Sang Enemy Worldwide Transgression 2013
Bentley Music Auditorium
4th Floor, Wisma Bentley Music
No. 3, Jln PJU 7/2, Mutiara
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Date: Tomorrow, 4pm, RM45 (door)
Featured acts: The final date of the Hujan and Love Me Butch nationwide tour, which started on May 26. After four shows outside the Klang Valley, both bands look set to end this tour trek with a blast. Apart from material from its two mainstream albums — Lonely Soldier Boy (2010) and Sang Enemy (2012), Hujan has got peppered its tour setlist with material from its DIY days. Elsewhere, Love Me Butch has kept its lean shape with a setlist featuring favourites from last year’s Worldwide Transgression album. The guest acts on this last show include Indonesian alt metal outfit Seringai, which unleashes a blend of Motorhead, Black Sabbath, hard rock and metal influences, while one of Singapore’s foremost post-hardcore bands Caracal is the added attraction to bring mayhem to this concert finale. More details: morningrocket.com.
Open Mic @ The Venue #9
The Venue, Lot C4.06.02,
Connection Level 4
Pavilion KL, Jalan Bukit Bintang
Date: June 17, 7.30pm, free admission
Featured acts: Hosted by guitarist Az Samad, this upcoming open mic session features guest act Paladin, a cello-driven rock outfit. All of Paladin’s members are professional cellists who met during gigs in the KL music scene. As a bonus, YouTube sensation fingerstyle guitarist Mike Dawes will also make a special appearance. This open mic (above 21) is also the chance for newcomers to get heard — whether you’re a solo act, duet, chamber group or a full-on band. Don’t play any music instruments? Don’t fret — feel free to rap, juggle, beatbox or entertain with stand-up comedy. Sign-ups begin at 7.30pm and only 15 slots are available.
Rock On Wood
Block B, Jalan SS7/13A
Plaza Kelana Jaya
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Date: June 20, 9pm, free admission
Featured acts: Need a Thursday night out with a sting? Look no further. Blues rock quartet Cat’s In Love, singer-songwriter Francis Wolf and alternative rock outfit Project Ei8ht are the bands loaded for heavy duty in this new series. Each band will romp through 45-minute mixed bag sets, featuring original material and covers. With the venue given a facelift, music fans can also brace themselves for a crisp and crunchy live experience.
Michael Dawes & Az Samad
No Black Tie
17, Jalan Mesui
off Jalan Nagasari, Kuala Lumpur
Date: June 20, 9.30pm, RM40, RM25 (students)
Featured acts: British guitarist Mike Dawes makes his Malaysian debut with Az Samad in support. With over 2.8 million cumulative views of his videos, Dawes has garnered critical acclaim, especially since his cover of Gotye Somebody I Used To Know became a viral video hit. Expect alternating sets of fingerstyle guitar artistry from both artistes and maybe even a duet at the end of the night. This is emotional, beautiful and technically expressive guitar music at its best, up close and personal at No Black Tie. For reservations, call 03-2142 3737 (after 5pm).
Marginal Malaysian tour
Rumah Api, 178, Jalan Merdeka
Kampung Baru Ampang, KL
Date: June 22, 9pm, RM10
Featured acts: Among the underground community, Indonesian DIY outfit Marginal is a well-respected name in these parts. The group arrives in town to play a timely show at Rumah Api. Nevermind the acoustic nature, this gig comes from the heart. Apart from music, Marginal has been inspiring social change in Indonesia, going beyond gigs and helping directly through sheltering homeless children, and teaching them creative ways to earn money. Formed in 2001, Marginal has continued to raise awareness about the plight of the marginalised in Indonesia. Support acts include The Garrison and Orkes Rakyat Tertindas.
Thunder In The East 2013
Date: June 30, 3pm, RM138 (regular)
Featured acts: Four veteran heavy metal/hard rock acts — Loudness (Japan), Search (Malaysia), Rusty Blade (Singapore) and Slank (Indonesia) — plan to roll back the years as they take on Stadium Merdeka. Local rock outfit Search has promised a setlist spanning its 1980s catalogue, which should delight the fans of its PolyGram years. Jakarta-based Slank and Singapore blues rock hustlers Rusty Blade are no strangers to the stadium rock scene here while Loudness, which played a sold out show in KL in 2011, is the centre of attraction. Since 1981, the Japanese band, headed by guitarist extraordinaire Akira Takasaki, has influenced Asian rock music with a sense of virtuosity and verve that’s rarely been seen before or since. For aspiring guitarists, don’t forget Akira’s guitar workshop to be conducted at Bentley Music Auditorium, Mutiara Damansara on June 29 and the Loudness “Meet & Greet” session to be held at Stadium Merdeka on the show day. Grab these extras with the Platinum and Rock Zone tickets, which are available through ticketpro.com.my