This Week in Live Music: July 28-Aug 3

Posted by Pete DeMola on 23. Jul 2009


Birthday Cake: Blues and reggae crew performs, with 10 RMB mixers and 25 RMB mojitos on hand all night.
13 Club, 9pm, free

The Radio Dept: Indie pop from Sweden, with ample servings of hazy vocals, tripped-out synthetic thumps and a cult following. Support TBD.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 480/200/160 RMB (VIP treatment/door/pre-sale)

Super VC: Local Britpop mainstays perform at this benefit gig for young victims of Leukemia. The combo of cheerful pop, mop tops, special guestsand the warm feeling of helping young-uns should make attendance a no-brainer.
Yugong Yishan, 8:30pm, 100/80 RMB (pre-sale)


UNIVERSITY NIGHT: Morning Sir, Yes/No Break, the aptly-named Summer Story, prolific punks Cold Case and 酷猪屋 will perform.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

Big John's Blues Band: Beijing-based blues quartet perform both tonight and tomorrow with legendary gospel/soul singer Ptah Brown in tow.
LAN, 9:30pm, free

Jeff Lang: Local swingers DH & the Chinese Hellcats to open for the acclaimed Australian slide guitarist.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 50/45 RMB (pre-sale)

Michael Dallan and Trio: Mellow rock.
Salud, 8pm, free

Bad Apples: Rock and roll, watering hole-style, courtesy of this international quartet. The Amazing Insurance Salesmen will support.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB


Zhu Guangyu: Folk singer/songwriter is on deck.
13 Club, 9pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

Flyx: Street punk from the headliners, with support from newbies 伊织, 烧酒军团 and 凡道.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Panjir: Passionate musicians fuse Xinjiang and global sounds together with a interactive flair.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free (one drink minimum)

The Beautiful Era featuring Elva Wong: Quartet takes you back to sleazy Shanghai, circa 1930, with their set of raw lounge music with a Latin and bossa nova bent.
Jimmy's Thai Kitchen & Lounge, 10pm, 30 RMB

The Big Picture: Swedish unknowns kick off their China tour, with The Feast, The Feast as support.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 50/30 RMB (pre-sale)

Wang Yuqi: Indie pop artist who said is said to evoke "warm and nostalgic sounds."
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB


Lonely China Day: Trio emits emotive post-rock soundscapes with accompanying visuals.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 50 RMB

MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE PARTY: Did you know MJ died? He sure did. Nine local abrasive music bands pay tribute to the Gloved One tonight, including Soma TNT with renditions of "Dangerous" and "You are Not Alone" and Huo Ye lighting up Chengfu Lu's paving stones with "Billie Jean."
13 Club, 8pm, 50 RMB

80s NIGHT: Take a trip back in time with Side B, the Spinster, Vinyl Richie and FA spinning choice cuts from your favorite fluffy-haired musicians.
Alfa, 9pm, free

HOT POT: DJ Wordy rocks the pot with the eighteenth installment of his hip-hop/mash-up party series; San Francisco's DJ Elnomo and NYC's Lomang will support.
Club LA, 10pm, 50 RMB

The Bigger Bang: Headlining quartet have entrenched themselves firmly between the oft-cited "Beijing sound" -- embodied by chiming guitars and gritty, cathartic vocals cast over a spry late-1970s New York post-punk bounce -- and more accessible, mainstream pop territory characterized by infectious, synth-heavy choruses and hook-ridden melodies. Adrenaline-fueled rock and roll trio 24 Hours, Rockabilly act Defy and modern rockers Rubber Phonographic Needle round out the bill
D-22, 8pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Sand Band: Long-term scene fixtures will perform with a new lineup.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, 50 RMB

PUNK FEST: Shochu Legion (烧酒军团), Hell City, Early Train, Three Sweet Knifes (蜜三刀), No Name, DH & the Chinese Hellcats and Shanghai act Big Fools (大傻冒) set to inject a huge dose of attitude directly into your sun-scorched forehead.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50 RMB

2009 SUMMER PILOT BEIJING OLYMPIC MUSIC FESTIVAL: Kickoff gig for local label Pilot Records' month of sonic madness. Spanning throughout the month of August, this is China's longest-running music festival in history. Today's lineup includes performances by metal legends XTX and 山人. Comprehensive info on scheduling, tickets and the exact venues can be found here.
National Olympic Sports Center, 4pm, 80/60 RMB (pre-sale)

Chasing Star vs. Malakwa:
Local trip hop artists (the former) pair up with French electro punk trio (the latter) for an evening of grimy and abrasive dance floor demolition.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


The Big Picture: Fire Balloon and Careless to open for the Swedish indie rock act.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Guai Li: Regularly cited as favorites by an impressive list of their peers in the music community, the headlining quintet continues to tear holes through the city with their visceral live performances and gritty, post-punk inflected songs that manage to sound machinelike, yet surreal and wandering, at the same time. Their still-untitled upcoming debut LP, tentatively scheduled for release sometime this fall on Maybe Mars Records, is our most anticipated record of the year. Golden Driver, IDH and 23 will support.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

JUICY LADIES NIGHT: Wet T-shirt contest at the Chaoyang Park West upstart. For those who are unfamiliar with how this type of event works, it's when dudes pour water on women clad in white T-shirts. You can figure out the rest. Winner of the contest walks away with 1000 RMB... presumably followed by a hundred horny men with raging hard-ons. 10 RMB Tsingdaos and screwdrivers will be on hand all night. The combination of often-naive local women, Caucasian meatheads and cheap drinks sounds like a recipe for disaster, but hey, we're not the most responsible people, either.
Juicy Spot, 9pm, 50 RMB for men (18+ only)

Rolling Rolling, Mama's Mud and the Bigger Bang to roll out the Britpop, funk and a post-punk/New Wave hybrid, respectively.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60/40 RMB (students and pre-sale)

2009 SUMMER PILOT BEIJING OLYMPIC MUSIC FESTIVAL: Today's lineup includes performances by metal-infused punks the Unsafe, Canned Oxygen and Jing Zhu & the Blue Knights. Comprehensive info can be found here.
National Olympic Sports Center, 4pm, 80/60 RMB (pre-sale)

UPSTEPPER SOUND 4th ANNIVERSARY: Beijing's first Jamaican-style soundcrew celebrates four years of bringing roots, reggae, dub, ska and dancehall -- as well as promoting Caribbean culture -- to the capital city. Pressure Sounds' reggae guru Pete Holdsworth will man the decks along with Steve Barker (BBC, Upstepper), Dan Stephenson, also from Upstepper, and DJs from Ultimate Productions.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


Buyi: Quartet seamlessly melds Ningxia folk with a wide variety of contemporary elements.
D-22, 9pm, 40 RMB

URBAN FOREST DREAMS: Vane, Xiaomao Shao, Nan Wu and Postman to wind down the weekend.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50/40 (students and pre-sale)

2009 SUMMER PILOT BEIJING OLYMPIC MUSIC FESTIVAL: Today's lineup includes performances by Candy Monster, Sand and Magic Mama. Comprehensive info can be found here.
National Olympic Sports Center, 4pm, 80/60 RMB (pre-sale)


OLMECA TEQUILA PARTY: Latin beats and liquid Mexican treats.
Blue Frog, 8pm, free

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