This Week in Live Music: Jan 12-18

Posted by Pete DeMola on 11. Jan 2010


ZOOMIN' NIGHT: A4 Destroyer, rising stars Birdstriking, and Hot & Cold's Josh Frank to collaborate at this weekly experimental sound laboratory.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

GAY CHURCH: "Confess your sins," we're told, "or make new ones." No word if elderly priests and young alter boys are welcome at this new gay-themed Tuesday night event. We'll take our chances. Buy one, get one drinks until 11pm; house and funk soundtrack.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free


PINTS, POETRY AND PIRATES: Beijing's only spoken word open mic night. Tribute bands unwelcome while the sharing of dangerous thoughts and sinister and salacious plots is encouraged.
The Bookworm, 8:45pm, free

2nd ANNUAL BEIJING HOLIDAY PARTY: Better late then never, we guess, when it comes to helping migrant kids at the Miao Miao School via the donation of toys, blankets and other kid-friendly stuff. Chomp down on eats from Olas Tapas Cafe, the Mexican Kitchen, Lantung, Ganges and others with live music courtesy of Hua Acid Live, blues act N-Band, Out of Control and unspecified DJs. Includes prize giveaways. Click below for more info.
The Orange, 6pm, 50 RMB (free with a new toy with a value of 50 RMB)

Bad Apples: Quartet combine nationalities (American, Chinese) and genres (hard rock, reggae, folk) to form the typical soundtrack to your imbibing experience: loud, swaggering and ripe for tonedeaf singalongs.
Salud, 9:30pm, free

YELLOW: Electro, downbeat and trace elements of minimal tech and funk from Ben Huang and friends.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free

The Discounts: Live reggae, hip hop funk and dancehall from a visiting Canadian and his local band.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB


redoceanliner: Headlining quintet issue a potent brand of highly-technical, furious metal. We're particularly excited about the support, Bedstars, who caused quite a ruckus at their sloppy, drunken gig a fortnight ago, leading some to label them as a Junior Joyside.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Miax Jazz Trio: Acoustic gypsy jazz from a suave-looking foreign trio.
Enoteca, 8pm, free

NEW GENERATION BEIJING ROCK AND ROLL: Red Berry, Golden Egg Empire, Dirty Seed and well-scrubbed poseurs me灌me are scheduled to appear at the first of this quarterly event series designed to showcase some of the city's newest sonic talent.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 40 RMB

MAKE UP! LADIES NIGHT: Buy one, get one drinks for ladies all night. Includes disco (DJs Merci and Maxime) and cute boys, according to the promoters.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free

The Amazing Insurance Salesmen: Beijing-based trio describes themselves as a combination of Radiohead, Jimi Hendrix, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pink Floyd. Confirmation pending. Smoldering blues trio Wu & the Side Effects and Bad Apples will support.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB


MADE IN NINGXIA: Buyi, Nucleus and Wu & the Side Effects perform at this monthly event. Expect contemporary rock laced with traditional Chinese elements, grunge and blues, respectively.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40 RMB

THE LAST SUPPER: Tarot Saint, Offset Heads, Violence Pretender, Sacrifice, Ghost Kid, Righteous Person, Bloom in the Dark and Nower, who received a shout out in this month's Time Out: Beijing, are on deck to deliver a solid dose of metal.
13 Club, 9pm, 40 RMB

GOA PRODUCTIONS: Psychedelic trance crew tunes in and drops out at Xihai Lake's only nightlife hotspot.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, 30 RMB (includes one free beer)

ACOUSTIC FOLK: Wudaokou venue dials it down a notch with Xiao Meng, Quan Tou, Cao Qin, Sweet Stone and Mirror.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Shan Ren: Enduring quartet combine traditional folk with rock and roll and witty lyrics.
Jiang Hu Bar, 9:30pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale & students)

The Verse: Thirteen-piece big band act squeeze into the tiny Gulou venue for what we anticipate will be a saucy night of table dancing and other hijinks.
Jiangjinjiu, 9pm, free

Ashura: Bands from Sichuan's capital city are, not surprisingly, more laid back than their Beijing counterparts, emitting a happy-go-lucky blend of funk, reggae and frat boy rock. This band is no exception. Nuclear will support.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 50 RMB

GYPSY NIGHT II: Those nostalgic for Halloween would do well in heading to the NLGX venue for a night of Roma-themed festivities, from special drinks to the flamenco sounds of Shanghai act Swing Dynasty. Dress accordingly, hipsters.
Salud, 9pm, free

G-ELEVEN: With an average age of 20, this sextet are already consummate sonic masters, cranking out gem after gem of bluesy rock and roll, pop and sultry lounge rock. Pop acts Lin Mo, Moka and Yang Qianchi will support.
Tiny Salt Coffee Club, 9pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

X-Doctor, Qin Xuan and others are on deck.
What Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

Pet Conspiracy: China's favorite synthpop circus act (their hallmarks include saucy cabaret interplay and audience conga lines) plays their first gig of the new decade.
Yugong Yishan, 10pm, 80/60 RMB (pre-sale)

DJ Simon Faure-Field: Soulful, deep and tech-house from the British DJ.
Zeta, 9pm, price unspecified


The Redbucks: The American bluegrass quintet's sound, according to their bio, brings to mind "the speed and force of a freight train combined with the sweetness of two lovers picnicking in a cherry orchard on a spring afternoon." Sounds like the perfect antidote to this shitty Beijing weather.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40 RMB

RISE OF METAL POWER: Metal-induced mosh pit fun continues at the Wudaokou venue with a night of classic heavy metal courtesy of Hell Savior, Forced Pose, Army of Jade Kirin, Underworld, Bludthirsty and our buddies Renegade.
13 Club, 9pm, 40 RMB

GERMAN PARTY: House talent shares the best in contemporary German music, from krautrock to hip hop. As per standard Germanic custom, sixty minutes of free beer will flow from 10-11pm. Non-Germans welcome.
Club Obiwan, 11pm, free

Rustic: Threesome are probably the most-buzzed band in Beijing as a result of their megawatt combo of charisma, solid songwriting and lascivious stage presence. You Mei You (punk), Defy (rockabilly) and garage rock act the Lazy Camels will support.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Perdel: Radio-friendly modern rock quintet will perform; support to be determined.
Jiang Hu Bar, 9:30pm, 60/50 RMB (students & pre-sale)

MUSIC ON SNOW FESTIVAL: Hit the slopes and check out some of the country's most acclaimed bands in the process. Scheduled performers include old school metal dudes Tang Dynasty, Brain Failure, the Bigger Bang, Saving Molly, Recycler, Alt Senior, Ghost Spardac and Dragon Tongue.
Jundushan Ski Resort, 1pm, 20 RMB (ski ticket not included)

PLAY ROCK BEIJING SERIES: Here's a sampler pack to get newbies better acquainted with the city's live music scene: Performers include synthrock quartet Ziyo, rock and roll trio Casino Demon, Buyi (crossover rock), metalcore tough guys Unregenerate Blood and grunge act Nuclear.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 60/50 RMB (pre-sale & students)

Wu & the Side Effects: They just don't stop.
What Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

DJ Krush: Critically-acclaimed Japanese turntablist pioneer (and former yakuza member) has been laying down his moody blend of trip hop and downtempo for the past 25 years. His live sets different drastically from his records: when we saw him at MIX in '06, he spun a combo of soul classics and some of his more upbeat original material.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 80/50 RMB (students)



Glide into the work week with trip hop, down tempo and broken beats brought to you by Mickey Dee and friends.
Club Obiwan, 4pm, free

FOLK NIGHT: Singer-songwriter Zhang Guonian is on deck.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Zhou Yunpeng: Beloved singer-songwriter mesmerizes with just his guitar-accompanied voice.
Jiang Hu Bar, 9pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale & students)

DIAMOND PRODUCTIONS SHOWCASE: Multi Ego, Forced Pose, Tarot Saints, Nightingale and others put the weekend to bed, metal style.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 40 RMB

Patrick Watson: Canadian indie rock darling lands in Beijing with his eponymous band. See feature for more info.
Yugong Yishan, 8pm, 100/80 RMB (pre-sale)


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