This Week in Live Music: Dec 1-7

Posted by Pete DeMola on 30. Nov 2009


Hollerado: Canadian rock and roll act returns to China after a year of making friends and influencing people (they opened for Jack White's new swamp rock project, the Dead Weather, this past June in Toronto). Indefatigable New Wave act Candy Monster will support. Click here for the complete itinerary for their 14-city domestic trek.
, 8pm, 30 RMB

Los dos Hombres: Flamenco and Brazilian choro from expat musicians Nicholas Mege and Pierre Brahin.
Ginkgo, 9:30pm, free

Souled Out: American R&B act appears nightly at the high-end club with the exception of Sundays.
LAN, 8pm, free

Amon Amarth: Swedish melodic death metal outfit (pictured above in all of their bearded glory) are among one of the biggest names in the metal community, having released seven full-lengths and toured the world several times since their formation in 1988 as a grindcore band. They land in Beijing for the first time in support of their latest studio effort, the critically acclaimed Twilight of the Thunder God. As an aside, our resident Norwegians were quick to chime in that the Thunder God's name is name is Tor, and his horse's name is Sleipner before excitedly explaining the entire Norse creation myth -- which involves the licking of salted ice blocks, humans being sweated from the left armpit, hallucinogenic toadstools and other juicy tidbits -- to the WLIB office. Tickets for this event are going from 121-390 RMB, running the gamut from female entry to VIP treatment.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 121-390 RMB


My September, Rodent (啮齿先生), Mr. Corner (角乐队), 刺秦 and 程文龙 to take a stab at scene stardom.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

The Roof: Italian reggae outfit bring some summertime cheer to the capital city. Since they sprouted in Rome in 1999, they've worked with luminaries Adrian Sherwood, Asian Dub Foundation and Blur, among others.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


Vermillion Sands:
Italian quartet are veritable time travelers, emitting fuzzy, organ-fueled 1960s garage rock. Support comes from dirge trio the Offset: Spectacles. See feature for more info.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB

Girassol Bossa Nova Quartet: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the birth of the genre in Rio de Janeiro, Girassol performs a repertoire reflective of the classical guitar and piano-based tradition, with vocalist Kamila Nasr, Jimmy Biala on percussion, pianist Christophe Lier and Hu Hao on the double bass.)
Ginkgo, 9:30pm, free

Wang Wei: Local hard rock musician and band drops their new record.
MAO Live House, 7pm, 50/40 RMB (students)


Girls Are Waiting to Meet You:
Colorful and accident-prone Beijing-based indie rock act conjure up rich, earthy sounds akin to Murder by Death and the Rosebuds with their diverse (violin, flutes and sax, oh my!) instrumentation and poetic lyrics. Shortly after their eponymous debut record dropped earlier this summer, they faced a setback with the departure of co-founder Natan Doron and two other members. Bouncing back in their typical Teflon fashion, they appear tonight with a revamped and reinvigorated lineup.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Frosty-Eve: Local metal act have been pummeling the country since 2004 with their well-honed brand of melodic death metal. Ego Fall and Ghost Child will support.
13 Club, 10pm, 40 RMB

TRAX: Join DJ Jonas Rasch and friends for a night of classic house.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, 30 RMB (free before 11pm)

Richie Hawtin: UK-born artist is best known for his boundary-pushing brand of minimal tech. Recording under a slew of names, including Plastikman, F.U.S.E. and the Hard Brothers, he played an integral role in launching the second wave of Detroit techno, as well as composed a composition alongside Italian choreographer Enzo Cosimi for the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. ELVIS.T, Weng Weng and Mickey Zhang will support.
Club Tango, 10pm, 300/150 RMB (pre-sale)

Sasha: Welsh producer and gearhead tackles a variety of genres, from house to breakbeats. His most recent full-length, last year's Invol2ver, contains his remixes of 13 renowned artists, including Thom Yorke, Ladytron and M83.
Coco Banana, 9pm, 150 RMB (pre-sale via WLIB Ticket Delivery)

OLD WHAT BAR SHOWCASE: In this showcase featuring the best house bands from the Old What Bar, AOF, Audiobots Deploy, X-Doctor, 琴弦 and Defense of the Ancients (远古守卫) are scheduled to perform.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

DH & the Chinese Hellcats: Britpop acts Rolling Rolling and Alt Senior to support the local neo-swing outfit.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 60/50 RMB (students & pre-sale)

Papier Tigre: French trio recall American post hardcore outfits Fugazi and These Arms are Snakes with their choppy guitars and start-stop tempos. They're here in support of their second full-length The Beginning and End of Now, which dropped last year on Wangba Records. IDH and SUBS will support.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 60/50 RMB (students & pre-sale)


Wu & the Side Effects:
Trio lay down smoldering strips of bluesy rock and roll. Post hardcore sextet the Reason and gimmick-laden (LED-outfitted sunglasses, umbrella antics) New Wave quartet Candy Monster will support.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

3rd LOTUS MUSIC LIVE SERIES: Streets Kill Strange Animals, Face by Face, Heavensquare, Sertraline and Maiko (鸾舞伎) are on deck.
13 Club, 10pm, 40 RMB

CHEETAH NIGHT: Re-launch party for the Solana venue's cheetah lounge.
Bling, 9pm, 50 RMB (free if dressed in cheetah or animal print)

BEATS ROYALE: True hip hop courtesy of DJ Markie Royale and guests.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

Brain Failure: While the Chinese punk stalwarts have been steadily kicking out their brand of ska-influenced punk since emerging from the underground in 1997, their fourth effort, this spring's Downtown Production, showcased a more streamlined and mainstream outfit mellowing with age. For this gig, their first at the Wudaokou venue in a very long time, the evolution continues with an all-acoustic set. Rising street punk quartet Flyx and GBOB China winners Rustic, fresh from their first domestic tour and all of its lewd trappings, will support. (Ask Rustic bassist Rikki Sixx about the difference between a guitar and a bass for a good yarn.)
D-22, 10pm, 50/40 RMB (students)

ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY: Cozy Andingmen-area restaurant and bar turns one with Beijing-based performer Marie-Claude and band. Drink specials and prize giveaways will be on hand.
Ginkgo, 8pm, free

GOA PRODUCTIONS: Order pizza with a side of psychedelic trance and 5 RMB Tsingdaos at the first installation of the Beijing pizza institution's new event series. Highly recomended for Haidian residents desiring a breath of fresh air from the Propaganda/Lush/La Bamba circuit.
The Kro's Nest (Yiheyuan Lu), 10pm, 20 RMB

BEATLES TRIBUTE: Midnight Flight, Skyscraper, Life Journey, Careless, Dude and others to pay tribute to John Lennon, who was assassinated 29 years ago this week by a crazed fan in front of his apartment in New York City.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 60/50 RMB (pre-sale)

Fanzui Xiangfa: Concussion and Cold Case to support the only band in Beijing who lay down blistering attacks of old school hardcore punk in the vein of Black Flag, Bad Brains and Minor Threat.
Old What Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB

THE VERSE MEETS FUNK*FEVER: Old school funk big band crew the Verse meet music collective Funk*Fever for a night of old school soul, funk and rare grooves. Click the link below for more info.
Yugong Yishan, 9:30pm, 50 RMB


While the exact performers haven't been announced, we're anticipated something in the power rock vein.
13 Club, 8pm, 30 RMB

Bloody Woods: Celtic folk outfit winds down the weekend.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Nanwu: Joker, Akira, G.O.U.M., Mythomania and Finger Family join the traditional rock sextet for a solid night of uplifting rock, ranging from female-fronted cutie rock (Finger Family, Mythomania) to soaring symphonic rock (Joker).
MAO Live House, 8pm, 50/40 RMB (students)

Ryan Kisor, Willie Jones III & Xia Jia: Acclaimed American jazz musicians Ryan Kisor (Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra trumpeter) and Willie Jones III (a drummer who has worked alongside Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock) land in China to jam out on a blend of original compositions and standards with local pianist Xia Jia.
Yugong Yishan, 10pm, 50 RMB


While not live music, we still think this is cool. (And since it's Monday, what else is there to do?) Come out to meet other folks from the world's largest hospitality exchange network (read: crash for free on someone's couch while globetrotting). Free finger food will be available alongside 10 RMB Tsingdaos and vodka mixers until midnight.
Club Obiwan, 8pm, free

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