This Week in Live Music: Oct 20-26

Posted by Pete DeMola on 20. Oct 2009


ZOOMIN' NIGHT: Tonight's serving of experimental collaboration is brought to you by power trio Birdstriking, Wanderlust and 昼夜售冰.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB

No Use for a Name: Korean pop punks The Strikers, No Opinion and SKO to support the resilient American punk band.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 480/180/150 RMB (VIP/door/pre-sale)

Wang Hao: Release party for the local producer's LP "年少轻狂." Think Brian Eno meets Nirvana.
Yugong Yishan, 9:30pm, 30 RMB



BLING'S CASH MONEY DANCE-OFF: All are invited to bust a very-public move at this amateur dance competition. The winner, determined by the crowd, wins 800 RMB cash. The rest of us get buy one, get one cocktails.
Bling, 9pm, free

JACK RABBIT SLIMS: Xihai venue offers an unbeatable culinary combo (hamburger, fries and unlimited Tsingdao for 50 RMB) with nostalgic American tunes from the 1950s and 60s.
Club Obiwan, 7-10pm, 50 RMB

UNIVERSITY NIGHT: Tonight's lineup includes Remid, My September, You Lan, 卓辫儿贝勒, 燥徒 and 金属球.While the bands may be upstarts, don't let that stop you from receiving a solid dose of local youth culture: the crowds last week topped 200.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

我们来自首经贸:首经贸器乐社十周年专场: BM13, Funeral, Yes/No Break, Talasa and Cassette are on deck.
MAO Live House, 7pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

YELLOW: Ben Huang and other local DJs offer down tempo and minimal tech set to tripped-out visuals.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB



FOLK NIGHT: Local musicians Xiao Meng, Xiao Feng, Zhao Zhao and others go unplugged.
13 Club, 10pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

KOREAN STUDENTS NIGHT: We're not really sure what this is all about: expect Korean-friendly music. And maybe soju.
D-22, 8pm, 30 RMB

ORIENTAL JAM: A smattering of both local and Finnish musicians rock for Sichuan quake relief. Nu-metal act Exit A will be there, too.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 40/30 RMB (pre-sale & students)

Children of Bodom: Finnish quintet has blazed through a number of sub-genres in metal canon during their two decade career, including death, melodic death, power metal and thrash. This may puzzle the uninitiated, but for members of the metal community, this experimentation is serious business. They land in Beijing in support of last month's cover record Skeletons in the Closet. Expect to hear thrashy renditions of Suicidal Tendencies, the Ramones, Slayer and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Star Live, 8pm, 880/550/350 RMB (VIP/center/back)

Jess Meider: Release party for the prolific expat singer/songwriter's latest effort. In addition to her four-piece band, she will be joined tonight by a juggler.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB



The Amazing Insurance Salesmen: Exit A, X-Doctor and 老鸭与乐队 will support.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

MIDI HEROES: While the once-mighty Midi Music Festival has been downgraded from Haidian Park blasts drawing thousands of metal fans to one-off insular events in far-flung locales, the Midi spirit lives on - sort of. Heavyweights Miserable Faith, XTX, Yaksa, the Verse, Muma & Third Party, Brain Failure, SUBS, aggro-metal act AK-47 and pop punks Reflector (pictured above) gather at 798 Art District for the festival's ten-year anniversary party, including performances and the incestuous Midi Rock Music Awards.
706 Factory, 6pm, 600/200 RMB (call Star Live at 6425-5677 for more info)

BEYONCE AFTERPARTY: Single women are encouraged to come and get a free manicure (and free drinks) after the diva's performance across town.
Club LA, 10pm, free (before midnight)

DJ Markie Royale and guests take you back to a time when the hip hop genre wasn't a blinged-out showcase of willfully-ignorant ghetto trash pushing misogyny disguised as an art form. Expect old school, breaks and the latest in pure hip hop.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

IDH: The sparse post-punk duo headlines with support from Camel, the Double Harvestmen and 迷涂.
D-22, 10pm, 50/40 RMB (students)

The Verse: Homegrown live hip hop crew.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free

THIRD YEAR ANNIVERSARY: Beijing's second most ostentatious nightclub (guess the first) celebrates three years of existence by overhauling its food, drink and entertainment menus. Tonight's events include an LGBT party with the Gayographic crew (and half-naked men) at the revamped Martini Bar, as well as a Retro & Funky Party in the MAINROOM.
LAN, 10pm

Yuyu's Mars Party: Release party for the modern rock act's debut EP. 天堂, Limo, Sky, Little Wing, Catnip and Huangshueng (the MC of 在北京 fame) will support.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 60/50 RMB (students)

Arch Enemy: What's the deal with the flood of aging European metal acts flooding the country this year? Expect classic thrash from this female-fronted quintet.
Star Live, 8pm, 680/280 RMB

Subway to Sally: Earthy German collective ventures outside of their comfort zone to share their medieval-influenced folk rock with Beijing audiences. Riding high with the recent release of their ninth effort Kreuzfeuer, their sound also incorporates elements of classical, Goth and even traditional Asian instrumentation.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB

Beyonce: The 28-year-old R&B diva lands in Beijing in support of her most recent release, last year's I Am... Sasha Fierce.
Wukesong Arena, 8pm, 288-1688 RMB

PINK PARTY: Wear pink to support this breast cancer awareness fundraiser. All proceeds to be donated to the China Breast Cancer Foundation.
Xiu (Park Hyatt), 10pm, 20 RMB



Rolling Rolling: Steely Heart, Fire Balloon and Candy Monster to support the local Britpop quartet.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

ROCK BJ FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY: A night of metal with Fall Days, Last Chance of Youth, Surprise Infiltration and more.
13 Club, 10pm, 40 RMB

MIDI HEROES: Day two for the diminished festival's ten-year anniversary party.
706 Factory, 6pm, 600/200 RMB (call Star Live at 64255677 for more info)

GOA PRODUCTIONS: Psychedelic trance from DJs Michael, Gotama, Microgram and Pete. Six vodka shots for 50 RMB until midnight.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

Casino Demon: Sloppy rock and roll locals headline. Support comes from Careless (garage rock) and screamo act Ghost Spardac.
D-22, 10pm, 50/40 RMB (students)

THIRD YEAR ANNIVERSARY: Tonight's schedule includes performances by the Acupuncture Records crew (in the MAINROOM) and an Electronic Ibiza Rave Party (at Progression, one of the venue's three new club themes).
LAN, 10pm

I LOVE COMPUTER: Local bands Alt Senior, Saving Molly, Oliver, the Reason and the Ghost Spardac pay homage to their favorite video game soundtracks.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 60/40 RMB (students)

NO+TCH 09: Fifty Nordic and Chinese musicians, designers and artists gather to present their artistic vision and live performances. Click below for more details.
The VILLAGE at Sanlitun, 3pm, free (with advance tickets)

Convenience Store: Often-overlooked local act weave together threads of moody indie rock and sing-along pop into an easily-digestible package.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 80/50 RMB (pre-sale)



FOLK NIGHT: Zhang Qianqian to wind down the weekend.
D-22, 9pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

CLASSIC FOLK COVER SHOW: Metal acts Kamihime, Army of Jade Kirin, Go Dolan, Dionysos, 末那识 and Silent Resentment take cracks at traditional folk songs.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 40 RMB (first 10 couples to receive a gift)

Nanwu: Local sextet flawlessly bridges the space between ultra-traditional Chinese folk and mainstream rock and roll via their emotionally-rattling, powerful live performances. Also on deck are the poppy Yuyu's Mars Party, Shichahai and 薛中华与.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 40 RMB



MIT & Super 700: The Dongcheng venue's commitment to constructing a bridge between Berlin and Beijing continues with two underground acts producing electro punk and New Wave, respectively.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB



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