Beijing Weekly Gig Guide: Aug 17-23

By That's Beijing, August 17, 2016

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Aug 18: Sunflower Bean

With such a cheerful name, Sunflower Bean sound like they should have a thoroughly jovial disposition. But there is also a tangible melancholy in the trio’s jangly guitars and bittersweet lyrics. The New Yorkers arrive amid considerable buzz around their debut album Human Ceremony.

Thu Aug 18, 8.30pm; RMB120 (presale), RMB160 (door); ModernSky Lab, see event listing.

Aug 19: Carsick Cars

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Has it really been a decade since Carsick Cars emerged? In a last minute decision, the pioneering Beijing rockers have decided to celebrate their milestone 10th anniversary on August 19 at Yugong Yishan with Maybe Mars labelmates Hiperson, friend Zhong Zuo and more. To get hyped for the show, we revisited our 2014 feature on the band as they prepared for a national tour to celebrate their most recent disc, 3. Check it out here.

Fri August 19, 9.30pm, RMB80-100. Yugong Yishan, see event listing

Aug 19: Birdstriking, JiaJiaTiao, SNSOS, DaWei

There are going to be some pretty kickass bands at School Bar this Friday. Birdstriking will be headlining and punk-grunge band JiaJiaTiao, post-rockers SNSOS (She Never Sings Our Songs) and hip-hop artist DaWei will also be taking the stage. See? We told you it was going to be a great show. 

Fri Aug 19, 9pm. RMB60 (presale)/RMB100 (door). School Bar, see event listing

Aug 20: Duck Fight Goose

Few bands embody their hometown as completely as Duck Fight Goose. If Top Floor Circuswas the quintessential Shanghai band of the early 2000s with their rowdy antics and stubborn commitment to singing solely in Shanghainese, the electronic quartet now hold that mantle – capturing the city’s fixation with advancement. The band will be landing in Beijing for an album release show. Duck Fight Goose will link with D Force Records labelmates DOC in Beijing (Aug 20 @ Tango) for the Limbic Man show. It is sure to be a true audio-visual show.

Sat Aug 20, 9-11pm, RMB120-150. Tango, see event listing.

Aug 20: Vincent Herring + Eric Alexander

As well as having the best name in jazz since Dizzy Gillespie, saxophonist Vincent Herring also has one of the most interesting takes on post-bop. Experimental without veering into self-indulgence, the American’s improvisation is clean and effortless. Herring has played almost every major festival in existence, and how about this for a discography: In addition to releasing 15 records as a band leader, he’s featured on over 200 as a sideman. He’ll be joined by pianist Eric Alexander.

Sat Aug 20, 10pm; East Shore Live Jazz Café, see event listing


Have an event to list? Head here to list your upcoming event. We’ll choose the best new additions to feature on next week’s edition of ‘Beijing Weekly Gig Guide.’

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