This Week in Live Music: Oct 27-Nov 2

Posted by Pete DeMola on 26. Oct 2009


ZOOMIN' NIGHT: Fat City, 迷途 and Sister Oriented will perform at this weekly platform for innovation and experimentation.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Letzte Instanz: German crew combines an amalgamation of influences, from folk rock to Goth.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 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. Everyone gets 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

INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ROCK NIGHT: Sauce Rain, Green Tea, Slope Village and others bring the student noise.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

Nancheng Erge: Local crossover folk act headlines with support from Yuyu's Mars Party and Vitamin.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale)

GERMAN ELECTRONIC MUSIC SERIES 14: In this showcase sponsored by Beijing's Goethe-Institut, the Icograda World Design Congress Beijing 2009 and the First Beijing Design Week, innovative artist Alva Noto will perform his brand of metal machine music.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, free


Stranger Strange: Nasty garage rock trio make the White Stripes sound like Barry Manilow. 远古守卫 and others to support.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Dada ante Portas: Indie rock from Switzerland. Careless and G-ELEVEN will support.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale)

Kid Koala: Acclaimed Canadian turntablist is known for his sample-heavy beats, wicked sense of humor and collaborations with the legendary DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist. See feature for more information.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50/30 RMB (pre-sale at


Lao Da, Buyi, Dong Zi, 立東乐队 and more will perform.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 80/60 RMB (students)

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: A night of metal with the Birth of the Succubae, SAW, Multi-Ego, 重创, Hybrid, Velvet Highway and Chinatown.
13 Club, 8pm, 50/40 RMB (before/after 9pm)

HALLOQUEEN: The floating man-barge is offering 2-for-1 drinks until midnight and a bottle of red wine to the most flirtatious (and sexiest) drag queen.
The Boat, 9pm, free

Nima Gorji: Iranian-born, Copenhagen-based headliner emits a blend of Ibiza-tested minimal house and tech, while French partner in crime S.M.A.L.L. takes the house route.
China Doll 3.3, 10pm, 80 RMB

FANTASY: Those with the "hottest" costumes get free drinks. Best costume receives something special.
Club LA, 10pm, free (with costume)

RIDDIM: Tonight's Halloween edition of the club's electronic music series features special guest DJ @llen alongside residents Mikey Dee, DJ Benni and live MC Rida-B. We're told to expect a "special satanic ritual at midnight involving a hula-hoop and a girl called 'Shook-1.'"
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

HALLOWEEN AT COCO BANANA: Free drinks for those with the "hottest" costumes. Best costume receives something special.
Coco Banana, 10pm, free (with costume)

Skarving: Reggae crew headlines, with support from End of the World, Dude and Summer Sunshine.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Horror Forrest: Expect the typical Gongti club experience with beautiful people in costumes and spooky ambiance.
GT Banana, 10pm, 80 RMB (includes one free cocktail & free gift)

50th ANNIVERSARY MOTOWN SHOW: Join local musicians in celebrating the pioneering record label that ushered in soul, R&B and pop (formerly known as "black music") into the mainstream, smashing racial barriers in the process. Two words: Michael Jackson. While the King of Pop won't be in the house tonight, Escape Plan, G-ELEVEN, the Bigger Bang and the KMT band will be.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60/50 RMB (pre-sale)

AUDIO-VISUAL NIGHT II: Danish electronic artists Snoleoparden and Karsten Pflum to perform as part of the ongoing creative arts festival NOTCH 09.
Orange, Sanlitun Village South, 8pm, free

Milk & Jade: A blend of electro, funk, jazz and hip-hop from Dana Leong, the experimental cellist known as a "hi-tech Yo Yo Ma."
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB

X-Doctor, Camel, Gray and 发条TOO will perform at this tiny venue just north of the Forbidden City's West Gate.
What Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)


Beijing's kinkiest Halloween party returns to 798 courtesy of o2 Culture. Featuring some of the city's top electronic talent (Mickey Zhang, Blackie, Usami, Yang Bing, Dio), affordable drinks and a green light for hedonism, all are encouraged to let their inner deviant shine. For info on advanced tickets, directions and more, visit the official website.
706 Factory, 9pm, 150/80 RMB (pre-sale at Lush, Apertivo and

YACHT: While they claim that they are not a cult, the experimental American duo (pictured above) are known as much for their zany philosophies as much as their synchronized dancing to their critically-acclaimed brand of rhythm-heavy synthpop. DH & the Chinese Hellcats (1920s swing), Wu & the Side Effects (fiery rock and roll) and Ziyo (synth-heavy dance rock) will also perform at what's slated to be the city's premier hipster-friendly Halloween bash.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 60/50 RMB (students)

JAPANESE STUDENT HALLOWEEN PARTY: Six undetermined bands are slated to perform at the Wudaokou venue's first party of the night.
13 Club, 7-11pm, 40/30 RMB (pre-sale)

HALLOWEEN GHOST: For most of us, tonight remains the sole night of the year for corpse paint, black leather and studs. However, local black metal acts Evil Thorn, Ghost Child, Funeral and Wrath of Despot beg to differ.
13 Club, 11pm, 40 RMB

CASH MONEY BASH HALLOWEEN PARTY: Winner of the club's costume contest gets 5,000 RMB (to be determined by the audience). Second prize wins a bottle of Grey Goose.
Bling, 9pm, 50 RMB

HALLOQUEER: Pre-game at the LGBT venue with house downstairs, indie, electro and R&B upstairs and 2-for-1 drinks from 6pm onwards.
The Boat, 9pm, free

iMART & SILENT DISCO: Creative items swap to be followed by the Mainland's first silent disco, where participants are given headphones to pick up audio signals broadcasted from an FM radio transmitter.
The Deck, The Village North, 11am-5pm, free

FANTASY II: Free drinks for those with the "hottest" costumes. Best costume receives something special.
Club LA, 10pm, free (with costume)

GERMAN HALLOWEEN PARTY: Free Tsingdao on tap from 10 to 11pm. Those dressed like a vampire (or a vampire victim) get a free welcome drink; the rest of us get Bloody Marys. DJs Rocco and Siffredi will spin.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

HALLOWEEN AT COCO BANANA: Free drinks for those with the "hottest" costumes. Best costume receives something special.
Coco Banana, 10pm, free (with costume)

PUNK ROCK KTV: Belt out classic punk anthems with a slew of local musicians and costumed freaks at the Wudaokou fun house. If last year's party was any indication, tonight's bash may feature the only real blood spilled in town.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

HORROR FOREST II: Beautiful people, costumes, drinking, dancing, etc.
GT Banana, 10pm, 80 RMB (includes one free cocktail & free gift)

HALLOWEEN PARTY: Folk artist Zhang Tie will perform at this new Andingmen-area live music venue. Free drink to those in Halloween attire.
Hot Cat Club, 8:30pm, 30 RMB

Buyi: Enduring quartet perform a blend of contemporary rock and Ningxia-scented folk.
Jiangjinjiu, 9pm, 30 RMB

SPOOKED: The Acupuncture crew goes 3-D for their annual minimal tech-fueled Halloween bash.
LAN, 9pm, 150/80 RMB (pre-sale)

DRONE: German metal act headlines with support from a solid lineup of domestic metal bands: Frosty-Eve (霜冻前夜), Institutional Crush Area (制度瓦解), Army of Jade Kirin (玉麟军) and Silent Resentment (寂静的幽怨).
MAO Live House, 8pm, 80/60 RMB (pre-sale)

HALLOWEEN SLEEPING CONCERT: Enjoy hypnotic audiovisuals while laying on a large bed at NOTCH 09. Performing artists include Mokira, Vectral, Biosphere, Dead J and Chen Xiongwei.
Orange, Sanlitun Village South, 8pm, free

ALL HALLOWS EVE MASQUERADE BALL: Charity event for Golden Bridges, an organization dedicated to helping kids affected by the Sichuan Earthquake. Organized in part by the alumni clubs of Ivy League universities Brown, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Cornell and Dartmouth (and Oxford and Cambridge, among others), best costumes and masks walk away with undetermined prizes; open bar from 9pm.
Ruby Khi, Block 8, 9pm, 180/150 RMB (after/before 10pm)

YACHT: LIman, Pet Conspiracy and DJ Wordy to support the American duo at their first gig of the night.
Star Live, 8pm, 150/120/70/60 RMB (3-pack/VIP/advance/door)

SMUT: We've been told by the organizers, Queer Comrades, that the only rule at this naughty romp at the Sanlitun South venue is the dress code: BDSM. Chains, corsets, whips, slaves, dominatrix and all sorts of kinky shit are encouraged. Dominatrix drag shows and other sexy performances should make this the most outrageous Halloween bash in town. Embrace your inner slut.
Tun, 9pm, free

SEE YOU IN MY NIGHTMARES: The club promises "creepy cocktails, dead men walking and witches casting spells." In other words, it's just like any other Saturday night at the Gongti powerhouse.
VICS, 10pm

Section 6: Beijing's only live hip-hop party, featuring the best of Beijing's live hip-hop artists including DJs Wesley, Jia Ming, NYC's DJ Lo Mang and the Beijing Hip Hop Experience.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB

Pacalolo: The Double Harvestmen and 琴玄 to support the sophisticated synthpop quartet.
What Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)


LADIES NIGHT: When live music venues start offering specials to the fairer sex, it's an indicator that something is amiss. Mama's Mud, Help, PB33, AOK and Final Message will perform.
13 Club, 8pm, 50 RMB (free for females)

Wu Zhuoling: Chengdu singer/songwriter evokes Beth Gibbons and Bjork with her emotionally-stirring blend of folk and electronica.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Low Wormwood: Lanzhou act spin folk, lo-fi and electronic elements into a melancholy experience. Li Dong will support.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 50/40 RMB (students & pre-sale)

The Core: Norwegian jazz quartet returns to Beijing as part of their nationwide tour. Highly-influenced by Coltrane and other late-1960s jazz raconteurs, the critically-acclaimed group has been international audiences for the better part of the decade. Comb(o) will support.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


Clueso: German producer cooks up a languid stew of soul, modern rock and reggae... and blows a mean harmonica, too.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB

YACHT photo courtesy of Sarah Meadows.


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