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6 Places to See Live Music in KL

September 25, 2014

The Malaysian capital swings to new beats and emerges as one of the region's best cities for live music. By Marco Ferrarese. Photographed by Darshen Chelliah.

Published on Sep 25, 2014



Are you a music-loving meat-eater? This casual stop offers weekly delights such as Lot 36, their live music Saturdays, and the popular BBQ Sundays, both great occasions to enjoy performances while downing kingsize burgers and Mexican entrees fresh off the grill. The calendar is regularly filled with local pop, electronica, indie and rock bands, while several Western acts make it their Malaysian tour stop. 36B, Level G2, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Jln. Dutamas 1;

The Bee, KL
Music with Mexican food and burgers at The Bee


Ease into an evening of musical mayhem at the latest addition to KL's scene. It's the place to sate your appetite for stunning pieces of art, rocking live tunes and piping hot coffee. Run by an artist collective producing artwork in-residence, it started as an independent music venue but evolved into a cozy café, gallery and performance space in Chinatown. While away an afternoon at this magnet for the city's artists and dreamers with vinyl records crackling in the background and a cup of handdripped homebrew. Cult movie screenings and live bands rotate throughout the week. No. 8 4F Jln. Panggong;

Findars Cafe
Findars: magnet for artists and dreamers


KL's jazz club cornerstone doubles as a snazzy Japanese gastro bar. Here, local and international acts sling an eclectic choice of jazz, folk, rock and blues—the perfect soundtrack for the social upper crust's favorite watering hole. 17, Jln. Mesui Off Jln. Nagasari;

No Black Tie
Jazz club cornerstone No Black Tie


Run by Malaysian musician and novelist Brian Gomez, this no-frills open-mic blues bar has lovingly nurtured the budding local acoustic music scene for the past year. Head here for some blues, drinks with KL's creative elite, lively chats about music and art, and the guitar-slinging abilities of talented local slow rock artists. Jln. 5/57 Petaling Garden, Petaling Jaya;

Merdekarya is local and acoustic


If you prefer your rock electric, Thursday at Laundry Bar is your jam, with live bands, cocktails and a sleek purplish interior that makes for a filmnoir ambience. Rock purists beware: the place turns into a full scale dance club with retro DJ sets on Fridays, and club hits on Saturdays. The Curve, 6 Jln. PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya;

Laundry Bar
Film noir Laundry Bar


Tucked into a corner of sparkling shopping gallery Publika, this blacktinged room rocks one of the best PA systems and stages in the city, and performances run the musical gamut from alternative indie rock to heavy metal. A main address for subcultural types in the Malaysian capital, it's where to catch passing international touring bands as you rub elbows with KL's underground fringe. Level G2-01, Block A5 Kencana Tower 1, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Jln. Dutamas.

Black Box
Black Box is a subcultural mainstay


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