This Week in Live Music: Nov 24-30

Posted by Pete DeMola on 24. Nov 2009


Wanderlust, Ice Cellar (昼夜售冰) and Birdstriking to perform at this weekly platform for innovation and experimentation.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Pierre Brahim Trio: Bebop, bossa nova and funk, among other variants of the jazz canon, from the local trio.
Ginkgo, 9:30pm, free

Souled Out: American R&B act settles into their residency at the newly-revamped nightclub. They're set to appear nightly with the exception of Sundays.
LAN, 8pm, free


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 with high chance of visiting celebrities.
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: Trash Cat, My September, Mechanical Rabbit (机械兔) and the Peak (高峰) are on deck.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

OLD WHAT MEETS MAO: Audiobots Deploy, 悠然, Qin Xuan, and prog rock act Defense of the Ancients perform at this ongoing effort to showcase the Old What Bar's house bands throughout the city's live music venues.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 40 RMB

The Jolly Fellow Uku Band: Homegrown ukulele pop.
Salud, 8pm, free

Pekka Pylkkanen: The saxophone-toting Finn, alongside his bands Pekka Pylkkanen's Tube Factory (Afro-Cuban, Brazilian) and UMO Jazz Orchestra (big band), has spent most of the past decade touring the world to wide acclaim.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB


Brave Face, 高兴 and others to support the lo-fi indie rock band.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Brothers of Different Colors: Guitarist Tony Tse and percussionist Sunny Dee join forces to present pop music from a multitude of different genres.
Ginkgo, 9:30pm, free

Panjir: Intense, soulful sextet fuses traditional Uyghur music with jazz sensibilities.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free

La Petite Nurse: Shanghai act emits synth-heavy modern rock; squeaky-clean pop punks PB33 will support.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 60 RMB


Classic house lineup of Buyi, Wu & the Side Effects and Nucleus is on deck, performing Ningxia-influenced rock and roll, blues and neo-grunge, respectively.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

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)

RIDDIM: Resident DJ Mickey Dee and guests present a healthy dose of quality electronic music from drum n' bass to Afrobeat.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

PUNK NIGHT: Concussion, Shochu Legion, Cold Case and the Flyx set to deliver your monthly dose of street punk.
D-22, 10pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Skunky Monks: Funk, jazz and blues from expat musicians.
Ginkgo, 10:30, 20 RMB (free before 9:30pm)

Armin van Buuren: Acclaimed Dutch producer and radio host (he's taken DJ Magazine's "#1 DJ in the World" title for the third consecutive year) brings his brand of sentimental, radio-friendly trance to the Gongti strip.
GT Banana, 10pm, 150 RMB

RUSH HOUR: MOSH NIGHT II: Enjoy a bruising night of metalcore with A-Z, Saving Molly, Egofall, the Ghost Spardac, the Reason and Unregenerate Blood. Includes lucky draw.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 60/50 RMB (pre-sale)

化 ACID LIVE: Rhythm-heavy acid jazz, funk, house and electro from a local multimedia crew. DJ Chris Du and Eric Lee will spin after the collective's live set.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


Two of Generation 6's most promising bands, garage rock act Careless and post punks Old Fashion, will support the GBOB China winners. Provided the trio takes home top honors at the world finals in early-January, this will be your last chance to see them mugging for small crowds at this bohemian setting in a very long time.
2 Kolegas, 10pm

KING KONG PRODUCTIONS TURNS 4: Chinatown, Velvet Highway, BACK, Raving Radio, Army of Jade Kirin and Hyonblud to lay down metallic strips of ass-kickery.
13 Club, 9pm, 40 RMB

WILDCATS: Chicks (or those dressed in drag) get free drinks from 9-11pm; buy one, get one free all night.
The Boat, 9pm, free

GERMAN PARTY: Slam free beer (Tsingdao) for an hour (between 10 and 11) while listening to German rock and pop courtesy of DJs Rocco and Stiffredi. Hot spiced wine, a hallmark of the German holiday season, will also be available.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

GREENING THE BEIGE 3: RE-ENERGIZE CLOSING PARTY: A recycled film workshop hosted by Electric Shadows, an eco-fashion show, Pecha Kucha, sets from the Acupuncture Records crew and more mark the end of eco-art collective Greening the Beige's annual weeklong festival. Click the link below for comprehensive info.
CNEX Salon, 1pm, free before 9pm, 100/60 RMB (pre-sale) after

Guai Li: Regularly cited as favorites by an impressive list of their peers in this city's art and music community, this female-fronted quintet continues to tear holes through Beijing with their visceral live performances and stellar musicianship. Their signature sound of angular guitars flecked with noise and feedback paired with off-key vocals, quirky time signatures, abrupt breakdowns, children's toys and the occasional Patti Smith cover somehow manages to sound machinelike, surreal and disorienting at the same time. Rock and roll trio 24 Hours, the Offset: Spectacles and garage rock Careless will support.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Hedgehog: Rocket-fueled headlining trio create buoyant anthems in the vein of Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins. Rock and roll trio Casino Demon, Midnight Flight, Steely Heart and Joyside knockoff band me灌me will support.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60 RMB

YEN BLACK: Mickey Zhang, Yang Bing, Eddie Lv and Liu Shuai do what they do best: provide quality techno, house and breakbeat at great parties. Theme for this gig is black: dress accordingly. Click below for your chance to win one of five free tickets.
Star Live, 9pm, 100/70/50 RMB (door/pre-sale/early bird)

Mono: Japanese instrumental post rock quartet (pictured above) use a plethora of instruments (guitars, synthesizers, glockenspiels) to create giant slabs of cinematic sound, reportedly making audiences cry in the process. Their fifth record, the Steve Albini-produced Hymn to the Immortal Wind (Temporary Resistance Limited, 2009) utilized a chamber orchestra and received near universal acclaim. Taiwan's Super Plum Ferry will support.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 200/180 RMB (pre-sale)


Arouse, Bludthirsty, Hell Savior and other metal-oriented student bands are on deck.
13 Club, 9pm, 40/20 RMB (students)

THIRD YEAR ANNIVERSARY: Girls Are Waiting to Meet You (the band, not potential lovers) and DJs Bite and Martin Star to perform at this cozy Gulou-area bar.
Jiang Hu Bar, 8pm, 30 RMB

WINTER FANTASY: PB33, Blast Wave, Leaping Soul, Heaven Square, Panasia and 茶凉粉 are scheduled to issue happy, singalong pop-rock.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale & students)

JINGYUXUAN RECORDS RELEASE PARTY: The Band of RPG, Jomo, Autumn Insect, Deng Liyuan and the Dreamlike Band, Shallow Sea, Fallinsex and Flower Child will perform at this release party for the label's first-ever compilation. Protean sextet G-ELEVEN, who meld elements of blues, pop and rock and roll into a smoldering package -- not jazz like every single English-language media outlet in Beijing parrots, will also perform.
Yugong Yishan, 8:30pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale)

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