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Maybe Mars Update: New PK14 Album, Monthly Show Series
By Oct 15, 2015 Music
Beijing indie label Maybe Mars has been pretty quiet since the July closure of its club, XP. Spurring things back into action for a strong finish to 2015, they've just released a new record for one of their marquee bands, P.K.14. Music for an Exhibition is a live recording of a performance that P.K.14 — with the enlisted help of Alpine Decline and Zoomin' Night organizer Zhu Wenbo — gave at UCCA around this time last year in conjunction with an off-putting, cicada-heavy installation by artist Sun Qiuchen. From the presser:

"One take, live, no overdubs, Music for an Exhibition is a free fall, a slow dive into the dark hearts of Beijing's most progressive rock experimentalists. It's ambiguously divided into four sections, loosely based on the Chinese idiom '金蝉脱壳'. Literally: the cicada sheds its shell. Imagistically: the real thing is gone, but the husk remains."

Music for an Exhibition will be officially released over the weekend at 20 Percent, a new gallery space located within Maybe Mars's revamped hutong courtyard office. No details yet on how to actually visit the space; they're keeping it pretty private for now. But you can grip the new P.K.14 album in various packages (vinyl, CD, misc. Maybe Mars merch) over at Musikid.

On a more public-facing note, Maybe Mars has also just announced the imminent launch of Independent China in Stereo, a new monthly gig series showcasing talent from around the country. They say:

"Each month we'll invite young bands from a different city in China to come to Beijing for a special performance, give them a stage and a space to showcase their work to a bigger audience, and also give Beijing's music fans a glimpse of what's happening in underground cultural circles around the country."

First edition is Saturday, November 14 at Modernsky Lab featuring Dream Can, Naohai, and The Psyders from Shanghai. More info in the listing.

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