By Josh, 2016年 5月 19日
Hey there, long time no see! Sorry to leave you hanging last week, I’m sure you found some things to do in my absence. Back now but it’s still a week of relatively low action. That said, here are a few items for your consideration.
First up, on Saturday afternoon (May 21), Fruityspace hosts the second gig in as many months for on again, off again garage punk stalwarts The Molds. Indeed, Liu Ge & co seem to have made the basement dive their new home base. Caught them practicing there on a random Sunday afternoon not long ago. On Friday they share the (tiny) stage with Tarkovsky-inspired psych band Solaris, who’ve long been a favorite of pangbianr’s.
50rmb, 4:30pm start
The big one this weekend is back-to-back album release shows for Dalian post-rock royalty Wang Wen, who’ll occupy Yugong Yishan on Saturday and Sunday night. They’re in town at the beginning of their nationwide tour to release their latest album, Sweet Home, Go, which you can stream on their Douban. Learn all about that via pangbianr’s lengthy recent interview with Wang Wen frontman Xie Yugang right here.
150rmb per night, 9pm start
Two fine DIY bookers on the Beijing music scene — Live Beijing Music and Seippelabel — are teaming up for their first collaborative event, going down on Saturday night at Forbidden City dive What Bar. Further out on the sound spectrum are synth builder Meng Qi and the Seippel himself, thruoutin. They’ll share the stage with post-rock band She Never Sings Our Song and brand new duo Nocturnes, whom you can learn more about via LBM’s interview.
40rmb at the door, 9pm start. Find full show info here.
Last up, some hutong art action for you. Newish off-Beiluo space Salt Projects has back-to-back events going down this weekend, the first of which is “Height”, a performance by William Wen on Saturday at 6:30pm:
“Height” is Wen’s interpretation of the modern human state. As individuals strive to reach their goals and personal heights, little do we know that we have created a prison in which everyone acts as both prisoner and guard.
That’s followed up on Sunday at 3pm with a collaborative work by Li Haiguang and Zhang Yunfeng called “Playground”:
“Playground” is a collaborative work of Li Haiguang and Zhang Yunfeng, evolving through conflicts, confrontation, competition, ambiguous moments and game playing between two artists’ bodies. The artists’ exploration on specific movements departs from campus playground to general places, where they extend the concept of movement to all possible body and mind activities. Meanwhile, the different physiques and personalities of two artists attribute to their constantly changing relationship.
Find more info on both at Salt Projects’ Facebook, and look for a profile of the new hutong micro-space to show up soon on pangbianr or affiliated media (of which there are a lot these days).