This Week in Live Music: Apr 8-14

Posted by Pete DeMola on 8. Apr 2009


UNIVERSITY NIGHT: me:me (迷因), Neon (霓虹灯), Morning Sir, Radioactive Sources (放射源), Balance Beam (平衡木) and The Funeral ( 葬礼) to take a shot at scene stardom.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

KURT COBAIN REMEMBRANCE CONCERT: Tribute, folk-style, to the fallen icon, with acts TBA.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free

NIRVANA MTV UNPLUGGED TRIBUTE: Rainbow Town, Temple, LABF, Self Portrait and members from G-ELEVEN to perform cuts from the band's 1994 acoustic masterpiece, the final gig in a series of performances that exhibit what a continuing influence the Nirvana frontman has been on this country's rapidly-developing music scene.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 40 RMB

JSB: Local act performs a mixture of jazz, blues and Chinese reggae.
Salud, 8pm, free

RETRODANCE: DJ D, Cedric, Stanley and Demone spin Rockabilly, New Wave, rock and funk, respectively. Retro threads are encouraged.
White Rabbit, 10pm, free

Can Can Rumba Catalina: Spanish crew perform flamenco rumba with Latin and African percussive rhythms.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB


Mio Myo: German quartet perform a genre known as "ghostrock," or a curious blend of electro, pop and indie rock peppered with the use of cello, accordion and the omnichord. Local post-rock act RandomK(e) will support.
2 Kolegas, 9pm, 30 RMB

Cold Case: The prolific young punks headline, with Oi Bomber, Old Fashioned and The Blood Romance set to support.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB

Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free

DOUBAN SERIES PERFORMANCE: A night of sonic diversity, with Rolling Rolling, The Blood Romance, Cassette, Exit A, Gyro Man, Blackberry Can all sharing the bill.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 40 RMB

Acupuncture Records: The DJ collective lights up 798 with their minimal tech.
UCCA'S Super Ganbei, 9pm, 30 RMB

TAG TEAM RECORDS' INDIE NIGHT: DJs Assassin Eyes, Stinkeye and Empty Floor spin your favorite danceable indie rock tracks.
White Rabbit, 9:30pm, free (2-for-1 drinks until midnight)

Fethi Tabet & Panjir: Algerian-born Tabet produces warm, Moroccan and Spanish-influenced sounds through the use of the "Oud," the traditional stringed instrument commonly used in Middle Eastern music. Here, he and his quintet will be joined by Panjir, the Beijing-based sextet renowned for their blend of jazz with traditional Xinjiang elements.
Yugong Yishan, 8pm, free (tickets available at the Alliance Francaise in CCF, Xihai and BLCU)


Arctic Fire: New local act said to proffer a blend of emo and grunge.
2 Kolegas, 9pm, 30 RMB

'80s THE QUEEN IS DEAD: Goth/fetish night at the Gongti venue, with dark 1980s soundtrack, including cuts from (we're told) Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure, Depeche Mode and The Smiths.
Alfa, 9pm, free (but only if you come dressed like this)

GO GIRLS! PARTY: Get your grrrl groove on with DJs BB and Leo. Wear stockings to receive buy one, get one drinks until midnight.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

Candy Monster: Molds (neo-surf), You Mei You (old school punk), Fire Balloon (garage rock revival) and Houxing Jihua will support the female-fronted quartet.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Paul Oakenfold: The world's most popular trance DJ/producer lands in Beijing.
GT Banana, 9:30pm, 100 RMB (available for pre-sale at

ACUPUNCTURE RECORDS PARTY: Beijing's most authentic electronic music collective spin at this intimate Gulou locale.
Luce, 11pm, free

CLASSIC MOVIE SONG COVER NIGHT: In a night of true genre diversity, Bigger Bang!, DH & The Chinese Hellcats, Recycler, Escape Plan, Arrows Made of Desire and hip-hoppers C.O.U. all set to issue their takes on iconic songs from motion picture soundtracks.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale)

CONNECTION: A myriad of DJs and VJs -- including members from the Acupuncture, DeepSpaceMafia and Musicology crews -- assemble at the city's most authentic electronic music venue for a night of collaboration, experimentation and ass-shakin'.
White Rabbit, 10pm, 70/40 RMB (before/after midnight)

Mio Myo: Second performance from the "ghostrock" trio. Bigger Bang! and Tag Team records, er, tag team RandomK(e) and Arrows Made of Desire will support.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 60 RMB


Filament: Japanese experimental musician Yoshihide Otomo, who rose to international prominence with his noise act Ground Zero in the 1990s, brings his most recent project to Beijing, with Sachiko Matsubara and others in tow.
2 Kolegas, 8pm, 60/30 RMB (students)

641: The Beijing metal band celebrates six years of existence, with support TBA.
13 Club, 8pm, 40 RMB

ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY: Beijing's only seaworthy nightlife venue celebrates a year of existence with DJ Dexter, the 4x DMC World Champion and Avalanche/GrillaStep turntablist whom Grandmaster Flash labeled as "the world's most creative and original DJ." Click here for the complete list of performers.
The Boat, 5pm, with live music kicking off at 9:30pm

FUNK FEVER, VOL 2: Funk, soul and rare grooves courtesy of DJs Perman, Bite Size Buddha and Martin Star.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

Mirko Loko: Swiss producer and DJ perhaps best known for his Lazy Fat People project brings his minimal/electro blend to the capital city. Support comes from Patrick Yu, Flo Eysler and DeepSpaceMafia.
Club Tango, 10pm, 60 RMB

Wu & The Side Effects: Rubber Phonograph Needle, Pork and Golden Driver to support the amazing bluesy trio.
D-22, 10pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Zhang Zhang & Orchestra: Original folk rock.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free

Queen Sea Big Shark: One of Beijing's more celebrated acts, 后海大鲨鱼 emit a sleek hybrid of New Wave and 1950s-era rock and roll, with gritty specks of Beijing originality. (You can listen to their new track, C.B.D, here.) Zig Zag will support.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60 RMB

G-ELEVEN: Blues rock outfit churn out song after song of authentic and passionate rock and roll.
What? Bar, 9pm

MORSE: Beijing's longest-running underground party, featuring techno from Mickey Zhang & Dio.
White Rabbit, 11pm, 50 RMB

GREAT WALL SWING OUT: Make sure to don your Zoot Suit for this performance by the Beijing Big Band, the city's only 20-piece big band with a swing dancing frontman.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 70 RMB


Buyi: The quartet known for their seamless blend of Ningxia folk and modern rock is now in their second decade. Support TBA.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

COLLEGE ROCK NIGHT: Sacrifice, Neverland, Encounters, The Blood Romance, No South and Music Box will perform.
MAO Live House, 7pm, 40/30 RMB (pre-sale)

Beijing Free Improvisation Alliance: Monthly collaborative musical workshop with a focus on improvisation and experimentation. Initiated and organized by saxophonist and composer Li Tieqiao, this month's session is dedicated to performing the works of English avant-garde composer Cornelius Cardew. Contact for additional info.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50/40 (pre-sale and students)


Mayming: Experimental duo whose combination of the cello, loop sampling and additional laptop-produced effects creates emotional and haunting soundscapes.
2 Kolegas, 9pm, 40 RMB

Dr. Feelgood: Shimmering synthetic soundscapes with touches of menacing ferocity, with support from electro/New Wave producer Liman.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB

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