Live Music Quickslants: Mademoiselle’s Last Stand, Friend or Foe Visit and SS20 Hits Mao

man this week just flew by. I’ve been mostly hibernating catching up with recordings from here and there but it’s time to look forward to the what the week end will bring musically:

Thursday November 17th:

Starfruit @ Jianghu:
This one just sounds intriguing… progressive folk accompanied with Italian poetry reading. 40rmb entrance fee also gets you 2 CDs according to the douban event but don’t quote me on this.

Friday November 18th:

Mademoiselle @ 2Kolegas:
Marie Claude and her gang make it to 2 Kolegas for one last time with this lineup before Mathieux departs from the big silly. The band has survived many lineup changes already but this one is gonna be tougher to swallow than the others me thinks. So grab some dinner and then hit the drive-in for some good Gypsy Jazz action and little glamour Quebequois. It’s gonna be a fun time!

Thick Makeup night @Mako:
This is a weird one out of left field but if you’re into the makeup Goth metal stuff, this might be the place for you! Japanese bands, local bands and more all gather around shuangjing… lineup includes Residual Poem, Dengel, Toreador, 暗绽乐队Bloom In the Dark, 夜莺乐队Nightingale.

Lidong @ Jiangjinjiu:
The ningxia folksters are on the last stretch perfecting their craft before they’re ready to release an album. They’re no longer referred to in English as “Migratory Bird” but simply “EAST”…. sing alongs, harmonies, a few good people in a warm place. Not bad!

Da Bang @ Yugong Yishan:
Not many bands have disappointed me as much as Da Bang, formerly known as Bigger Bang. I really used to like their britpop style and attitude on stage until some point last year when i caught them twice and they became sorry copies of Queen Sea Big Shark. Now, I haven’t seen them in a little while and they are releasing a new album so this might be interesting for someone else to check out. Another strong reason would be that Ghost Spardac are also on the bill along with NovaHeart who was impressive last week at 2 Kolegas

Saturday November 19th:

DH + Free The Birds @ 2 Kolegas:
Dh & The Hellcats, Free The Birds/ZIYO along with Skarving… Need I say more? really? 2 of the most fun bands in Beijing and one of the most intriguing ones… It’s almost mandatory for me to be there! There’s gonna be dancing all night baby!

Friend or Foe @ D-22:
Shanghai rocksters come up to Beijing to show us what they got up their sleeve. It could get interesting up there. I’d go there just to get their new record “my claw is not limp” on the strength of design/name. A bunch of Beijing’s screamo experimental rockers will all be there as well.

Sunday November 20th:

SS20 @ Mao:
German hardcore makes its way over to Beijing. I’ve heard what these kids do and I’ve been pleasantly impressed by it. One of my favorite Beijing bands, Unregenerate Blood, is also on the bill as one of the opening acts.

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