This Week in Live Music: June 16-22

Posted by Pete DeMola on 16. Jun 2009


BERLINER NACHT DER MUSIK: A night of Berlin-based music brought to you by Initiative Musik, Germany's largest music funding organization. Bayern-based trio Vorzeigekinder rose from street busking to propagating their radio-friendly crossover punk at free shows in the Middle Kingdom; celtic metal act SuidAkrA, now in their second decade, combine melodic death metal with harmonic Irish folk, while singer/songwriter Kira purveys saccharine femme-pop sung in Mandarin.
Yugong Yishan, 8pm, free


UNIVERSITY NIGHT: Akira, Hemophilia, Rubik's Plaza, Yes/No Break and nu metal quintet Atomic Bomb are on deck.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

Big John's Blues Band: Beijing-based blues quartet to perform, with legendary gospel/soul singer Ptah Brown manning the mic.
LAN, 9:30pm, free

No Name Trio: Acclaimed multinational threesome perform a blend of gypsy jazz with modern French and English standards.
Salud, 8pm, free

PANIK: The Goethe-Institut Peking, in a throwback to the era of foreign cultural imperialism, bring this lukewarm German nu metal act (a la Linkin Park) to an unwitting audience. Support comes from Colonge-based electro pop act Klee and the Beijing Live Hip Hop Experience.
Yugong Yishan, 8pm, free


THE FORMULA: A night of hip-hop, both old and new, at this now-weekly event with DJs J-Cue, Qing Mun and Weschen.
Bling, 7pm, free

Alt. Senior, the Reason and others will perform.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (pre-sale)

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

Girassol: Bossa Nova: Assemble performs a full overview of the beloved Brazilian sonic art form, from works by aged greats to those by contemporary artists.
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 conductor of 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

WE FOREIGNERS SERIES PERFORMANCE: Candy Monster, Boy #6 and the Feast will perform, as will 24 Hours, the young trio from Xi'an who we feel have officially entered Joyside territory after their performance at D-22 last Saturday, where they left both newcomers and music scene fixtures alike shellshocked after their devastating 45-minute set of highly-catchy, uninhibited and supersized rock and roll. Those who have ears, let them hear: this band will will be selling out Yugong Yishan before next spring.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 40 RMB

SILVERSCREEN PART V: For the fifth edition of this monthly installment designed to bring local groundbreaking artists, producers and visual artists to this 798 venue, up and coming LA-based producer Nosaj Thing (pictured above) will lay down his sultry hybrid of hip-hop and electronica that URB magazine labeled as "moody and chest-ratting," with support coming from Miami's Saul Diaz and Brussels-based Cappuccino.
UCCA's SuperGanbei, 9pm, free

Deine Lakaien: The prolific electronic duo to leave their laptops and rotary switches back in Germany and go acoustic for this special Beijing set; local indie rock act Muma & Third Party will support.
Yugong Yishan, 8pm, free


Fire Balloon: Rock and roll revivalism, with support from Steely Heart, Italian post-rockers Johnny Wadd and C-60.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40 RMB

WACKEN OPEN AIR BATTLE: Seven local metal bands -- including Raging Mob -- compete in this final round for a slot at this summer's big ass metal fest in Germany.
13 Club, 8:30pm, 40 RMB

YEN FIFTH YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY: See feature for comprehensive info on this long-running party series.
706 Factory, 9pm, 150/80 RMB (door/advance)

604: Psychedelic trance brought to you by Michael, Gotama and Pete, with visuals by Electric Sheep.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

The Clamps: Skip Lunch (You Mei You) brings his Xiamen-based surf-punk band back together for this special performance. Rockabilly act Defy, art punks Rustic and smoldering blues-rock trio Wu & the Side Effects to make this one for the D-22 record books.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Excess Luggage: The Norwegian jazz trio (organ, piano and drums) touches down in Beijing after an 11-date China tour.
Jimmy's Thai Kitchen & Lounge, 9pm, 30 RMB

FULL MOON BIKINI BEACH PARTY: Chill out on the Solana venue's rooftop terrace, the Moon Deck, in your beachwear. Beats (funk, house) provided by resident DJs Florian Bordes and Tony Zhang.
Lantung, 8pm, free, but beachwear is required for entry

Moreno Donadel Trio: Long term jazz pianist and scene mentor -- whose 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

LISTENING, LOOKING & LIVING MY LIFE: Zhangtie and his band to perform with 223 as support.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 50 RMB

Yann Tiersen: As part of the French Cultural Center's ongoing Crossroads Festival, the classically-trained composer and multi-instrumentalist most famous for his whimsical score for the 2001 film Amelie (you probably heard it being piped through this city's subway stations) returns to the Middle Kingdom for a much-ballyhooed national tour. Recent work includes the composition of the score for the 2008 documentary Tabarly. Carsick Cars will open.
Yugong Yishan, 180/130 RMB (pre-sale)

YEN AFTER: Shanghai's DJ Baru and Beijing's Mr. Soon at the official Yen afterparty.
White Rabbit, 11pm, 50 RMB (free with YEN ticket)


OUTDOOR PARTY: Details are still vague, but it appears that the two good friends have another summertime party lined up, featuring DJs and live music, Chinese acrobats, Arab cuisine, veggie food, and lots of additional outdoor activities.
2 Kolegas, 3pm, 30 RMB

CD RELEASE SHOW: Party to celebrate the release of Goth act Silent Resentment's new disc Death is a Utopia. Toredor will support.
13 Club, 8:30pm, 50/40 RMB (students)

WORLD REFUGEE DAY: Adding some uplifting energy to this UNHCR Refugee Movie Festival kickoff screening event (Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, a documentary that tells the story of six struggling musicians in this West African shithole, will be shown) InnerSpace is set to enlighten us with their traditional Indian instrumentation. Click the link below for detailed info.
The Bookworm, 6pm, free

FUNK FEVER: Funk, soul and rare grooves brought to you by DJs Perman, Slide, Bite*Size Buddha and Martin Star.
Club Obiwan, 8pm, free

HOT & COLD CD RELEASE PARTY: A night of noisy mischief heralds the release of Hot & Cold's debut record Any Monkey is Dangerous, with Nanjing's 8 Eye Spy, the Offset: Spectacles and local powerhouse Ourself Beside Me also on deck.
D-22, 10pm, 50/40 RMB (students)

Michael Canitrot: French house DJ and So, Happy in Paris? label head -- as well as official Cannes Film Festival beatmaker -- touches down in Beijing to issue his signature blend of "afro-tribal-vocal-house" beats.
LAN, 9:30pm, free

Jimmy Biala Trio: Lovers of the famed Blue Note repertoire would do well in checking this jazz guitar trio's special debut performance featuring guitarist Jorg Tannenbaum, Sebastian Meyer on the double bass and Jimmy Biala on the trap set.
Maison Boulud, 10pm, free

REGGAE PARTY: Local sextet Longshendao set to issue their feel good blend of global beats and reggae jams, with dancehall DJ Yaksa scheduled to open.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60/40 RMB (students & members)

Excess Luggage
Stone Boat
, 9:30pm

Yann Tiersen: Second performance by the French composer, with electro-punk trio Snapline as support.
Yugong Yishan, 180/130 RMB (pre-sale)

UNDERGROUND DISCO PROJECT: Yang Bing, Mr. Soon and a special guest VJ will perform.
White Rabbit, 11pm, free (50 RMB after 1am)


GRASSLAND FOLK SERIES III: 15-piece fusion band Afrokoko Roots to perform a blend of Afrobeat originals and reggae classics. The rainbow coalition (members hail from the Philippines, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Burundi, the States and China) contains a four-piece horn section and a dance team as well.
2 Kolegas, 3pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Adrian Sherwood: This English producer may appeal to everyone with a three decade career spent cycling through a variety of hipster-friendly genres. In addition to founding the dub-heavy On-U Sound Records (Asian Dub Syndicate), he formed the Jamaican artist collective Singers & Players in the early 1980s. After relaunching seminal dub pioneer Lee "Scratch" Perry's career in 1986 with the creation of Time Boom X De Devil Dead, Sherwood made his mark in the industrial scene with collaborations with Ministry, KMFDM and NIN, which he followed up with smattering of solo albums and remix work. He now lands in Beijing with a special performance at this Xihai lakeside venue alongside Steve Barker, the Meiwenti Sound crew and free BBQ.
Club Obiwan, 4pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale)

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

Wang Funrui: Pop, with Li Jian and Zhong Lifeng as support.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50 RMB

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 features a handful of local experimental musicians.
Yugong Yishan, 9:30pm, 50/40/30 (door/email reservation/pre-sale & students)


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