Hot Music Happening in SE Asia

Southeast Asia Music Hong Kong

Hot Music Happening in SE Asia

The Beatles began in Hamburg. The Strokes, Interpol, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs gained grown in the Lower East Side of New York. Big Bang blew up in Seoul. Cities and music go hand in hand. Movements of music blooms and blossoms within the chaos of urban life even in Hong Kong. All across South East Asia, new music is germinating, taking root, and waiting to be discovered from Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok to Singapore. So here’s a brief list of a few cities and the music they’re making.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

The Kanonos
A duo called The Kanonos plays intoxicating garage rock. Their songs provide an excellent soundtrack of expat life and the narrative storytelling style of their music immediately creates a listening intimacy. Trust me you won’t be able to get songs like “Drunk Days” out of your head. It’s just hauntingly that good.

4nthro by Pablo Yang
According to Midnight Music’s Quick Guide, the genre of looping music is “the art of recording layers upon layers live in real time.” Pablo Yang’s production of 4nthro has him playing a one-man band and it can be incredibly mesmerizing to watch him begin playing a keyboard, then loop and play a saxophone, then loop and next play an acoustic guitar with all the previous sounds still jamming around him.

Hong Kong
Still Minds
Still Minds rocks in a soulful manner. They play good old fashion classic rock. It’s Summer of ’69 but modernized and coming from a city with what seems like an endless summer. Lead singer Adrian da Silva writes and sings songs that take you on a journey. Considering the band is here in HK, I won’t write too much and just encourage you to catch one of their live shows.

John Will Sail
Based in Thailand, John Will Sail has been making a career as a singer-songwriter over the last four years. If you live for folk music that touches as well as rocks, John Will Sail is the experience you want to have. His music is passionate as well as melodic. The song, “Summertime”, captures the mixture of both dreamingly well.

Singapore is thriving with good very polished music. A band like Xingfoo&Roy creates their own space in the creative crowd in the “Lion City” with an emo post punk sound that’ll make you think of Something Corporate or Dashboard Confessional especially when you hear the song, “Marla Singer Smokes Winston Reds”.

Phnom Penh
Cambodian Space Project
Let’s get psychedelic with Cambodian Space Project. Listening to this band is a good trip through a hyperloop through time back to the 1960s and once you arrive feeling all mod, they will blast you off again with their big band sound. Their music is flat out fun. The lead singer, Srey Thy, sings with pure passion and joy which you can hear clearly in “Have Visa No Have Rice”.

Hong Kong’s hottest indie psychedelic band, Shumking Mansion, and hot new indie rock band, Turing Apples, along with Rolling Stone-reviewed indie band, Fuzzculture, will playing the music to get your feet dancing at All That Junk’s Indie Rock [email protected]’s Cellar

Indie Rock Music Grappas Hong Kong
All That Junk presents

an indie rock party of the ages
showcasing the some of hottest bands
in Southeast Asia

Featuring rock bands: Turing Apples & Shumking Mansion
Plus special guest band: Fuzzculture
& an indie music DJ set by Ze Macedo

Rolling Stone India said of Fuzzculture, “If you know how to start a party, you’re doing electronic music right…[Fuzzculture] are doing exactly that.”

So we’re put together some of the best electronic rock in Southeast Asia for you.
Learn more about the bands:
Turing Apples –
Shumking Mansion –
Fuzzculture –
DJ Ze Macedo –

Entrance w/one free drink:
$180 early bird
$200 regular
$250 at the door
Get into the party here –

Moonzen X All That Junk presents Live Rock Music


Moonzen Brewery is opening its doors and allowing All That Junk to party amongst its hallow hops! We’ve got cold craft beer and live hot rock & roll at the Moonzen Brewery where also they will disclose their brewing secrets with a brewery tour.

May 13th, 2017

Brewery tour @ 7pm (for first 30 guests)
Music starts @ 8pm

The bands: David Bowie Knives , DP, The Sleeves, Still Minds

The music rundown:
The David Bowie Knives


The Sleeves

Still Minds

Moonzen Brewery, 2A New East Sun Building, 18 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tung

$200 early bird online includes one pint of craft beer
$250 at the door includes one pint of craft beer
$50 drafts all night

There will be tickets available at the door but they may sell out at anytime. Please be reminded the only way to secure your space for this event is to buy a ticket.

Stop Your Noise. Hong Kong has Live Music!

All That Junk Anniversary Live Music Hong Kong

by Alicia A. Beale

The music is here. It’s independent and it’s live. You can find live music in Hong Kong playing every night. There’s venues and there’s some amazing band waiting to blow you away. All That Junk almost always has live bands play at our events so we keep our ears to the ground. We want to show you the bands we’ve discovered on the streets and in the hot live music venues of Hong Kong. Here’s the live music playing in Hong Kong:

Hong Kong Bands You Need to See

Shumking Mansion – They are one of the most talented bands in Hong Kong. If you wish you could have been born in time for the free love movement and deeply enjoy electronic indie dance or psychedelic music like bands such as Empire of the Sun, Nirvana, or Devo.

DP – Are you ready for some rock and roll to hit you in the face? You will never see a band of just two guys rock so damn hard. If you like rock when it was God in the 90s and well if you like Foo Fighters…

The Bollands – Now, here is a band begun in Hong Kong but just like most expats they hit the two-year wall and tour throughout Asia. You can still catch this magic-making musical couple in Hong Kong frequently. If you like folk rock such as Of Monsters and Men…

Red Stripes – To keep exposing the variety of live music happening in Hong Kong, I present you a ska band that’s been bringing big band beats for years. If you don’t want no electro but you love the bass and brass, you should check out this band who’s similar to the Mighty Mighty Bosstones-ish…

9 Maps – Bringing you the softer side of the Hong Kong music with girls and guitars plus a keyboard for melodic indie-folk that sounds like something you should pay for. If you like Tegan & Sara or Daughter, you will be happy you came to see…

Chochukmo – This band is the biggest and most popular band on this list. I probably shouldn’t have them listed here since they’re doing more full production concerts than small live music venues but you know what, I fucking love to watch them live. They’ve lately been incorporating visual imagery and storytelling elements into their shows which keeps each gig fresh and a little uncertain. Yet, I’ve seen them perform simple unplugged shows in the cafe Full Cup and have been entranced. If you had ‘Drive’ as your ringtone because Incubus was everything, you will love…

Where to See the Bands

Orange Peel – This venue is right in the heart of LKF so if you’re new in town living in a shoebox service apartment in Sheung Wan. It’s a perfect beginner’s bar because there’s no hassle on Google Maps to find it. The sound system is professional and rocks. Many homegrown Hong Kong bands play at Orange Peel regularly through Underground HK, a Hong Kong live music event organization that specializes in indie and metal rock. They just brought in the electronic rockers, Fuzz Culture.
2/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’Aguilar St, Central

Peel Fresco – This venue is the essence of intimate mainly because it’s super narrow and if the band that night is really good then it’s going to be pretty crammed. If you go on a busy night, get your drinks early! The intimacy of this space as well as the dim decor makes it excellent for live acoustic acts.
49 Peel St

Hidden Agenda – This venue is for those willing to step out and discover well curated music events. It’s moved from warehouse to warehouse space in Kwung Tong. Generally it’s reasonably priced for bands like Bang Gang. The quality of the sound is consistent. The walls are covered in band stickers and random drunk drawings. Your drink is from 7-11 since Hidden Agenda is generally BYOB. Sometimes not but usually worth the effort of trekking out for live music in Hong Kong.
2A, Winful Industrial Building, 15-17 Tai Yip St

The Wanch – Every night there’s live music. It’s a dive bar but hey it’s Wanchai. You aren’t on the HK live music scene if you have never stepped foot inside this legendary venue. Hong Kong’s garage bands cut their teeth here and they’ve gotten their steam, they rock the walls.
54 Jaffe Rd, Wan Chai

Notable venues: Full Cup Cafe, The Hangout, Grappa’s Cellar, Focal Fair, The Fringe Club, Mom’s Live House

Another great recommendation is Moonzen & All That Junk presents Live Rock Music where there’ll be cold draft beer and hot live rock!

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