This Week in Live Music & Nightlife: July 7-13

Posted by Pete DeMola on 6. Jul 2009


Birthday Cake: The blues and reggae crew performs, with 10 RMB mixers and 25 RMB mojitos on hand all night.
13 Club, 9pm, free


WHISKEY WEDNESDAY: While not exactly a nightlife event, we like whiskey so it's going in. Sanlitun literary haven the Bookworm invites you to join their inaugural whiskey tasting session, where you'll be guided through the history and folklore of three specially-selected malt blends, regions and distilleries. This week's session takes you the Highlands and NW Scotland, with samples from Old Pulteney, Balblair and anCnoc. For reservations, contact Clinton here.
The Bookworm, 7:30pm, 100 RMB

UNIVERSITY NIGHT: Student bands from Tsinghua University strut their stuff; exact lineup TBD.
D-22, 8pm, 20/10 RMB (students)

Big John's Blues Band: Beijing-based blues quartet perform both tonight and tomorrow with legendary gospel/soul singer Ptah Brown in tow.
LAN, 9:30pm, free

The Incredible JSB: Trio performs a blend of jazz, soul and blues.
Salud, 8pm, free

Beijing Big Band: Don't forget to don your freshly-tailored Zoot Suit for this performance by the city's only 20-piece big band with a swing dancing frontman.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, free


CLASSICAL OPEN MIC NIGHT: Hannah Quinn hosts open mic, Beethoven-style.
The Bookworm, 7:30pm, free

Stranger Strange: Newcomers emit thrashy, intense rock and roll characterized by dueling high-end guitar interplay over emotive vocals reminiscent of dueling pit bulls fighting over scraps of raw meat. (It's delicious.) Unknowns Camel and Acoelomate Goat will round out the bill.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Panjir: Passionate musicians fuse Xinjiang and global sounds together with a interactive flair.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free (one drink minimum)

Girassol: Bossa Nova: Local assemble (Kamila Nasr, Jimmy Biala, Jorg Tennenbaum and Sebastian Meyer) set to perform the beloved Brazilian genre.
Jimmy's Thai Kitchen & Lounge, 10pm, 30 RMB

Derrick May: The Detroit techno pioneer (he's the guy who produced the genre's most famous and influential track "Strings of Life") returns to Beijing. Miami's Conway, Patrick Yu, Kai and Eddie Lv will support.
Ruby Khi Lounge, 9pm, 80 RMB (click here for info on reduced price tickets)

Hanggai: Since the release of their debut LP Introducing Hanggai last year, this Beijing-based sextet has received international attention -- from Pitchfork to the Guardian -- for their Mongolian revivalist folk anthems characterized by traditional instrumentation and throat singing.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB


2 Kolegas
, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

80s BUBBLEGUM: Oh, dear. Thompson Twins, Cyndi Lauper, WHAM! and this guy reign supreme at this hedonistic night of cheap shooters and day-glo. Click the link below for details.
Alfa, 9pm, free

IVAN KUPALA PARTY: To mark this traditional sex-fueled Orthodox festival celebrated in Russia, Poland, Belarus and the Ukraine, over the top Russian hotspot Chocolate promises mermaids, wet bodies, "crazy Russian tradition," and fire. The press release goes on to warn us to be careful, for "mermaids will be very active this night, if they get you, you will not have any chance to escape." Жесть!
Chocolate, 10pm, free

GO GIRLS! Estrogen-fueled night of dance courtesy of femme DJs BB, Leo and others. Girls with glasses get buy one, get one free drinks until midnight.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

Snapline: The quixotic electro-clash trio returns to D-22 after laying dormant for much of this year. Experimental noise duo Hot & Cold, rising stars Bird Striking and others will support.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

SambAsia: San Francisco-based community music and dance assemble fuse together both music and dance traditions from Brazil and Asia via their unique samba school.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free

说在鼓楼: A night of hip-hop at "that Gulou" venue courtesy of hip-hop crew China MC Brothers, D'ND组合 and much more. More info can be found by clicking the link below.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale)

Chaim: Soulful, hypnotic dance music for the electro crowd courtesy of this Israeli-born producer. Local mainstay Yang Bing will support.
White Rabbit, 10pm, 80 RMB

SECOND HAND ROSE EP RELEASE PARTY: Beloved local scene staples Second Hand Rose (二手玫瑰) return to the stage in their first performance this year to showcase both their new lineup and celebrate their release of their new limited edition EP "Love Child." For those unfamiliar with these Beijing legends, they've spent the past decade making waves in both China and abroad with their synthesis of traditional Chinese elements with straight-up rock and roll, wacky antics of cross-dressing frontman Liang Long and frequent lineup changes. Support TBD.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 80/50 RMB (pre-sale)


Wu & the Side Effects: Smoldering bluesy rock and roll, with 24 Hours, Careless and telegenic emo quartet Alt Senior rounding out the bill.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

13 CLUB METAL FESTIVAL SELECTION ROUND: Regulation Violation (违章), AJK (玉麟军), The Birth of the Succubae (火焰中的女妖), Radio Mania (癫狂收音机), 嗜, Slaughter (屠), Subversion M and魔罗刹 will compete for a slot at next month's 13 Club Metal Festival, the annual gathering of this country's metal community. If you're interested, comprehensive info on the selection process and voting can be found here.

Tonight will also feature a special performance by local metalcore outfit S.A.W, the winner of last month's WOA Metal Battle 2009, the Painkiller magazine-sponsored contest where dozens of local metal bands shredded for a slot at this year's Wacken Open Air, the world's largest open air metal festival.

S.A.W. is only the second Chinese band to perform at the festival during its 20 year history. This year's festival, featuring over 100 bands from across the globe, is scheduled to take place from Jul 30 to Aug 1 in Wacken, Germany.
13 Club, 8pm, 40 RMB (includes a free DVD)

LOVE & AFFECTION: Happy reggae grooves courtesy of France's Moussa "Mbeewan" Boudra.
Club Obiwan, 10pm, free

Grace Before Meals: This dynamic duo of Australian multi-instrumentalists create music that ranges from lush, swirling emotive landscapes streaked with mournful string instruments and tinkling minor-key piano chords to unsettling bursts of xylophone-speckled nursery rhymes from this guy's sonic laboratory. The addition of soulful acoustic troubadours the Lone, memorizing drone-rock trio the Offset: Spectacles and Mingtian Jiujinsan make this an unbeatable night for both fans of experimental music and open-minded folks interested in expanding their sonic horizons.
D-22, 10pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

Hanggai: This sextet just keeps on ticking. Above any other live music venue, this Xinjiang-themed Gulou night fixture may provide the best fit with its warm lighting, intimate atmosphere and bohemian crowd.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, 40/30 RMB (pre-sale)

Afrokoko Roots: The 15-piece fusion band brings their blend of Afrobeat originals and reggae classics from the late-1970s to this new world music venue. The rainbow coalition (members hail from the Philippines, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Burundi, the States and China) contains a four-piece horn section and a dance team as well.
Jimmy's Thai Kitchen & Lounge, 10pm, 30 RMB

ROUTE TOMORROW: A night of performances by radio-friendly musicians in the underground rock scene who seamlessly blend the optimistic vocals of Cantopop together with Beijing's love for loud electric guitars. Highlights include Dr. Feelgood, the trio who emit muscular cyborg rock with pulsating grooves; the squeaky-clean quintet Lucky Monkey (跳猴) who excel in melding mainstream, radio-friendly pop together with punk; soaring guitars with overly-sweet, childish vocals courtesy of Finger Family (指人儿), and moody female-led quartet the KMT Band (卡木堂), who offer a nice blend of street punk guitars with melodic Mandarin pop vocals. China Town (唐人街), Perdel (逃跑计划) and Caffe-In are also on the bill.
MAO Live House, 8pm, 60 RMB (includes free CD)

GOA PRODUCTIONS: Psychedelic trance brought to you by DJs Michael, Gotama and Pete.
Song, 10pm, free

MORSE: O2 Culture's Mickey Zhang and Dio light up the underground in this long-running monthly event.
White Rabbit, 11pm, 50 RMB

Natti Vogel: NYC-based musician channels the swagger of Jim Morrison and honky-tonk piano of an old-timey saloon. Support TBD.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB

ANOTHER NIGHT AT THE PLAYBOY MANSION: Well, not really: It's actually Frenchman DJ Florian spinning house at the Hilton Hotel's in-house Zeta Bar. Location aside, it may be a opportune time for both girls to strut their inner sensuality with complimentary pairs of bunny ears while sweaty misogynistic older men attempt to chase them. Prize giveaway includes a night for two at the hotel's "Playboy Suite." Paris would be proud.
Zeta Bar, 10pm, free


GRASSLAND FOLK SERIES VI: Another lazy afternoon of folk. Today's event features Gang Zi (刚子), Li Mo (李漠) and the always-brilliant Nanwu, the sextet who continue to amaze us with their traditional-flavored rock and roll (think Jethro Tull jamming with a crosstalk duo).
2 Kolegas, 4pm, 40/30 RMB (students)

SOUL KITCHEN: Funk, soul and BBQ under open skies.
Club Obiwan, 5pm, free

FOLK NIGHT: Zhang Qianqian will perform.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

Zhu Guangyu: Just a soulful man and his guitar.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, 30/20 (pre-sale)

I'M A MUSIC FANATIC, AND I LOVE SUMMER: Playful house regulars are on deck, including 斯巴达, Finger Family, the Ghost Spardac and one of Beijing's more refreshing acts, Mythomania (虚言症), a gem of a band whose dynamic female singer skillfully navigates her four bandmates through a maze of seemingly-incompatible genres while hitting every note in the vocal spectrum, ranging from infectious radio-friendly bubblegum pop to hard-driving gothic metal.
MAO Live House, 8:30pm, 40 RMB

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