NAG Live – April, 2015

Friday 3

Nicholas Krgovich
K.D. Japon (19:00 | ¥3,500)
This Canadian pop singer’s music may be cool and sexy, but he simply must stop dancing in his music videos. He’s touring right now with Brooklyn-based experimental musician Deradoorian and Ikeda Yusuke of tigerMos, one of my new favorite local bands.

The Sound Of Manchester
Café Domina (22:00 | ¥1,500)
The Hollies, The Bee Gees, The Smiths, Joy Division, The Stone Roses and (ugh) Oasis, Manchester has been on the forefront of music for decades. Listening to the mixes of DJ Jonny Dub, it’s clear that city is still leaps ahead.

Saturday 4

Club JB’s (21:00 | ¥2,000)
DJ Mixture has a love of classic house music that he expresses in his crowd-moving sets as a resident of the Tokyo club scene. He’s bringing that passion to the biggest party this month, alongside local heroes AGO, Babur, Nick Edges, Matt S and more. MCs, dancers, live performances, an art show; there’s a lot happening at this party, and it’s all good.

Tennessee Cats
Boogeedy Boo (20:00 | ¥1,000)
This rockabilly band hails from Osaka, but their sound is straight outta Memphis. This is a great chance to check out this hip sound bar in Imaike.

Wednesday 8

Computer Magic
Tokuzo (19:00 | ¥5,500)
Electropop has a very niche market, somewhere between those old enough to remember the 80s to those young enough to have not yet learned that a Casio keyboard is not a suitable substitute for a band. Even so, Danielle Johnson’s beautiful synth-driven music has found an impressive fan base here in Japan.

Jeff Kollman
Bottom Line (18:30 | ¥5,000)
A guitar virtuoso, Mr. Kollman has picked, shredded and strummed the world over with some of the biggest names in the industry.

Friday 10

The Club
Himawari Hall (19:00 | ¥2,000)
The Nagoya Players newest show, The Club by David Williamson, is a much-loved Australian drama that takes a biting look at the world of professional sports. Opening this Friday and continuing through to Sunday, tickets are still available for the five performances. Visit to reserve yours now.

Saturday 11

Plastic Factory (22:00 | ¥2,000)
I have a lot of respect for the Factory for giving bigroom love to the greatest music of the 60s that you probably never heard. The best of R&B, soul, blues and jazz played on their original vinyl by some of Nagoya’s most-knowledgeable DJs, with a special live performance from Le Virginie.

Monday 13

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Zepp Nagoya (18:00 | ¥9,000)
Flying in the face of the long-standing fact that he’s an arrogant twit, Noel Gallagher’s wasn’t about to launch his first post-Oasis project without making damn sure we all knew what’s really important. Alternative names he turned down: Liam Is Dead and Look At Me, I’m Noel Fucking Gallagher.

Off The Rocker
Club Orca (21:00)
Nagoya’s newest club is still the hottest, with lines to get in on the weekend extending down the street. Having Japanese legends Shinichi Osawa and Masatoshi Uemura in the main room is a sure way to increase the waiting time a few hours.

Friday 17

Acoustic Night
Coat of Arms (20:00 | ¥500)
A rare treat, Tom Fallon of Ghost of Matsubara will be unplugged on this night alongside singer/songwriter Bob Vidler and wind instrument specialist, Stu West from Sydney.

Stand Up Comedy Night
Gotham City (19:30 | ¥2,000)
There once was a bar in Imaike called MISFITS, and it was a hub of creative energy, launching the careers of several artists, musicians and DJs. One of their most-loved events was Comedy Night, started by INERTIA, a local stand-up team. In the spirit of the gone-but-never-forgotten MISFITS, INERTIA is back together at GC Live, a spot quickly becoming the new touchstone of talent. If you fancy yourself a joker, they’ll also have an open mic after the performance.

Adrian Sherwood
Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3,500)
Adrian Sherwood’s live performances are unlike anything today’s popular DJs are doing, layering dub effects and soundbites over reggae and pop hits, making each mix an original masterpiece.

X-Hall (22:00 | ¥3,500)
Dance music is a wide-ranging genre, encompassing several styles from the less is more approach of minimal to the drunk-child-on-the-effects-pad of EDM. This dichotomy of sounds is played out quite nice at X-Hall this weekend, starting with German DJ techno duo D-NOX and Beckers.

Saturday 18

X-Hall (22:00 | ¥3,000)
And then there’s young Japanese superstar banvox, whose mixes could be used to roust coma patients, who would then promptly unplug the stereo.

Thursday 24

Carlton and the Shoes
Club Quattro (19:30 | ¥5,500)
This Jamaican trio came to fame in the late 60s with rocksteady hits like “Love Me Forever”. Only Nagoya’s fave ska band The Rude Pressures could open for these legends.

Friday 24

Olivia Newton-John
Nagoya Shimin Kaikan (18:30 | ¥10,000)
With a successful career spanning over 40 years of hit singles and starring roles in hit musicals (as well as Xanadu), many fans of the timeless Olivia Newton-John must be asking themselves which of the greats from her extensive songbook will be included on this tour’s playlist. This fan, however, only has one question: can she still rock a leotard?
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥3,000)

Club Upset (18:00 | ¥2,800)
Even more shocking then the fact that there is such a thing as Japanese Celtic punk is the fact that two of the best bands of this esoteric genre, both from Tokyo, are playing the same night at the same time.

Saturday 25

Sound Lounge MIXX Grand Opening
Sound Lounge MIXX (19:30)
MIXX is Nagoya’s Newest Awesome Place To Party ! Check out the stylish new night space.

Mike Hawkins
Club Orca (19:00)
Continuing their impressive ability to lineup some of the hottest DJs from around the world, ORCA presents Danish producer Mike Hawkins and his sequence of noises and beats that I’m guessing the club kids today must love.

Club Zion (17:30 | ¥3,000)
OK, I get why the Nordic countries make and enjoy death metal music. If I had to live in a frozen wasteland that only sees the sun for a week every year, I, too, would want to scream dark lyrics about elder gods and madness. But this band is from Switzerland, a land of peace, beautiful people and chocolate. What could they possibly know of staring into the abyss?

Sunday 26

Café Domina (17:00 | ¥2,500)
Chiptune sensations TORIENA and Sexy-Synthesizer are performing live to help the Respect or Die!! crew celebrate 13 years of bringing Nagoya the freshest mashups, breakbeats, electro and indie dance trax.

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