Posted by Pete DeMola on 22. Dec 2009
TUES, DEC 22
ZOOMIN' NIGHT: APE, 5215 and Jackson Garland are scheduled to tinker with their instruments at this weekly platform for experimentation.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)
Souled Out: American R&B act appears nightly at the high-end club with the exception of Sundays.
LAN, 8pm, free
WED, DEC 23
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: Dark Haze, My September, Nanwu and Slope Village ply their wares to the student crowd.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)
LAUNCH PARTY: New Sanlitun venue (the Village) promises "exquisite French cuisine" and "expertly mixed cocktails" in addition to the standard club template: DJs, dance floors and dames.
La Zazou, 10pm, free
DON'T CALL US FOREIGNERS: You Mei You, Teddy Beers, the Lazy Camels and others are scheduled to perform at this event series designed to showcase expats in bands.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale & students)
IDENTIDAD LATINA: Cuban dance, beats and live music courtesy of F4 at the Gongti hotspot.
Gia Wang: Expect a set of trip hop, jazz and bossa nova from the former Hang on the Box frontwoman. Indie pop artist Ding Ke will support.
Yugong Yishan, 9:30pm, 50/40 RMB (students & pre-sale)
THURS, DEC 24
DH & the Chinese Hellcats: Local act recall the Jazz Age with their vintage threads and sassy swing. Reggae crew Skarving and garage punk quartet SUBS will support.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 50/40 RMB (students)
HAPPY TRUE FRIENDS: Finger Family, Joker, Mythomania and Du Meng sing Christmas classics alongside cutie rock originals.
13 Club, 8:30pm, 60/50 RMB (students)
TROPICAL XMAS: Free shooters for those dressed in summertime Christmas attire; half-priced long drinks from 9-11pm for the rest of us.
Alfa, 9pm, free
SILVER BELLS: Resident spinster DJ Cue and others on deck to welcome St. Nick.
Bling, 9pm, 80 RMB
Carsick Cars: The country's most beloved rock band returns to their native turf after the most exciting year of their career, which was spent touring Europe, the States and seeing the release of their sophomore effort You Can Listen, You Can Talk this past spring. Their acolytes Birdstriking will support, as will influential peers the Gar and Hedgehog.
D-22, 9pm, 60/50 RMB (students)
AN ANGRY FAMILY CHRISTMAS: French house, electro and Italo disco from DJs Peter Faulk as Columbo and Angry Master.
Door Bar, 10pm, free
Jordan Thomas Mitchell: Expat guitarist to perform a blend of original compositions and renditions of classic Christmas songs.
Ginkgo, 8:30pm, free
Infected Mushroom: Israeli psychedelic trance crew are perhaps the best known ambassadors of the sub-genre characterized by hypnotic, bass-heavy rhythms set to warp speed tempos. Now based out of Los Angeles, they arrive in Beijing in support of their latest release, Legend of the Black Shawarma.
GT Banana, 10pm, 150 RMB
CHRISTMAS EVE LADIES NIGHT: Come sit on Santa's lap; free cocktails promised for the ladies.
Juicy Spot, 9pm, free
HUG CHRISTMAS: Ring in the holiday at the Gulou venue with a variety of sonic talent, ranging from moody rock laced with traditional Chinese instrumentation (Nancheng Erge) to straight rock and roll (Careless, Midnight Flight). Delightfully.strange experimental act Silent G, Lei & 11 and PB33 will be there, too.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 60/50 RMB (students)
Yang Bing, Zhi Qi and Jiong Jiong spin at the rebooted rabbit.
White Rabbit, 7pm, free
Hanggai: Since the release of their debut LP Introducing Hanggai last year, this Beijing-based sextet has gone on to both tour the States and receive international acclaim for their Mongolian revivalist folk anthems characterized by traditional instrumentation and throat singing. Traveler and Wu Junde will support.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB
FRI, DEC 25
WRAP ME UP XMAS PARTY: All are invited to come as a package (bells, whistles, gift wrap) to be unwrapped. Parental discretion advised.
Bling, 9pm, 50 RMB (free if you come gift-wrapped)
LACE BOW: Costume party promises "hundreds lace bow girls with you audaciously play games all night long."
Club LA, 6pm, free (for those in costume)
NIGHT OF AN ERA: Screening of the documentary that delves into the birth of this country's rock and roll scene in the mid-1980s: interviewees include old school rock dudes Cui Jian, He Yong, Dou Wei and Zhang Youdai, China's first rock and roll radio DJ. Includes a Q&A with director Sheng Zhimin.
CNEX Salon Cafe, 8pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)
AV Okubo: Promising Wuhan disco punk quartet return to Beijing for only their third gig this year. While 2009 came and went without the release of their highly-anticipated debut record, this gig acts as a nice parting gift. Maybe Mars mates 24 Hours (pictured above) and Guai Li will support alongside Golden Driver and Bloc Party clones Old Fashion.
D-22, 10pm, 60/50 RMB (students)
NO. 1 ROCK VARIETY SHOW: Expect a night of folk-themed jams. Special guests include Nanwu, the protean collective who churn through a wide sonic spectrum during their explosive sets, ranging from mean blues rock stomps to delicate traditional compositions.
Hot Cat Club, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (pre-sale)
CHRISTMAS PARTY: DJ Chen Shen and the Shanshui crew (iLoop, AMU, Guzz) are on deck.
Song, 9pm, 80/60 RMB (pre-sale)
Donald Summer, Flo and Maxime are on deck.
White Rabbit, 7pm, free
Zi Yue: Local musician blends experimental electronica with the rich heritage of the Chinese language.
Yugong Yishan, 9:30pm, 80/60 RMB (limited pre-sale)
SAT, DEC 26
DJ Felli Fel: LA-based turntablist has worked with hip hop luminaries Akon, Ludacris, Lil John and others in addition to holding down a weekly radio show with LA's Power 106. He lands tonight to spin the hits.
Bling, 9pm, 100 RMB
DJ Wordy: DJ Beware to support the country's most renowned hip hop turntablist.
Club Tango, 8pm
Me Too: Rolling Rolling, Dirty Seed and Lazy Camels to support the experimental post-rock quartet.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)
FOLK NIGHT: Low Wormwood singer Liu Kun, Migratory Bird and others are on deck.
Hot Cat Club, 9pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale)
MORT PRODUCTIONS 8th ANNIVERSARY: Institutional Crush Area, SAW, 烈刃, Hyonblud, the Survivors, Last Successor, Ego Fall (颠覆M) and Voodoo Kungfu (零壹) to perform for the heavy metal label and promotional team's auspicious eighth anniversary.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 50 RMB
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 a revolving door of local MCs.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB
SUN, DEC 27
Zhou Yunpeng: Beloved folk guitarist brings some much-needed warmth to the Wudaokou venue's last folk night of the year.
D-22, 9pm, 40/30 RMB (students)
THE GARAGE FUCKING ROLL II: Gritty garage rock (The Double Harvestmen, the Lazy Camels) meets run of the mill rock and roll (Careless, Old Fashion). Candy Monster are in a league of their own with their gimmicky antics perpetuated by their goofball foreign bassist/keyboardist and tired New Wave meets punk hybrid sound.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 40 RMB
Tribute to the Masters: Tambourine-slinging belly dancing troupe wiggle into Beijing.
Yugong Yishan, 8:30pm, 20 RMB
MON, DEC 28
THE COUCHSURFERS: While not live music, we still think this is cool. (And since it's Monday, what else is there to do?) Come out to meet other folks from the world's largest hospitality exchange network (read: crash for free on someone's couch while globetrotting). Free finger food will be available alongside 10 RMB Tsingdaos and vodka mixers until midnight.
Club Obiwan, 8pm, free
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