This Week in Live Music: Mar 9-15

Posted by Pete DeMola on 8. Mar 2010


ZOOMIN' NIGHT: Cardiac Murmur and Carsick Cars offshoots White and Soviet Pop are scheduled to perform at this weekly platform for creative sonic collaboration.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

BUNNY ON THE ROCKS: In their ever-evolving Tuesday night event series at everyone's favorite Rabbit, this week's gimmick is... female turntablists! DJs BB, Assassin Eyes and Otra* are on deck; buy 1, get 1 drinks until midnight.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free


UNIVERSITY NIGHT: Amateur bands Zhoubian Beile, Poshangcun, Jixie Shou and Jinshu Qiu ply their sonic wares to their classmates.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

FLASHDANCE '80s PARTY: A night for geezers to relive their neon-hued memories while the rest of us wonder what all of the fuss was about. Free cocktails for ladies until midnight.
Lantern, 9pm, free

AFTER SCHOOL CARNIVAL: Garage rock acts Empire of Golden Egg and Dirty Seed are on deck alongside 不共识, Soundgarden clones Maiko and Pilot and MM.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 40 RMB

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


Kickoff party for the two-week long creative festival. Minimalist DJ Dead J drops the beats at this exhibition featuring work by Chairman Ca, the guy behind some of this country's most creative band posters.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

ECO-CHIC LAUNCH PARTY: Kickoff event for Beijing's new party series for the environmentally-conscious. Tonight's event features a showcase of new threads by fashion designers D-Sata by Cur and Recycled XL, 2-for-1 drink specials and a "Gorgeous-n-Green" fashion competition. Click below for more info.
Lantern, 9pm, free

SPRING ROCK DATE: Straight-up rock and roll with the Double Harvestman, Urbis, Dish and 发条卡目索.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 40 RMB

UNDERGROUND DISCO PROJECT: Nightlife elders work with amateur producers in this weekly session of revolving talent. Expect a mash-up of highly-danceable genres and drink specials for the ladies.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free



CD RELEASE PARTY: Local quartet S.A.W, one of this country's most popular and acclaimed metal bands, gear up for their ambitious 25-date domestic tour in support of their debut LP, Youth Rebel (Dime Records). Saving Molly, K362, Nothingness and Righteousness Person will support.
13 Club, 9pm, 40 RMB

Dead Elvis & His One Man Grave: Zombie-inspired rockabilly dude brings his bleak ballads -- including gems like "Cold Heart of Mine" and "Get Out of My Grave" -- to Beijing as part of this year's JUE Festival. Support comes from Rustic and hopefully, the Molds.
D-22, 10pm, 50 RMB

Nanwu: This young outfit not only possess impeccable mastery over their instruments, but flawlessly bridge the space between ultra-traditional Chinese folk and mainstream rock, blues and lately, grunge, via their emotionally-rattling, powerful and mercurial live performances, no two of which are alike. While they continually draw loyal crowds from within the local student community to their shows, they are one of Beijing's best kept secrets.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm, 40 RMB

CD RELEASE PARTY: Long-running local emo quartet Tookoo drop their latest record, A Late Night at the Carnival, with a little help from their friends Bigger Bang!, Alt Senior, the Reason, Sparrow, Black Town Twin Brothers and possibly Super VC.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60/50 RMB (pre-sale)

DISCO DISCO: Funk collective the Verse and DJs Bite Size Buddha, Martin Star and Pimpdaddy Suiki are on deck.
Obiwan, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (before/after midnight)

Leisurely, Ciqin and 留德桦 are set to perform.
Old What Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

Buyi: Enduring Ningxia quartet blend reggae, rock and roll and traditional elements into an easily-digestible listening experience; DJ Mickey and Sweet Rock will support.
Star Live, 9pm, 90/70 RMB (pre-sale)

Bemused: Who knew our fair city boasted a Muse tribute band? Support comes from 拳头乐队 .
Tiny Salt Coffee Club, 9pm, 40/30 RMB

WHITE RABBIT NIGHT: Respected local producers X. Lee (tech house), Yang Bing (dance) and Eddie Lv (techno) hit the decks.
White Rabbit, 9pm, 50 RMB (after midnight)

St. Vincent: Indie rock singer-songwriter creates dense, masterful compositions swirling with dozens of interlocking sonic elements, from pop to 1950s-era film scores to contemporary rock and roll. Her second LP, Actor, was released last May to almost-universal critical acclaim. Highly-recommended.
Yugong Yishan, 8:30pm, 120 RMB


SLAM POETRY SHOWCASE: British-Jamaican Rastafarian dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah and the award-winning Steve Connoll bring their powerful spoken word poetry to the bohemian venue as part of the JUE Festival. Click below for more info.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 50 RMB

UNiXX: Hong Kong quartet churns out fuzzy noise rock that recalls the melody of Placebo while retaining the grainy noise of Husker Du. They land here in support of their most recent full-length, 7 Deadly Sins, released earlier this year on Iona Records. Local post-rock acts Streets Kill Strange Animals, Me Too and Music is Murder will support.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Wu & the Side Effects: Smoldering blues trio return to the stage after a long absence.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB

Mamer & IZ: Xinjiang musician is credited for giving birth to China's alt country scene; he performs with his band tonight as part of Jue 2010.
Mako, 9pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale & students)

Snipe Drive: Punchy Finnish modern rock quintet kick off their nationwide tour with support from Larry's Pizza and others.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 60/50 RMB (pre-sale)

MAYBE MARS ROCKIN' BY THE LAKE: Rock and roll acts Rustic, Golden Driver and Hedgehog offshoot B-Side Lovers to make waves at the lakeside venue for the first time; Beijing Calling crew continues the rock late into the evening.
Obiwan, 9pm, 40/30 RMB (before/after midnight)

Li Wenxin: Dashing young singer-songwriter is on deck alongside loloop.
Old What Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

SYNDICATE 6th ANNIVERSARY: Ambitious drum n' bass collective turn six. Tonight's party features the award-winning Blackie (City Weekend DJ of the Year 2009) and Slide going head-for-head for a three hour turntable session, as well as exclusive tracks from Elemental (New Zealand), LYDNB (Tianjin) and Hong Kong's KC.
White Rabbit, 9pm, 50 RMB

DJ Vadim & Yarah Bravo: Husband and wife duo (he provides the beats, she rhymes) bring their cinematic soundscapes to Beijing for the third time. Want a free ticket? Just click here.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 70/40 RMB (pre-sale)


YOUTH PARTY: Neophyte rock acts Summer Dream, Faw, G.O.U.M, 格子衫, 矿泉水 and 绿方程 to perform at this ode to young'uns.
13 Club, 8pm, 30 RMB

Zhang Tongxi: Local singer-songwriter takes the stage at the venue's weekly folk night.
D-22, 9pm, 50/40 RMB (students)

Niklas Winter and Teemu Viinikainen: Acclaimed Finnish jazz guitarists wind down your weekend.
Jianghu Bar, 9pm, 40 RMB

PLAYROCK SERIES PERFORMANCE: MAO Live regulars Overline, AOK, Lucky Monkey, ILTB, 马莉雪儿, Overline and Temple are on deck at this new event series. Click below for more info.
MAO Live House, 7:30pm, 100/60 RMB (couples/singles)

St. Vincent photo courtesy of the artist.


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