This Week in Live Music: June 2-8

Posted by Pete DeMola on 31. May 2010


UNIVERSITY NIGHT: "Noise Only" EP release party.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

Liu Yue, Xia Jia & Bei Bei: Nanwu drummer Bei Bei joins forces with guitarist Liu Yue and prolific pianist Xia Jia in this side project, which is probably folk-inflected rock with traditional Chinese overtones.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm, 50 RMB

The Incredible JSB: Jazz, soul and blues from the multinational outfit featuring members of the Amazing Insurance Salesmen, Afrokoko Roots and Mademoiselle.
Salud, 9pm, free

SUMMERTIME HAPPY HOUR: Buy one, get one Tsingdao and Tiger beers (25 RMB) and 15 RMB mixers are on hand at the Sanlitun venue's new daily summertime happy hour.
White Rabbit, 9pm-midnight, free

transmitChina GINGER BEEF TOUR 2010: The Canadian invasion continues with dubby rock act illScarlett, "bad ass sludge boogie" outfit Flash Lightnin' and Ohbijou, a Toronto-based sextet who've been compared to both late-1990s fuzz rock band Mazzy Star and current indie darling Joanna Newsom for their lush, orchestral sound. Unannouced local bands support.
Yugong Yishan, 8pm, 50 RMB


La Loupe: Young American duo bring their earthy folk songs, sung in Mandarin, to Wudaokou. "We're very excited to be playing for an audience who hopefully will be able to understand our lyrics," said guitarist/vocalist Maia Bernstein in an interview with student newspaper the Oberlin Review last fall. "We're looking forward to what Chinese people think about our music, since Chinese bands were a huge motivating factor and inspiration for the formation of La Loupe." Fox Ride Tiger supports.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

OPEN MIC: Exercise your vocal cords at the Andingmen venue's weekly open mic night, with 10 RMB Tsingdaos on hand to help lower those pesky inhibitions.
Hot Cat Club, 9pm, free

Girls Are Waiting to Meet You: Colorful and accident-prone Beijing-based indie rock act conjure up rich, earthy sounds akin to Murder by Death and the Rosebuds with their diverse instrumentation and poetic lyrics; support unannounced.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm, 40/30 RMB (pre-sale)

The Medullary Paralysis: Part of this Italian goth trio's shtick is their straight-edge lifestyle, which they wear proudly on their leather sleeves: "We don't drink, we don't take drugs, we don't have sex, we feel compassion." That's great and all, but let your music do the talking. Exit A supports.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


OLD SCHOOL HEAVY METAL NIGHT: Bad Mamasan headlines this night of classic heavy metal, with support from excellent metalcore outfit Last Chance of Youth and newcomers From Next In and L.U.C.Y.
13 Club, 10pm, 50 RMB

CHILL-OUT FRIDAY: The Sanlitun literary haven settles into their new weekend event schedule with this Friday night cocktail hour anchored by beats from their resident DJ. Not a nightlife person? No problem! Just stand in the corner with an obscure book: you very well may be the hit of the party.
The Bookworm, 8pm, free

The Trouble: Chengdu sextet (pictured above) take a trip up to the capital city to shower us with ska, the sunny day sax-fueled good times music to which we in Beijing are rarely exposed. Support comes from fellow ska outfit the K, rising street punks the Flyx, a band who grow increasingly tight and aggressive with each successive performance, and Cold Case, a band whose drummer grows increasingly intoxicated with each successive song.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

VERMOUTH MAGIC NIGHT: Local reggae out Skarving are on deck alongside half-price absinthe specials and unannounced guest bands.
Hot Cat Club, 9pm, 30 RMB (includes one free beer)

Feng Niao: Latin-themed rock and roll from a local quartet.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm, 40/30 RMB (students & pre-sale)

Red Orchestra: Sultry female-fronted outfit 红乐团 combine elements of lounge, jazz and Latin rock.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 50 RMB

OBSCURE BAND NIGHT: No, that's not the name of the gig: it's just that these bands either keep a very low profile or are neophytes: 虎假虎威, the King, Window Shopping and Nakoma will perform.
Old What Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

SCHOOL BASS: Drum n' bass courtesy of the Universal Soldiers, Lucy, Leo and Rida-B MC.
School, 10pm, price unspecified

Brain Failure: Old school punks headline with support from DUDE, who must have gotten bitten by something in the ass this week to put their ambition in hyperdrive. Unannounced "mystery guests" will be there, too.
Star Live, 8:30pm, 150/80/70/60 RMB (VIP/door/member/pre-sale)

Wu Zhuoling: The Chengdu-based singer-songwriter (and A_Z member) returns to Beijing to showcase her moody brand of folk-slash-pop (she's really good); support comes from guitarist Xiao Yu (IDH) and Zhang Guonian.
Tiny Salt Coffee Club, 8:30pm, 40/30 RMB (pre-sale)

Martin Eyerer: Electro tech-house from the dancefloor veteran. Support comes from Yang Bing and Donald Summer.
White Rabbit, 9pm, 60 RMB

Ataraxia: Atmospheric old-timey tunes fit for a journey to the misty mountains of Mordor, with support from Bloody Woods.
Yugong Yishan, 8pm, 200/150 RMB (pre-sale)


GREAT AIRCRAFT CARRIER PARTY 2010: This should be fun: two dozen electronic musicians (including the Syndicate, Patrick Yu, Blackie, Gotama and Ou Yang) and busloads of party-goers (including you, probably) drop anchor for another one of organizer extraordinaire El-Mar's wickedly-innovative parties. Buses will depart from Wudaokou at 5pm (Huaqing Jiayuan, West Gate) and from Chaoyang Park (South Gate) at 5:30pm. Bring lots of booze and other mind-altering substances for the ride! Ticket and scheduling info below.
Binhai Aircraft Carrier, Tanggu, Tianjin, 5pm, 300/250 RMB (after/before Wed, June 2)

AMPED: Acoustic world music outfit Kite combine elements of African-American, Asian and European traditional tunes.
The Bookworm, 8pm, free

Ben Houge: Shanghai-based musician does, in his own words, "sound-related stuff, including designing audio for videogames, recording pop songs, installing sound installations and performing experimental music." He performs tonight alongside Dalian's Which Park (melodic rock) and Beijing's own Mr. Graceless and Yes/No Break.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

The Trouble: Gig #2 for the sunny day sky kids from Chengdu. Toy Head supports.
Hot Cat Club, 9:30pm, 40 RMB

大鼻子: Local collective "big nose" combine elements of hip hop and jazz with traditional Chinese instrumentation and old-school theatrics.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB

RUSH HOUR: BIG MOSH NIGHT: This is the weekend's most emotive show, with the 13 Club crowd making the trek to the Gulou venue to shred both their vocal cords and hopefully, eardrums. Tonight's bands include screamo outfits Raving Radio (check out their killer cover of the King of Pop's "Beat It") and Multi-Ego alongside the aforementioned DUDE, nu metal outfit Chinatown, metalcore dudes the Falling and pop punk act Summer Sunshine.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 60/50 RMB (pre-sale; includes lucky draw)

Lazy Camels: Filthy, abrasive and combustible garage rock trio headlines; support comes from Mr. Rodent and the Gray.
Old What Bar, 9:30pm, 40 RMB (includes one free drink)

化 Acid Live: Beijing-based collective weave together elements of jazz, funk and dance into an ass-shaking package.
The One, 9pm, 80/60 RMB (pre-sale)

THE BEFORE PARTY, ACT IV: Before what? The press info doesn't say and we're too lazy to make a phone call. But the BaiCai crew will be here at the intimate NLGX venue alongside draft beers and their infamous house rum going for 15 RMB a pop.
Salud, 9pm, free

Miserable Faith: Beloved scene pioneers follow up their cathartic, rainswept acoustic MIDI performance with the release of their new EP Bloom.
Star Live, 9pm, 380/220/80/70/60 RMB (VIP front/VIP side/door/member/pre-sale)

The Redbucks: Bluegrass outfit drops their debut LP All That Glitters at this release party before bringing their old-timey, apple-pickin', finger-lickin', guitar-splittin' tunes across the country on tour. Tonight, everyone receives a free CD, so no need to shell out those red bucks. Yee-haw!
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 80/60 RMB (pre-sale)


THIS IS NOT K-TV: It's a pop punk night with Summer Sunshine, DUDE (dude!), New Tank, Drowsy Magic Cube, Lord Rabbit and Hide & Seek.
13 Club, 9pm, 40 RMB

FOLK NIGHT: Mongolian folk outfit Ai Ji Nai wind down your weekend.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

FLAMENCO NIGHT: Sketches of Spain from local flamenco act Burket, with 2-for-1 beers all night.
Hot Cat Club, 9pm, 30 RMB

FOLK SESSION: Sunday evening jam session with percussionist 小玉, vocalist-slash-guitarist Mark and cellist 杜岩.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB

Cocoon: French duo Marc Daumail and Morgane Imbeaud create upbeat folk-slash-pop, with support coming from 王娟 and her band.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60/50 RMB (pre-sale)

1984: This French band's press release throws around words like "dark," "solemn" and hypnotic while referencing bird flu fears, financial madness and other Orwellian imagery. What do they sound like? It's just standard rock and roll with a clear Ian Curtis influence. You can view the complete schedule for their nationwide tour on their MySpace page.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


ZOOMIN' NIGHT: Saxophone-fueled avant garde act Ris de Veau make a pit stop in Beijing; Xiu Di and Liu Xinyu will also perform.
D-22, 8pm, 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

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