Weekly Update: Into July

By , 2016年 6月 29日

Alpine Decline w/ Yang Haisong & Xiao Bao

Another week, another weekly update. Meant to get this out yesterday to hype Dirty Fingers at Temple, but no dice. They shredded though! And they’re playing tonight at Caravan if you’re in the mood for Moroccan comfort food paired with snotty ’77 punk.

Here’s some other stuff on the menu for this week:


First up, we’ve got the next Miji event tonight (WED June 29) at Meridian Space. Miji is the series coordinated by Yan Jun, but as he has or will soon have absconded to Berlin for a long residency, I think the reins are now being held by Zoomin’ Night mastermind Zhu Wenbo. Sure enough, tonight’s event is a release for a Zoomin’-issue solo cassette from my old buddy Liu Xinyu called Music for Daniel, a work for theater which sounds like a Bach piano sonata with 1,000,000% more high-frequency feedback noise.

He’s joined tonight by Zhao Cong of Xiao Hong & Xiao Xiao Hong, who’s been working out a solo set since last year, as well as Nanjing-based noise academic Ma Jin. 50rmb suggested donation, 8pm sharp start.

If you can’t make it out tonight, pencil in next Wednesday (July 6) at Fruityspace, when much of this gang will get together for a little improv/noise lovefest. 40rmb for that one. Full info here.


Moving on to Friday, both best rock show & best poster design of the week go to this one. Shanghai’s Little Monster — aka F from Pairs and Alex from Dirty Fingers — will travel up to Beijing to celebrate the release of their new Genjing split 7″ with Rio band Negro Leo. They won’t actually have the 7″, they’re picking that up when they head to Alex’s native Brazil for a tour next month. Good luck, and watch out for all those doped up Russians!

Here’s the split:

On Friday at School they’re joined by Not in Catalog, the new supergroup of Zhu Wenbo, Zhao Cong, Boiled Hippo’s A Bing, and Luodelai, plus a few other bands. Should be a good time for fans of the noise rock. 50rmb, 9:30pm start.


Also on Friday, AOTU Studio is launching a new monthly called Macrowave, which looks pretty chill:

With a group of creative young people standing behind the concept, MACROWAVE connects different DJs and visual artists to create great hutong nights. Starting July 1st, every month MACROWAVE and AOTU will present different music combined with visuals, raising the city’s boiling summer nights to a higher level. As the space contains two stages, the party starts at dusk on the rooftop, and later it goes on indoors. MACROWAVE Vol.1 is supported by Vintage Future DJs on the decks, artistic visions of Yovanovic N. Edgar on the walls, refreshing cocktails and killer shots. Free entrance the whole night, come to drink, dance and enjoy endless waves of positive energy.

Cool as a cucumber gin & tonic!


On Saturday night, I’d recommend this thing at Fruityspace called Entrance & Exports, since it involves live sets from two of my favorite left-field electronic music producers in Beijing, iimmune and Hong Qile. I’m a huge fan of iimmune’s latest EP, Abnormal, which I named #1 out of my top 5 electronic music releases so far in 2016 in an article I totally improvised the other night for Time Out Beijing. Here’s the EP if you missed it:


Last, but not least: Alpine Decline + Lonely Leary at Fruityspace on Sunday night. This is obviously the best show of the month, since it’s a pangbianr show. We’re locking Alpine Decline in that dank basement until they teach their Eurorack modules to speak human language. They’ll have help from PK14 frontman Yang Haisong (on tape delay) and itinerant tour sound guy Xiao Bao (on mixer). Lonely Leary will also stop by for an experimental set.

8pm, 40rmb at the door, be there or get cubed!


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