Blue Note (¥7,500)
It’s a busy month at Nagoya’s fanciest (READ: most expensive) live house, with several acts way better than this enka-pop singer. But you know what they always say: there’s always room for JERO. HAHA… terrible.
Café Domina (22:00 | ¥2,500)
Canadian electronic music producer Eddie C kicks off the August DJ schedule with his seriously smooth summer-cruising-in-your-car-with-the-seat-back tracks.
File-Under Records 10th Anniversary
Apollo Theater (18:00 | ¥2,800)
For a decade now, this quaint record shop on the outskirts of Osu has supplied Nagoya with a steady supply of the best music on the fringe. In honor of their commitment to everything not pop, London-via-Tokyo psychedlic act Bo Ningen returns with several others, including File-Under owner DJ Yamada.
Bottom Line (18:30 | ¥6,000)
However, if new music scares you, then you’re going to love Duck and the Billys. Leads Harry and Yu have created something truly special with their blend of rockabilly energy and 50s hits. There are several other bands on this night, but they had me at “Duck and”.
Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,500)
The internationally popular house DJ returns to Nagoya with the support of the always fun Flagship crew of DJs Matsu, Jin and Shin. Club kids, this is your shelter to avoid all the rock bombs being dropped on Nagoya this night.
Nagoya Summer Jam
Lea Lea Hale (21:00 | ¥2,000)
In an effort to shine a light on local live talent, Nagoya’s most recognizable hip hop star Vinny Vintage is sharing the stage with RandB singer Ma$a and the band MDG. And because you can’t really have a gaijin event without a few DJs, Mofonix, Ghost Willy and Andy S. will also be there.
Huck Finn (16:30 | ¥2,000)
Noisecore Bastard Noise and a long list of bands whose names I am afraid to commit to print for fear of summoning the elder gods will be defiling the ears of their, for want of a better term, fans.
Anime Japan Fes 2012
Zepp Nagoya (16:00 | ¥6,000)
While Osaka and Tokyo may have the best summer music festivals, Nagoyans can find solace that we play host to the biggest cosplay festival in Japan every August… it’s a wonder our suicide rate isn’t higher. Still, for fans of J-pop and pedophile-bait idols, this live is a good way to wrap up the week of costumed shenanigans.
Nagoya Metro Party
Lover:Z (22:00 | ¥2,500)
The best LBGT party this side of San Fran welcomes back the sultry Ebony (seriously, someone give this talented lady her own TV show already!), with DJ e-M and the Obvious Circus’ own DJ scrying.
Live and Lounge Vio (20:00 | ¥4,000)
This is cool. A group of DJs, visual artists, musicians and florists have joined together to cook up a feast for the senses. Only the chill lounge setting of Vio could play home to an event this eclectic. Palitextdestroy and egoistic 4 leaves will also be there
Club Quattro (17:30 | ¥3,000)
I am not sure what to expect when local ska legends The Rude Pressures share the stage with paradoxically infamous DJ duo OBRIGARRD, but it’s going to be memorable.
Shock Is Felt
Huck Finn (18:30 | ¥2,100)
Tokyo glam-punk duo Sister Paul returns to Nagoya with Leak Leek, Xero Fiction and “etc…”, which is either a very cool band name or the work of a very lazy music promoter.
Death Cab For Cutie
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥6,000)
I’ve been waiting to see these gods of indie rock for years. Yet the one time I leave Japan, here they are! First Zooey Deschanel, and now me; how many hearts must you break, Mr. Gibbard!?
Peach Pit meets GLEE
Café Domina (22:00 | ¥2,500)
This is an idea so flamboyant I am surprised it took the local gay scene this long to catch on. DJ e-M and crew along with the royalty of the Drag Queen scene will be presenting several of the songs from the hit show in a package (ha!) that is sure to appeal to both fan bases.
The Beach Boys
Nippon Gaishi Hall (16:00 | ¥9,000)
I don’t know how they managed to lure Brian Wilson out of his house for a nationwide tour (a promise of Twinkies perhaps), but I’m sure the elderly are eager to see these surf rock idols.
Marvin Gaye and K-Ci and Jojo Tribute Show
Doesn’t a musician have to be dead to give tribute to them? I know the great Marvin Gaye left us years ago, but last I checked the Hailey brothers were still making women weak in the knees with their gorgeous R&B. Hard to believe a cover band could do either justice.
Ben E. King
Blue Note (¥8,900)
Well, hot damn! If you’re going to pay Blue Note’s outrageous prices, than let it be for none other than soul legend, Ben E. King.
Hop On The Sexy
Gen’s 2nd (19:00 | ¥2,500)
Don’t be fooled by this event’s name, which was obviously focus-grouped with a room full of old, white men. The talent behind this night more than makes up for it’s title, with viral verse via Vinny Vintage and beats dropped by DJs Ghost Willy and scrying (he’s everywhere this month!) And it wouldn’t be a Sexy party without a collection of the loveliest pole and hip hop dancers in Chubu!
Apollo Theater (13:45 | ¥3,800)
This must be the fourth or fifth time I’ve covered this annual electro-tinged-rock festival and this year’s lineup just doesn’t stack up to past performances. No offense to local stars a flood of circle, who will most definitely be working very hard to carry the various other acts.
Extreme the DOJO, vol. 30
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥7,500)
Napalm Death returns to further destroy you with face-melting death metal along with the equally loud NASUM and Pig Destroyer (I shit you not).
Heartsounds Japan Tour
Club Zion (18:00 | ¥3,000)
This US band has discovered the secret formula for successful punk rock: one part mediocre talent, a shit ton of angst and beautiful woman on guitar. Kudos!
Huck Finn (18:30 | ¥2,500)
I remember the last time this Australian punk act came to Nagoya, and I am going to give you the same advice as I did back then. Enjoy a chuckle at their name (as well as opening band Social Pork), and move on. There’s nothing to hear here.
Club Upset (18:00 | ¥3,500)