Bringing on the beats after dark

Rosli Mohalim (left), who played with the legendary outfit Sweet Charity, joins some of his friends for a night of good tunes at Where Else@Sunway on Jan 11.



28, Jalan Sri Hartamas 8,

Taman Sri Hartamas, KL

Tel: 03-6201 0318

Backyard has been kicking out the jams for over two decades and shows no signs of slowing down. Monday nights are usually pretty low-key but there is definitely more in store as the week rolls along. Mark Renesh keeps things entertaining with a host of great tunes both new and old.TEN

125, Jalan Gasing, PJTEN keeps it crazy from the stage. Monday nights are all about chilling out, so it’s time to let your inner musician out with a Karaoke Night for all.MANDOLIN

Plaza Glomac Kelana Jaya, PJ

Tel: 03-7885 9110/ 7886 8434A good place to chill out and groove with the sounds of the band stirring things up and a selection of good vibes all week long.ONLINE

32, Jalan SS20/10,

Damansara Kim, PJ

Tel: 03-7728 0532Online is one of those special places where your cares seem to just melt away on taking your first step inside. The Bluez Bugs are in the house on Monday nights so catch them for a dose of the rockier side of things to kick off the week.


6, Jalan SS22/21,

Damansara Jaya, PJAnother relatively new kid on the block that serves up great live music. Vishnu, a crooner who is a dab hand at the keyboards and guitar, will liven up Monday nights with a selection of tunes like no other.ROCK BOTTOM KITCHEN & BAR

42, Changkat Bukit Bintang, KLWhen you get the feeling that everything’s going right, it’s got to be about Karma with Mathan and Arab teaming up for a blast alongside Lynn and Mira.ROCK BOTTOM BANGSAR

3&5, Jalan Telawi 2,

Bangsar, KLMonday nights are all about Mizan and Kyra as they get down to sing out strong for the crowd in the heart of Bangsar. It’s also Rock Bottom’s quiz night so Quizmaster Ram will be in the house to put your brain into overdrive.WHERE ELSE @ SUNWAY108, Ground Floor, Block B3, Leisure Commerce Square,

Jalan PJS 8/9, Bandar Sunway

Tel: 03-7877 1888Fresh from its third anniversary celebrations, Where Else continues to liven up the nights. If there isn’t live music, there’s pool for the punters. TUESDAY


2, Jalan Kasuarina 3,

Bandar Botanic, Klang

Tel: 03-3318 2278Sometimes, it can be a bit hard to find good live music outside the heart of the city but 3 Monkeys in Klang does it well, with local boy Gerard Singh on the guitar and vocals every Tuesday.BACKYARDFor a taste of something completely different, check out Arumugam goes to Alabama for a blast of fusion vibes with a dose of the sitar and tabla.HANGOVER

D-37-01, Dataran 3 Two Square,

2, Jalan 19/1, PJFrom Tuesday to Sunday, the A Street Band gets into groove at Hangover in 3 Two Square.ONLINETam the troubadour lives it up in Online on Tuesday nights, serving up some magic with just his guitar and his voice.OVERFLOWEvery Tuesday, it’s a tune of a different sort in Overflow, with Liza and Soon King getting down to the groove to get the party started.ROCK BOTTOM KITCHEN & BAR

There’s always something special brewing at Rock Bottom so you can be sure that there’ll be some great action on stage in the heart of Changkat Bukit Bintang.ROCK BOTTOM BANGSAR

Get set for a bit of double trouble as Vijay and Ramesh team up to entertain the crowd with a selection of great vibes.TENTuesdays are all about Bennet and his invisible band. Not a karaoke session, it’s an open mic night where Bennet invites all comers to join him on stage for some fun.WHERE ELSE

Tuesday nights are all about the fun, with everyone welcome to jump in and have a blast at the House of Blues’ Open Mic nights. Next week, the Delegation X band will feature Airinna Namara.



32, Jalan Kasuarina 11/7,

Bandar Botanic, Klang.

Tel: 03-3318 9153

There’s another hotspot brewing out in Klang. On Wednesday nights, the Double J Band entertains.FATBOI TAVERN

80, Jalan SS2/60, SS2, PJ

Tel: 03-7863 0500Punters in PJ now have one more spot to head to for some great live music, although it is still only for hump day every week, with Gerard Anthony bringing his vocals to the fore from the floor.JOES UPSTAIRS @ SS2

145-1 & 147-1, Jalan SS2/24,

Petaling Jaya

Tel: 03-7865 1957There’s more to explore musically in Petaling Jaya with Joes Upstairs joining the fray. Wednesday nights are all about the classics.ONLINEIt’s hump day, and everyone is feeling it, so why not enjoy something a little more laidback, as Sharin dials down the rock and picks up his acoustic for an uplugged night for all.OVERFLOWSoloists get a field day in Overflow as the roster rotates for more fun on stage.RED PENGUIN

88a, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi 2,

Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala LumpurAnother new hospot in town, the Red Penguin is just starting up but it has some good vibes on offer. Wednesday nights see the veteran Victor M on stage in the heart of TTDI.ROCK BOTTOM BANGSAR

Veteran rockers Hydra are all set to turn up the heat as they strive to get the crowd jumping as they try to get over the midweek hump with a selection of great tunes.ROCK BOTTOM CHANGKAT

Spoken Soul is in the house with a selection of tunes that range from the classics to today’s chart-toppers.TENGet over the midweek blues with a taste of High Systems in TEN.THURSDAY


36B, Block C, Level G2,

Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, KL

Tel: 03-6412 7881

While the Bee may be known as more of an indie joint, there is plenty of mainstream musical action to be had, especially on Thursdays when rockers Hydra turn it up to eleven from the stage. BARLEY N HOPS KL

30, Changkat Bukit Bintang, KLThursday nights are for soloists at this new kid on the block. For the rest of January, they’ll be featuring Clinton J Fernandez (Jan 9), Jeremy D’Costa (Jan 16), Mizan (Jan 23) and Jeremy Lee Danker (Jan 30).


There’s more to explore musically in Petaling Jaya with Joes Upstairs joining the fray. On Thursday nights, the versatile voice of Brenda Lee joins the ever-fresh Raymond Chia for some fun in the heart of SS2.ONLINEThursday’s are retro nights with KDee and Razman taking the stage to belt out the classic that will have the crowd tapping their feet and nodding along to some familiar favourites.OVERFLOWClinton J. Fernandez is in the house on Thursday nights to spice it up with his great vocals and some magic on the ivories. ROCK BOTTOM BANGSAR

It’s Ladies Night and Rock Bottom keeps the party going with Astra Malaysia getting into the groove of things from the stage.ROCK BOTTOM CHANGKAT

The Octaves are in the house to entertain the crowd as they serve up a good mix of the classics and some newer vibes for the more young at heart.RED PENGUIN

Thursday nights, David Mark is in the house to entertain with his deep, raspy vocals and a talented finger-picking style on the guitar.TENEuphoric Thursday nights call for some Ace on the sound system. VDJ Ken is in the house as usual to spice it up between sets.TUJO

Ascott Kuala Lumpur,

9, Jalan Pinang, KLThursday nights have a special kind of magic in Tujo when a trio of veterans get in on the live action and kick up a great time. Join Vijay David, Albert Sirimal and Badar as they sing out strong on Thursday nights in Tujo.FRIDAY


Lot 10 & 11, Great Eastern Mall,

303, Jalan Ampang, KL

Tel: 03-4260 2288

Next week, there’s a little lull in the action but Alexis will be rocking back into style on Jan 17 with Dani Komari turning up the heat with a selection of her own tunes for music fans.BACKYARDFriday nights are always good nights in the Backyard with Union, taking it to the 1980s.FATBOI TAVERNGet into more groovy vibes as Jeremy Lee Danker brings his guitar and gets ready to sing out strong for a Friday night.ONLINEGet into the groove at the Temple of Rock, with Soul Statue getting in on the action of a Friday night.SALA@SHERATON PJ

Lorong Utara C, PJ

Tel: 03-7622 8888

Sheraton PJ’s rooftop bar plays host to some enigmatic, and always entertaining bands on Friday nights.TOM, DICK & HARRY’S OASIS

R-13A, Jalan PJU 1A/7A,

Central Piazza Oasis,

Ara Damansara, PJTel: 03-7859 7858Rockers Hydra are in the house to blow your socks off as only they know how to with a selection of favourites. TENIt’s a groovy Friday night with Chemistry leading the action from the stage.SATURDAYALEXISTonight, the Michael Veerapen Trio featuring JO will be getting into a jazzy kind of groove in Alexis as they sing evberything from the classics to current favourites. COBRA CLUB

Lorong Utara B,

Section 52, Petaling JayaIt’s not just a rugby club but also a place to chill and unwind with some friendly vibes.MANDOLINSaturday nights are all about Chemistry as the six-piece outfit get into the groove.ONLINEThis week, the Temple of Rock gets back into the groove with Sharin on stage with the rest of his Trio. TENOn Saturday nights, the Rare Species are in the house to take the crowd for a ride.WHERE ELSE @ SUNWAY

Saturday nights are where it’s all about hanging loose, and next week is no different with Rosli Mohalim, of Sweet Charity fame, brings on the beats with a few of his friends in tow.SUNDAYBACKYARDThe DoubleAze duo are back on stage in Backyard to entertain.ROCK BOTTOM CHANGKAT

For some great blues and rock just in time to help deal with the end of the weekend, check out Rock Bottom in Changkat as the Sons of Adam belt it out from the stage.TENTake a stroll down memory lane as the Small Stones feature Thomas Williams for a nice Sunday chill-out session at TEN.

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