NAG Live – August, 2013

Daniel Ostrander offers up some sound advice

Sunday 4

Gregorio vol.1
Club Buddha (17:00 | ¥1,800)
If you missed out on Fuji Rock, these DJs are doing a full review, including music from NIN, Bjork, The Cure, Vampire Weekend and more. It’s enough to make you regret not going all over again.

Very Be Careful
DayTrive (17:00 | ¥3,800)
Your second chance this year to catch this LA band’s accordion-driven Latin sound; along with peculiarly awesome DJ duo OBRIGARRD and local reggae band Pressure Drops.

Wednesday 7

Cheap Trick
Diamond Hall (18:00 | ¥7,000)
The fact that Cheap Trick is often referred to as the “American Beatles” in Japan is either proof of a negligent misunderstanding of who the Beatles are, or a ploy by the best publicist ever. Either way, it ain’t true, but that doesn’t make “I Want You To Want Me” any less fun or “The Flame” any less cheese-tastic.

Friday 9

DANCE CRAZE!
Club Buddha (22:00 | ¥2,000)
London lounge DJ Richio Suzuki’s smooth jazz mix will be a nice addition to Nagoya’s best Mod party.

Saturday 10

Stones Throw Japan Tour
Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,500)
This LA-based underground hip hop label presents two of their best acts on one night: turntablist J-Rocc of Beat Junkies fame and the legendary Karriem Riggins with a special live drum set. These two giants together… Good goddam!

SMASH
Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3,000)
To break up the monotony that a night full of progressive house can be, DJ Ohnishi from Tokyo will be along for the release of his new CD. Even more exciting for the locals, DJ Babur is returning to the main room after too long a hiatus.

Sunday 11

Duck. Little Brother, Duck!
Tight Rope (18:00 | ¥2,800)
This Portland-based math rock band kicks all kinds of ass.

Aerosmith
Nagoya Gaishi Hall
(16:00 | ¥9,000)
You know who they are. You know what they do. And you know that since this is Japan, they will do “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” at least twice. SHUDDER

Friday 16

Wild Flag
Heartland (18:30 | ¥4,500)
Portland continues to send Japan love this month, this time in the form of this super group comprised of members of several influential 90s indie bands including Sleater-Kinney and Helium. These women fucking rock!

Saturday 17

Danniel Selfmade Asia Tour
Club About (22:00 | ¥2,500)
When you tire of asking yourself “didn’t they just play this Guetta track?”, you’re About ready. Club About’s rotation of original dance from international talent, like Spain’s DJ Danniel Selfmade and local producer Andy S., is a respite from the exhausting sameness of the bigger clubs.

GOLD EXPERIENCE
Cafe Domina (23:00 | ¥2,500)
I’ve mentioned OBRIGARRD several times over the past few years but I must not be doing them justice, because they have yet to attain the level of recognition they deserve. I put that one on my lackluster writing skills, and not their unabashed mixing of rhythms stolen from around the world and odd yet perfect breaks. This is one Gold Experience you want to have.

Sunday 18

Okinawa Swing
Shooters (18:00 | ¥500)
In an effort to beat the sweltering heart, Nagoya Swings is encouraging you to come in your coolest summer fashion; be it shorts, Hawaiian shirt, jinbei or even swimwear. As a bonus, Shooters is offering their chilly frozen margaritas for only ¥500. Come dressed in your summer best, and the first one is only ¥300. I think there will be some kind of jazz dancing, too.

Tuesday 20

Portal of I
Tight Rope (18:30 | ¥2,500)
Australian Ne Obliviscaris’ music is about as pretentious as you’d imagine a band with a self-described “melodic metal with violin” sound would be.

Sunday 25

NOBIROCK
K.D. Japon (18:30 | ¥2,000)
There’s a lot happening at this psychedelic music festival, but new generation oldies band, KARESI, is definitely a highlight.

Wednesday 28

Twilight Records 10th Anniversary
Club 3 Star (17:30 | ¥5,000)
If the emo/pop “punk” of American bands Quietdrive, Cartel and Bonaventure appeal to you, congratulations on being a 13 year old girl with shitty taste.

Thursday 29

Twilight Records 10th Anniversary
Club 3 Star (17:30 | ¥5,000)
The second day of this festival celebrating awful music for awful preteens features Cash Cash, who managed to garner fame last year dancing on the grave of “Michael Jackson”.

Vive la Salsa Tour 2013
Club Quattro (18:30 | ¥6,300)
If you’d rather expand your musical horizons, as opposed to losing brain cells at the Twilight Records gig, check out Havana D’Primera with Eddy K instead.

Friday 30

Alliance Trax Tour
Club Zion (18:00 | ¥4,500)
Take the earnest and raw words of hardcore remove the noise that passes for a melody and replace it with the orchestration of progressive metal, and you’re close to the sound of Shai Hulud from America. It’s still not my kind of thing, but I respect them for taking the strong points of two genres I hate to make something I don’t. Canada’s Obey The Brave on the other hand…

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