88Rising has brought all sorts of Asian hip-hop artists to the rest of the world. And they're doing it again with their current nine-city tour. The lineup features all sorts of talented artists from Indonesian rap superstar Rich Chigga to Japanese-Australian artist Joji to Chengdu hip-hop group Higher Brothers (pictured above). They'll all be stopping off at Tango on Friday night. FYI, you might have to wait in a long line for this one. It's kind of a big deal.
Are you a fan of Radiohead? What about Iron Maiden or The Cure or David Bowie? If so, this one's for you. Scala is an indie-rock choir that's made a name for itself by creating unique covers of hit songs. Their Beijing show will span genres, from pop to metal to rock. Scala has performed at huge festivals, like Coachella and SXSW. They've also been featured on a bunch of hit TV shows, from Homeland to Criminal Minds.
Dec 1: Blue Mantra
French jazz trio Blue Mantra will be playing their last live show in China this weekend. Head over to Café Flo on Friday night for a night of excellent jazz music.
Fri Dec 1, 7-9pm; Café Flo (Sanlitun).
Chengdu favorite Tomorrow Wanted will land in Beijing on Saturday as part of their latest tour. The band will be promoting their debut album New Motivation. Expect a mix of punk, funk, blues and grunge. The Sino Hearts and Boss Cuts will also perform. This is bound to be one fun show.
Japanese breakfast tastes good. Japanese Breakfast sounds good too – we’re talking about the synth-pop project by Michelle Zauner (who is probably sick of these jokes by now). She’s currently touring her killer album Soft Sounds From Another Planet, so we mean it when we say her songs are out of this world (sorry). Make sure to check the deets below though – this is a ‘special brunch show,’ so that means a 1.30pm start.
Amber has been around for awhile. They released their first and only album, Drunk Star, back in 2011. But despite being on the scene for so many years, they have yet to go on tour. All that's about to change. The Chinese post rockers will soon head out on a 12-city tour, and they'll be landing in Beijing this weekend. Expect to hear tunes off of their album, as well as a bunch of new stuff.
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