This Week in Live Music: Jan 19-26

Posted by Pete DeMola on 19. Jan 2010


Sister Orient to perform alongside experimental violinist and installation artist Jonathan Chen.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

GAY NIGHT: "Confess your sins," we're told, "or make new ones" at this LGBT-friendly weekly event, which was known as Gay Church until this morning before the club decided to change it. Buy one, get one drinks until 11pm; house and funk soundtrack.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free


Brooding acoustic folk from singer-songwriters Zhang Qing, Zhu Guangyu and 金刚柱子.
13 Club, 9pm, 30 RMB

PINTS, POETRY AND PIRATES: Beijing's only spoken word open mic night. Tribute bands unwelcome while the sharing of dangerous thoughts and sinister and salacious plots is encouraged.
The Bookworm, 8:45pm, free

Terry Hsieh Collective: American jazz sextet formed after meeting at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where they studied under the tutelage of such luminaries as Marcus Belgrave, Robin Eubanks and Gary Bartz. Tonight's show caps off a month spent performing at the entirety of Beijing's live music venues, from the East Shore Jazz Cafe to Luce. Afrokoko Roots, the Beijing-based world music collective, will support.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

ACOUSTIC FOLK: Li Mo, My September, Leizi Quantou and other pop rock acts go unplugged.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 40 RMB

Combo: Chinese-Swedish jazz quartet perform a mix of standards and originals.
Purple Haze Bistro, 8pm, free

YELLOW: Electro, downbeat and trace elements of minimal tech and funk from Ben Huang and friends.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free


A4 Destroyer:
Experimental side project of Birdstriking's He Fan is on deck alongside Cardiac Murmur and Sister Oriented.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Miax Jazz Trio:
Acoustic gypsy jazz from a suave-looking foreign trio.
Enoteca, 8pm, free

Zhao Zhao: Folk rock singer-songwriter performs at the Jiaodaokou venue.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm, price unspecified

WASABI SOUND, VOL. 1: DJs Eric Lee, Sean and Shen Yue are on deck.
Lantern, 9pm, 30 RMB

OLD ROCK NIGHT: Bluesy rock and roll brought to you by Mama Funker, Mi Zang and the Hoochie Coochie Gentlemen, who have one of the spiffiest band names in Beijing.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 40 RMB

MAKE UP! LADIES NIGHT: Buy one, get one drinks for ladies all night. Includes disco (DJs Merci and Maxime) and cute boys, according to the promoters.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free


Jess Meider:
American singer/songwriter (and yoga instructor) has been living in Beijing for much of the past decade, performing and recording in a diverse number of different projects, ranging from electronica to jazz to solo guitar work.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40 RMB

GOTH & FETISH NIGHT: Free shooters for those dressed like a reanimated corpse all night, with free "selected cocktails" for girls until 11pm. Music: 1980s goth.
Alfa, 9pm, free

RIDDIM: DJ Mickey Dee and buddies bring you "electronic music like it should be," with live vocals, percussion and beats times three. Genres: UK funky and funkstep. More info below.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, 30 RMB (after 11pm)

Skarving: Reggae crew headlines with support from garage rockers Rubber Phonographic Needle, post punk trio Old Fashion and the derivative-yet-competent me灌me.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Zhang Si'an: Alter ego of one Jean-Sebastian Hery, the French singer-songwriter who sings in Mandarin and also performs with the Amazing Insurance Salesman, the Incredible JSB! and the Maix Jazz Band.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm

UDANCE "BLACK TRAIN" BEIJING SESSION: Electro dance brought you by China's first 24-hour online radio station. Shanghai's Dave K and DJ Mia are on board.
Lantern, 10pm, free (includes free mix CDs)

Dead Wasps: Rising Manchester dance duo bring their electro pop to Beijing as part of their Asian tour. Ladies (and probably those with man boobs) are advised by the band to "dance til your tits hurt."
MAO Live House, 9pm, 70 RMB (includes free CD)

HOT POT #23: Sizzling old school hip hop, electro and fresh club anthems from DJ Wordy and NYC's Lomang.
PUNK, 10pm, price unspecified

Bemused: Who knew Beijing had its own Muse tribute band?
Tiny Salt Coffee Club, 9pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Dirty Seed: While banging out shows just about every weekend, we still haven't seen these guys live: drop us a line if you're in the loop. Gray, of whom also we know nothing, will also perform. Hell, maybe we'll just go and see for ourselves.
What Bar, 9pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

DJs Yang Bing, Zhi Qi and Jiong Jiong are on deck at the relaunched Sanlitun hotspot.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free

COMMUNITY HEART MUSIC NIGHT: Relief gig for children with congenital heart disease. Click the link below for more info.
Yugong Yishan, 7:30pm, 50 RMB (suggested donation)


Local quintet, who have re-branded themselves as Free the Birds, is one of Beijing's most progressive and dynamic, moving from rock and roll to pop to slick synthrock in the span of a few short years. Tonight's gig, the last at this venue until March, will be rounded out by lacerating blues trio Wu & the Side Effects, the Amazing Insurance Salesmen and Qingdao white boy frat rock act the Dama Llamas.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40 RMB

Peppercats: Cutie rock, straight from Taiwan. Finger Family, Mythomania and Shichahai will support.
13 Club, 10pm, 50 RMB

BEATS ROYALE V. THE REBEL ALLIANCE: Hip hop dude Markie Royale faces stiff sonic competition from sonic invaders Martin Star, Bite*Size Buddha, Perman, Slide, Suiki and live drummer Sammy Slazenger, collectively known as the Funk Fever crew.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, 30 RMB (includes one free beer)

ZOOMIN' NIGHT: In this all-star weekend edition of the weekly experimental music series, some of the capital's most invigorating musicians -- including Guai Li, Birdstriking, Josh Frank (Hot & Cold) and Lu Xinpei -- are scheduled to perform. Expect a night of visceral rock and roll with abstract undertones.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

The Discounts: Live reggae, hip hop funk and dancehall from a visiting Canadian and his local band.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm

X.L.F. PRE-RELEASE PARTY: Acupuncture crew member readies his first EP, Cut Off, for release.
Lantern, 9pm, free

A FUNKY NEW YEAR: Nanwu, G-ELEVEN and expat band Boy #6 to kickstart the holiday season.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60/50 RMB (pre-sale & students)

BATTLE OF THE (STUDENT) BANDS: We never thought that the Gongti clubbing institution would open its doors to rock and roll, but stranger things have happened. Five amateur bands from Beijing's international schools will compete tonight to win tickets for the Killers gig on Tuesday at Workers' Gymnasium. Sponsored by the Global Student Association in Beijing, some of the proceeds will be donated to a still-unspecified charity.
VICS, 6pm, 60/50 RMB (pre-sale)

WARMTH BENEFIT CONCERT: Details are scant, but Fanny and experimental artist Yuan Jing are scheduled to perform.
What Bar, 9pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

DJs Ouyang and Jiong Jiong are in the house.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free

Super Junior: Popular thirteen-piece South Korea boy band to melt hearts and soak undergarments with their saccharine brand of boy pop.
Wukesong Arena, 7:30pm, 1280 RMB

Brain Failure: Seminal local punks have mellowed with age, with their latest release, last year's Welcome to Downtown, showcasing a watered-down blend of punk, ska and hard rock. Old school rock dudes the Face, hip hop crew CMCB and Steely Heart, a quintet of local nice guys who emit a catchy blend of equal parts post punk, garage rock and Britpop, will support.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 80/50 RMB (pre-sale)


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

FOLK NIGHT: Singer-songwriter Gang Zi is on deck.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Wu Kejia: Wu & the Side Effects guitarist flies solo in this set of traditional Northwest folk songs.
Jianghu Bar, 10pm, price unspecified

Saosin: Radio-friendly American post-hardcore act lands in Beijing in support of their second full-length, In Search of Solid Ground, released last September on Virgin Records. Support comes from Saving Molly and Alt Senior. (Interesting factoid of the day: their name is a perversion of 小心.)
MAO Live House, 8pm, 480/240/180 RMB (VIP/door/pre-sale)

Chen Lei & Friends: A night of pop rock. Joining the titular performers are Channel 9, Canned Oxygen, Yao Lin and others.
Star Live, 8pm, 25 RMB


Fat City, Self Sound Orchestra and Wry Street are on deck.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

GAY NIGHT: Buy one, get one drinks until 11pm; house and funk soundtrack.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free

The Killers: American quartet blew into the public sphere in the early 2000s as part of the post-punk revival movement sweeping the mainstream music scene. Shortly after captivating critics and fans alike with their single "Mr. Brightside" in Aug 2003, they released their debut LP Hot Fuss, a danceable blend of post-punk and glam rock that in addition to sitting on the Billboard 200 chart for 50 consecutive weeks, was nominated for five Grammy Awards and went on to sell over seven million units worldwide. Six years, three albums, and 17 awards later -- including taking Best Indie/Alternative Band of the Year at the 2008 NME Awards USA - they remain one of top draws in the global rock scene, consistently topping both opinion polls and "Best Of" lists with their ever-evolving sound and unpredictable antics. Their last record, the live album/DVD combo Live from the Royal Albert Hall, was released in Nov 2009 to mostly-positive reviews. This Beijing gig is among their last before the foursome takes an extended break next month, so be sure to purchase your tickets for what may be your last change to see these guys in a very long time.
Workers' Gymnasium, 8pm, 380-1280 RMB

The Killers gig has been cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances." For more information, visit the event page.

Photo: The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers determinedly clenches his fist. Courtesy of

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