Old punks on parade There must be a lot of old punks hiding inside business suits in Hong Kong, and we'll probably see just how many when one of the classic English punk groups plays here in May. Sham 69 became the ultimate lads' punk band, with their riotous, lager-fuelled jams bringing in football-terrace chants and a healthy dose of attitude that laid the foundations for the later genres of Oi! and street punk. They're best known for the late-1970s singles Angels With Dirty Faces, If the Kids Are United and Hurry Up Harry, which all cracked Britain's top 20 and made Sham 69 the most successful British punk band of their era. Over the following three decades, the band experienced various upheavals and personal fallouts, leaving guitarist Dave Parsons as the only original member in the current lineup, which has toured the US, played at European punk festivals and released the album, Hollywood Hero, in 2007. We don't have any information on the venue or ticket prices, but we know they'll be playing in Hong Kong on May 15. Bankers, time to get those leather jackets out of storage. An appealing Motif These days Norway is best known for producing two types of music: the blackest heavy metal known to man and wildly improvisational, free-form jazz. And while the two genres have more in common than you may think, the latter will be represented in May in Hong Kong by Motif, a grouping of key players in the northern European improvising scene. Motif were formed in 1999 by students of Trondheim Conservatory's jazz department, and have since appeared at a variety of European festivals and clubs, such as the Copenhagen Jazz Festival and Kongsberg Jazz Festival. Local jazz followers may be most familiar with drummer Hakon Mjaset Johansen, who has appeared in Hong Kong as part of fellow Norwegian outfit Excess Luggage and was previously a member of the Trondheim Jazzorkester, featuring Chick Corea. The Motif China Tour 2009 will stop in Beijing on May 26-27, Guangzhou on May 28 and the Fringe Club in Hong Kong on May 29. Fragments come together They've been called everything from the 'best band in Beijing' to the 'Chinese Radiohead', and now local indie fans have a chance to make up their own descriptions for Sound Fragment, a popular post-rock band from the capital. With members including a poet, a doctor and an art teacher, Sound Fragment have released three albums of melodic, mesmerising tunes since they came together in 2001, most notably this year's well-received To Spread the Rays of Light to Open Space. This Saturday they will appear at the Hang-Out Youth Outreach Centre, 1/F, 2 Holy Cross Path in Sai Wan Ho, supported by local bands Unixx and An Id Signal. Check them all out from 7pm for just HK$120 at the door.