This Week in Live Music & Nightlife: Sept 15-21

Posted by Pete DeMola on 16. Sep 2009


PLASTERED ROCK COMPETITION II: Tonight's competitors include Birdstriking, Mr. Graceless, Flyx, Nanwu, Fruit Salad and Blue Rice Field.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

TRAFFIC LIGHT PARTY II: Join the Beijing Singles Club and the WLIB team in a night of romantic matchmaking. This may or may not be a complete trainwreck considering the WLIB team are an unprepared motley crew of computer geeks, isolated expats and complete failures in the romance department, but hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Hanging Garden, 7:30pm, 50 RMB

JAM SESSION: All are invited to the cozy, Xinjiang-themed venue to create love and harmony via an improv jam session. Instruments not included.
Jiangjinjiu, 9:30pm, free

URBAN FOLK NIGHT: Suyu, 范世琦 and April Box are on deck.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale)

JSB: Jazz, soul and blues from the aptly-named trio.
Salud, 8pm, free

Jess Meider: Original acoustic compositions from the diverse singer/songwriter, with Zac Courtney on percussion and Sarah Vossler on vocals.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB


Gan Zi: Folk rock, Mongolian style.
13 Club, 10pm, 30 RMB (includes one free drink)

LADIES NIGHT: Mexican food, half-price cocktails, drinking games and more at the Wangjing café. More info below.
Chatterbox Café, 8pm, free

Discord, International Joke and Shochu Legion (烧酒军团) set to serve up steaming dishes of punk.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

The Moonshine Apothecary: Old-timey American roots trio performs a blend of country, blues and folk using the mandolin, banjo and guitar, which may be a welcome change for those who aren't tickled pink by the countless emo, Britpop, post-punk, indie, punk and metal bands -- as well as hundreds of turntablists and assorted electronic alchemists -- proliferating our fair city.
Ginkgo, 9:30pm, free (moonshine not included)

Proximity Butterfly: Gig #2 for the Chengdu outfit's northern trek. Support comes from France's Dead Sexy, Inc.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 50/40 RMB (pre-sale & students)

GOSSIP POR FEMME: Ladies night for the city's elite. Click below for more info.
Touch, 9pm

Li Yanfei: Join the Skyscraper vocalist (and friends) for the release of his debut solo LP.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 40 RMB

LADIES NIGHT: In addition to drinking for free, women have access to the venue's second floor "Girl Zone," whatever that is.
Zeta, 9pm, 50 RMB/free (men/women)


Wu & the Side Effects: Incendiary blues trio headlines, with support coming from Buyi, Nucleus and Chengdu-based psychedelic rock act Proximity Butterfly.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, free

Diplo: Hipster-friendly American producer touches down in Beijing with Steve Aoki, the LA-based founder and producer of Dim Mak Records (Bloc Party, the Klaxons, Diplo). See feature for more info.
Club Tango, 10pm, 100/60 RMB (pre-sale at

PLASTERED ROCK COMPETITION III: Final round for the contest in which local independent bands compete to obtain the opening slot at Yugong Yishan tomorrow night. Daisy Fay, Yes/No Break, Final Message, Blue Rice Field (again) and Mythomania are slated to perform.
D-22, 8pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

彭坦: Former Da Da frontman flies solo, C-Pop style. After releasing his debut solo effort Teen Spirit, he took home the Best New Mandarin Artist at the 8th Chinese Music Media Awards.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 80/60 RMB (students)

YUGONG TURNS 5: Join the enduring club and their buds in celebrating five years as Beijing's most eclectic live music venue. Party kicks off at 9pm with the RETRODANCE crew and continues with one-hour timeslots from the city's various party crews, including Ultimate Productions (10-11pm), the Syndicate (11-midnight), MeiWenti (midnight-1am), YEN's Dio and Mickey Zhang until 2:20, Yang Bing (2:20-3am) and Ouyang and Eddie Lv closing it out.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 30 RMB


Black Cat Bone: The booze-fueled expat blues quintet (pictured above) renowned for their ability to cram the dance floor will perform. Support undetermined.
2 Kolegas, 10pm, 50 RMB

WOMEN'S FOLK NIGHT: Estogen power with Wang Juan, Chanchan and Esse Dong.
D-22, 10pm, 50/30 RMB (students)

Brain Failure: Lauded local punks, now in their second decade, perform in support of their latest LP, Downtown Productions (2009, Bad News Records). Steely Heart, Candy Monster, Concussion and Dude will support.
MAO Live House, 9pm, 50 RMB

GREAT AIRCRAFT CARRIER PARTY: Party with Mickey Zhang, Blackie, Patrick Yu, El-Mar, Ouyang, Carlo, Suki and QQ on a converted party palace floating off the Tianjin coastline. Buses to leave from Worker's Stadium (2pm) and Wudaokou (5pm). Tickets available through WLIB Ticket Delivery Service.
Tianjin Binhai Aircraft Carrier, 6pm, 250 RMB

P.K. 14: Keystone event for the Plastered Rock Weekend where two lucky winners will support the venerable indie rock quartet alongside the Gar and Carsick Cars. See feature for detailed info.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 60 RMB


GRASSLAND FOLK SERIES: Outdoor folk continues with exact artists to be announced.
2 Kolegas, 5pm, 50 RMB

The Lone: Acoustic troubadours wind down the Plastered Rock Weekend with a melancholy blend of original compositions and covers. Cassette, Mr. Open, SSS and Robot Rabbit will support.
D-22, 9pm, 30/20 RMB (students)

GLOBAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS, FINAL ROUND: SSS, Out of Control, Metoo, Rustic, Pai'er, Boy #6 and Maggie Who to battle it out for the final round in the local leg of the Global Battle of the Bands.
Yugong Yishan, 7pm


FLAMENCO NIGHT: Show off your fancy footwork with the sounds Eagle Loulan.
13 Club, 10pm, free

Kreator: Now in their third decade, the German thrash metal outfit keep on ticking. Viewed widely as one of the creators (sorry) of the death metal genre alongside Destruction and Sodom, the band lands in the Middle Kingdom in support of their critically-acclaimed 12th full-length studio effort, Hordes of Chaos (Steamhammer, 2009). Support TBD.
Yugong Yishan, 9pm, 540/320/240 RMB (VIP/A-Zone/B-Zone)

Black Cat Bone photo courtesy of Jon Campbell.

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