This Week in Live Music: Feb 2-8

Posted by Pete DeMola on 2. Feb 2010


ZOOMIN' NIGHT: Prolific lo-fi garage rock trio the Offset: Spectacles and Hot & Cold's Josh Frank to perform at the weekly night of sonic cross-pollination.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

THE EAST IS PINK: At this third reboot of the venue's gay night, expect 2-for-1 cocktails until midnight with beats by resident DJ Jiong Jiong and special guests. Five RMB tapas all night.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free


CRAZY LADIES NIGHT: Women get buy one, get one free drinks all night at the seamen-filled floating fun palace. The rest of should be happy with the 2 for 20 RMB Tsingdaos and 2 for 30 RMB mixers. Music: R&B, mash-up, indie pop and electro.
The Boat, 9pm, free

FLASHDANCE '80s PARTY: A night for geezers to relive their neon-hued memories while the rest of us wonder what all of the fuss was about. Free cocktails for ladies until midnight.
Lantern, 9pm, free

Pierre Brahin Trio: French-Chinese jazz threesome (guitar, bass and percussion) perform a blend of originals and standards.
Purple Haze Bistro, 8pm, free

The Discounts: Live reggae, hip hop funk and dancehall from visiting Canadian Neil Conway and his band of locals.
Salud, 8pm, free

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

HOPE FOR HAITI: Joining the Funk*Fever folks at this benefit concert are fellow dancefloor destroyers the Meiwenti Sound Project (reggae, dub and dancehall), the Verse (big band funk, pictured above), the Syndicate's Blackie and Slide (drum and bass), the 15-piece multinational Afrobeat crew Afrokoko Roots and the Skarving Orchestra. See feature for more info.
Yugong Yishan, 7:30pm, 50 RMB


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. American musical polymath Jen Shyu (she has dabbled in everything from Taiwanese aboriginal folk music to Afro-Cuban) will support.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

HAITI RISE CAMPAIGN FINALE: Wrap-up event for the ongoing Haiti fundraising drive geared towards the city's foodies, who have raised 201,000 RMB thus far for the non-profit health organization Partners in Health. Tonight's party at the American-style Japanese restaurant (Sanlitun location) includes a silent auction and "lots of beautiful people." Goal: Hit a total of 250,000 RMB. Click below for more info.
Hatsune, 9:30pm, 100 RMB (includes one free drink)

DUBNIUM: Tech-house and minimal from Kairo with guest DJ Kimurahh bringing dark dubstep.
Lantern, 9pm, free

HAITIAN BENEFIT: This one's for the kids. Unspecified bands and entertainers (with "beer contests" scheduled between sets), an "all-girl go-go band" and prize giveaways. All door proceeds and 10% of the bar take to go towards an unspecified charity to "buy supplies for kids in Haiti." Click below for more info.
Mako, 7pm, 500/250/100 RMB (group VIP/general VIP/door)

LET'S BITE THE SPRING: House bands issue a feelgood blend of upbeat and highly-caffeinated rock and roll: they include Yuyu's Mars Party, the Da Ya Band, Nancheng Erge, Ciqin, me灌me and one of our favorites, Mythomania, an invigorating quartet who deftly maneuver between moody ballads with thrash metal riffs to soaring pop with cloyingly-sweet female vocals.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 60/40 RMB (pre-sale)

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

Bad Apples: Quartet combine nationalities (American, Chinese) and genres (hard rock, reggae, folk) to form the typical soundtrack to your imbibing experience: loud, swaggering and ripe for tonedeaf singalongs. Mama Funker will support.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB


Evilthorn, Dark Haze, Disjection, White (not to be confused with the experimental duo signed to Maybe Mars Records) and melodic death metal heavyweights Frosty-Eve are on deck.
13 Club, 9pm, 40 RMB

Bed Stars: Booze-fueled rock and roll amateurs headline with support from rock and roll dudes Empire of Golden Egg and me 灌me, the derivative upstarts who take the most winsome sonic elements of their local influences -- like P.K. 14's brooding breakdowns and Joyside's throbbing choruses -- and regurgitate them into an watered-down, yet highly-telegenic, package. They're the embodiment of everything awful about any music scene: the haughty children of wealth and privilege seeking to capitalize on whatever happens to be turning heads at the moment.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

A-Inc: Japanese turntablist, the third artist from the archipelago to the East to see a release through Acupuncture Records, hits the decks.
Lantern, 10pm, 50 RMB (after midnight)

IMPATIENT! IMPATIENT! IMPATIENT! Misandao, Early Bus, Trash Cat, Hell City and Gum Bleed are the country's most abrasive bands. Aside from ska act Early Bus, all emit blistering punk ranging from Oi! (Misandao) straight-up street punk (Trash Cat).
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50 RMB

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.
Obiwan, 10pm, 30 RMB (includes one free beer)

My September, Mr. Rodent, Ciqin and 扭机炮弹 are slated to perform at one of the city's most unique live music venues.
Old What Bar, 9pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

The Discounts: Round two.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


SMALL SPRING FESTIVAL EVENING PARTY: Surprise (emo), Discord (punk), Final Message (post-hardcore), Last Chance of Youth (metalcore), Being and Nothingness and thrash metal mainstays Ordnance are on deck at the final show at this Wudaokou venue until Sun, Feb 14.
13 Club, 9pm, 50 RMB

The Unsafe: Thrash quartet channel elements of thrash and hardcore punk into concentrated thunderbolts of fury. Street punks Discord, Trash Cat and Cold Case will support.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Mr. Freeman: Young local upstarts describe themselves as playing a bilingual blend of pop, punk, fusion and folk.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm, 40/30 RMB (pre-sale)

Ouyang and Marek: House, techno, breaks and minimal tech.
Lantern, 10pm, free

BOB MARLEY TRIBUTE: Pay homage to the late reggae godfather on what would have been his 65th birthday with hip hop dudes in3, pop punks Dude and Larry's Pizza and modern rock trio Moka.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60/50 RMB

MAYBE MARS AT OBIWAN: Rockabilly outfit the Molds and Ourself Beside Me, a trio who graft a polarizing stage presence to the most distortion-soaked groove rock this side of the Pacific, will perform at this new event series. While plugging in tonight, future events are scheduled to be acoustic and unplugged. The Beijing Calling crew, spinning the best from the rock and roll canon, will follow. See feature for more info.
Obiwan, 9pm, 40 RMB (includes one free beer)

The Amazing Insurance Salesman: Experimental rock and roll act headlines with support from singer-songwriters Shi Xiaofei and Li Wenxin.
Old What Bar, 9pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

BOB MARLEY DAY: Local reggae outfit the Propellers, Mitabe, the Meiwenti crew and other buddies are on deck at this tribute gig organized by local party crew Ultimate Productions.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


FOLK NIGHT: Xiao Chu and Sha Cong are scheduled to take the stage at the last gig at the venue until Thurs, Feb 18.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

FIRST SESSION OF MULTINATIONAL ROCK SUMMIT G5: Absolution, Disjection, Operation Bojinka, Dark Haze and Toy Head will perform.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50 RMB

Image: The Verse, courtesy of the Hope for Haiti organizers.

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