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Chinese alternative music coming to America.
by Roxwel // Thursday, September 17, 2015 // // 0 Comments

New Pants

China's leading alternative music company is coming to America for the second year in a row.   This year they are expanding to three cities: New York, Seattle, Los Angeles.   The Modern Sky festival features collaborations with alternative Chinese and Western artists.

Following the hugely successful 2014 U.S. launch of the Modern Sky Festival in New York—as well as eight years of explosive growth at home—Modern Sky’s namesake music festival will expand to two U.S cities in 2015, bringing a wide-ranging musical and arts gathering to Central Park's Rumsey Playfield in New York on October 4 and Seattle's Mural Amphitheatre on October 11.
Artists confirmed so far include Yoko Ono, Gang of Four, Black Lips, Ariel Pink, Mark Sultan, Lower + Chinese artists Song Dongye, New Pants, Hedgehog, and Miserable Faith. 
The Modern Sky Festival was first produced in Beijing in 2007. Today, that event is one of 20+ large-scale music festivals, boasting a cumulative attendance of over 710,000, produced in cities throughout Mainland China by Modern Sky Entertainment, China’s leading music entertainment company. In 2014 Modern Sky brought their unique vision to New York for the first time with a festival that featured Cat Power, Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor, Liars, The Blood Brothers, Aimee Mann + Ted Leo, and Chinese stars Queen Sea Big Shark, Re-TROS, and more.
Michael LoJudice, General Manager of Modern Sky Intl, comments, "We are excited to be bringing the Modern Sky Festival to Central Park again this October, as well as to Seattle. Modern Sky plans to launch the festival in more U.S. cities in 2016—this is only the beginning!"

Song Dongye, New Pants, Hedgehog, and Miserable Faith will also headline the Modern Sky x Culurre Collide Chinese Indie Night at The Regent in Los Angeles on October 9.

Cross-dressing rockers announce Crossing Boundaries mini tour.
by Roxwel // Tuesday, June 23, 2015 // // 0 Comments

Second Hand Rose Crossing Boundaries tour

Since their introduction to American audiences at last fall's Modern Sky Festival in Central Park, Beijing rockers Second Hand Rose (二手玫瑰) have won over scores of fans with their witty, provocative mix of rock and Chinese tradition.

Named for the rose singer Liang Long tucks behind his ear and the notion that rock music came to China second-hand from the West, Second Hand Rose was born more than a decade ago when Liang grew frustrated with the overseas-looking Beijing music scene and began developing his signature mix of Chinese tradition and rock.

The band pairs hard-rock riffs and funk breakdowns with the braying Chinese horn suona, elements of Peking opera, and a ribald northern Chinese performance style called two taking turns, a flirtations, bawdy dialogue between a female beauty and a male joker.

Second Hand Rose’s arresting stage style, incorporating the clashing red-and-green floral patterns popular in China’s northeast but considered overly garish in classical Chinese painting, calls to mind the stylings of American glam rock and Japanese visual kei. The band’s penchant for performing in makeup and partial drag is, Liang says, meant to represent the confusion that Chinese young people feel as their country undergoes dramatic changes.

Crossing Boundaries Tour Dates
7/10 Palo Alto // Albert & Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
7/12 Toronto // Harbourfront Centre's Party on the Block
7/15 Boston // The Red Room at Cafe 939
7/18 New York // Santos Party House

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Birdstriking and Chui Wan set to tour over 20 North American cities.
by Roxwel // Friday, May 1, 2015 // News // 0 Comments

Two Beijing based rock bands are set to tour North America this summer.   


Birdstriking 鸟撞飞机 is a noise rock band featuring members He Fan on vocals/guitar, Zhou Nairen on bass, Wen Yuzhen on guitar and Wang Xinjiu on drums.   CNN named Birdstriking one of the best young bands in China, and last year the band opened for the Brian Jonestown Massacre in the UK and headlined Hong Kong's Clockenflap festival.

Ricky Maymi of Far Out Distant Sounds and Nevin from Maybe Mars put the US tour together.   Two Headed Dog provided the Canadian booking.  

Birdstriking Tour Dates

5/30 LA - Cafe Nela 
5/31 LA - The Grand Star Jazz Club
6/1 San Francisco - Brick & Mortar 
6/5 Portland, OR - Foggy Notion 
6/6 Seattle - Lo-Fi
6/7 Missoula - Zootown Arts Community Center
6/8 Salt Lake City - Diabolical Records 
6/9 Denver - Hi-Dive
6/11 Chicago - Burlington Bar
6/12 Cleveland - Mahall's
6/13 Philadelphia - Ortlieb's 
6/14 Boston - ZuZu 
6/15 Brooklyn - Baby's All Right
6/17 Milwaukee - Cocoon Room
6/18 Minneapolis - Kitty Cat Club Facebook
6/19 Winnipeg - West End Cultural Center
6/20 Saskatoon - MoSo Fest Tickets
6/21 Rocky Mountain House, Alberta - Frog Fest Facebook
6/22 Edmonton - Brixx
6/24 Calgary - Sled Island Festival Facebook Tickets
6/26 Vancouver - Media Club
6/27 Nanaimo, BC - The Globe
6/28 Victoria, BC - Logan's
6/30 Olympia - Deadbeat Records Facebook
7/2 Nevada City - Cooper's   
7/3 Oakland - Night Light Facebook

Chui Wan

Chui Wan's sound is formed by the improvisational compositions of multi-instrumentalist Yan Yulong and guitarist Liu Xinyu. Bassist Wu Qiong and drummer Li Zichao round out the band.  Their music is inspired by the concept of seeking the infinite from the mundane with lush arrangements for guitar, keyboard, viola, other assorted instruments, and random sound samples.

Chui Wan tour dates

5/5: Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
5/6: Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
5/7: Madrid, NM @ Mine Shaft Tavern 
5/9: Austin, TX @ Elevation Amphitheater (River Stage)
5/10: Tulsa, OK @ The Fur Shop
5/11: St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
5/12: Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
5/13: Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb's
5/14: Boston, MA @ Club Bohemia
5/15: New York, NY @ Baby's Alright
5/16: Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's
5/17: Chicago, IL @ Burlington Bar
5/18: Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
5/19: Winnipeg @ West End Cultural Center
5/22: Saskatoon @ Vangelis
5/23: Calgary @ National Music Center
5/24: Edmonton @ Wunderbar
5/26: Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret (Tame Impala After Party)
5/27: Seattle, WA @ Lo-Fi
5/28: Portland, OR @ Foggy Notion
5/29: Nevada City, CA @ Cooper's
5/30: Los Angeles, CA @ Cafe Nela
5/31: Los Angeles, CA @ The Grand Star Jazz Club
6/1: San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar

Two bands from Asia featured on international project.
by MusicDish // Thursday, February 19, 2015 // News // 0 Comments

MusicDish announced that it placed two artists on their roster on Colectivo Bunka's official worldwide release of USB (United Sounds Bunka) Vol. 5th Continental Edition. China's biggest indie rock band Second Hand Rose's signature track "Picking Flowers" and Taiwanese indie rock band Bearbabes' song "Angel" are on the compilation that includes acts from Latin American, North American, European and Asian.

Music fans can download this new compilation disc for free at

USB (United Sounds Bunka) is the first international musical project that seeks to strengthen the dissemination and promotion of musical proposals whose musical influences are the Asian sounds. For Colectivo Bunka's 5th edition, they bring together 21 artists who transcend between Pop, Rock, Visual Kei, Electro, Jam, and other musical genres, strengthening this unbreakable link between Asia and Latin America along Singapore and Taiwan artists for the first time: Akinee (Peru), Allumina (Brazil), Bearbabes (Taiwan), Blackmoral (Indonesia), Dead Buttons (Korea), GAS (Spain), Haien Qiu (Argentina-China), Hellsakura (Brazil), I Am David Sparkle (Singapore), Invaders Must Die (Colombia), Kazha (USA), LOKA (Japan), Lolita Dark (USA), Love X Stereo (Korea), MOP of HEAD (Japan), mothercoat (Japan), SAGA (Japan-China-Korea), Second Hand Rose (China), Silhouette From The Skylit (Japan), Tokami (Japan), and White Noise (Spain).

The name Second Hand Rose comes from the notion that rock in China is a secondhand and imported endeavor—as such, the band's song "Leading a Dabbling Life" devolves into a Chinese sing-along version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal." After more than a decade of winning over new fans around the country, earlier this year, Second Hand Rose played for a crowd of over 30,000 at the Strawberry Music Festival in Beijing, and last year they headlined a concert in Beijing's state-owned Workers' Gymnasium, one of the most prestigious venues in the country. The band's 2014 US tour was covered by major media outlets from the New Yorker to AFP and NY Times.

Bearbabes are a Taiwan alternative rock band influenced by Jazz, Blues, Folk and British rock. Since Bearbabes were formed in 2000, the band has released 3 self-produced studio albums, and performed over 600 shows, from major indie rock festivals to livehouse venues. In addition, Bearbabes has been invited to perform in New York, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and China. The lead vocalist Jia is recognizable by her distinctive comfortingly warm voice character and whisper singing style. Combinied with poetic lyrics and aggressive guitars, Bearbabes music style is composed of emotionally driven melodies, stemming from the different influences and music backgrounds of each member.