This Week in Live Music & Nightlife: Sept 1-7

Posted by Pete DeMola on 1. Sep 2009


ZOOMIN' NIGHT: Cardiac Murmur, Fat City and experimental dynamo Zhang Shouwang (White, Carsick Cars) to conjure up some wicked sonic alchemy.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)


WHISKEY WEDNESDAY: Take a trip down whiskey lane with the Single Malt Club's Kelvin Tam, who will guide you through the history and folklore of three malts, blends, regions and distilleries. Contact Clinton (restaurant AT beijingbookworm DOT com) for reservations.
The Bookworm, 7:30pm, 100 RMB

DIRTY LAUNDRY: Rock and electro from DJs D-Rock and Spins N' Needles.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

The Offset: Spectacles: Special domestic and foreign guests to join the spellbinding noise trio.
D-22, 8pm, 30 RMB

MBeewan: French multi-instrumentalist blends elements of rock, reggae, hip hop and more.
Salud, 8pm, free

JAM SESSION: All are invited to the cozy, Xinjiang-themed venue to create love and harmony via an improv jam session. Instruments not included.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free


Kylie Minoise: Scottish experimental musican joins forces with local anarcho-collective Mafeisan for a visceral night of noise.
2 Kolegas, 8pm, 50 RMB

LADIES NIGHT: Mexican food, half-price cocktails, drinking games and more at the Wangjing café. More info below.
Chatterbox Café, 8pm, free

Jess Meider: Original acoustic compositions from the diverse singer/songwriter.
Ginkgo, 9:30pm, free

Yu Yu and Mars Party: Refreshing pop-flavored rock from the headliners (their track "冰冻的季节" is the epitome of solid songwriting), with Xue Zhonghua, Li Mo and Mr. Rodent rounding out the bill.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 40 RMB

Girls Are Waiting to Meet You: Expat indie rock sextet returns to the Dongcheng venue for both the physical release of their debut LP and the premier of their new music video "Zombie Girl," which was directed by Andy Deemer. In addition to a mysterious "special twist," Perdel and Alt Senior, emitting Britpop and emo respectively, will support.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB

LADIES NIGHT: In addition to drinking for free, women have access to the venue's second floor "Girl Zone," whatever that is.
Zeta, 9pm, 50 RMB/free (men/women)


PUNK ROCK PARTY: Local punks Demerit and No Name kickoff their 12-date Chinese Armageddon Tour with American street punk crew Urban Decay in tow. The full itinerary for the tour, which includes stops in Wuhan, Changsha and Guilin, can be viewed here.
2 Kolegas, 10m, 40/30 RMB (students)

Sascha Funke: Live set from the accomplished Berlin-based techno producer with 15 years under his belt (his first exposure to the genre was "Technotronic Megamix" as a 12-year-old in 1989). Making a home on labels Bpitch Control and Kompakt (the latter is widely-regarded as the pre-eminent techno label in the world) this is Funke's first appearance in the Middle Kingdom. Support comes from Beijing's own Yang Bing, Leslie and Donald Summer
China Doll 3.3, 10pm, 100 RMB

CARIBBEAN SMASH: Hold on to the remnants of summer with reggae (courtesy of the B-Town Rockers) and margaritas at the Gongti South Gate hotspot.
Club LA, 10pm, free

IDH: Pork and Tianjin's Wanderlust to support the jarring indie rock duo.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

THE FINAL REGGAE SHOW: If you haven't checked out Mbeewan, the French multi-instrumentalist known for his diverse blend of dub, reggae, rock, rap and soul, here's your chance to do so: this is his final show before returning to France.
Ginkgo, 10:30pm, 20 RMB (free before 9:30pm)

Handsome Furs: Side project from brilliant Wolf Parade frontman Dan Boeckner and wife juxtapose cold, electronic beats with organic guitars and passionate vocals. (Think Snapline meets the Clash.) Local quintet Guai Li will support; click here for info on the Tianjin, Hong Kong and Shanghai dates of their Asian tour.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 80/70 RMB (advance)

HOT POT #19: Tasty morsels of electro, old school hip hop, funk and the latest remixes served up steaming hot from maestros DJ Wordy, DJ Lomang and Punk's resident DJ Paul D.
Punk, 10pm, free

Bungle: Prolific Brazilian drum n' bass DJ and producer (CIA, Hospital, LiqWeed Ganja, Critical, Soul:R) touches down in Beijing; the Syndicate's Blackie, Slide, Kay C and Ya Dong will support.
Yugong Yishan, 10pm, 60 RMB


Fire Balloon: Expect garage rock revivalism a la the Strokes and the Vines from the headliners; Careless, Rolling Rolling and Steely Heart will support.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Ouyang & Eddie Lv: House, breakbeat and techno from two of Beijing's most renowned turntablists.
China Doll 3.3, 10pm

ACUPUNCTURE 2nd YEAR ANNIVERSARY: China's ambassadors to the electronic music scene turn two. The original suspects are on deck; they'll be joined by VJ Markus Schneider, Double Vie Group and Elixir.
CNEX Café, 9pm, 150/70 RMB (pre-sale)

Thee Miss Fits: Thee Miss Fits, a supergroup of Beijing-based musicians, will perform classic Misfits songs for charity with original drummer London May. Demerit, Cold Case and Flyx will support. See feature for more information.
D-22, 10pm, 50 RMB

ROCK GIRLS VS. ROCK BOYS PARTY: An eclectic night of sound ranging from Britpop (Perdel) to bluesy rock and roll (G-ELEVEN). April, Kamutang, Steely Heart and Midnight Flight are also on deck. Birthday boys and girls get free admittance.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60/40 RMB (pre-sale)

Dirty Deeds: Beijing's original AC/DC cover band reunites for a special performance. Bring your Grandma.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


GRASSLAND FOLK SERIES: The long-running open air event continues at the languid summertime haven. Exact lineup has yet to be determined, but expect folk rock, frisbees, beer and chaun'r.
2 Kolegas, 5pm, 40/20 RMB (students)

Simone: Daughter of legendary soul singer Nina Simone, the singer/songwriter lands in Beijing for a special charity performance. Click the link for more information.
Ciro's Pomodoro, 8pm, 30 RMB (includes free glass of wine)

KRAFTWERK: Deep house, minimal tech and house from special guest Jonas Rasch.
Club Obiwan, 5pm, free

FOLK NIGHT: Gang Zi (刚子) will perform at the Wudaokou venue's ever-popular folk night.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Stratovarius: Finnish power metal continue to conjure up Viking imagery while shredding your face after 25 years in the business.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 500/230/180 RMB (VIP/door/advance)

GLOBAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS (GBOB), HEAT ONE: Beijing gig #1 of #4 to pluck out China's best musical talent for a worldwide (30+ countries will participate) battle of the bands competition. If this tickles your fancy, comprehensive info-including registration guides, rules, regulations and prize packages-can be found at GBOB's official website.
Yugong Yishan, 7pm, 60 RMB

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