This Week in Live Music: Mar 23-29

Posted by Pete DeMola on 23. Mar 2010


ZOOMIN' NIGHT: Wanderlust, Ice Seller and Lu Xinpei are on deck at the weekly event designed to facilitate experimentation and cross-pollination amongst the city's music community.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Pierre Pradat Trio: Tonight's performance by the Beijing-based trio features compositions penned by Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.
Le ZaZou, 9:30pm, free

THE EAST IS PINK: Two-for-one cocktails until midnight with beats by resident DJ Jiong Jiong and special guests at the Sanlitun venue's weekly gay night. Five RMB tapas all night.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free


Student bands from the nearby university ply their sonic wares to their classmates.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

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

Assassin: German thrash metal outfit rips up Beijing on their way back through from a Japanese tour. You may recognize vocalist Robert Gonella from the now-defunct Raging Mob, which was one of Beijing's premier thrash metal acts. Support comes from Shanxi thrash act Ancestor and Ting Xingjian.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 120/80 RMB (pre-sale)

Mademoiselle: International trio cranks out gypsy jazz in three languages: French, English and Chinese.
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

Hanggai: Well-known Beijing-based sextet combine elements of traditional Mongolian instrumentation with roll and roll.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


PUNK GIG: Four street punk bands -- Cold Case, Hell City, Trash Cat and Concussion -- are on deck.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (student)

Vasko Atanasovski: Slovenian multi-instrumentalist wears many hats: choreographer, puppet master, chamber music composer... the list goes on. He appears tonight as a jazz saxophonist with a trio of local musicians as accompaniment.
Jianghu Bar, 9pm, 30 RMB

RESTLESS ARIES: Garage rock act Face by Face, post-punks Old Fashioned and uproarious rock and roll trio Rustic, whose large bag of tricks contain everything from flirting with drunk floozies in the audience to alcohol-fueled acrobatics, perform at this gig celebrating the first sign of the Zodiac: the mighty ram.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale & birthday kids)

UNDERGROUND DISCO PROJECT: Nightlife elders work with amateur producers in this weekly session of revolving talent. Expect a mash-up of highly-danceable genres and drink specials for the ladies.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free


Bad Mamasan: Expat act carves out thick slabs of classic heavy metal in the vein of Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden. For more on what to expect at this gig, the first for the trio in quite some time, an interview with frontman Jamie Welton by local lifestyle blogger BeijingDaze can be found here.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 50 RMB

NINTH METAL MUSIC FESTIVAL: No explanation necessary. Tonight's bands include Frosty Eve, Spring & Autumn, the Face, Hell Savior, 天行健, Dark Haze, Lacerate and Disjection.
13 Club, 8pm, 100/80/60 RMB (door/one-night pre-sale/two-night pre-sale)

BOAT TO ZION: Meiwenti Soundsystems provides the grooves at this reggae party; free Mohitos and punch for women until 1am.
The Boat, 9pm, 30 RMB (free for ladies)

Lazy Camels: Local kids crank out filthy, highly-combustible garage rock; support comes from drone rock outfit Golden Driver and newcomers Bed Stars.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Pierre Brahin Trio: Jazz threesome stirs together elements of funk, Bossa Nova and jazz into an easily-digestible listening experience.
Jianghu Bar, 9pm, 40 RMB

The Mushrooms: While extremely popular and prolific in their native Shanghai as a result of their rocket-fueled live performances and dedication to their fans, this nu metal outfit (singer Pupu is pictured above) hasn't yet made it up to the capital city... until now, as part of JUE 2010. Support comes from modern rock act Arrows Made of Desire.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 50 RMB

LIVE & ELECTRONIC MEETS TRAX: Audiophiles with discerning tastes would do well in checking out this double dose of sonic authenticity: Brace yourself with a cerebral performance of electronic tinkering with inventor/musician Bruce Gremo and buddies followed by a set of pure house from DJ trio Jonas Rasch, Tama and Katuya.
Obiwan, 9:30pm, 30 RMB

Mr. Rodent: Modern rock trio headlines with support from upstart outfits 白刺, 声源 , Zebra Run and Gray.
Old What Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

YEN WHITE: Beijing's most acclaimed party series returns, white-style. (That means you have to wear white, newcomers) Trippy audiovisuals will be projected onto the dance floor, transforming everyone into a churning rainbow-colored mass of happiness. Beats by Mickey Zhang, Yangbing, Dio, Blackie and Patrick Yu. Win a free ticket by entering our contest. Deadline: Wed, Mar 24.
Star Live, 9pm, 150/80 RMB (door/pre-sale)

33 45: Local producers Zhi Qi, Yang Bing and Ou Yang are on deck.
White Rabbit, 9pm, 50 RMB (after midnight)


CARNIVAL: Local progressive rock act RandomK(e) celebrates five years of "redefining the rock (e)xperience" at this anniversary gig where all attendees are invited to dress up and mug for the cameras. And since the multimedia bash coincides with Earth Hour, the World Wildlife Fund's movement to encourage doing something about climate change, everyone is strongly encouraged to bring their own light source for illumination during the one-hour of darkness.
2 Kolegas, 9pm, 50 RMB

NINTH METAL MUSIC FESTIVAL II: The onslaught continues with a release party for Asphyxiation's new effort, Turbulent World. In addition, expect performances by Monoplane Angel, Metaphor, Die from Sorrow, Iron Blade, the Killing and local thrash legends Suffocated.
13 Club, 8pm, 100/80 RMB (pre-sale)

DJ KEZA'S BIRTHDAY BASH: Bling's Parisian house DJ is another year older; help him make it a good one with guest hip hop DJs and others.
Bling, 9pm, free (table reservations recommended)

CRACKHOUSE: Get a taste of blighted urban America at this theme night featuring malt liquor, crying neglected babies, junkies imported straight from Flint, Michigan and AIDS-infected syringes underfoot -- all cloaked in darkness -- at Beijing's only floating nightlife venue. (Just kidding. It's a night of dubstep with DJs Mickey Dee and Kimurahh. Go figure.)
The Boat, 10pm, free

SALLY CAN'T DANCE 2010: Day one of the third annual festival dedicated to experimental music and avant-garde performances. Festivities for this year's edition, curated by indie culture collective Sub Jam, kick off at 3:30pm with a bus shuttling you from UCCA to D-22 as improv group ONG performs live. At the club, expect audio-visual installations, soundtrack reboots for old school Chinese films and live performances by Sister Oriented, renowned composer Fred Frith, Mafeisan and many more. Click below for comprehensive info.
D-22, 3pm, 80/60 RMB (students)

SSS: 兔儿爷 and others to support the female-fronted funk quintet.
Hot Cat Club, 8:30pm, price unspecified

Hoochie Coochie Gentleman: Blues and hard rock from a local quartet.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm, 40 RMB

BEAT OFF: DJs Tnem, Oshi and Bite*Size Buddha rock the Sanlitun venue to its foundations with dubstep, gangsta house, mashups and more.
Lantern, 10pm, free

FAYE WONG COVER SONG NIGHT: Another nifty theme night in which G-ELEVEN, Perdel, Toy Head, SSS, Fuzzy Mood and the Mailmen try their hands at songs by the iconic actress and singer.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60/50 RMB (pre-sale)

ONE STEP FORWARD: A night of reggae with live crew Skarving, production crew Meiwenti Soundsystem, Steve Barker and hip hop dude Markie Royale. To get a taste of what the latter has on deck, check out his playlist here.
Obiwan, 9:30pm, 40/30 RMB (before/after midnight)

Kodiak Island: Beijing-based expat duo cranks out indie rock laced with elements of electronica and psychedelic rock. Their debut effort, The Game EP, is scheduled to be released on Tues, Mar 30 as the fourth installment of Tag Team Records' REVERSE<< DIY cassette series. Wry Street and 郭锐 will support.
Old What Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

The Frogs: Radio-friendly pop rock from a native trio.
Star Live, 8pm, 150/80/60 RMB (VIP/door/pre-sale & students)

VICS UNIVERSITY NIGHT: Drink specials and other perquisites abound for students at the Gongti nightlife institution. Come for the student tail, stick around for a chance to see what Ms. VICS really looks like.
VICS, 9pm

SWEDISH FISH: Scandinavian spinster Donald Summer pairs up with Beijing's Patrick Yu for this new party series scheduled to go down during the last weekend of each month. Tonight's special? House. Lots of it.
White Rabbit, 9pm, free

Girls Are Waiting to Meet You: Colorful and accident-prone Beijing-based indie rock act conjure up rich, earthy sounds akin to Murder by Death and the Rosebuds with their diverse instrumentation and poetic lyrics; support to be determined.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


SALLY CAN'T DANCE 2010: Day two brings you a extended jam session featuring legendary saxophonist Li Tieqiao, Fred Frith and about a dozen other influential musicians from across China. Click below for more info.
D-22, 4pm, 80/60 RMB (students)

SPRING ON THE LOUD NOISE! Revel in the death of winter with an optimistic, lighthearted soundtrack provided by Ci Qin, pop punks Sleepy Cube, Arouse, Judgement and electronic act Yuan Jing.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 40 RMB

Tang Dynasty: Widely-credited to be China's first heavy metal outfit, Tang Dynasty formed as a quartet in Beijing in the late-1980s, melding brooding traditional Chinese instrumentation to British heavy metal. Sticking it out through the birth of an icon (former "lightning-quick" lead axeman Liu Yijun is considered to be the country's first guitar god), unparalleled domestic success (they sold 2,000,000 copies of their debut LP) and tragedy with the death of band co-founder and bassist Zhang Ju in a 1995 motorcycle accident, they've been chugging along with shifting lineups ever since. Their third full-length, Romantic Knight, was released in June 2008; a fourth is scheduled to be released later this year. Punk stalwarts Brain Failure will support.
Star Live, 8pm, 120/100 RMB (pre-sale; both include a free limited edition EP)

19 Mirrors: Toyko-based quartet describe their sound as a combination of punk with "neo-age visual elements and digital fusion." Support comes from longstanding New Wave-slash-punk trio New Pants.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 80/60 RMB (pre-sale)

Mushrooms photo courtesy of Andy Best.

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