This Week in Live Music: Dec 15-21

Posted by Pete DeMola on 15. Des 2009


Self Sound Orchestra and String Theory take the stage at this weekly experimental jam session designed to push sonic boundaries.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

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


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: Collegiate bands Yes/No Break, Neon, 有机炮弹, 刺秦 and 卓辫儿贝勒 to take a shot at scene stardom.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

Sound Fragment: Quartet has been pumping out moody indie rock a la Muse and Radiohead since the early Aughts. Their last effort, To Shed the Light on More Vast Places, was released in Sept 2008 on Modern Sky Records. First 100 to reserve tickets online to receive a limited edition LP.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 60/50 RMB (limited pre-sale)

IDENTIDAD LATINA: Cuban dance, beats and live music courtesy of F4 at the Gongti hotspot.
VICS, 9pm

Ben Huang: Local DJ spins alongside Huang Weiwei and Donald Summer at the new and improved White Rabbit. Click the link below for more info on this week's schedule.
White Rabbit, 7pm, free

Li Daiguo: In case you missed him the last time he came around in June, this Chengdu-based multi-instrumentalist comes off as a dynamo: his mastery ranges from the entire spectrum of Western string instruments to the traditional Chinese er hu and pi pa, to tinkering with world music. Moving to China in 2004 after a stint at San Diego State University, he shifted his focus to solo improv and composition, where he often performs his work (think Charles Mingus jamming with a Beijing opera troupe) in collaboration with a variety of visual artists, including jugglers, actors, clowns, strippers-even random strangers. No word yet as to if he'll bring the aforementioned assemblage to Beijing for this performance, but it may be worth a shot to check out regardless.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB


Local eco-collective Greening the Beige kicks off their fundraising efforts for 2010 with a raffle (includes prizes from the Bookworm, Green T. House, Dim Sum of All Things Asian and others), free drinks for ladies and presumably, lots of talk on the United Nations Climate Change Conference currently underway in Copenhagen.
Bar Blu, 8pm, free (first 30 to buy a raffle ticket take home an Acupuncture Records LP)

FILM SCREENING: Journalist-slash-filmmaker Kevin Mcgue, an American who has lived in Japan for most of the past decade, captured Japan's live house music culture in his feature-length documentary "Live House." It'll be screened tonight alongside performances by Pacalolo, me灌me and street punk newcomers Trash Cat. See feature for more info.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

BILL EVANS TRIBUTE: Pianist Pierre Pradat and bassist Jorg Tannenburg pay homage to the legendary American jazz pianist.
Ginkgo, 9:30pm, free

NORMAL UNIVERSITY ROCK NIGHT: Double Harvestmen, Fruit Salad, Mr. Rodent and jazz act Good Night are on deck.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 40 RMB

Craze: Miami-based turntablist returns to Beijing after an acclaimed set earlier this summer.
PUNK, 9pm, free


Wu & the Side Effects, Nucleus and Buyi pay homage to their roots with blues, grunge and contemporary rock with traditional elements, respectively.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, free

FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY: Veritable live music institution 13 Club celebrates the half decade mark with a mixed bag of artists, ranging from the versatile (Magic Mama, Chinatown) to the banal (Nakoma, Surprise). Up Down and Army of Jade Kirin, who are suspected of being White Zombie clones, will also perform.
13 Club, 9pm, 40 RMB

CHARITY BALL: Russian den of iniquity seeks to help wayward kids, both domestic and foreign, via the collection of unwanted clothes and toys. Call 13717888828 for more information.
Chocolate, 9pm

GOA PRODUCTIONS: Psychedelic trance courtesy of the city's only Psytrance party crew: DJs Michael, Gotama, Microgram and Pete.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, 30 RMB (free before 11pm)

今日立秋: Local quartet play lacerating garage rock dressed in hospital scrubs. Newcomers Summer Sunshine, ILTB, China Fire and 跳猴 are also on deck.
D-22, 10pm, 50/40 RMB (students)

Pancho & Sal: Trilingual Argentinian-Canadian duo are said to perform uplifting anthems representing the best of Spanish culture, music and language.
Gingko, 9:30pm, 20 RMB

PUNK CARNIVAL: Misandao, the Unsafe, Hell City, Discord, Demerit, Shochu Legion (烧酒军团), Gum Bleed and Early Bus to perform at this month's premier punk show.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 50 RMB

New Pants: Enduring local trio have been cranking out disco-fueled punk paired with quirky stop-motion videos and futurist fantasies for over a decade. Tonight's gig marks the release of their sixth effort, the greatest hits/remix package Go East (Modern Sky). Sulumi, Dead J and Me:Mo will support.
Star Live, 9pm, 300/160/100/80 RMB (pair/VIP/door/pre-sale)

My Little Airport: Hong Kong duo (pictured above) have been emitting joyous twee pop awash in tongue-in-cheek lyrics and warm, Casio-laden melodies since their formation in 2001. Beloved by both critics and fans alike, their fourth LP, Poetics: Something Between Montparnasse and Mongkok, dropped last month.
Yugong Yishan, 8pm, 180 RMB


Fire Balloon:
Garage rock revivalists headline, with support from Rolling Rolling, the Lazy Camels and noise rock outfit Me Too.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

JAPANESE STUDENT CHRISTMAS PARTY: Details are scarce, but if the Wudaokou live house's Halloween party for their neighbors to the east was any indication, expect drink specials and performances from six abrasive house bands.
13 Club, 7pm, 40 RMB

BEATS ROYALE: DJ Markie Royale and guests take you back to a time when the hip hop genre wasn't a blinged-out showcase of willfully-ignorant ghetto thugs pushing misogyny disguised as an art form. Expect old school, breaks and the latest in pure hip hop.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

ZOOMIN' NIGHT: Secret Lover's Project (Hong Kong), Fat City, Wanderlust, Mr. Rotten and 昼夜售冰 are scheduled to perform at this weekly experimental platform.
D-22, 10pm, 50/40 RMB (students)

Perdel: Homecoming gig to celebrate the melodic rock act's first nationwide tour. Support TBD.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 60/50 RMB (students)

Pacalolo: SSS and Qing Jiang support the synthpop quartet at their favorite place to play in the capital city.
Old What Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB

VICS UNIVERSITY: Launch night for the venue's new student-oriented party series. For a list of "rules and regulations," click the link below. Make sure to bring your student ID to obtain a VU Student Card.
VICS, 10pm, 50 RMB

Immaculate Machine: Canadian (Victoria) quintet conjure up imagery of sweaters with Reindeer patterns, box socials in the town square and roaring fires with their brand of indie folk. Their fourth effort, High on Jackson Hill, was released this past spring to mixed reviews. Tonight's performance marks the end date of their 13-date domestic tour. Support comes from local act Smartkin, who emit a languid blend of indie rock, folk and pop.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


Eight student bands from nearby Beihang University trade their rocket ship blueprints for guitars at this holiday gig.
13 Club, 7pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

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

HATEFUL DESPAIR: Black metal courtesy of Jiangxi-based record label PEST Productions. Performers, all of whom are out-of-towners, include Chaostic Aeon, Skeletal Augury, Vergissmeinnicht, Dark Fount and the Illusion of Dawn.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 50 RMB (includes free DVD for first 50)


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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