Well, this is the extent of the pop/rock/indie scene here in Taiwan.
Consider this the best of the best (that I've seen so far):
Crowd Lu (盧廣仲) with his debut album: 100 Ways of Life (100種生活)
I wish I heard more music like this. It's more than tolerable, I think I actually enjoy this video. Plus its great Mandarin practice. I think I recognized a word or two...
Deserts Chang (張懸): Recently won "Best New Mandarin Artist" at the 7th Chinese Music Media Awards in Hong Kong.
This song is a great case-study on Chin-glish. Note the mixture between Mandarin and oddly structured English lines.
Children Sucker 表兒 : 朋友啊!Take It Easy!
Yea, I couldn't resist posting these guys.
I will note that there is one pop-punk song that is played -everywhere- but I can't find it anywhere. And, naturally, I don't know the name to look it up.
If I find it, I will pass it along.
But for now, I leave you with the infamous:
That's right. Literally translated, "500" takes the claim as Taiwan's first Rock Star. Still coming on strong, his newest album is laced with space-odyssey-themed Political Statements - the kind of album you'd expect from a true rockstar.
Think of him as a pioneer. Like the Steve Tyler of Taiwan Rock'n'Roll.
And since this post is about music and videos, let me leave you with something you totally weren't ready for. That's right... he's baa-ack.
I found the Taiwan Music Videos at the Fools Mountain Blog, where there is not only additional videos, but more in-depth explanations of the ones I listed.
I found "The Evolution of Dance 2" on the homepage of Taiwan's Youtube site