Every Thursday, the Beijing Weekender distills City Weekend's database of nightlife events down to the weekend parties, concerts and live shows that you simply can't miss.
First of all, a note for anyone who reads this blog on time: there's going to be a pretty great show at Yugong Yishan tonight, called Bye Bye For South By, to see off some of the city's best funded bands as they head to that festival of indie music hopefuls, South By South-West. This year, Carsick Cars, Rustic, Nova Heart and Deadly Cradle Death are headed out, and you can catch them once more before they leave. Now, on with the weekend!
You'll practically need a 12-sided die to decide what you're doing this Friday night (not that you'd have one lying around, of course...), so here's the short list. First up, No Go Die presents Cut Chemist at Yugong Yishan. If you don't know what you're missing, check out this video for a sample. He kicks it old school with proper vinyl and decks, and is definitely a live show not to miss. Then, over at Haze, there's the intriguing Pet Conspiracy show. We've been curious about the setup since this show was announced, but in talking to the band, it's all an experiment in getting two band members behind the DJ console and having the other two "running around". Either way, it'll be interesting. And for those of you down-and-dirty rockers out there, your favorite hangout is back up and running (at least, we hope it will be) with their infamous Made in Ningxia nights. That's right, 2 Kolegas unveils their newly renovated area which has, in a disturbing turn of events, been called "classy". But what we're most excited about is more toilets.
After such a big Friday night, you'll really have to rally to get out to anything on Saturday, but of course there are still things going on. In party land, Haze will have cleaned up after the rock band trashes the place and they'll be ready for their Dim Sum Disco #5 with Boflex and Tobias Patrick. And the rockers are covered at Yugong Yishan, with The Return of The Amazing Insurance Salesmen, bringing back Global Battle of the Bands winners, as well as Kang Mao's (SUBS) folk side-project Bye Bye and Thanks For All The Fish, and Ricky Sixx's (ex-Rustic) new 80s-style rock act, Flaming Heat. But if all you can do is muster the energy to sit around soaking in some atmosphere, there's the Sally Can't Dance Festival, which is an experimental music festival that happens... whenever the scene can get into it. This year, Josh Feola at pangbianr and Zhu Wenbo of Zoomin' Night curating fame have taken the reins and brought in not only Beijing's best experimental musicians but some from Shanghai, Chengdu and Fuzhou. Saturday's lineup includes Soviet Pop, Zhang Shouwang, Tianjin's Ice Seller and Shanghai's Torturing Nurse. It's all going down at Di'anmen, so bring your map/smartphone.
Personally, I'm rooting for the second day of Sally Can't Dance. From 3-6pm there's an improv set with artists from Beijing and Berlin, including Subjam's Yan Jun, Olaf Hochherz and Yan Yulong, just to name a few. Then, after the dinner break, there's Sally Can't Dance founder Li Tieqiao, Li Daiguo (from Dali) and Xiao He. It should be a great afternoon and evening.