This is a very, very cool event St. Louis likely isn't going to see again for a long time: On Wednesday, September 2, Off Broadway is hosting the Sing for China
tour, a four-band bill of indie-rock bands from China. These acts include New Pants
, Rebuilding the Rights of Statues
. The shows are a benefit for the China AIDS Orphan Fund; tickets are just $8.
While these acts aren't hugely well-known here, in artistic circles, they certainly are well-respected. RTROS collaborated with Brian Eno on its last album, while New Pants played stadiums a decade ago. And P.K. 14 is just awesome; think a cross between Mission of Burma and Sonic Youth. A friend of mine taught and studied in China for several years, and passed along this MP3 from them -- I don't know the name of it, but he says it's off the band's second album, and the lyrics are in Chinese. (So is the title, which is why I can't write it here.)MP3: P.K. 14 "song title"