This Week in Live Music & Nightlife: Sept 8-14

Posted by Pete DeMola on 7. Sep 2009


The much-hyped Birdstriking, Lu Xinpei and Carsick Cars spinoff Soviet Pop kick off the week with experimental-flavored indie rock.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

A Lin: The Taiwanese pop singer offers beams of sunshine, rainbows and all-around good cheer; pop producer Xiao Yu will support.
Yugong Yishan, 7pm, free


First of three nights in which ambitious local rock bands compete to win two coveted slots opening for seasoned indie veterans P.K. 14, Carsick Cars and the Gar on Sat, Sept 19 at Yugong Yishan. See feature for more info.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

JAM SESSION: All are invited to the cozy, Xinjiang-themed venue to create love and harmony via an improv jam session. Instruments not included.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free

Nancheng Erge: Traditional-inflected rock and roll from the headliners, with support acts Sky, Shichahai and Zhu Jing & the Blue Knights offering indie rock.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale)

No Name Trio: Jazz and swing from the scene staples.
Salud, 8pm, free

GOSSIP POUR FEMME: Svelte lounge? Check. Special guests? Check. Free drinks for "sexy ladies," Ibiza reference, attractive female on promotional material, promises of exclusivity? Check, check, check, check.
Touch, 9pm, 1000 RMB (tables)


Laid back local reggae act smokes out the bohemian Chaoyang venue.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, free

LADIES NIGHT: Mexican food, half-price cocktails, drinking games and more at the Wangjing café. More info below.
Chatterbox Café, 8pm, free

Camel: Unknowns headline, with Careless as support.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Philip Spencer: Expat singer/songwriter performs a range of material on the acoustic guitar, from Dylan and Cohen to original compositions.
Ginkgo, 9:30pm, free

TEACHER'S DAY PARTY: Airbag, New Perfume, Candy Monster, Toy Head and others to pay homage to the country's unappreciated educators. Not you, ESL lifers. Not you.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 40 RMB

DA YA BAND LP RELEASE PARTY: Combining elements of funk, blues, reggae and rock, the crew whose name means "Big Boy" in Southern slang drops their first full-length, All Has Just Begun.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB

EXPOSED: In addition to drinking for free at this "Sex and the City" themed party, women have access to the venue's second floor "Girl Zone," whatever the hell that is. Sounds erotic. DJ Pavel Sun is on deck with the house.
Zeta, 9:30pm, 50 RMB/free (men/women)


Infectious acid jazz/funk collective pull off, among other things, a mean cover of Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon."
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 50 RMB

METALLICA TRIBUTE: Multi-Ego, China Town, Panasia, Velvet Highway, Back, 火焰中的女妖, 玉麟军 and 骅梓与拆呢 take on classic Metallica anthems.
13 Club, 8pm, 40 RMB

Weng Weng: Acupuncture turntablist makes a rare appearance in Haidian; Mama's Mud and others will support, making tonight a eclectic anomaly.
D-22, 10pm, 60 RMB

G-ELEVEN: We love these young whippersnappers, labeling them way back this May as one of Beijing's best-kept secrets. Following through on their potential, they just took First Prize at the Asian Beat Band Competition in Shanghai on Aug 22. Before heading to Yokohoma, (Japan,duh) in November to attend the Asia Finale, they'll release their 5-song, self-produced (and self-titled) EP. Perdel, Lucky Monkey, MC J. Fever and some "secret guests" will support.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 60/40 RMB (students)

Super Milkmen: UK duo Diqwon le Chef and Ghostmen whirl a blend of soul, electro, underground hip hop and drum n' bass into a tight little derriere-shaking package. Norway's LIST and Beijing's DJ Ouyang will support
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


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 most invigorating releases. Smoking blues trio Wu & the Side Effects and emerging rock powerhouse 24 Hours will support.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 60/50 RMB (students)

METALLICA TRIBUTE II: The party thrashes on with sets by 上下, Tearing, NOWER, Si Ming, Heaven Revolves, Dark Haze and Rampant Infiltration.
13 Club, 8pm, 40 RMB

FREAK DJs: Sets by Acupuncture crewmembers Elvis T., Terry Tu and others.
China Doll 3.3, 10pm, 50 RMB

Proximity Butterfly: Wu & the Side Effects and Rolling Rolling to support the Chengdu-based psychedelic rock act.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

GOLDEN BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL: Kicking off the first day of this beachfront festival, today's main stage lineup includes Green Snake, Cold Case, the Flyx, I/O Control, Buffer Zone, Overnight Frost, the Rogue Transmission, 川子, Zhangtie, Ma Tiao, SUBS, 山人 and X.T.X.
Huangdao Golden Beach, Qingdao, noon, free

GIRLS LOVE HOUSE PARTY: Satisfy those raging hormones with house music, "free drink for the sexy girl," a "Godfather DJ"... oh fuck it, just click the link below if you want to know more.
Juicy Spot, 10pm

Joyside: Last month, we tagged the quintet as one of the city's best live acts, writing "although the nights when band founders Bian Yuan and Liu Hao would get morbidly-intoxicated before tearing through their patented brand of sloppy, punk-inflected hard rock are behind them, the 8-year-old quintet is no less dangerous. With the reentry of guitarist Yang Yang back into the fold, they've never sounded better. A quintessential show involves wave after wave of swaggering sing along anthems in the vein of Johnny Thunders and Stiv Bators, gallons of sweat, body heat and beer sprinkling down from D-22's second floor balcony."

Unfortunately, the above is a eulogy.

Although they are following through with their scheduled commitments, it appears that the magic has run its course and the band is breaking up... again. Sniff.

For those who have never experienced the fivesome live, this will be your final chance, that is, unless you follow them to Europe this November for their farewell tour.

And for those of us who've been following their exploits all along and have loved, drank, laughed, puked, moshed, fucked and otherwise have been touched by their music in countless ways, the endless party is now over.

We will all, I think, reflect on our memories of their shows and what the music has meant to us living in this chaotic, unruly, often-isolating, sometimes-joyful city but always-exciting city.

And to the band, thanks for all the memories. We love you, and wish you the best of luck in the future with your future projects. They're pictured above in their glory days. Muma & Third Party will support.
MAO Live House, 9:30pm, 60/50 RMB (students, includes free CD)

42 BELOW HOSPITAL: Vodka. Chicks. Dicks. VICS. Any questions?
VICS, 10pm

The Bigger Bang: This Beijing-based quartet have entrenched themselves firmly between the oft-cited "Beijing sound" -- embodied by chiming guitars and gritty, cathartic vocals cast over a spry late-1970s New York post-punk bounce -- and more accessible, mainstream pop territory characterized by infectious, synth-heavy choruses and hook-ridden melodies. Their debut LP When Planets Collide is one of the year's most refreshing releases. Support comes from C60 and Exit A.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


This week's installment of the live performance series includes a performance by Francophone lounge act Mademoiselle.
2 Kolegas, 5pm, 40/20 RMB (students)

SUNDAY SALON: Kickoff date for a monthly interactive lecture series designed to, according to the organizers, "take you behind the music of China." Today, music critic and producer Su Lihua will introduce Chinese composer Wang Xilin, whose music is "a direct representation of his political suffering and an attempt to heal China's wounds." Sounds promising. Let's just hope that they keep it accessible to all of us unsophisticated beer-swilling party folk.
The Bookworm, 7:30pm, 30/20 RMB (with copy of Time Out: Beijing)

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

GOLDEN BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Dama Llamas, the Reason, List (Norway), Defy, Rosa, 浮砂, PB33, 刘2, 秀场寡头, Demerit, Zhou Yunpeng and 苏阳 will perform.
Huangdao Golden Beach, Qingdao, noon, free

CHAMPAGNE SUPERNOVA PARTY: Britpop-inspired party takes its name from an Oasis song, if you're interested. Mr. Graceless, the Roy, the Quarter, Memophonic and Careless will perform.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 40 RMB

GBOB, HEAT THREE: The battle rages on.
Yugong Yishan, 7pm


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