This Week in Live Music: June 2-8

Posted by Pete DeMola on 2. Jun 2009

WED, JUN 3

UNIVERSITY NIGHT: In tonight's wildly-popular platform for amateur bands to gain their stage chops, 酷猪屋, Little Joke, 王威与乐队, My September and Mo will perform.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

Big John's Blues Band: Beijing-based blues quartet kicks off their residence at the glitzy hotspot, taking the stage every Wednesday and Thursday evening, with legendary gospel/soul singer Ptah Brown in tow.
LAN, 9:30pm, free

Blue in Red: Popular trio ekes out sanitized soul, blues and jazz standards. In other words, they create inoffensive cocktail-sipping background music for old white people.
Purple Haze Bistro, 9pm, free

Bad Apples: Multinational quartet proffer a lukewarm blend of uninspiring classic rock cover songs paired with original compositions.
Salud, 8pm, free

THURS, JUN 4

Boy #6, Old Fashioned, Other Books by Economists and Careless are scheduled to perform.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Panjir: Passionate musicians fuse Xinjiang and global sounds together with a interactive flair.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free (one drink minimum)

Girassol: Bossa Nova: Local assemble set to perform the beloved Brazilian genre every Thursday this month at this new 100-seat venue located at the East Gate Plaza Tower, behind the Poly Theatre (it's inside the mall and across from the Baskin Robbins). We're psyched about this new platform for jazz, blues, soul and world music (read: non-rock and non-DJs) especially after last autumn's demise of the spectacular OT Jazz Lounge.
Jimmy's Thai Kitchen & Lounge, 10pm, 30 RMB

Xia Jia Trio: You may remember Xia Jia from his stints as the keyboardist for the both the Red Hand Jazz Band and rock god Cui Jian, as well as conducting the Beijing City Jazz Orchestra. Here, he will perform a blend of original compositions and innovative arrangements of standards with bassist Zhang Ke and Xiao Dou on the trap set.
Maison Boulud, 10pm, free

1980s RETURN TO PROSPERITY: Power Rated, PKB, Yu Yu's Mars Party (formerly Wang Xin & the Ugly Dolls), Velvet Highway and Wuhan act Hellfire are set to blaze a path back to the 20th century's most regrettable decade.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale)

Kode9: Producer, turntablist and owner of UK's Hyperdub label to coat the capital city with a layer of dubstep, the genre of electronic music that he helped pioneer characterized by dark elements and a heavy emphasis on bass. Support comes from Beijing's own Upstepper Sound and the Syndicate crews, cranking out reggae/dub and drum n' bass, respectively.
White Rabbit, 10pm, 60 RMB

FRI, JUN 5

MEMORIAL CONCERT FOR IAN SHERMAN: A celebration of the life of Ian Sherman, local music critic, Tag Team records dude and by every account, all-around good guy, who passed away this past April. RandomK(e) will perform a selection of Van Morrison tunes -- including one penned in tribute of Mr. Sherman -- while copies of the scene fixture's writing, art and more will be displayed.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, free

Boys Climbing Ropes: The Shanghai act headlines, with illuminating post-punk duo IDH and ever-persistent New Wave/Rockabilly quartet Candy Monster in tow.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Duhuo: Moody, low-key rock from a local quartet.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free

Moreno Donadel Trio: Long term jazz pianist and scene mentor (his style ranges from Afro-Cuban to bebop) performs a combination of standards and arrangements with a Latin flair. Trio includes Da Zhong on the double bass and Bei Bei on the trap set.
Maison Boulud, 10pm, free

RUSH HOUR MOSH NIGHT: Alt Senior, Saving Molly, the Reason, Unregenerate Blood, Hutong Fist, 可塑and Tookoo to throw down in a night of hardcore courtesy of Big Mic Records.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 60/40 RMB (students)

Metope: The acclaimed Berlin-based producer, labeled by some as a "mad genius," lands in Beijing for a live set of minimal tech with soul; resident producer Yang Bing will support.
White Rabbit, 11pm, 70 RMB

Pet Conspiracy: Infectious local act blends dark pop sensibilities with the DIY punk aesthetic. The all-star combination of Helen Feng's soaring pipes, LIman's and Edo's throbbing beats and co-vocalist Yunyun's frenetic stage presence alongside heaping sides of camp -- which includes instrument switching, stage diving and impromptu renditions of folk songs -- make this unsigned quintet, which is rounded out by guitarist and programmer Huzi, of one Beijing's most talked-about bands -- especially among the well-coined expat hipster set. At this show, their last before buzzing up to Shenyang's German Week, they'll be handing out video copies of their most recent live performance. Spaced-out quartet Supermarket, often given the label of "China's first true electronic band," will support.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB

SAT, JUN 6

WELIVEINBEIJING SUMMERTIME BLAST! Join us at our second official WeLiveInBeijing.com community party, where the keywords of the day include "friends" and "beer." Lots of both are in store, with prize giveaways, a beer pong tournament, cheap eats, outdoor games and daytime live music from our friends the Lone and G-ELEVEN, with 24 Hours, Fire Balloon, Steely Heart and the Offset: Spectacles stepping up to the plate later on in the evening to knock you on your ass.
2 Kolegas, 2pm, 20 RMB (50 RMB after 8pm)

THE BIGGER BANG! EP RELEASE PARTY: One of this country's hardest working bands, the New Wave-y quartet is set to release their debut EP When Planets Explode! Psychedelic rock act Scoff and 8-Bit producer Sulumi will round out this eclectic lineup.
D-22, 10pm, 50/40 RMB (students)

Hummingbird: Latin sounds at this cozy Gulou venue.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free

Nathaniel Gao Quartet: Makin' the Changes: A combination of standards-including some from Coltrane and Colemen-and original compositions from the titular saxophonist/composer and his band.
Jimmy's Thai Kitchen & Lounge, 10pm, 30 RMB (includes one free draft beer or soft drink)

DJ Rudy Stock'r: The globe-trotting DJ returns to Beijing to spin a house-oriented set for the official ceremony adding this ostentatious den of iniquity to the "World's Finest Club" list, a NWO-esque designation (we think) of questionable value. Expect buy one, get one free Chivas, Absolut and Mum champagne until midnight.
LAN, 9:30pm, free

New Photon Trio: Bebop jazz with quirky original compositions and new arrangements of a variety of old standards; includes pianist Christophe Lier, Da Zhong on the double bass and Jimmy Biala on the trap set.
Maison Boulud, 10pm, free

Super VC: Melancholy alternative rock mainstays and Beatle lookalikes headline, with Convenience Store and Oliver in tow.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 80/60 RMB (students)

J.ROCC: Founder of the Beat Junkies crew (Stones Throw) lands in Beijing. Since early 1990s, he transformed hip hop with his stellar turntable skills, breathing life into the nascent instrumental hip-hop genre. Known for flawless transitions, scratching ability and eye for composition, he's bound to school both local hip-hop heads and expat hipsters alike in the art of groove.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 80/50 RMB (pre-sale)

UPDATE: We just received word from the event organizers that this show has been cancelled as a result of J.ROCC's inability to get a visa due to the "enforcement of new preventive measures against the swine flu global pandemic."

For those who purchased pre-sale tickets, refunds will be available on Mon, June 8 at Yugong Yishan.

CRIMINAL: A night of techno with local triptych Dio, Ou Yang and Eddie Lv.
White Rabbit, 11pm, free (50 RMB after 1am)

SUN, JUN 7

GRASSLAND FOLK SERIES: Hanggai, the Beijing-based sextet renowned for their Mongolian revivalist folk anthems characterized by traditional instrumentation and throat singing, will perform at this outdoor gig.
2 Kolegas, 3pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

FOLK NIGHT: Zhu Guanyu will perform.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Bisq: The Japanese folk songstress returns to Beijing.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free (one drink minimum)

THE VALUE OF YOUTH: 混血, 制度瓦解, 拯救茉莉 Honey Gun and Chinatown to prove their value via their pop-flavored rock and roll.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50/40 RMB (students)

Greenfield: Smooth jazz from a local trio.
Purple Haze Bistro, 8pm, free

2nd MARY INN: Indie rock with a side of modern art. See feature.
Yugong Yishan, 7pm, 50 RMB (includes one free drink)




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