NAG LIVE April 2016

Tuesday 5

SUM 41
Zepp Nagoya (18:00 | ¥6,500)
Punk Spring is back… for Osaka and Tokyo. And while they enjoy a day-long festival featuring several great acts including Misfits, we get Canada’s answer to Blink-182.

Wednesday 6

Simple Plan
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥6,500)
What bothers me the most about Punk Spring Lite isn’t even the predictable pop-punk headliners. It’s the fact that attending each will cost you more than a ticket to the real festival. Fuckin’ Tokyo.

Thursday 7

Tortoise
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥6,500)
With elements of progressive rock, jazz and experimental, there’s something in the music of Chicago’s Tortoise for nearly every audio nerd.

Saturday 9

The Senzaki Blues Band
Plastic Factory (20:00 | ¥3,500)
Last year we lost the last of the Three Kings of the Blues Guitar, but local maestro Yoshi Senzaki plays on in the grand tradition of Albert, B.B. and Freddie. Along with opening act the Tomo Shaga Tribute Band, this is a great night to drink some bourbon and enjoy sad, soulful songs

SMASH
Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3,000)
With its steady, deep rhythm and oh-so-slow builds into a crescendo that may or might not come, progressive house music is all about delayed gratification. It’s the tantric sex of club music. And DJ Pedro Aguiar from Portugal is a master of the form; he can go on and on for hours.

Xandra Corpora Band
Slow Blues (20:00 | ¥2,500)
After months of enjoying the bluesy rock of the Xandra Corpora Band from afar, I am finally going to get to enjoy their live show instead of hearing second-hand how awesome it is.

Sunday 10

Acoustic Sunset
Red Rock (19:00 | ¥300)
Every weekend, the Red Rock has got unplugged performances from several of Nagoya’s best, with Ghost of Matsubara – acoustic on the 17th, Mark Oman and Jack Shades on the 24th and NAGMAG’s favorite honky-tonk trio Borrowed Brass on this night.

The Jimi Bruce Band
Shooters (19:00 | ¥300)
From their wooden floors to their gigantic servings, Shooters is the most American restaurant in town, and a haven for expats from around the world. Throw in the classic rock stylings of the Jimi Bruce Band and it’s like ah nevah left Nashville. Oh, no! Mah accents back.

Shinsakae Roulette
Club Rock N’ Roll, SiX-DOG, Hunny-Bunny, HeartLand (12:30 | ¥4,000)
Spin the chamber and see what you get at this day-long festival throughout the east end featuring local indie rockers nothingman, electronica jam unit palitextdestroy and many more.

Monday 11

READY! STEADY! GO!
Club Upset (18:30 | ¥2,500)
Like myself, you may have never heard of the Bristol-based band The Stingrays before, but for nearly 40 years they have built a very strong following of dedicated fans mostly in Japan.

QUEEN: A Night In Bohemia
Zepp Nagoya (19:00 | ¥3,000)
In 1975, Queen gave one of the most epic live performances of all time at London’s legendary Hammersmith Odeon. For the fortieth anniversary of that amazing show you can watch the film version, and curse that you were born into a world without Freddie Mercury.

Tuesday 12

Bullet For My Valentine
Zepp Nagoya (17:00 | ¥6,500)
The only way the almost-but-not-quite-metal of BFMV could be enjoyable is if they all of a sudden decided to perform in their native Welsh language. Mae’r band yn ofnadwy.

Wednesday 13

Bingo Players
Club Orca (19:00 | ¥2,000)
If you’ve raised your hands on a packed club floor in the last 5 years, there’s a pretty good chance this prolific Dutch group had a hand in that inspiring track.

Thursday 14

Cancers
Club Upset (18:00 | ¥4,000)
Like a flannel shirt tied around your waist, the alternative style of this Georgia band will be a familiar comfort to old grunge rockers.

Friday 15

Frustration
DayTrive (18:30 | ¥2,500)
Not to be confused with the Irish hardcore punk band of the same name, this band is like a French Joy Division; so not terrible.

Saturday 16

Team Lenny Fundraising Concert
Plastic Factory (18:45 | ¥2,000)
Some of Nagoya’s best singers and songwriters have come together to raise money to help Team Lenny, a therapy program for a young boy living with Autism. Among this gathering of local stars are Bob Vidler, Brian Cullen and Sarah Mulvey, David Dycus, Ghost of Matsubara – Acoustic and the Tomo Shagger Band.
Ruidosa Inmundicia
Red Dragon (18:30 | ¥2,000)
What I could glean about this event from its ransom letter posing as an event flier is that this band is from Austria and they are playing alongside a number of local hardcore bands whose names I refuse to mention for fear of waking one the elder gods.

Monday 18

The Winery Dogs
Bottom Line (18:00 | ¥8,500)
American rock supergroup formed by Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, Billy Sheehan of Mr. Big and Richie Kotzen of Poison. Their music is best enjoyed sporting the biggest of hair styles.

Friday 22

Kronic
X-Hall (21:00 | ¥4,000)
The Belgian Booty scene (yeah, that’s a thing) is going to hit the X-Kids hard with the bass-heavy tracks of DJ and producer Kronic.

Saturday 23

Old Skool Hip Hop Night 10
Link’s Bar (20:00 | FREE)
DJ scrying’s homage to the heyday of hip hop returns. Alongside DJs SoulKitchen and Fred, they’ve got this Old School reunion covered from the class of 1979 on.

Sunday 24

Coindrop62
Shooters (19:00 | ¥300)
Jukebox Paradise is an original musical from local songwriter Brian Cullen, and will hit the stage this November from KPB Theatre and the Nagoya Players. And on this night you can get a preview of the songs with Brian’s new band, Coindrop62.

Nagoya Swings Workshop
Shooters (18:00 | ¥600)
A sure-fire cure for your two left feet, Nagoya Swings has the most affordable dance lessons in town, with easy to follow bilingual instructors and a friendly atmosphere. This month their offering an intro to The Charleston, also known as the dance from the famous pool scene in It’s A Wonderf… yeah, I’m old.
All Is Dream
K.D. Japon (18:00 | ¥2,300)
Dream pop is the manic pixie girl of music: quirky, upbeat and predominately for gloomy white men. Osaka’s Post Modern Team. It could very well sound track the next Zooey Deschanel project.

Tuesday 26

Rachael Dadd
Tokuzo (18:00 | ¥3,000)
Splitting her time between here and her home of Bristol, it’s always a joy when Rachael Dadd brings her enchanting folk music to Tokuzo. For this tour she’ll be performing alongside bandmate Will Newsome, who plays the kora
Wednesday 27

The Wonder Years
Club 3Star (17:30 | ¥6,000)
Maybe we didn’t get a real Punk Spring this year, but hey, here’s a bunch of pop punk acts from around the world: The Wonder Years and Cautioners from America, ROAM from UK and Australia’s With Confidence.

Friday 29

The Bush Chemists
X-Hall (20:00 | ¥3,000)
Way out of their comfort zone this month, X-Hall giving some love to the dub with this Reggae act out of London.

Saturday 30

Guy Mantzur
X-Hall (22:00 | ¥3,400)
From Tel Aviv comes Guy Mantzur whose tech-house mixes are a welcome change of pace from the Red Bull-fueled anthems X-Hall used to be known for.

Stones Throw 20th Anniversary Showcase
Club JB’s (21:00 | ¥3,500)
Perhaps the greatest indie hip hop label of all time, LA’s Stones Throw Records is turning 20, and their founder Peanut Butter Wolf is taking charge of the decks to celebrate. His sets are rap legend.

Deathmetal Gig
Tight Rope (14:00 | ¥3,000)
Death Metal is not a genre known for clear vocals, but the songs of Italy’s Pulvis Et Umbra are as clear as the night terrors of the insane.

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