5 Best Live Music Shows in Beijing This Week

By That's Suzhou, January 31, 2018

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Feb 2: She Never Sings Our Songs 

Post-rock band She Never Sings Our Songs (SNSOS) are releasing their very first album. And they're celebrating with a huge show at School Bar on Friday. Silent Speech will also perform for what is sure to be a great night of music.

Fri Feb 2, 9pm; RMB80 (door), RM60 (presale). School Live Bar, see event listing.  

Feb 2: Loston Harris Trio

Check out acclaimed jazz pianist Loston Harris during his Friday night performance at Blue Note Beijing. 

Fri Feb 2, 7.30-9.30pm; RMB380. Blue Note Beijing, see event listing

Feb 3: The xx

British indie electronic group The xx (R-L: Oliver Sim, Romy Madley Croft and Jamie Smith, AKA Jamie xx) stop by Beijing this weekend, to promote the their latest album I See You. It’s the band’s only mainland China gig, so grab your tickets while you still can.

Sat Feb 3, 7.30pm; RMB480-1,680; Beijing Exhibition Center, see event listing (tickets via songkick.com)

Feb 4: Backspace and Agoraphobia  

Check out a double-header of Chinese indie rock with Backspace and Agoraphobia. Backspace is a newly-founded outfit, but they’ve already recorded with local legend Yang Haisong. Meanwhile, Agoraphobia’s cred comes from opening for Birdstriking last year. 

Sun Feb 4; 9-11.30pm; RMB50 (advance), RMB60 (door); Dusk Dawn Club (DDC), see event listing

Feb 6: Julie Byrne

Sometimes it can take years to find your calling. Not for Julie Byrne; whose power of lyrical expression and musical nous seems inborn. Often what comes naturally cannot be driven by speed and time. Julie's second album, Not Even Happiness, has evolved at its own pace. It spans recollections of bustling roadside diners, the stars over the high desert, the aching weariness of change, the wildflowers of the California coast, and the irresolvable mysteries of love. Her new album vividly archives what would have otherwise been lost to the road, and in doing so, Byrne exhibits her extraordinarily innate musicality. Some of the songs on Not Even Happiness took years of fine tuning to reach their fruition. If you asked her why the follow up to 2014's Rooms With Walls and Windows has taken so long, you'd be greeted with a bewildered expression melted into a smile - as though the strangest question had just been asked. "Writing comes from a natural process of change and growth.

Mon Feb 6; RMB100 (presale), RMB120 (door). Dusk Dawn Club (DDC), see event listing.

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