This Week in Live Music: May 12-18

Posted by Pete DeMola on 12. May 2009


WENCHUAN EARTHQUAKE CHARITY PERFORMANCE: Buyi, Zhangtie, IC Girl Band, Yoyo, Self-Portrait, Rubber Phonographic Needle, Hit and Final Message all set to perform at this benefit gig.
13 Club, 8pm, 40 RMB

Shochu Legion, Make, Dude, Bible and Devil Child are on deck.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

SICHUAN QUAKE REMEMBRANCE: A wealth of local folk musicians -- including 万晓利, 赵老大, 吴吞, 旅行者, 周云蓬, 小河, 刘堃, 冬子, 王娟 and 刘东明 -- gather for a concert to commemorate the first anniversary of the disaster that claimed some 70,000 lives, left 19,000 missing and an additional five million homeless. More information on tonight's event can be found here.
Yugong Yishan, 8pm, free


UNIVERSITY NIGHT: Metal Ball (金属球), Neverland, Sauce Rain, Poshangcun (坡上村) and Wu Ni (忤逆) scheduled to hone their sonic skills.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

INDIE NIGHT: Planet Map -- a warm indie pop duo whose solid production incorporates everything from cold inhuman blips to traditional Chinese instrumentation -- headlines, with 茶凉粉等, Wang Jing and others set to support.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 40/30 RMB (pre-sale)

No Name Trio: Acclaimed multinational threesome perform a blend of gypsy jazz with modern French and English standards.
Purple Haze Bistro, 9pm, free

Mr. Mojo: Blues guitarist said to channel Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters: assessment waiting independent confirmation from our smartass music editor.
Salud, 9pm, free

Dr. Feelgood: Trio concoct shimmering synthetic soundscapes with touches of menacing ferocity.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB


RandomK(e): Red Hand Jazz Band supports the post-rock expat act.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 30 RMB

Old Fashion: While the headliners are one of Beijing's more technically-skilled post-punk acts, we're more excited about the support. Jet Lagers, rising from University Night, combine the synthetic elements of Snapline with the freewheeling DIY aesthetic of punk pioneers Hang on the Box. Although still shaky, they're one to watch, as is Stranger Strange, who wowed us at their debut last month with their halting, intense rock and roll. All told, the young trio's dueling high-end guitar interplay over emotive vocals reminded us of dueling pit bulls fighting over scraps of raw meat. Awesome.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

BONK vs. SUBS: Norway and Beijing square up for a sonic battle royale. We're putting on our money on SUBS' snarling brand of Yeah Yeah Yeahs-like rock and roll.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 80 RMB

A FAMILY AFFAIR (QUEERESSENCE): Deep House DJs Dirty Harry (well, shejay) and Mr. Soon reunite after a long separation.
White Rabbit, 10pm, free (2-for-1 mixers until midnight)

Mais Uma: Danish jazz quartet lauded for their blend of traditional jazz with Brazilian elements.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB


Lonely China Day: Critically-acclaimed post-rock act combines lush, emotive soundscapes with stunning visual imagery. Support TBA.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 49.9 RMB

Submersion M: The metal band celebrates their fifth anniversary; opening acts TBD.
13 Club, 9pm, 40 RMB

Fire Balloon: Fuzzed-out garage rock revivalists, with Golden Driver, psychedelic rock quartet Scoff and Steely Heart rounding out the bill.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Escape Plan: Rolling Rolling, Mama's Mud and more are on deck.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60/50 RMB (pre-sale)

SALSA con SALSA: Live Cuban band.
UCCA's Super Ganbei, 9pm, 30 RMB

Martin Eyerer: The electro-tech-house DJ, producer and label owner (Kling Klong, Session Deluxe) returns to Beijing for what's anticipated to be another passionate performance.
White Rabbit, 10pm, 70 RMB

FUNK SHUI: Beijing's top five connoisseurs of the genre (DJs Pimp Daddy Suiki, Dan Stephenson, Slide, Bite Size Buddha, Martin Star) gather to spin all variants of the genre -- and probably invent some new ones, too. Visuals provided by VJ HBH. Call 13671304233 for more info.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


Fire Balloon: The earnest garage rock revivalists headline, with Steely Heart and Italian act Johnny Wadd to support.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40 RMB

XINJIANG PARTY NIGHT: We're not entirely sure what the Wudaokou venue has in store for this one, but if it's anything like last night's dinner at our favorite street side Xinjiang joint -- watching fat, shirtless men gnaw on chuan'r, the occasional fistfight and consuming of copious amounts of baijiu -- we are so there.
13 Club, 9pm, 40 RMB

DJ Shortkut: Award-winning hip-hop DJ best known for his work with storied crews Triple Threat, Beat Junkies and Invisbl Skratch Piklz brings his bling to Beijing. Contact David (13810557239) or Hill (13810858776) for table reservations.
Bling, 9pm, 50 RMB (free before 11pm)

604: The Beijing psychedelic outfit mans the decks all night.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

Demerit: Beijing street punk kings put on a withering set, with their younger brethren Discord, Flyx and Cold Case rounding out the bill. Word to the wise: Don't show your appreciation by tossing foreign objects on stage -- you'll get popped in the mouth.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Wang Juan: Prolific folk artist and band headlines at the laid-back Gulou venue.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, 40/30 RMB (pre-sale)

Destruction: German death metal, with Grim Force and local thrashers Suffocated and Raging Mob rounding out the bill. More information can be found here.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 666/200/150 RMB (VIP/door/pre-sale)

MORSE: Mickey Zhang and Dio break it down, techno-style, at Beijing's longest-running underground party series.
White Rabbit, 10pm, 50 RMB

Bang Gang: The Australian mash-up DJ crew will perform at the first of four launch parties for indie label Modular Records' (Cut Copy, Soulwax, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) entry into the Chinese market.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 80/50 RMB (pre-sale available at NLGX)


FOLK NIGHT: Zhang Qianqian is on deck.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

G-ELEVEN: The searing blues rock sextet will perform, with Britpop quartet Oliver, Blackberry Can, Orange Lens, 瞳 and a "mystery guest" in tow.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Greenfield: Trio performs a blend of jazz standards and traditional Chinese compositions.
Purple Haze Bistro, 8pm, free


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