This Week in Live Music: Dec 8-14

Posted by Pete DeMola on 8. Des 2009


Fat City, Soviet Pop and the Offset: Spectacles to perform at this weekly platform for all things experimental.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Michael Dallin Trio: Soulful singer/songwriter performs original compositions.
Ginkgo, 8pm, free

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


Tribute concert to commemorate legendary Pantera/Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell, who was slain on stage by a madman during a performance in Columbus, Ohio this week in 2004. Tonight's lineup includes Ordnance, S.A.W., Narakam, Septic Permit, Dark Haze and K632.
13 Club, 9pm, 40 RMB

DJ Qbert: First of two sets by the one of the world's preeminent turntablists. Scroll down for more info.
Bling, 9pm, 50 RMB

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

JAZZ NIGHT: Gig #2 for American jazz cats Ryan Kisor and Willie Jones III performing alongside local pianist Xia Jia.
D-22, 9pm, 50/30 RMB (students)

Eastern Quartet: Organ-fueled jazz at the Italian restaurant.
Luce, 9:30pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

FOUR SEASONS: A night of sacchrine pop with singer/songwriter 一涵, the happy-go-lucky SNP 小生物乐团 and vocalist Kulu.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 40 RMB

Shan Ren: Popular quartet emit an uplifting blend of traditional rock, funk and folk. They appear tonight fresh from their recent Korean tour.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale)


Yes/No Break, Seeker, Mr. Rodent (啮齿先生) and Good Night (晚安) ply their wares to their collegiate classmates.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

James Brodie: Scotsman performs comedic original compositions derived from his years of residing in China.
Ginkgo, 9pm, free

ROCK V SERIES: Rolling Rolling, Overline, Summer Sunshine, Moka (摩卡) and Me Too are on deck.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 40 RMB

DUB REGGAE PARTY: Ethiopian DJ S-Press and counterpart Zaidon from Grenada bring laid back grooves to the Gongti powerhouse.
VICS, 9pm, free

DJ Qbert: Pioneering American turntablist spent the early-1990s racking up a slew of awards (including DMC World Champion in '92 with Mix Master Mike and Apollo, among others), scratching alongside his Invisibl Skratch Piklz crew and wowing the world with his unique technique. Since then, he's gone on to releasing countless records, developing the QFO, an all-in-one scratching instrument, and devising his own music annotation system for the turntables. Often cited as one of the world's most influential DJs, the 40-year-old shows no sign of slowing down.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 80/50 RMB (pre-sale)


RandomK(e), Lonely China Day, Ziyo, iLoop, JRG_ONE and modern rock quartet Arrows Made of Desire to perform at the local label's annual Christmas Party. Come for the baked goods and gluehwein, stay for the supergroup jam session with members from the above bands.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 50 RMB

NEON '90s: All you can drink liquor paired with hip hop and funk mash-ups. Dress code: everything 1990s, including FUBU and oversized parachute pants.
The Boat, 9pm, 100 RMB

RIDDIM: Resident DJ Mickey Dee and guests present a healthy dose of quality electronic music from drum n' bass to Afrobeat.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, 30 RMB (free before 11pm)

Nanwu: This young sextet not only possesses impeccable mastery over their instruments, but flawlessly bridges the space between ultra-traditional Chinese folk and mainstream rock and blues via their emotionally-rattling, powerful live performances that vary with each set. (Imagine a local crosstalk troupe jamming with the Decemberists.) Joker, Mr. Rotten, Mythomania, 鬼见愁 and breezy indie rock act Fruit Salad will also perform, making tonight one of the month's premier events in terms of powerful and uplifting rock and roll.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

The Discounts: Canadian outfit combine elements of hip hop, reggae and funk.
Ginkgo, 10:30pm, 20 RMB (free before 9:30pm)

Summer Sunshine: Dirty Seed, PKB and Black Fox to support the melodic punk band at this new Andingmen venue.
Hot Cat Club, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (pre-sale)

TAKE ME 2 THE MAX: Max P spins oldies, funk and party music at the Sanlitun venue's rooftop terrace, now sealed and heated for the winter.
Kokomo, 10pm, free

Voodoo Kungfu: The extremely visceral metal outfit pairs up with a traditional orchestra for this rare performance. Logic Out of Control will support
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60 RMB

LEARN TO FLY: A plethora of electronic styles, from drum n' bass to minimal tech, courtesy of Delacrew, iLoop, Kora, Onie and VJ Dora.S in 3.3's new basement venue.
Matata, 9pm, 30 RMB (pre-sale through WLIB Ticket Delivery)

The Gar: Fuzz rock trio headlines the tiny Forbidden City-area venue; Hedgehog side project B-Side Lover and the Lazy Camels will support. "2 Mothers," the brand-spanking new video from the Gar, can be viewed here.
Old What Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB

Karen Mok (莫文蔚): Cantopop singer, actress (she recently appeared as a Chongqing bar girl in Zhang Yibai's "Lost Indulgence") and animal rights activist brings her "Original Karen Mok Show" to the capital city.
Worker's Gymnasium, 7:30pm, 180-1600 RMB

Ashram: Italian trio create ambient soundscapes. While their second LP, Shining Silver Skies, dropped a lifetime ago in May 2006, their track "Fairy Wind" recently appeared in a World Wildlife Fund campaign aimed at China.
Yugong Yishan, 8pm, 200/100 RMB (limited pre-sale)


Highly-danceable acid jazz, funk, house and electro from a local multimedia collective.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 50/30 RMB (students)

Second Hand Rose: For those unfamiliar with these living legends, they've spent the past decade making waves in both China and abroad with their synthesis of traditional Chinese elements with straight-up rock and roll. The wacky antics of cross-dressing frontman Liang Long and frequent lineup changes are worth noting, as well. Their most recent EP, Love Child, was released this past summer.
13 Club, 9:30pm, 60/50 RMB (students)

DJ KRONIC: Australian DJ has supported some of the decade's most bankable artists during their jaunts to the Land Down Under, including 50 Cent, Beyonce and Akon.
Bling, 9pm, 50 RMB

FOREVER YOUNG: Resident DJs to spin the best pop and New Wave from 1980 to 1999, with free beer on tap from 10-11pm. Totally awesome.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

HOUSE NATION: DJ Amiga spins at this latest installment of the long-running party series.
Coco Banana, 10pm, 80 RMB

You Mei You: Skip Lunch, Chery Bomb and CZ Ramone play punk the way it was meant to be: sloppy, unhinged and offensive. Neo-grunge trio Pork will support alongside reggae act Skarving and street punk trio Cold Case.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

ARABIAN NIGHT PARTY: A celebration of Arabic culture, replete with cuisine from an Egyptian chef, a trio of belly dancers and "culture." Best costume walks away with a complementary bottle of champagne.
Ginkgo, 8pm, free

Re-TROS: This Nanjing-cum-Beijing trio recall Joy Division and the Pixies with their ominous, driving sound and intricate vocal interplay. As the year comes to a close, their sophomore release Watch Out! Climate Has Changed, Fat Mum Rises (Modern Sky) remains one of 2009's best releases. Drugged-out noise rock outfit Golden Driver will support. 
MAO Live House, 9pm, 80/60 RMB (pre-sale)

Twisted Machine: Nu metal quintet drops their new record. Screamo outfit Raving Radio and hip hop collective In 3 will support.
Star Live, 9pm, 120/80/60 RMB (VIP/door/pre-sale)

Abigail Washburn: She's a banjo-strumming humanitarian who sings in Mandarin, blending the rich sonic legacy of America's Appalachia region with traditional Chinese instrumentation. What's not to love? Returning for the seventh time since 2004, the internationally-acclaimed songstress arrives with multi-instrumentalist Kai Welch and a gaggle of guest musicians in tow. Her most recent release, the benefit record Afterquake, (with Dave Liang) melds folk and electronic elements with samples from post-earthquake Sichuan, resulting in a cathartic piece of work that isn't easily forgotten.
Yugong Yishan, 8pm, 70/50 RMB (pre-sale)


Guitarist Liu Kun set to wind down your weekend.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Shan Ren: Gig #2 of the week for the Mountain Men. Ma Tiao and Chuan Zi, a man whose dog accompanies him on vocals, will also perform. If you haven't seen their version of the Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" yet, do so tonight, for it is truly a spectacle to behold.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale)


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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