This Week in Live Music: Mar 16-22

Posted by Pete DeMola on 15. Mar 2010

TUES, MAR 16



ZOOMIN' NIGHT: Face by Face, devastating post-rock act Maze and the moody, Radiohead-channeling duo My September make this one of the most straight-forward Zoomin' Nights since the series' launch last fall.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

THE EAST IS PINK: Two-for-one cocktails until midnight with beats by resident DJ Jiong Jiong and special guests at the Sanlitun venue's weekly gay night. Five RMB tapas all night.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free


WED, MAR 17



KISS ME, I'M IRISH: Who was St. Patrick and why are we celebrating him, anyway? He's the patron saint of Ireland, that's who. And he's remembered each year by people wearing green and proceeding to get heavily intoxicated; you know, like the Irish do every day. Females dressed in green tonight get free Bailey's all night while chaps get buy one, get one beers.
Bling, 9pm, free

UNIVERSITY NIGHT: Cassette, Cold Case, the Gray and My September are on deck.
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. And if we're really lucky, a Corey Haim audiovisual tribute featuring that song from the opening sequence of "The Lost Boys."
Lantern, 9pm, free

GREEN BEER: Get smashed all day long at Leapin' Luga's, with Guiness on tap in the morning and amateur Irish music from 8-9pm in which all are invited to sing for free drinks.
Luga's Villa, all day, free

The Thermals: Criminally-underrated American trio are known as much for their jagged brand of pop-punk as they are for their sharp political jabs at Middle America, with their third full-length, the quasi-concept record The Body, The Blood, The Machine, winding up being one of the best releases of 2006 with its follow-up effort, last year's Now We Can See, reaching similar heights. Tonight's gig marks the first of four China dates. Support comes from excellent power-groove duo B-Side Lovers.
MAO Live House, 9:30pm, 120/100 RMB (pre-sale)

David Moser Trio: Piano, bass and sax at the Dongsi Liutiao Thai joint.
Purple Haze Bistro, 8pm, free

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

Backstreet Boys: The Backstreet Boys are, well, back and bringing their This Is Us world tour to a close with this appearance at Beijing's Wukesong Stadium. The quintet rose to fame in 1995 with "We've Got It Goin' On" and global superstardom the following year with their magnum opus "Quit Playing Games With My Heart," both of which are four-minutes of slick pop that led to the simultaneous fluttering of worldwide hearts. (Their come-hither good looks and innocent image didn't hurt either.) With the exception of a three-year hiatus in the mid-2000s, the now-quartet has been churning out their trademark sumptuous love ballads set to synchronized dancing ever since. Their seventh full-length effort, This Is Us, was released last fall to mostly-positive reviews. Love them or hate them, with over 130 million units sold and countless awards and accolades under their belts, they remain one of the top-selling recording artists in history.
Wukesong Stadium, 8pm, 180-1280 RMB

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


THURS, MAR 18



Pacalolo: Refreshing quartet, who just happen to be one of our favorite bands, emit high-quality synthrock with jagged punk edges; support comes from garage trio Yes/No Break and American folk duo La Loupe.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Xia Jia Trio: Versatile local pianist pairs up with two buddies for a night of jazz.
Jianghu Bar, 9pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale)

DON'T CALL US LAOWAI: Well, unless they suck. Then you can call these foreign bands whatever the hell you want: Operation Bojinka, metal upstarts Disjection, Teddy Beers and C60 will perform.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale & students)

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

Lonely China Day: Scene staples emit dynamic post-rock paired with emotive visual displays and old school Beijinghua.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


FRI, MAR 19



Julie Doiron: Folksy Canadian singer-songwriter, lauded for her introspective and transparent lyrics (but aren't all folk artists known for that?) has worked with a wide range of artists in her two-decade long career, including the Tragically Hip and alt country dudes Okkervil River. A prolific recording artist, her most recent solo effort, I Can Wonder What You Did with Your Day, dropped last March and topped the 2009 Canadian Campus Radio charts. The 37-year-old arrives here as a participant in JUE 2010 and will conduct a songwriting workshop in addition to this gig.
2 Kolegas, 9pm, 60 RMB (or you can try to win a free ticket)

EMBRYONIC FEAST: Extreme metal courtesy of Sacrifice, Specter of Doom, Perish the Skeleton, Body of Blood and Tianjin grindcore act Blood Fluke, whose vocalist sounds exactly like a stuck pig. Hell yeah!
13 Club, 9pm, 50/40 RMB (before/after 9pm)

Uprooted Sunshine: Three-eighths of the Shanghai reggae crew Uprooted Sunshine -- Drunk Monk, Deville and MC Cha Cha -- hike it up to Beijing to spread their Jamaican-flavored beats, including dubstep, dancehall and rocksteady; support comes from Kimurahh and Skywalker. More info below.
The Boat, 10pm, 50 RMB

Zuoxiao Zuzhou: Local musician is often refered to as "China's Tom Waits" for his discordant and explosive guitar playing. He performs tonight at this Ai Weiwei- and Jia Zhangke-choreographed gig.
Century Theatre, 7pm, 180-1280 RMB

Vialka: Self-proclaimed "turbo folk micro orchestra" hail from France and create speedy, surprisingly-infectious, compositions with quirky time signatures using only a guitar and a drum kit. Fans of Mr. Bungle, Frank Zappa and gypsy music should dig the high-spirited duo. Support comes from Li Zhenghui and lo-fi dynamos the Offset: Spectacles.
D-22, 10pm, 50 RMB

Buyi: Quartet emit a blend of rock, reggae and traditional sounds from Ningxia.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm, 40/30 RMB (pre-sale)

Tookoo: While the local quartet formed in late-1999 as a rapcore crew, they now (thankfully) have shifted gears to emit a more mature, melodic and highly-polished blend of modern rock and emo. And they're breaking up. Surprised? Most people are, considering they made the annoucement abruptly at the release party for their latest LP, A Late Night at the Carnival, last week. Support for this gig, part of JUE 2010, comes from their buddies Bigger Bang!, the Disagree, Rubber Phonographic Needle and me 灌me.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60/50 RMB (pre-sale)

OBIWAN LIVE DEBUTS... KITE: In this sparkling new event series designed to give a platform to promising new sonic talent, Kite -- an experimental quartet featuring David Mitchell (Panjir), saxophonist Li Tieqiao (Glorious Pharmacy) and local musicians Nico and Hu Hao -- will perform.
Obiwan, 9:30pm, 30 RMB

The Amazing Insurance Salesmen: Beijing-based trio describe themselves as a combination of Radiohead, Jimi Hendrix, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pink Floyd. Audiobots Deploy will support.
Old What Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

METAL FESTIVAL REBIRTH: The volume knobs go to 11 at this metal mini-fest spanning the breadth of the metal kingdom, including nu metal (Liquid Oxygen Can, Dexter), metalcore (641, Raving Radio), screamo (Saving Molly), melodic death (Ego Fall, Frosty Eve) and several others.
Star Live, 7:30pm, 80/60 RMB (pre-sale)

Brett Johnson: Dallas-based DJ (and Aesoteric label head) combines elements of disco, house, techno and soul to form a eerie, yet dance-y, sonic package. Beijing's own Yang Bing will support.
White Rabbit, 9pm, 70 RMB

The Secret Machines: American outfit create what would have been labeled "alternative rock" in the 1990s: polished anthems with soaring melodies, uplifting, poppy choruses with self-affirming lyrics and just enough attitude (and sonic experimentation) to endear themselves to the youth. And critics agree, heaping praise on the trio, particularly for drummer Josh Garza's muscular style, in copious amounts since their formation a decade ago. Experimental rock trio Girl Kill Girl, featuring Gia of Hang on the Box fame, will open.
Yugong Yishan, 9:30pm, 200/150 RMB (pre-sale)


SAT, MAR 20



Trippple Nippples: Japanese scene fixtures (pictured above) combine the sex-fueled showmanship of local heroes Pet Conspiracy with the frenetic beats of Crystal Castles. "This show is going to be absolutely insane," reads the press release. "China has no idea what is about to hit it."
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 50 RMB

Fuzzy Mood: Female-fronted newcomers ooze out hazy, distortion-soaked rock that borders on shoegaze.
13 Club, 8pm, price unspecified

CD RELEASE PARTY: Liu Kun, frontman for progressive folk outfit Low Wormwood, releases his debut solo effort Hey, Young Man. Awash in eerie electronics and sweeping production flourishes lurking behind his distinctive guitar plucking, should anyone choose to film a spaghetti western in the desolate Gansu landscape, this nine-song effort would make the perfect soundtrack. Support for tonight's gig comes from fellow folksters Wu Tun, Zhang Weiwei & Guo Long, Wu Ningyue and Dongzi.
D-22, 9pm, 50/40 RMB (students)

Arrows Made of Desire: Jangly-yet-unmemorable rock and roll from the long-running quartet.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm, 40/30 RMB (pre-sale)

CD RELEASE PARTY: Acupuncture crew member X.L.F. drops his new double-EP, Cut Off, as part of the JUE 2010 festivities.
Lantern, 10pm, free

Wang Fanrui: Pop artist strips down for this unplugged set.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 60 RMB

GERMAN NIGHT: DJs Ed and Martin Star lay down a smattering of tunes from Deutschland -- from German New Wave to Krautrock -- while DJ Fide spins a less-discriminatory set upstairs in the lakeside lounge. As always, free beer is on top from 10-11pm. Prost!
Obiwan, 10pm, free

The Dama Llamas: Qingdao-based frat rock boys return to the capital city alongside indie pop act 袁景.
Old What Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

Optimo: JD Twitch, one-half of acclaimed DJ duo Optimo and co-founder of the famed Glasgow club of the same name, touches down as part of the ongoing JUE Festival 2010. While the twosome's sound weaves together a vast range of influences -- including electro, 1980s punk, funk and jazz -- they simply prefer to be labeled as practitioners of "dance music." And dance you shall. Donald Summer and Maxime will support.
White Rabbit, 9pm, 70 RMB

15th FRANCOPHONE FESTIVAL 2010: A night of electro, jazz and hip hop with Trip-In, Samian, Al K Traxx and Labiur. Tickets can be obtained at BLCU and the Alliance Francaise in CCF.
Yugong Yishan, 7pm, free


SUN, MAR 21



FLAMENCO NIGHT: Venue gives this previously-discontinued series another shot with a performance by Xinjiang act Eagles of Loulan.
13 Club, 10pm, 40 RMB

A Ji Nai: Wind down the weekend with a performance by this Mongolian collective.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

FOLK SESSION: Singer-songwriter Li Xintang is said to combine electronic elements with bleak vocal work.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm, 40/30 RMB (pre-sale)

Bear Babes: Indie pop from the Taiwanese chick band.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 150/100 RMB (pre-sale)




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