From indie-rock to EDM, the impending gigs that have us excited about live music in Bangkok.
Blue Hawaii, Sep 12
After raucous shows by Cloud Nothings and !!!, the ever-reliable Popscene are taking things down just a notch this weekend with Canadian electro duo Blue Hawaii. The band hail from the same tight-knit Montreal scene as Grimes, but their looped, slightly glitchy sound is more restrained and dreamy—just how Bangkok kids like it. Touring on the back of last-year’s well-received album Untogether, the band are supported by electro act Wasabi Bytes.
For fans of: Beach House, Grimes
B400 (1 drink) at The Overground (6/1 Sukhumvit Soi 22, 081-701-7664)
Albatre/Killjoy, Sep 12
Dutch experimental trio Albatre from Rotterdam Holland, known for their mixture of bass sound, sax noise and frantic drumming perform alongside sleek and melodic Bangkok jazz outfit Killjoy at Phra Nakhon's arty sound space Zoo.
For fans of: Experimental sounds
B100 at Zoo (19 Prachathipatai Rd., 02-629-3376)
Nguzunguzu, Sep 13
LA producers Daniel Pineda and Asma Maroof, aka Nguzunguzu, have built a fervent online following over the last few years with mixtapes blending chart r’n’b with more underground-leaning instrumentals. They’ve toured with M.I.A. (and even mixed her Vicki Leekx EP of last year) plus put out their own releases on two of the coolest labels in the EDM game, Fade to Mind and Night Slugs. Now the duo are bringing their blend of urban pop and UK bass to Ocean’s basement, Ocean Below, which previously hosted NY-via-Shanghai rapper Gita. Supported by rising UK artist Petite Noir (Domino Records) on the decks.
For fans of: Diplo, Rustie
B300 (1 drink) at Ocean Urban Lounge and Boutique Resort (Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-261-2800)
What better way to toast the brand new bar by Zudrangma Records' DJ Maft Sai than with the launch party for the "Roop Lor Pu Tai" seven-inch single by The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, who just returned from an all-conquering European tour. Space limited.
For fans of: Old-school Thai party jams
B600 (including 7-inch single) at Studio Lam (Sukhumvit Soi 51)
Dune Rats, Sep 17
Fresh out of Brisbane, Australia, this bratty trio play surf-rock at breakneck pace, earning them support slots for the likes of The Drums and Ariel Pink. They’ve got a stoner’s sense of humor, too—just watch the “green version” of the video for their latest single, “Red Light, Green Light” (above). We’re expecting some serious crowd-surfing, the likes of which hasn’t been seen in Bangkok since Thee Oh Sees crashed Cosmic a couple of years back.
For fans of: Wavves, Cloud Nothings
B500 (1 drink) at Play Yard by Studio Bar (Ladphrao Rd., 08-5146-8017)
But wait, there's more.
Noise Market, Nov 8-9
The craft-loving music festival returns to Museum Siam. Free.
Chvrches, Nov 17
The Scottish synth-pop act atone for skipping Bangkok on their last Asian tour with a gig at Rockademy. Tickets TBA.