This Week in Music: Jan 27-Feb 1

Posted by Pete DeMola on 26. Jan 2010


Women get buy one, get one free drinks all night at the seamen-filled floating fun palace. The rest of should be happy at the 2 for 20 RMB Tsingdaos and 2 for 30 RMB mixers. Music: R&B, mash-up, indie pop and electro.
The Boat, 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

Arlene Estrella Quartet: Last chance to check out jazz scene fixture Jimmy Biala at the Thai restaurant and lounge before he moves back to sunny California.
Purple Haze Bistro, 8pm, free

In Flames: Melodic death metal from one of the global metal community's most influential bands. Forming in the genre hotbed of Gothenburg, Sweden in 1990, the quintet has released nine full-lengths that have sold a collective two million units, bringing abrasive music tantalizingly-close to the mainstream -- or at least on their native turf where they have taken home four Grammis Awards, Sweden's equivalent of the Grammy Awards. They appear tonight in support of their most recent effort A Sense of Purpose, a crisp amalgamation of their trademark technical death metal, emo and even modern rock.
Star Live, 8:30pm, 330-690 RMB

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


La Loupe, Pink Chimneys, Shafa and UK electro duo Dead Wasps set to issue a cavity-inducing night of indie pop.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

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

DON'T CALL US FOREIGNERS SERIES: Look! Even the laowai can play instruments. Boy #6, Dude, X-Doctor and the Amazing Insurance Salesmen are on deck.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50/40 RMB (students & pre-sale)

Busy P: Ed Banger Records label boss (and former Daft Punk manager) Busy P glides into Beijing for this special midweek party featuring the slickest beats this side of all-out disco. The Frenchman will perform alongside Japanese beatsmiths Masatoshi Uemura and Kuri, as well as some of China's top domestic electronic talent, including LIman, B3, Shen Yue and members from the Bai Cai crew. Visuals provided by VJ Marula.
Star Live, 9pm, 200/120 RMB (pre-sale: 13311312460)

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


Unregenerate Blood, Return the Truth, XneverhappenedX, From Next In and S.A.W. issue a relentless dose of metalcore.
13 Club, 9pm, 40 RMB

TRAX: Join DJ Jonas Rasch, Patrick Yu and DJ Suiki for a night of classic house.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, 30 RMB (includes one free beer)

CHINESE ROCK BACK TO THE 80s: Compound-A, Candy Monster, Steely Heart and Today In Autumn Day will perform.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

NORTHWEST FOLK SESSION: It's exactly what it sounds like, with performances by Migratory Bird and singer-songwriters Zi Teng and 杨千墀.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB

Jurat: Xinjiang-born musician has, according to his bio, drifted through a multitude of genres in the past decade, from punk to psychedelic rock to ethic Xinjiang stylings.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free

WE'RE THE KING OF HATS: Crazy headgear encouraged at this gig by cutie rock powerhouses Mythomania and Finger Family, emo outfits the Ghost Spardac and Red Berry and 小类与11.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 60/50 RMB (with a hat)

The Unsafe: Crossover thrash quartet pulls the plug tonight for an acoustic set of Clash covers; support unannounced.
What Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

Acid Live: Beijing-based collective weave together elements of jazz, funk and dance into an ass-shaking package. Tonight's special guests include hip hop crew in3 and vocalist Anne Marie.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


Join local acts Flower Child, Face by Face, Black Box, cutie rock outfit Lake Official and one of China's most abrasive hardcore punk bands, Shochu Legion, in raising capital for the victims of the devastating earthquake that eviscerated the Western Hemisphere's poorest country earlier this month.
13 Club, 8:30pm, 40 RMB

LIVE + ECLECTIC: Kickoff show for the venue's new live music event series. Tonight's gig is set to feature traditional Chinese musicians taking on jazzcats Li Tieqiao and Bruce Gremo and unspecified rock musicians. Should prove to be an interesting night for close observers of the city's thriving live music scene.
Club Obiwan, 9pm, 30 RMB (includes one free beer)

The Offset: Spectacles: Wu & the Side Effects, Rolling Rolling and the Molds (whoa) are scheduled to support the lo-fi Hong Kong dynamos.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Liu 2: Singer-songwriter is best known for his scathing commentary and stellar guitar work. He'll be joined tonight by unspecified "friends."
Jianghu Bar, 9pm, 50/40 RMB (students & pre-sale)

Sambasia: Join the Brazilian percussion crew in drumming at this charity event designed to both send off longterm expat musician Jimmy Biala as well as to raise funds for the kids of migrant workers.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, 30 RMB

MAO LIVE HOUSE 2009 AWARDS CEREMONY: In one of the most eclectic lineups we've seen outside of an outdoor festival, Perdel, Candy Monster, Hanggai, Misandao, Nanwu and Peng Tan are on deck. Their styles? Britpop, punk-tinged New Wave, traditional Mongolian folk, Oi! punk, blues and optimistic sunshine rock, respectively.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50 RMB

ENLIGHTENMENT: Psychedelic trance crew Goa Productions bring their tripped-out show to the Chaoyang hotspot.
Song, 10pm, 50 RMB (includes one free drink)

Pink Chimneys: Happy go lucky sunshine pop, with support from sloppy rock and roll outfit Bed Stars and 留德哗乐队.
What Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

SWEDISH FISH: Scandinavian spinster Donald Summer pairs up with Beijing's Patrick Yu for this new party series scheduled to go down during the last weekend of each month.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free

Andrew Bird: You've undoubtedly heard of this American multi-instrumentalist who can play the violin, glockenspiel and a Cracker Jack box with equal ease. See feature for more info.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 180/150 RMB (pre-sale)


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 Wang Juan set to wind down the weekend.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Red Poppy Ladies' Percussion Ensemble: All-female percussion outfit combines old school Chinese drumming with sleek audio-visuals.
Star Live, 8pm, 160/100/80 RMB (VIP/door/pre-sale)

Peppermoon: French indie pop for a Sunday evening.
Yugong Yishan, 8pm, 150/100 RMB (pre-sale)


Ribald Beijing-based act celebrates a decade spent churning out misogynist lyrics over paint-peeling hardcore punk. Rising glam rock/punk trio Rustic will also make an appearance alongside other rock and roll buddies.
D-22, 9pm, free


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