You Need to Check Out Indonesia's Most Exciting Indie Bands This Weekend

Catch Shadowplay, Bedchamber and more at 'Out of Vogue Vol. 2', go to a 90s-themed rave, read a heartbreaking novel, and so much more this weekend.
March 23, 2018, 12:15pm
Illustrations by Dini Lestari

Looking for some stuff to catch up on this weekend? Whether it's TV, movies, books, or anything in between—VICE has you covered. Read on for our staff recommendations on what to take in during your downtime:

EXPERIENCE MORE THAN JUST MUSIC AT 'AUSSENSEITER'

Another exciting event will be held at Mondo by the Rooftop this Friday! Derry, Gho$$, Latex, Mbe and Sunmantra join forces at AUSSENSEITER, a night that sets to transcend, ignites, and infuse new information in a form of musical experience to the audience with their performance. This event is also a release party for Gho$$’s EP and Sunmantra’s newest remix. —Dini Lestari

READ A TRAGIC NOVEL ABOUT LOVE AND HARDSHIP

Through his novel Dawuk, Mahfud Ikhwan invites readers to see the rough lives of Mat Dawuk and Inayatun in East Java. The two are former preman who meet and fall in love in Malaysia, and decide to get married and go back to Dawuk’s hometown, Rumbuk Randu village. But the villagers hate both Mat Dawuk and Inayatun, so they’re stuck in an even darker tragedy. With his engaging prose, Ikhwan successfully built a realistic irony as Dawuk is all sweet, romantic, and tragic. — Sattwika Duhita

PARTY LIKE IT'S THE 90s AT 'ENERGIA'

There are more things to be nostalgic about from the ‘90s than the smooth R&B that we all still sing along to today. Those glorious nights of wild warehouse raves are greatly missed, too. The Jakarta-based collective Interrupted is hosting a party called Energia, where you can let it all out and party like we never left the ‘90s—or as if we remembered what it was like. Intense and explosive beats provided by Bing Luther, Random Brothers, Mayo and ØH will get you going all night long. See you there! —Dini Lestari

WATCH TODAY'S BEST LOCAL INDIE MUSICIANS AT 'OUT OF VOGUE VOL. 2'

Two young bands from North Sumatra will be showcasing their talent at Rossi Musik, Jakarta, this Saturday. Pullo, who's celebrating the release of their EP Age of New Life, plays a moodier, slightly darker post-punk that relies on thick bass lines, and a brooding atmosphere. Shadowplay, the second band from Medan, is pretty much the opposite—their brand of 90’s Bandung pop would bring to mind acts like La Luna or Mocca. Rounding up the line-up is indie pop darling, Bedchamber, early 2000s Trustkill-era of post-hardcore unit Arck and Bandung’s latest attempt at Titlefight-core, Noirless. —Yudhistira Agato