Club Mago (22:00 | ¥2,500)
Tokyo DJ duo Dazzle Drums is bringing their Block Party to Nagoya. And no local DJ is a better fit for their deep love of house music than HATTORI of Pigeon Records; a local savant whose knowledge of the funkiest of beats is unrivaled.
Café Domina (22:00 | ¥2,500)
I’m listening to “Out Of Resistance”, the new CD from Yokohama-based producer Carpainter, and I have no idea what’s happening. Apparently it’s something called “future garage”, and all the UK kids dig it. People still say “dig it”, right?
The METRO Club
Lover:Z (22:00 | ¥2,500)
Every second Saturday of the month marks the return of the Nagoya METRO club. For the past 24 years it has been the number one party for the LGBTQ community and anyone else who wants to celebrate diversity. This month’s festivities include dazzling showtime performances from Miku Divine, Lyra-h Grail and the rest of the royal court of local Drag Queens, the fashion design of Omido Cezar, plus DJs Yossi and eM filling the floors with their house mixes.
Club Mago (22:00 | ¥2,500)
Also every second Saturday, and just across the way from Lover:Z, local DJ legend OGAWA mesmerizes the crowd at Club Mago with his progressive house mix. SMASH is a party for serious house headz, and anyone looking to just lose themselves on the floor. Rising star Daniel Cheah and several others are also playing on this night.
The Brand New Heavies
Blue Note in Sakae (2 shows | ¥8,400)
In the 90s, this UK acid jazz group hit it big with their single Never Stop. And I’m certain they have since produced enough music to warrant two performances.
Club Upset (17:00 | ¥3,300)
Defying all of my preconceptions about Swedish music, which to this point consisted mainly of ABBA, Avicii and alpenhorn, this punk band is the Rancid of the Nordic countries. Highly recommended.
J.Rocc Japan Tour 2015
Club JB’s (21:00 | ¥3,500)
LA mixologist J. Rocc and his Beat Junkies crew have won several turntablism competitions all over the world. His furiously fast and funky mixes hark back to the heyday of hip-hop.
If dubstep is the sound of a robot sexing a fax machine, then “brostep”, the bastardized American version, is the sound of a fax machine after dropping the soap in the shower room of a prison for criminally insane robots.
Deathmetal Gig! vol. 18
Tight Rope (18:00 | ¥2,500)
In a city full of events with nonsensical names, it’s kind of nice when they come right out and tell you what to expect. Maybe next time they’ll just call it “Shitty Music, vol. 1” and save me the hassle of writing anything at all. Featuring Fear The Setting Sun from Australia.
REDLINE Tour 2015
Apollo Base (18:00 | ¥4,500)
Like most people who went to college in the late 90s, I’ve got some good memories associated with pop punk. So there’s a comfort to be found in the music of The Story So Far and Man Overboard; knowing that for 20 years, pop punk hasn’t changed at all.
X-Hall (22:00 | ¥3,400)
This party is aptly named. Polish producer Robert Babicz’s marathon-long sets filled with ambient sounds, soaring crescendos and house beats will make you feel like you’re circling the planet.
We Got Rhythm vol. 5
8Ball Social Club (18:00 | ¥1,500)
Have you ever watched Back to the Future and wished you could visit the 1950s to get nostalgic about the fashion, music and dance styles? The We Got Rhythm parties offer all of that, plus live music from Osaka’s Wild Jive and local rockabilly faves Jim and the Hickey’s. You can safely travel back in time on this night, with almost no chance of sleeping with your mother.
Tail Sting Vol. 1
Red Dragon (17:30 | ¥2,500)
EVL is Nagoya’s newest and loudest garage rock band. Featuring Lica, Yui and Miki, their first album release party on the 29th is going to kick all the ass. They play alongside heavy metal act Cause For Pause, the gloom rave of Demonoid 13 and several others.