This Week in Live Music: Nov 3-9

Posted by Pete DeMola on 3. Nov 2009


ZOOMIN' NIGHT: Lu Xinpei, post-rock act Streets Kill Strange Animals and hardcore trio Fanzui Xiangfa will perform at this weekly platform for innovation and experimentation.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)


BLING'S CASH MONEY DANCE-OFF: All are invited to bust a very-public move at this amateur dance competition. The winner, determined by the crowd, wins 800 RMB cash. Buy one, get one cocktails.
Bling, 9pm, free

JACK RABBIT SLIMS: Xihai venue offers an unbeatable culinary combo (hamburger, fries and unlimited Tsingdao for 50 RMB) with nostalgic American tunes from the 1950s and 60s.
Club Obiwan, 7-10pm, 50 RMB

UNIVERSITY NIGHT: Tonight's upstart lineup includes Cold Case, Red Pirates, Triangle Terra, Mr. Wisdom Tooth and Organic Cannonball.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

The Real Deal: Canadian ska punks kick off their nationwide tour. Larry's Pizza will support.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale)

Red Zebra: Bluesy folk band.
Salud, 8pm, free


Gray, Inverter and Qing Jiang are scheduled to perform.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB

Jordan Thomas Mitchell: Newly-arrived singer/songwriter is joined by saxophonist Matt Johan.
Ginkgo, 9:30pm, free

Fink: The UK singer/songwriter (pictured above) creates soundtrack music via his careful blend of electronica and folk rock, resulting in a soulful, cinematic and introspective experience. His latest record, Sort of Revolution, dropped earlier this year to mostly-positive reviews. Local folk artist Wan Xiaoli will support.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60 RMB


FUNK FEVER: Join Slide, Manky A, Martin Starr, Bite*Size Buddha and live drummer Sammy Slazenger for a night of Afro, soul, rare grooves and of course, funk.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 30 RMB

LSD REGGAE PARTY: Local reggae sextet Longshendao to add some summertime cheer to our increasingly-chilly metropolis.
13 Club, 10pm, 50 RMB (the other LSD not included)

Clive Chin: Chinese-Jamaican reggae pioneer (he has produced records for the Wailers, Black Uhuru and Lee "Scratch" Perry, among others) brings his reggae, dub and dancehall to Beijing. Show is preceded by a discussion on Jamaican reggae history.
Bed Bar, 9:30pm, 50 RMB (includes one free cocktail)

HOLLYWOOD PARTY: "Glitz, glam and Grey Goose" are promised at Beijing's only high-end hip hop club. Reservations recommended.
Bling, 9pm

FRESH: Friday nights at the floating LGBT hotspot feature retro disco, gay anthems and 80s camp on the upper deck and electro, house and techno down below. Buy one, get one drinks all night.
The Boat, 9pm, free (before 4am)

BEIJING AFTERHOURS: Quality electronic music and booze for those hellbent on watching the sun rise.
The Boat, 4am, 30 RMB/free (without/with flier)

TRAX: DJ Jonas Rasch and friends kick off the venue's new Friday night electronic music series with a night of house.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

Le Singe Blanc: French headliners create wacky-yet-abrasive tunes in the vein of Mr. Bungle and Frank Zappa, while their German tour mates, instrumental trio Don Vito, stick to more traditional math rock territory. Local power trio Birdstriking and post-hardcore powerhouse Final Message will support the two at this kickoff date for their monthlong, 14-date domestic tour. Click here and here for more info.
D-22, 10pm, 40 RMB

Silkfloss: Local trip hop, with support from singer/songwriter Jiang Xin, Rolling Rolling, Shishahai and Sparta.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60/50 RMB (pre-sale & students)

Dr. Feelgood: Structured by throbbing staccato guitar riffs, this trio sails through protean seas of shimmering synthetic textures, with the leitmotif being breakneck drumming wrapped in an a relentless industrial dirge peppered with the occasional sample of esoteric dialogue -- all with transitions efficiently maneuvered with machinelike precision.
Star Live, 8pm

AOK: Local pop punk act celebrates their six year anniversary. Support TBA.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


Candy Monster:
Careless (shoegaze), Nucleus (neo-grunge) and Steely Heart (slick post-punk) to support the New Wave quartet.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

NOVEMBER RAIN: Local metal bands to pay tribute to the legendary American rock and roll band Guns N' Roses. While their name is now a punchline for taking almost two decades to release the follow-up to their 1991 double album Use Your Illusion, they were once referred to as the world's most dangerous band for their potent blend of raw sexuality, punk ethos and destructive live performances. Selling over 100 million records worldwide, they remain once of the most successful hard rock groups in history. Tonight's performers include Multi-Ego, Back, Velvet Highway, Sweet Rock and the Birth of the Succubae.
13 Club, 10pm, 40 RMB

AFRO-CARIBBEAN BASH: DJs O.P., S-Press, Sinvu and Zydon set their decks to defrost mode, bringing you the best in Afrobeat and Caribbean beats.
The Boat, 9pm, free (women drink free until 11pm)

OBIWAN STRIKES BACK: The RETRODANCE crew joins forces with Obiwan's resident DJs to defeat the dark forces of shitty music in this night featuring the best of the 1970s and 80s. Come in a Star Wars-themed costume and get a free shooter.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

Camel, Old Fashion, Wu & the Side Effects and 今日立秋 are scheduled to perform.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Al Quimia Samba Jazz: A night of Brazilian sounds with Geraldo Lucio and band.
Ginkgo, 10:30pm, 20 RMB (free before 9:30pm)

SCORPIO GLORY: Metal bands Egofall, Hybrid, the Falling, 末裔 and China Town (Hong Kong) will perform.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50 RMB

The Toxic Avenger: Masked French artist casts down an unsettling torrent of haunted house-inspired electroclash on unsuspecting audiences. Local post punk quintet Steely Heart and producers LIman, Baifan and Shanghai's R3 will support.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 80/50 RMB (pre-sale)


FOLK NIGHT: Contemporary rock quartet Buyi strips down and goes acoustic for this special gig.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB

LISTEN TO DA YA EVERYDAY TO PREVENT CAVITIES: Third year anniversary party for local feelgood rock act 大伢乐队(Big Tooth). They'll be joined tonight by the delightfully-creepy local act Dr. Magical Cat, as well as King Statue and Toy Head.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 40 RMB

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