NAG Live – April

Sunday 1

To Be Free!

Sonset Strip (18:00 | ¥2,500)

There’s a whole lot of bad going down at this punk-heavy event.  I, however, will focus on the good; of which there is more than enough in the Oldtones, my new favorite ska band.  This a great way to kick off your April.  No foolin’!


Blue Note (18:30 and 21:15 | ¥6,800)

One of Japan’s most talented producers is bringing his fantastic live show to Nagoya.  Expect a good deal of special guests and a full-on orchestra backing his unique jazzy house.

Monday 2

Sum 41

Zepp Nagoya (18:00 | ¥7,000)

Punk Spring is back, and, as always, it’s going to be a 2 day, beer-fueled, mosh-pit-filling hanami with several top acts including this Peter Pan Punk act with New Found Glory.


Diamond Hall (18:00 | ¥7,350)

And just so all you metal heads don’t feel left out, feel free to rage to the thrash metal of Anthrax with special guests, Hell Yeah.

Tuesday 3rd

The Offspring

Zepp Nagoya (18:00 | ¥7,500)

Day two of Punk Spring features yet another American punk band who staunchly refuses to grow up.


Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥5,500)

Ah, the punk rockers dilemma: Do you go for the a true punk act that has been kicking ass for longer than you’ve been alive, or settle for The Offspring.


Diamond Hall (18:00 | SOLD OUT)


Wednesday 4

Scorpion Death Rock

Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥1,500)

These DJs take everything that was great about the 1950s, the music and the fashion, and leave out the bad, like the Cold War and racism.

Friday 6


Club 3 Star (18:00 | ¥2,800)

This pro-skateboarder turned Christian rapper from Canada… aaaand I’m going to stop there.  No two words from that intro belong together.

Saturday 7

Another Dimension

Cafe Domina (22:00 | ¥2,000)

The Nagoya Bass Coalition made a huge impact on the Nagoya party scene with their first party, and I eagerly await what the Mayhem Men, Mofonix and the rest of this DandB / hip hop crowd bring next.

Dance Craze

Club Buddha (21:00 | ¥2,000)

The mad mods are back with all the hip style and sounds of the 1960s.  YEAH, BABY!


Tight Rope (24:00 | ¥2,500)

This party is an exercise in extremes.  On one side you have the white white sisters who are awesome, and on the other you have Monica Uranglass, who is not.

Tuesday 10

August Burns Red

Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥5,800)

Damn, April is a very noisy month, and this awful metalcore band will do their best to add to the pollution.

Thursday 12

Dustin Wong

K.D. Japon (19:00 | ¥2,000)

With a single guitar and a few foot pedals, this virtuoso creates a seemingly infinite soundscape that is as dreamy as it is complex.

Friday 13

Velvet Sunday

Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥2,000)

This chill house music party is moving days but keeping the name; a sure sign that this 13th will be one freaky Friday.

Adas Mexico

Club Rock and Roll (18:00 | ¥2,300)

OK, OK.  So maybe Adas Mexico isn’t the headlining band on this night.  However, they are the best, so they get top-billing in my book.

Saturday 14

U.K. Subs

Huck Finn (18:30 | ¥4,000)

As the lead singer and only original member of the Subs, Charlie Harper is punk rock.  He was there at the beginning, and, if his track record proves anything, he’ll probably be there if it ever dies.

Monday 16

David Bromberg Band

Tokuzo (18:00 | ¥7,500)

One of the most talented folk guitarist still playing today, his personal rendition of the classic “Mr. Bojangles” makes me well up every time.

Arch Enemy

Diamond Hall (18:00 | ¥6,500)

The loud invasion continues with this death metal band from Sweden (of course).

Tuesday 17

Flogging Molly

Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥5,800)

After the Pogues, Flogging Molly is my favorite Celtic Punk band.  To be honest, I’d be hard pressed to name a third, which should in no way detract from how awesome a sound you get when you meld the drunken passion of Irish folk with the drunken passion of Punk.

Wednesday 18

Avenged Sevenfold

Diamond Hall (18:00 | ¥6,500)

Ok, Ok!  Enough with the cacophony of pain and stupid, stupid band names already.

Friday 20

Sunset Drive

Bottom Line (19:00 | ¥4,500)

It’s been awhile since this amazing Tokyo-based band has played Nagoya.  And with all the crappy live music this month, their garage rock will be a welcome curative for the ears.

Saturday 21

Cabaret Night Nagoya

Apollo Theater (18:00 | ¥3000)

A lot of events harken back to years past, but few go back as far Cabaret Night Nagoya.  With live jazz from Osaka’s own Charlie Nieshio as well as Ako and the Dark Blue Swingers, expect the dance floor to be in full swing!  And later, Tokyo dancer Miss Cabaretta will revive the ancient art of Burlesque.

Friday 27


Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,000)

If his live set at the start of the month is a bit too much for your wallet, well you can also check out Jazztronik’s stripped-down, but still awesome DJ set at JB’s on this night.

Saturday 28

Dream Theater

Aichi Arts Center (17:00 | ¥9,000)

The only people I know who appreciate this progressive metal band are musicians, which speaks volumes to their talent and the pretentiousness of their fan base.


Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,000)

When DJs Yamica and Jiroazumi closed the doors on this techno and house party, I breathed a small sigh of relief.  It was a bit of a pain remembering how to type that absurd name.  However, now that it’s back, I’m no longer perturbed because I now know that it is pronounced “oaro”.  No less stupid, but much easier to type.

Sunday 29

World Music Vol. 1

X-Hall (22:00 | ¥6,000)

And by “world music”, X-Hall means “Latin”, as evidenced from their lineup; including salsa recording artist Michael Stuart and the reggaeton (is that still a thing?) of Cheka.

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