So agnès b. graciously flew me over to Taiwan for the MTV and SPORT b. Plugged Live Concert last weekend at Huashan, ground zero for creativity and culture in Taipei. Media from Singapore, China and HK were all shuttled to the venue at 4:30pm for a press con before the show. We heard screams. The PRs told us fan girls had been waiting around since noon, just hanging out, playing cards, and shrieking at any large entourage that swept through, like us, believing that it was encasing a profile they deeply cared about. The stage was a thing of beauty. A “Rock n’ roll is not dead” sign, and neon in agnès b. font that read “plugged” and “branché!!” (French for plugged) and a lightning bolt logo drawn by Agnès herself. Jun Kung came out, said hi to me, and confessed that he was “really nervous and doing shots backstage” since the last time he performed as front man was six years ago and 16 pounds lighter. I assured him that he’d do fine. He introduced me to his manager, announcing that I used to sing with DJ Kulu in UltraLounge. “Platinum UltraLounge Raptors,” I added for glam. I didn’t have to, as his manager said he recognized me from a Wing Shya shoot before with Terence Yin. “You know, the one with the teddy bear suit,” he added to refresh my memory. “Oh were you in a bear suit?” Jun asked. “No, Terence was in the bear suit. I was in gold LV stilettos and a corset that gave me a 19-inch waist and had to crawl around in mud. Hardest gig I ever did.” (I’m NOT exaggerating.) “A corset? What’s that?” Jun asked innocently. Didn’t expect the indie rock concert to be a non-alcoholic event. A BIT ironic, since Hua Shan Creative Arts Center was once Taiwan’s largest wine factory. But the whole show consisted of class acts, so Perrier sufficed. Opening the show was Crowd Lu in his sexy, nerdy glory, decked out in SPORT b. geek chic. He’s simply the most refreshing indie act I’ve heard of late. I was utterly BLOWN AWAY by the mass moxie (I guess that’s why he named himself “Crowd” in English). Uh-mazing voice and presence. He was an absolute dork (also his quirky appeal) at the press con, but once he picked up his guitar and opened his mouth, it was as if a legion of blues and rock gods had descended upon him—demonic growls, angelic falsetto, mute trumpet—where is this mojo coming from? Pretty impressive for a boy who still has to finish his exams at Tamkang University. All the Taiwanese were singing along to his fabulous songs and I felt left out. I have got to get his albums. Then it was Jun Kung’s turn, with his blend of progressive rock, and I’m glad he included one of my favorite Cantopop songs, “Here N Now.“ Brought a nostalgic tear to my eye, plus it was my turn to sing along. You know, Jun, I know you prefer your jazz funk JUNK unit (me too), but your old shit still rocks. What shoe size are you? The Great Spy Experiment from Singapore followed with a powerful set of standard but banging indie rock, and the show ended with the fantabulous Sodagreen and their folk rock, with their elfin vocalist Qing-Feng and his fluorescent pink hair letting out his inner Faye Wong and bitchy standup comedian. Really, no BPSTFU moments on such an exhaustively entertaining night of great indie music. And free t-shirts designed by the bands! Merci!