This Week in Live Music & Nightlife: July 14-20

Posted by Pete DeMola on 13. Jul 2009


Birthday Cake: The blues and reggae crew performs, with 10 RMB mixers and 25 RMB mojitos on hand all night.
13 Club, 9pm, free

GREEN DRINKS: Networking event for those interested in environmental or social justice projects. Come for the drink specials, stay for the altruistic conversation.
The Bookworm, 7pm, free

Fat City: Special guests are on deck (if you can't guess whom, then you haven't been paying attention) to join the local experimental noise act.
D-22, 9pm, 20/10 RMB (students)


MOVIE NIGHT: This week's rooftop flick is Natural Born Killers, Oliver Stone's classic satire (1994) about a husband/wife team who engage in a mass murder spree across the United States and the subsequent media frenzy, both before and after their capture. A must-watch for anyone seeking to learn more about the USA's media-fueled culture of sex, violence and fear.
Club Obiwan, 8pm, free

MOVIE NIGHT: Taxi to the Darkside, winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary, will be screened. Directed by Alex Gibney, the 106-minute documentary examines the use of torture by American military forces post 9/11. It's perfect for those living in the Sihui neighborhood, for the rest of us will have to take a "Taxi to the End of the World" to check this cerebral flick out.
CNEX, 8pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

UNIVERSITY NIGHT: Slack, Green Tea, Fish Shop Cat, My September and Funeral to take a shot at scene stardom.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

Big John's Blues Band: Beijing-based blues quartet perform both tonight and tomorrow with legendary gospel/soul singer Ptah Brown in tow.
LAN, 9:30pm, free

Pierre Brahin Trio: Jazz trio crank out a combo of original compositions and standards, ranging from Bossa Nova to funk.
Purple Haze Bistro, 9pm, free

Ismat: Traditional Xinjiang and flamenco music.
Salud, 8pm, free

Jess Meider: Well-known American vocalist for local electronic act Junglecat to perform an acoustic set of rare original material, with Zac Courtney and Sarah Vossler pitching in on percussion and vocals, respectively.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB


REGGAE NIGHT: Propeller Band (螺旋桨乐队) set to issue some good time cheer at this outdoor summertime hotspot.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, free

The TRI: Newbies produce a genre of music that we've deemed "Cantocore," or the convergence of 1980s American hair metal with elements of punk, radio-friendly Cantopop and guitar riffs and melodies lifted straight from the sonic playbooks of their local heroes (Demerit, Joyside, Carsick Cars). Performances glow under a veneer of uplifting energy that belies their supposed "anger." The highly-energetic emo quartet Alt Senior and brutal post-hardcore act Final Message will support.
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)

The Beautiful Era featuring Elva Wong: Quartet takes you back to sleazy Shanghai, circa 1930, with their set of raw lounge music with a Latin and bossa nova bent.
Jimmy's Thai Kitchen & Lounge, 10pm, 30 RMB

The Reason: Devastating post-hardcore sextet whose anger-infused cocktail of clean melodic guitars, raw vocals and devastating breakdowns makes for an consuming, invigorating and cathartic live experience. Nakoma, Dude and Careless will also perform.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 50/30 RMB (pre-sale and students)

GIRLS ARE WAITING TO MEET YOU CD RELEASE PARTY: The colorful and accident-prone Beijing-based indie rock septet to release their debut eponymous LP, a rich, earthy record that sounds like Murder by Death meets the Rosebuds with its diverse (violin, flutes and sax, oh my!) instrumentation. Emo crew Alt Senior will support. Listen to cuts from the record here.)
Yugong Yishan, 30 RMB (includes free digital copy of the LP)


RandomK(e): Post-rock quintet headlines, with support TBD.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

80s NIGHT: Take a trip back in time with Side B, the Spinster, Vinyl Richie and FA spinning choice cuts from your favorite fluffy-haired, coked-to-the-gills musicians.
Alfa, 9pm, free

Girl Kill Girl: The experimental all-girl trio headline, with the ever-persistent rockabilly/New Wave quartet Candy Monster, sonically-schizophrenic trio Rustic and gutterpunks You Mei You offering support.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

TV Rock: Award-winning dance duo from the Land Down Under (their 2006 single "Flaunt It" stayed perched on the Australian ARIA Top 50 charts for 39 weeks) bring their groove machine to the capital city with singer/songwriter Zoe Badwi in tow.
GT Banana, 10pm, 100/60 RMB (pre-sale tickets available are available through WeLiveInBeijing's Ticket Delivery Service)

Hummingbird: Warm and soulful Latin sounds.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free

Glitterbug: The well-dressed Cologne-based DJ and producer, organizer and artist/curator of various exhibits (he also has in hands in peace activism and a slew of other activities) touches down in Beijing to perform a live set of emotionally-stirring, moody (yet highly danceable) soundscapes. Show starts at 1:30am sharp.
White Rabbit, 10pm, 70 RMB (click here to win a free ticket)

New Perfume: Now here's a live rock performance for those intimidated by sweaty metalhead mosh pits, electro-enhanced booty-grinding and squalls of ringing feedback: 新香水 emit cheesy ballads in the vein of Coldplay and Snow Patrol, making it wholesome fun for the entire family. Famous Egg will support.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale)


Re-TROS: This local trio's dark, lush sounds recall Joy Division and Siouxsie & the Banshees, with their sophomore release Watch Out! Climate Has Changed, Fat Mum Rises (Modern Sky) being one of this year's best releases. At this show, they'll be supported by the legendary SUBS, Ziyo and Fire Balloon.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 60/50 RMB (students)

GVALT: Ukrainian ballet crew to perform at Beijing's most ostentatious nightclub.
Chocolate, 11pm, 100 RMB (formal dress only)

Joyside: Summer isn't summer in Beijing without a hot and sweaty gig from these rock and roll stalwarts. With their protégés Casino Demon and psychedelic rock trio Scoff also on board, this makes for the quintessential capital city live blowout.
D-22, 10pm, 60/40 RMB (students)

Sander van Doorn: Dutch dynamo, currently ranked #13 on the highly-influential DJ magazine's top 100 DJ list, brings his techno and trance grooves to the capital city.
GT Banana, 9:30pm, 60 RMB (advance tickets available through WeLiveInBeijing's Ticket Delivery Service)

, 9:30pm, 40/30 RMB (pre-sale)

The Verse: A night of quality fusion with live hip-hop and funk from the headliners, and bluesy rock and roll with hints of traditional Chinese instrumentation courtesy of Nanwu (南无).
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60/50 RMB (pre-sale)

DESERT DANCE: In conjunction with eco art collective Greening the Beige and Burners Without Borders, White Rabbit invites you to engage in ceremonial rain dances to address the imminent issue of severe water shortage here in the capital city. In addition to the screening of the documentary The Lessons of the Loess Plateau, DJs Patrick Yu, Mr. Soon, Mickey Zhang will be on hand, as will VJ Electric Shadows. Click here for detailed info.
White Rabbit, 10pm, 50 RMB

WELCOME TO DOWNTOWN ARRTCO: Dance-y New Wave stalwarts Queen Sea Big Shark (后海大鲨鱼) team up with local rock legends Joyside (Gig #1 of 2 for the evening) to perform at this arty shindig sponsored by fashion brand ARRTCO. Golden Driver will support. Details here.
Yugong Yishan, 8:30pm, free


GRASSLAND FOLK SERIES VII: Percussion performance by local musicians.
2 Kolegas, 4pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Traveler: Folk and world music from renowned Xinjiang instrumentalists.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

VOICES BLOOM: Charity concert to raise funds for people with disabilities; exact lineup TBA.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm

SUMMER SALAD: A healthy and varied lineup is on deck, including psychedelic rock trio Scoff, crossover traditional act Nancheng Erge, Candy Monster and feel-good melodic modern rockers Yu Yu's Mars Party.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50/30 RMB (students and pre-sale)

Mademoiselle: Swinging French and American jazz standards.
Purple Haze Bistro, 8pm, free

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 multifaceted French guitarist Pierre Brahin, bassist Gang Peng, percussionist Nicholas Mege and the Red Hand Jazz Band's Nathaniel Gao on the sax.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50/40/30 (door/email reservation/pre-sale & students)


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