This Week in Live Music: Mar 31-Apr 5

Posted by Pete DeMola on 31. Mar 2010


UNIVERSITY NIGHT: Student bands and their fans congregate for a night of hits and misses.
D-22, 9pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

The Blues Council: Trio performs originals alongside folk and blues classics. Considering the lineup contains members of smoldering blues trio Wu & the Side Effects, you know this has to be good.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

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

Dos Hombres: Flamenco and Brazilian choro from, as their name implies, a Cajun duo.
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


Self Sound Orchestra: American collective crank out experimental jazz fusion in the vein of Frank Zappa and 1970s-era Miles Davis; garage rock act Empire of Golden Egg supports.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

James Brodie: Quadralingual Scotsman performs tongue-in-cheek folk songs about life in contemporary China.
Ginkgo, 9:30pm, free

OPEN MIC: Exercise your vocal cords at the Andingmen venue's weekly open mic night, with 10 RMB Tsingdaos on hand to help lower those pesky inhibitions.
Hot Cab Club, 9pm, free

藤紫: Singer-songwriter brings her melancholy sounds to the charming Yunnan-themed locale under the shadow of the Drum Tower.
Jiangjinjiu, 8pm, price unspecified

CD RELEASE PARTY: Local singer-songwriter Chen Jin drops a new album. Support comes from members of Second Hand Rose, Brain Failure frontman Xiao Rong and other scene fixtures. More info below.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 40 RMB

STUDENT SHOWCASE: Revamped lakeside venue throws its hat into the student ring with performances by unspecified collegiate bands.
Obiwan, 9:30pm, 40 RMB (one free beer with student ID)

Moka: Saccharine radio rock act is on deck alongside swinging singer-songwriter 李瑞 and other "mystery guests."
Tiny Salt Coffee Club, 9pm, 40/30 RMB (pre-sale)


Funk*Fever: One year anniversary party for the multinational sextet who offset the city's pervasive hip pop club culture with funk, soul, Afrobeat and everything else falling into the category of groove. They'll be joined tonight by live trio the Discounts and others. Expect drink specials, prize giveaways and other funky stuff.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 30 RMB

SOUTH KOREAN STUDENT NIGHT: Three student bands from China's quirky neighbor to the East, Dead Rock, Replica and Atomic Bomb, are on deck.
13 Club, 9pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

UNIVERSITY NIGHT: Slack, Pork, Poshangcun, cutie rock quintet Finger Family and the mercurial Nanwu take the stage in this Friday edition of the Wudaokou venue's weekly showcase of emerging talent.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Good Night: Big band outfit is on deck.
Hot Cat Club, 9:30pm, free

Duhuo: Local trio emit standard rock and roll flecked with traditional elements and moody atmospherics.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm, price unspecified

PSYCHEDELIC CIRCUS: Local crew Goa Productions brings some class to the Sanlitun backstreet with a night of psytrance, the techno genre's long-haired and free spirited younger cousin. Details below.
Kokomo, 10pm, free

ACUPUNCTURE RECORDS LABEL NIGHT: Techno, house and minimal from the Acupuncture crew on their home turf.
Lantern, 9pm, free

Ruiner: Kickoff date for the Baltimore post-hardcore outfit's nine-date Asian tour. Support comes from Return the Truth, XitneverhappenedX and Unregenerate Blood.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 60/50 RMB (pre-sale)

ROCK GIG: Unknown upstarts Faw, the Truth, the Rander and 旋转的玻璃房子 are on deck.
Old What Bar, 8:30pm, 30/20 RMB (students; includes one free drink)

Big Nose: Sextet is said to combine elements of hip hop, jazz and the erhu.
Tiny Salt Coffee Club, 9pm, 40/30 RMB (pre-sale)

MS. VICS 2010: Gongti powerhouse throws its hat into the beauty pagent ring with help from purEvents. This ought to be entertaining. Details below.
VICS, 9pm

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

Shackleton: Dubstep virtuoso and Skull Disco co-founder materializes in the capital city for a night of floor-rumbling bass and creepy, hypnotic vibes. Support comes from Blackie, the Syndicate's Dan and influential BBC radio host and DJ Steve Barker.
Yugong Yishan, 10pm, 80/50 RMB (pre-sale)


Arrows Made of Desire: It's a Tag Team night with jangly, if mediocre, modern rock from the headliners, with support from experimental solo artist JRG_ONE (aka RandomK(e) double bassist/keyboardist Jackson Garland), experimental duo Kodiak Island and RandomK(e)'s Richard Todd.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 45 RMB

CD RELEASE PARTY: Metal stalwarts Four-Five drop a new record, their first in six years.
13 Club, 9pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Lazy Camels: Paint-peeling, foaming-at-the-mouth garage rock from one of the best new live acts we've seen recently. Support comes from the radio-friendly Mr. Graceless, Today is Autumn Day and me 灌me, who rank at the opposite end of the spectrum.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

DAO SCHOOL: Get schooled by the pros in the art of drinking at this new westside venue. We're told that 5,000 RMB drink vouchers go to the best "students." Soundtrack? Hip hop and R&B. More info below.
Dao, 9pm, price unspecified

Hummingbird: Local outfit stitch together elements of Salsa, jazz and bewilderingly, Kazakh music.
Ginkgo, 10pm, 30 RMB/free (after/before 9:30pm)

Hoochie Coochie Gentleman: Straight-up blues from a local quartet.
Hot Cat Club, 9:30pm, 30 RMB

Spring & Autumn: Metal heavyweights strip down and add a guest pianist for this unplugged set.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale)

Maya: Local hard rock outfit have the stage to themselves at this release party for their debut effort "Rock Youth," with 50 random concert-goers slated to receive a special gift.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60/50 RMB (pre-sale & students)

SPACE MONKEYS: Organic electro performed live with a variety of gizmos by Pierre Pradat, Jakub Groos and Pierre Billiard.
Obiwan, 9:30pm, 30 RMB

Fuzzy Mood: Female-fronted newcomers ooze out hazy, distortion-soaked rock bordering on shoegaze. Fanny will support.
Old What Bar, 9:30pm, 40 RMB

Ólafur Arnalds: Icelandic 23-year-old is already a virtuoso at the creation of emotive, sweeping classical compositions speckled with subtle electronic noodling and muscular guitars in the vein of Explosions in the Sky, Godspeed You! Black Emperor! and fellow Icelanders Sigur Rós, a band for which he has recently opened. He arrives here as part of JUE 2010.
Star Live, 8:30pm, 100/70/50 RMB (door/pre-sale/students)

Sunny Day: Just a man from Yunnan and his guitar.
Tiny Salt Coffee Club, 9pm, 40/30 RMB (pre-sale)

WHITE RABBIT NIGHT: Back to the basics with Donald Summer, Mickey Zhang and Zhi Qi.
White Rabbit, 9pm, 50 RMB (after midnight)

MY GENERATION IS NOT TOO BAD: Launch party for the new rock and roll-themed lines from Beijing indie apparel brands Brainwave, LOCO and Earlyend 18. In addition to a fashion show, tonight's stellar sonic lineup includes DJ Shen Yue, Sulumi, Re-TROS, New Pants, Bigger Bang!, DH & the Chinese Hellcats, Brain Failure and CMCB member OZi. Click here to watch a slick video showcasing the brands, band bios and more.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 120/80 RMB (pre-sale, includes special gift giveaways)


Jin Song: Folk, Yunnan-style.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Ma Mu Er: Xinjiang-born singer-songwriter adds instrumental Kazakh elements to those from his native turf.
Jianghu Bar, 9:30pm, 40 RMB

HAPPY EASTER PARTY: Bow down to Zombie Jesus with a lineup of European talent, including DJs Ludo V, Marco, NAW-T, Azat Sagirov and Danny Cool.
Lantern, 9pm, free

COME AS YOU ARE: Tribute to Kurt Cobain, the legendary Nirvana frontman who was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Seattle home 16 years ago this week. Tonight's bands, all trying their hand at Nirvana gems, include old school hard rockers New Perfume, modern rock quartet Arrows Made of Desire and neo-grunge acts Nucleus, Pork and Gray. Photos from last year's event, which was a hell of a lot of fun, can be viewed here. For this event, come as you are, as you were, as I want you to be.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 50 RMB

MEIWENTI REGGAE SUNDAY: Reggae, dub and dancehall from the local crew, with BBQ on the roof if weather permits.
Obiwan, 4pm, free


EXCESS LUGGAGE: Norwegian jazz trio (organ, drums and keys) bring their groove-based sounds to the Middle Kingdom for the third time. Tonight's gig marks the end of the line of their nine-date countrywide tour.
East Shore Jazz Cafe, 9pm, free

Image: New Pants' Fox Pang. Used with permission of Matthew Neiderhauser.

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