This Week in Live Music: Apr 7-12

Posted by Pete DeMola on 7. Apr 2010


PINTS, POETRY AND PIRATES: "Ye be summoned/to an open mic/At yonder Bookworm/Wednesday night," reads the press release for the capital's only spoken word open mic night. Tonight's session is hosted by American slam poet Sam Campeau: tribute bands are unwelcome, but talk of dangerous thoughts and sinister and salacious plots is encouraged.
The Bookworm, 8:30pm, free

UNIVERSITY NIGHT: Ciqin, Poshengcun, Gray, Sound Slaughter, 瞌睡魔方 and 斑马快跑 make use the Wudaokou talent incubator for glorified practice sessions -- and bring their friends.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

FEMALE PUNKS VS: MEN OF STEEL: It's a midweek battle royale between sexy (and catchy) Taiwanese band the White Eyes and Beijing's Steely Heart, me 灌me and the Dancers.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 40 RMB

M'Beewan: Reggae, rock, dub and soul from a visiting musician.
Salud, 9pm, free

Li Daiguo: In case you missed him the last time he came around in December, this Chengdu-based multi-instrumentalist comes off as a dynamo: his mastery ranges from the entire spectrum of Western string instruments to the traditional Chinese er hu and pi pa, to tinkering with world music. Moving to China in 2004 after a stint at San Diego State University, he shifted his focus to solo improv and composition, where he often performs his work (think: Charles Mingus jamming with a Beijing opera troupe) in collaboration with a variety of visual artists, including jugglers, actors, clowns, strippers-even random strangers. No word yet as to if he'll bring the aforementioned assemblage to Beijing for this performance, but it may be worth a shot to check out regardless.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB


Take a trip back to a simpler time, one of powered wigs and mercury poisoning, with this old school jam session featuring folks manning a baroque violin, recorder, harpsichord and trumpet alongside a guest tenor and soprano singers.
The Bookworm, 7:30pm, free

Bed Stars: Yes/No Break and the Quarter support the sloppy young upstarts who cite Johnny Thunders, Guitar Wolf, Joyside and the Rolling Stones as influences.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

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 Cat Club, 9pm, free

Buyi: Enduring quartet whir together elements of reggae, rock and roll and traditional Ningxia instrumentation.
Jiang Hu Bar, 9:30pm, 50 RMB

WET PARTY: Join DJ Mo, a man who describes his music as "the Sound of Sex," as he aims to "get the ladies feeling hot and sexy on the dance floor." But what does "wet" have to do with anything? We're clueless.
Lantern, 9pm, free

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ZHANG YUE: A remembrance gig for the departed local percussionist, a staple of the 1990s local rock scene, with old school rock dudes Iron Kite, Stone Band, Heaven Band, Thin Man, Face, Chen Jin and Li Jie.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB


Candy Monster: Dear Candy Monster, We've really tried to like you. Seriously. We've seen you more than two dozen times over the past three years or so, and have watched and listened with open minds as you've changed from a promising punk band with decent songwriting chops to one emitting a mediocre hybrid of New Wave and post-punk. This relationship isn't working anymore and we, music fans, are becoming enablers. With each successive gig we pray for you to do something different -- or at least inoffensive. (Note: Announcing the name of your band after every song is something that we could do without.) But there's no progression, no stimulating new ideas. (Note: Your bassist's wardrobe and goofy stage antics are not stimulating: they're distracting.) Please get your shit together and make us proud. You've certainly been around long enough. If you can't do so, let tonight's supporting acts Camel, Me Too and Rustic extend their sets and exit stage left. If not, we will have to reveal our secret weapon: booing. Lots of boos. And heckling, too. Signed, Music Fans.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

FRIDAY METAL NIGHT: Metal of all stripes, from classic death (Septicaemia, Disjection) to melodic, keyboard-laden acts Ego Fall and Dark Haze. Nothingness and Nower will be there too, emitting straight-up heavy metal.
13 Club, 9pm, 50 RMB

2nd ANNIVERSARY BASH: In accordance with the local proclivity to celebrate band and club formation anniversaries regardless of the length, the Boat, Beijing's only seaworthy watering hole, enters the terrible twos. The venue originally set sail as a hip, fauxhemian-friendly hangout, briefly flirted with the pink crowd and now appears to reverted back to its original blueprint. They invite you to drop anchor tonight (groan, we know) with free drinks for ladies from 8 til midnight, with house, electro and disco all night. Dress code: sophisticated.
The Boat, 8pm, 30 RMB (gentlemen)

Bigger Bang! Quartet have risen to the top of this country's crowded music scene this past year through a prolific tour schedule showcasing their unique sound: a marriage of the oft-cited "Beijing sound" -- embodied by chiming guitars and gritty, cathartic vocals cast over a spry late-1970s New York post-punk bounce -- to more conventional pop territory characterized by infectious, synth-heavy choruses and hook-ridden melodies. Garage rockers the Double Harvestman and one of the city's most viseral bands, post-hardcore sextet the Reason, will support.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Paul van Dyk: Superstar dance DJ Paul van Dyk returns to Beijing for another blowout night. Dyk, named "World's Best DJ" by DJ Mag in both 2005 and 2006, is a master at electronic trance, selling over 3,000,000 records and remaining a fixture on the global dance scene since the mid-1990s.
GT Banana, 9pm, 200/150 RMB (pre-sale through WLIB Ticket Delivery Service)

Skarving: Springtime 'tis the beginning of ska season, with this local live outfit delivering your wake-up dose.
Hot Cat Club, 9:30pm, price unspecified

痴人乐队: Local rock mainstays perform at this charity benefit gig. Details below.
Jiang Hu Bar, 9:30pm, 40/30 RMB (pre-sale)

Tizzy Bac: Taiwanese indie pop trio touches down in Beijing; support to be determined.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 200/150 RMB (pre-sale)

Kodiak Island: Beijing-based expat duo cranks out indie rock laced with elements of electronica and psychedelic rock. Their most recent release, The Game EP, dropped last week as part of Tag Team Records' REVERSE<<<POLARITY cassette tape series.
Obiwan, 9:30pm, 30 RMB

Wry Street: Newbies to be joined by Crime-X, 了不起的保险员 and singer Feng Ling.
Old What Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

TRIBUTE TO LAMB OF GOD: Domestic metal bands gear up for this weekend's appearance of the titular American thrash heavyweights with this homage: performers include Nightingale, 八只手, Narakam, Liquid Oxygen Can and ethnic doom metal freakoids Voodoo Kungfu.
Star Live, 8pm, 120/60/40 RMB (VIP/door/pre-sale)

John Selway: Influential NYC-based producer helped spawn electro in the late-1990s as the label head of Seratonin Records. Sets tend to cover a wide swath of genres, from house to techno to ambient. Support comes from Beijing's Eddie Lv and Patrick Yu.
White Rabbit, 9pm, 80 RMB

Acid Live: Beijing-based collective weave together elements of electro, jazz, funk and dance into an ass-shaking package. Special guests on hand tonight, the band's first anniversary gig, include members from Buyi, DJ Eric Lee and about a dozen others.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


MADE IN NINGXIA: Long-running event series again blooms with house favorites Wu & the Side Effects, Nucleus and Buyi.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

FOLK NIGHT: The Wudaokou snakepit mellows out with gentle ballads from singer-songwriters Feng Yan, Zhu Guangyu and 金刚柱子.
13 Club, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

DJ BENTO: Japanese turntablist, co-creator of Hollywood, what is said to be the country's premier all mix party, packs elements of hip hop, electro, rock and house as tightly together as his name suggests.
Bling, 9pm, 50 RMB (free before 11pm)

2nd ANNIVERSARY BASH: The party continues with sets by producers A-Jam, Anthony M and TJ "Hooks" Cases.
The Boat, 10pm, 70 RMB

The Unsafe: Unpredictable punk quartet headline, with support coming from fellow punks Hell City, Cold Case and the Flyx.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Da Zi Bi: French-based trio rattle out a combo of hip hop, jazz and acoustic songs "with a Chinese twist," all while donned in ridiculous outfits.
Ginkgo, 10pm, 30 RMB/free (after/before 9:30pm)

Skarving: Gig #2 for the local collective.
Jiang Hu Bar, 10pm, price unspecified

SCIENCE LABEL SHOWCASE: Get a taste of what local DJ collective Science of Sounds has brewing on their new label, Science, at this showcase featuring Sistema, Shen Yue, Lu Pen, M. Ross and visual artist Xponja. Details below.
Lantern, 10pm, price unspecified

Wang Wen: Post-rock outfit from Dalian drops a new album, with support from their devastating local counterparts, Maze.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 60/50 RMB (pre-sale & students)

THE SOCIAL: Beijing scene pundits -- including writers, promoters and musicians -- share their playlists.
Obiwan, 9:30pm, 30 RMB

Double Harvestmen: Garage rock revivalists to be joined by Teddy Beers, loloop and Li Wenxin.
Old What Bar, 9:30pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

David Braid: Canadian pianist and composer, voted Canada's Jazz Pianist of the Year 2009, returns to China as part of the Time Arts Jazz Series to present a solo program that straddles the worlds of classical and jazz.
Peking University Hall, 8pm, 60-280 RMB

Reflector: Pop-punk trio is among one of Beijing's longest-running, with about a half-dozen releases under their studded belts -- and an American tour -- since their formation in 1997. Summer Sunshine and cloying pop-punk girl band Orange Line will support.
Star Live, 9pm, 60 RMB

BOOTY POPPIN': Gongti club fixture promises both thong and booty shakin' competitions, showing young Chinese firsthand what they've probably only witnessed in hip hop videos on Youku.
VICS, 10pm, price unspecified

TAROT SAINT EP RELEASE PARTY: Local thrash act drops a five-song EP; support comes from industrial act (and reanimated White Zombie clones) Army of Jade Kirin and tightly-wound cutie rock quintet SSS.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 50 RMB


Chu Yibing & the China Philharmonic Cellists: Influential cellist, a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Conservatoire de Paris, performs with four of his buddies as part of the bibliophile haven's Sunday Salon, a monthly series of music and discussion designed to "take you behind the music of China."
The Bookworm, 7:30pm, 30/20 RMB (pre-sale)

Buyi: Quartet goes unplugged for tonight's set.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Hoochie Coochie Gentlemen: Get your classic blues fix in the afternoon and stick around for aforementioned multi-instrumentalist Lai Daiguo later on in the evening.
Jianghu Bar, 2:30/9:30pm, price unspecified

Lamb of God: First of two gigs for the American thrash gods (the second is this coming Tuesday), one of the biggest names in the contemporary heavy metal scene. Forming in 1994 as Jesus (and later, for a brief spell, as Burn the Priest) they've since released six records -- including the Grammy-nominated Sacrament in 1996 -- and toured the globe numerous times, receiving both critical and public acclaim in the process. They're here in support of their most recent LP, last year's groove metal masterpiece, Wrath.
Star Live, 8pm, 790/550/350 RMB (VIP/good seats/not-so-good seats)

Eleventyseven: South Carolina biblethumpers (and probable Lamb of God nemesis's) prove that Christian rock needn't be confined to mid-tempo power ballads paired with redemptive imagery: their brand of sonic worship comes in a sparkling pop-punk package speckled with elements of New Wave and nu metal topped off with jejune, notebook-scrawled lyrics about high school proms, Conan O' Brian and, naturally, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 100/80 RMB (pre-sale)

Image: Lamb of God performs in Toronto, Cananda, on Sept 25, 2006. Use courtesy of Flickr user markcoatsworth through Creative Commons.

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