this was canceled folks.. sorry.
Art Noise from New York City… really ‘daze? art noise? well, I’ve only ever been exposed to the local variety of noise so it might be enlightening/refreshing to see what other people do with this kind of music elsewhere. I have absolutely no clue as to what they do and therein lies my interest.
Friday April 20th
Abaji @ Temple
Last year, Abaji brought Jianghu to its knees! This guy is so freaking talented that just thinking about the prospects of watching him play sends shivers down my spine. It’s bedoin blues, world music, incredible musicianship and much more! I’m not sure how Temple is gonna handle this but i might just get to see some people sitting on the floor.. that thought scares me! Get thee to Temple… or better, stay away, I don’t want you talking while i try to listen I might get violent.
Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg @ Yugong Yishan:
REtro fun with the second Hall of Fame inductee to visit Beijing this year. They’re gonna play good old fashioned punk songs you’ve heard for years and do them better than the locals. Rustic will be on hand to handle the opening duties.
Saturday April 21st
Dolan @ Jianghu
The newest one in the line of Mongolian acts to come to the capital plows their trade Saturday at Jianghu. A good opportunity to see something different from Hanggai or Ajinai and see that this music is not one-dimensional. These guys are closer to folk than most of them.
Hellcats @ 2 Kolegas
Party the night away with rockabilly from DH & the Hellcats, Ska from Skarving and sexy gypsy Jazz from Mademoiselle. These 3 bands tend to party with the best of them and bring out the crowds. As long as the weather doesn’t start pissing, it will be a treat!
Sunday April 21st
Johnny Thunders Tribute @ Mao
Bedstars and Steely Heart get together and pay tribute to one of the better and more charismatic frontmen of the last few decades. I’m almost afraid of how they could fuck this one up but it would be an interesting contrast to see both bands take on some classic New York Dolls tunes.