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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.

Josh Homme of sits down with 101x' Toby Ryan for a long conversation about music and life.
by Roxwel // Sunday, October 6, 2013 // News, Rock, Indie, Upfront // 0 Comments
Josh Homme of sits down with 101x' Toby Ryan for a long conversation.
Josh likes to put things in the proper perspective.  "I don't focus on things I don't like...Spending time on the things you love makes things much clearer."
They discuss the critically acclaimed new album "...Like Clockwork".  Josh says "If you do this for a living, you've got to make music you're passionate about."  But he's very conscious about making music for fans.  If someone is listening to his music, he "loves to be part of somebody's Friday night".
Toby and Josh also discuss fathers exposing their children to music, his collaborations with Anthony Bourdain and the keen songwriting ability of his wife, Brody Dalle.
by Unknown // Friday, October 4, 2013 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Steel Cranes

Roxwel is excited to team up with Oakland-based duo Steel Cranes to premiere their new video, "Drowning In The Bathtub."

The latest video by Steel Cranes is a lighthearted viewpoint on an otherwise emotionally heavy tune. Tracy Shapiro, the singing and guitar-playing half of the group explains, “It’s pretty much a pop song about depression. I wrote ‘Drowning In The Bathtub’ after spending a lazy afternoon on the porch of a friend. He had just been left by the woman he loved deeply, and I had such a heavy feeling of uselessness when he began to open up about his feelings of devastation about it.”

“The video takes those ideas, but brings some humor to the fact that it’s pretty easy to pretend everything’s okay when it’s not,” explains drummer Amanda Schukle. The duo handled the production of the clip themselves, including the photography, editing, and choreography. “We even handled the mint chocolate chip ice cream eating,” jokes Schukle. “We briefly thought about having body doubles actually consume the ice cream because, as professional rock stars, we obviously only consume whiskey and cigarettes.”
The debut Steel Cranes album Ouroboros is out now. Produced by the band and engineered by Eli Crews (tUnE-yArDs, Deerhoof), the record captures raw energy in a way that is rarely heard on records these days.  As Shapiro explains, “It was essential to us that the tension that comes with our live performance be present on the album.”
MTV Buzzworthy recently described the Steel Cranes as “the slo-mo heaviness of a 2,000-pound pendulum” with “as much grit as an abandoned highway, and a fearless sense of rock ‘n’ roll.”  The album is streaming via the band’s hometown blog The Bay Bridged now.  Steel Cranes is currently on a nationwide tour in support of the record.

Check out the video for Steel Cranes' "Drowning In The Bathtub," exclusively on Roxwel!