This Week in Live Music: Jan 5-11

Posted by Pete DeMola on 5. Jan 2010


Lu Xinyu, Xiu Di, Power Quality Wood (German experimental artist Olaf Hochherz) and others to jam in this weekly session designed to facilitate experimentation amongst the city's music community.
D-22, 8pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

DJ Jiong Jiong and special guests are on deck.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free


PINTS, POETRY AND PIRATES: Kickoff session for the capital's first weekly spoken word open mic night. "Ye be summoned/to an open mic/At yonder Bookworm/Wednesday night," reads the press release. Tribute bands unwelcome while talk of dangerous thoughts and sinister and salacious plots is encouraged.
The Bookworm, 8:45pm, free

Peng Tan: Release party for the local singer/songwriter's new effort, Easy. Entry comes with a limited edition print of the LP and a T-shirt.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 100/80 RMB (pre-sale)

YELLOW: Ben Huang and friends issue downtempo grooves speckled with minimal tech.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free


Dirty Seed, Empire of Golden Egg and Gray, all upstarts in the city's live music circuit, are scheduled to perform.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

STAND UP STRAIGHT, DON'T HIT THE GROUND: The Lazy Camels, Steely Heart, Hard Candy and the highly-derivative me灌me, who snatch the most distinctive elements from luminaries P.K. 14, Carsick Cars and Joyside and regurgitate them back in a highly-polished, inoffensive and manufactured manner, will perform.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50/40 RMB (students & pre-sale)

LADIES NIGHT: Chicks get buy one, get one drinks. Cute boys promised alongside tech-house, disco and house.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free

Great Lakes Swimmers: Toronto outfit are known as much for their odd recording locations (grain silos, castles) as they are for their ethereal folk soundscapes. Their most recent release, last year's Lost Channels, was a shortlist nominee for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize, an merit-based award given to the best full-length Canadian album regardless of genre or sales. Support TBD.
Yugong Yishan, 8pm, 150/100 RMB (pre-sale)


SUBJAM SERIES: Beijing-based musicians Guo Lidai, Yan Jun, Wu Na and Li Zenghui jam with special guests Justin Sebastian and experimental electronic artist Olaf Hochherz.
2 Kolegas, 9pm, 50 RMB

Spring & Autumn: Locally renowned thrash metal quartet goes unplugged for this special acoustic set.
13 Club, 9:45pm, 40 RMB

RIDDIM: UK funky and funkstep from Mickey Dee, with DJ Slide offering Afrobeat from 10pm onwards.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, 30 RMB (includes one free beer)

The Unsafe: Metal-infused punks return after spending much of last year laying dormant on the live front, shifting around members and brushing up on their Metallica covers. They appear tonight with a new guitarist in tow: Edo, he of Pet Conspiracy notoriety. Local street punk acts Cold Case, Trash Cat and Shochu Legion will support.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

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. (Image local crosstalk troupe jamming with the Decemberists.)
Jianghu Jiuba, 9:30pm, 30 RMB

Buyi: Quartet, now in their second decade, emit a warm blend of modern rock, reggae, folk and traditional Ningxia instrumentation.
Jiangjinjiu, 9pm, 30 RMB

LAUNCH PARTY: Local label Acupuncture Records enters the club scene with this new self-described "multimedia arts and culture center" located in the basement of Sanlitun's 3.3. Open seven days/week, we're promised techno and house-heavy sets on Friday and Saturday and a range of electronic styles from Thursday to Sunday, including instrumental hip hop, electro, chillout and more. We're particularly excited about the DJ and VJ workshops and open decks session for turntable neophytes.
Lantern, 9pm, free

New Perfume: Old school quartet crank out radio-friendly pop rock: Lei & 11, singer/songwriter Yu Yang and others are scheduled to support.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50 RMB

Yufeimen: Poppy electronica outfit drop their new record.
Star Live, 8:30pm, 160/100/80 RMB (VIP/door/pre-sale)

La Loupe: Young American duo bring their earthy folk songs, sung in Mandarin, to this tiny venue nearby the Forbidden City. "We're very excited to be playing for an audience who hopefully will be able to understand our lyrics," said guitarist/vocalist Maia Bernstein in an interview with the Oberlin Review last fall. "We're looking forward to what Chinese people think about our music, since Chinese bands were a huge motivating factor and inspiration for the formation of La Loupe." Li Xin and 悠然 will support.
What Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB

ACID PONY: Electro, breakbeat and techno from Shanghai-based artist Laura Ingalls. Donald Summer and Jiong Jiong will support.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free

SING FOR CHINA: Last September, three of the biggest names in the Chinese rock world -- Casino Demon, Queen Sea Big Shark and Hedgehog -- went on an unprecedented three week, 20-date trek across the United States as part of the Sing for China tour, an effort undertaken by this country's music community to raise awareness for children orphaned by AIDS here in the Middle Kingdom. The three reunite tonight (with the excellent new Hedgehog side project, hook-filled sonic juggernaut B-Side Lovers, standing in for the trio) in this excellent showcase. (B-Side Lovers are pictured above.)
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 60 RMB


Black Cat Bone: Expat blues quintet are one of Beijing's top practitioners of the genre, with gigs often descending into booze-soaked dance sessions stretching into the wee hours of the morning.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 50 RMB

Radio Active: Rock and roll (we think).
13 Club, 9pm, 40 RMB

BEATS ROYALE V. MEI WENTI: Hip hop and reggae dancehall crews face off for dance floor supremacy.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, 30 RMB (includes ones free beer)

Golden Driver: Headline quartet emit droning, drugged-out riffs in 4/4 time with fleeting elements of noise rock. Pork, IDH and Me Too are also on the bill, cranking out grunge, one man post-punk and noise rock, respectively.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

LAUNCH WEEKEND: Party rages on at the opening weekend for the brand spanking new Acupuncture-run club.
Lantern, 9pm, free

Ensiferum: Self-proclaimed Finnish "heroic folk metal" act have been emitting their Viking-friendly brand of metal since their formation in 1995. They're here in support of their fourth LP, From Afar, released last fall on Spinefarm Records.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 400/150/120 RMB (VIP/door/pre-sale)

DON ROGELIO TURNS 84: Have you ever come across an old foreign dude in the process of igniting Sanlitun dance floors with a series of smoldering moves? Of course you have: the perennial night fixture is hard to miss with his diminutive stature and megawatt grin. But what you may not know is that the silver surfer goes by the suave name of Don Rogelio and this elder statesmen of the Latin party scene is celebrating his 84th birthday this weekend. All are invited to his birthday blast. Click the link below for more info.
Salsa Caribe, 8pm, free

Pacalolo: Beijing-based quartet wrap up elements of grunge, synthpop and indie pop into an indelible package. Electronic duo Planet Map, promising in their own right, will support, as will fusion act the Amazing Insurance Salesmen.
What Bar, 9pm, 30 RMB

WHITE RABBIT SATURDAY NIGHT: Seasoned vets Yang Bing, Ben Huang and Eddie Lv are in the house.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free

TRIUMPH! THE YEAR OF THE OX: A night of metal and blues with Multi-Ego, Evening News, Iron Buddha and Army of Jade Kirin, who sound like the reanimated corpse of defunct industrial metal act White Zombie.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


Zhang Hongyan: Spend a cold Sunday afternoon with the acclaimed pipa virtuoso.
The Bookworm, 7:30pm, 30 RMB

MEI WENTI REGGAE SUNDAY: Local crew returns to the lakeside venue to wind down the weekend with laidback reggae.
Club Obiwan, 4pm, free

Buyi: Quartet are still going strong after more than a decade of showcasing their contemporary rock and roll flecked with traditional Ningxia elements to audiences across the country.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

RECORD RELEASE PARTY: Folk/indie pop hybrid Smartkin drop their debut LP, Hello Smartkin. Today, Zuo Bin (and band) and DISH will support.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale)

Powell Young: With a technique that incorporates fusion and heavy metal with traditional Chinese instrumentation, this native guitar hero has been compared to legendary axe-slingers Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Paul Gilbert.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 60 RMB

Photo: B-Side Lovers perform at D-22 on Thurs, Dec 31. Courtesy of Matthew Neiderhauser, the man behind the new book Sound Kapital, a photographic look at Beijing's underground music scene. Visit the official website for more information, including excerpts, reviews, interviews and how you can get the 176-page hardcover book (and compilation CD) delivered directly to your door.

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