Numinous Merdekarya, 352 Jalan 5/57 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Date: Feb 23, 5pm, admission free
Featured acts: Merdekarya, a new performance/arts space in Petaling Jaya, rolls out Numinous which straddles artistes from different creatives scenes (poetry, film, dance, music, etc). The aim is to get the acts to share their thoughts and views through the medium of performance. Tonight’s theme is ‘Wonderlust’. The line-up includes Cassandra Chong (music), Shaneil Devaser (music), Ksatriya (spoken word), Melizarani (spoken word), Adel Lina (performance art), Amin Baharudin (music), Kafayat Quadri (music), Abby Latif (spoken word), twentyfour (a capella) and Super Inlight (hip hop/poetry). Weird Scenes In The Goldmine
Black Box, Map @ Publika Level G2-01, Block A5, Menara Kencana Petroleum Jalan Dutamas, off Jalan Duta, KL Date: Feb 24, 5pm, RM15
Featured acts: Noise projects? Counter-culture provocateurs? Ear-shredding riffs? Yes, it can only be a gig put together by local organisers Kerbauworks. The collective, now ramping up its live activities, has been tasked to curate an evening of music for the Triennial event’s Barricade multi-platform exhibition at the venue. Bands listed include Maharajah Commission, Lavatory, Anti, Wwhirr, Keladak, The Fridays and Singapore-based pop-noiseniks Etc. All sets will be recorded and DIY distros welcomed, tables are free. The theme of this year’s Triennial event is Barricade, which addresses the nation’s current political climate and the global street aesthetics. Open Mic @ The Venue # 5
The Venue, Lot C4.06.02, Connection Level 4, Pavilion KL, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Date: Feb 25, 7.30pm, free admission
Featured acts: Hosted by jazz-inspired guitarist Az Samad, this open mic series has established itself with a strong list of newcomer talent while the guest performers are also a major part of the night’s appeal. This upcoming edition sees singer-songwriter Anna Chong broadening her fanbase while there is a homecoming spot for San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Shelley Leong, a regular fixture in the independent scene here a few years ago. On stage, Leong will collaborate with her sparring partner Seth Lael. Both will perform their Americana-meets-folk tinged originals. Lael recently released his album ‘After the Hard Times’. Registration for the open-mic starts 7.30pm. Az Samad will also be part of the stage action.
Azmyl Yunor & Friends No Black Tie, 17 Jalan Mesui, off Jalan Nagasari, Kuala Lumpur Date: Feb 25, 9.30pm, RM30
Featured acts: Nothing to do on a Monday night? Not enough fireworks during Chinese New Year? Need a louder night with more volume? Fear not! Folk rock outfit Azmyl Yunor & the Sigarettes, John Peel-endorsed Singaporean act Etc, alt-rockers and music festival stalwarts Free Deserters and globe-trotting singer-songwriter Kien Lim will come and save you from your Monday night ennui at No Black Tie. This is the first time all four well-travelled acts have shared a night together. In short, expect a blast of a week night. Tekan-Tekan Vol. 1
Kakiseni Blackbox, SS2 Mall Petaling Jaya, Selangor Date: Feb 28, 8pm, RM15
Featured acts: Here’s a unique music event series which showcases local and cross-regional electronic music producers who perform their music live. The name “Tekan-Tekan” is street lingo for the button/ keyboard/ keypad pressing gestures of the electronic enthusiast. Organised by the WKND sessions, this first edition features acts like Tenderfist, flica, Jena, +2db and kucen. More info: the-wknd.com.
Upfront presents How To Dress Well The Bee, Publika 32B Level G2, Publika, Solaris Dutamas Jalan Dutamas 1, KL Date: March 1, 8pm, RM78
Featured act: How To Dress Well, hailing from Brooklyn, New York, starts the Upfront live action at this hip venue next month. The indie act is the stage name of songwriter/producer Tom Krell. Combining a gorgeous falsetto with fractured R&B-influenced beats, an instinctive ear for subtly devastating melody and elements of noise, sound collage and avant-garde composition, Krell has gained an enthusiastic following worldwide. He released his second album, Total Loss, last September. Tickets are available at the venue. For more info, call 03-6201 8577 or visit thebee.com.my.
Soundscapes presents Mouse On The Keys Pentas 2, KLPac, Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan (off Jalan Ipoh) Kuala Lumpur Date: March 6, 8pm, RM88 (advance), RM100 (door)
Featured acts: Formed in 2006, with elements of jazz, funk, post rock and electronic music, Mouse On The Keys fits into a genre of its own. The trio consists of two former members of the influential Japanese underground band 9dw, Akira Kawasaki and Atsushi Kiyota. They teamed up with Daisuke Niitome, who has played drums as well as composed music for countless jazz-funk and hip hop bands. Their unique sound, comprising two pianos, two keyboards and drums, continue to stand at the forefront of the Japanese indie scene. Opening acts: Man Under Zero Effort and Nao. A gig not to be missed (if you need a side of experimental in your music diet). Tickets available at ilassotickets.com, klpac.org and soundscape-records.com.