This Week in Live Music: Oct 13-19

Posted by Pete DeMola on 12. Okt 2009


GREEN DRINKS: Social networking for those interested in environmental and social justice issues.
The Bookworm, 7pm

ZOOMIN' NIGHT: A4 Destroyer, IDH and RandomK(e)'s Jackson Garland will perform at this weekly platform for experimental collaboration among the city's music community.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Catcher in the Rye: Organized by Huang Shaofeng, one-half of pop production duo Radio Mars, this performance by the enduring local rock band marks the second in the event series undertaken to benefit the New Hope Foundation's in-house foster home.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 100/70 RMB (pre-sale)


BLING'S CASH MONEY DANCE-OFF: Debut event for the Solana hip hop club's weekly dance competition, where all are invited to show off their fabulous moves. The winner, determined by the crowd, wins 800 RMB. The rest of us get buy one, get one cocktails.
Bling, 9pm, free

JACK RABBIT SLIMS: In this spiffy new midweek deal, the cozy Xihai venue offers a burger (both veggie and beef), an order of fries and unlimited Tsingdao for 50 RMB from 7 to 10pm while DJ Dale provides tunes from the 1950s and 60s. No word yet if the staff are getting 1950s makeovers, but it's a step in the right direction.
Club Obiwan, 7pm, 50 RMB

BEIJING SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITY NIGHT: Akira, Far Away from World, Flameday and other student bands take a shot at scene stardom.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

The Strikers: Korean melodic punk band (a la Thrice) kicks off their first Chinese tour. Local pop punks Larry's Pizza, Dude and Children Sky will support.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 50/40 RMB (students)

Freshly Ground: Pan-African outfit contains elements of traditional South African folk, indie rock, blues and jazz. All ticket holders will be entered into a lucky draw for a chance to win a rough cut diamond (value: 1,000 USD) courtesy of the South African Embassy.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 100/70 RMB (pre-sale)


me灌me, redoceanliner, spiffy electro pop trio Pacalolo and the Dirty Seed are on deck.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

The Amazing Insurance Salesmen: While they've been making the rounds for a while now on the independent music circuit, we still have no idea who these salesmen are or what makes them amazing. X-Doctor, 逆变 and Qin Xuan are also on deck.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 40 RMB

Sighborg: Making good on their ongoing commitment to bringing quality electro acts to the Middle Kingdom, Shanghai-based party crew the Antidote present this Korean act who combine elements of 8-Bit, synth pop and atmospheric electronica. Eerie UK DJ Slick 50 will support.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB


SUBS: Modern rock quartet Buyi, Jellyfish and 优质大豆乐队 to support the self-proclaimed "spunk punk" quartet.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 50/30 RMB (students)

SAD UNTIL DEATH: A night of goth metal with Silent Resentment, Dengel and Toreador
13 Club, 8:30pm, 50 RMB (includes free CD)

COSMO RED: o2 Culture DJs Yang Bing, Mickey Zhang and UK's Funk D'Void are on deck.
China Doll 3.3, 9pm, 80 RMB

RIDDIM: Picking up the slack left behind by the abrupt closure of White Rabbit earlier this summer, DJs Slide and Skywalker present a healthy dose of quality electronic music from drum n' bass to Afrobeat.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

24 Hours: Release party for the trio's long-awaited debut LP. Recorded last October at Beijing's A-String Studios by Chicago-based producer Martin Atkins (PiL, Pigface, Nine Inch Nails) the 8-song effort maintains the sheer ferocity and energy of their live sets while adding a dreamy sonic dimension awash in subtle nuances. Two of Beijing's most refreshing bands, Rustic and the Offset: Spectacles, will also perform.
D-22, 10pm, 50 RMB

Yellow Flowers: Local act perform 1970s rock in the vein of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. Groovy.
Gingko, 10pm, free

ZOO FESTIVAL 2009: Thirty electronic artists convene in northwest Beijing for this two-day event sponsored by Modern Sky. Today's performers include LIman, QQ, Mickey Dee and more. Click below for more info.
Haidian Park, 4pm, 100/80 RMB (pre-sale)

PUNK NIGHT: Misandao, Hell City, Early Bus, promising newcomers Trash Cat (think Agent Orange) and Gum Bleed to peel the paint from the Gulou venue's walls. While we never fail to grow giddy about an authentic punk lineup in the capital city, we're excited about the release of local punk act Gum Bleed's long-awaited debut LP, Balefire Juvenile, which dropped earlier this fall on Proletopia Records. In addition to standard live set micro bursts of aggressive street punk ("Fuck Off the Mammonism," "Don't Forget the Class Struggle") the 11-song LP drifts admirably away from the genre's standard template of verse-chorus-verse territory, resulting in the one of the most progressive local records we've heard this year. Delving into Celtic punk, extreme metal and even goth, highlights include "Let Go," a collaboration with German Celtic punk act Mr. Irish Bastard; their take on the traditional American folk anthem "Red River Valley," featuring both clarinets and the mandolin, and "Utopia Song," a seven-minute experimental monster in the vein Between the Buried and Me and Venom. Buy it here.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 50 RMB

Yaksa: Sextet has been pummeling local audiences with their patented brand of crossover thrash since 1995. Asura will support.
Star Live, 9pm, 120/60/50/40 RMB (VIP/door/pre-sale/students)

Us3: Brainchild of UK producer Geoff Wilkinson, this revolving door of musicians melds intellectual hip hop and jazz into a tight head-nodding package. Fans of Blue Note Records take notice: In the early 1990s Wilkinson remixed the back catalog of the legendary label, resulting in 1993's Hand on the Torch, the label's first platinum release and global dance floor phenomenon. (If "Cantaloop [Flip Fantastia]" hasn't been permanently etched into your consciousness, you've either been living in a cave or in suburban Utah.) Wilkinson, alongside current band member Sene and hired guns Ed Jones, Bryan Corbett and DJ First Rate, arrives in Beijing in support of his seventh full length Stop, Think, Run.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 200/150 RMB (pre-sale via


Skarving: Local reggae act to be joined by unspecified guests.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

The Maple Room: Belgian headlining quintet dart between screamo and full-fledged thrash, with support coming from Troublemaker.
13 Club, 9:30pm, 40 RMB

WE LIVE IN BEIJING TURNS ONE: Come and celebrate one year of Beijing's coolest online community (now serving over 100,000 users!) with live music, spray-on tattoos, drink specials, prize giveaways and more stuff that we haven't decided yet. If that's not fantastic enough, you'll receive free admittance for the Beijing Calling party (1st floor) with DJ Ed and friends spinning the best in old school indie rock, punk, grunge, electro and more.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, 29 RMB

AMERICAN UNPOP: Local musicians, including the wacky Xiao He, perform compositions from highly-influential and innovative sonic pioneers, including Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), minimalist composer Steve Reich and Dutch pianist and composer Louis Andriessen.
D-22, 9pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

ZOO FESTIVAL 2009: Today's performers include Pet Conspiracy, Sulumi, B6, Patrick Yu, Usami, Dio and renowned American ambient trip hop artist DJ Spooky (pictured above), among others.
Haidian Park, 4pm, 150/120 RMB (pre-sale)

The Redbucks: American bluegrass quintet whose sound, according to their bio, brings to mind "the speed and force of a freight train combined with the sweetness of two lovers picnicking in a cherry orchard on a spring afternoon."
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free

SUBS: Steely Heart, Rubber Phonographic Needle, Careless and the Offset: Spectacles are also scheduled to perform.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60 RMB

Monokino: Yu Jin of Cobra fame (China's first all-female rock band) joins forces with a pair of Dutchmen in this quirky Baroque pop act awash in eerie electronics and vocals reminiscent of Placebo's Brian Molko. Supermarket, widely lauded as China's first electronic band, will support.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


FOLK NIGHT: Beloved guitarist Zhou Yunpeng will perform.
D-22, 9pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Gangzi: Mongolian folk.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free

GIRL POWER: A night of female-fronted bands, including the prodigal G-ELEVEN, Candy Monster, Pacaloco, Airbag, Longjin and Lake Official.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 40 RMB

DJ Spooky photo courtesy of Flickr user jdlasica.

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