Daniel Ostrander offers up some sound advice
Club Mago (23:00 | ¥3,000)
Featuring German DJ Thomas Melchior, if that means anything to you
I LOVE – WE LOVE 80’s MUSIC
Plastic Factory (21:00 | ¥1,500)
Attention children of the 80s, this celebration of all things totally rad to the max is your best chance every month to relive the joy of new wave music, Jordache jeans and perms.
Huck Finn (18:30 | ¥2,300)
If you strip away the loud drums and electric guitars that keep older people away from punk rock, sometimes the genius shines through. Ex-frontman for the UK band SNUFF, Duncan Redmond’s acoustic take on his and other seminal punk songs from the 80s and 90s could convert even the curmudgeon-liest fogey.
Club Quattro (18:30 | ¥6,000)
Man. I don’t want to hate on Cansei de Ser Sexy. I love their debut album, but that was 7 years ago. Their newest outing Planta is a far cry from that groundbreaking record.
Club 3Star (16:30 | ¥4,000)
This French Canadian death metal ba-HAHAHA! I’m sorry. I just cannot finish that sentence. I keep picturing a guy screaming into the mic bilingually.
white label Japan Tour
Club About (20:00 | ¥1,500)
German DJs EDWARD and Oskar Offermann offer up some minimal techno music. How minimal is it? If their sets were any more minimal, you wouldn’t be able to hear them. HEY-O!
Moonface Japan Tour
K.D. Japon (19:00 | ¥3,500)
I was heartbroken to learn that Canadian indie rock band Wolf Parade had broken up, but front man Spencer Krug’s newer project is a nice substitute. And though the piano-driven Moonface is clearly lacking in edge, there’s no mistaking Krug’s powerful lyrics drawn from dysfunctional families, breakups and other such fun things.
Club Zion (17:30 | ¥4,000)
Unlike Duncan Redmonds’ work, I doubt that the emo-drenched lyrics of this pop-“punk” band could be saved with an acoustic treatment. Perhaps if you unplugged the mic, too.
Café Domina (23:00 | ¥2,500)
Every December, Detroit house pioneer Alton Miller comes to Nagoya with his bag full of smooth and funky rhythms. He’s the Santa Claus of dance music. Merry Mix-mas!
Club Upset (24:00 | ¥4,200)
Will Wiesenfeld’s music masterfully straddles a thin line that separates most electronica and pop. Veer too far one way, and you’ll only be huge with music nerds. Too far the other way, and you’re Owl City. And no one wants to be Owl City, not even Adam Young.
The Metro Party
Lover:Z (22:00 | ¥2,500)
It’s the holidays; a time for people to come together, put away their biases and enjoy the festivities. No monthly party better captures this part of the season than the Nagoya Metro crowd. Gay, lesbian, bi, Japanese, foreigner, breeder, all are welcome, and only the haters are turned away. Get the season started off right with the best DJs, the hottest floor show and the always jolly hostess Madame d’Metro.
Eli “Paperboy” Reed
Diamond Hall (18:00 | ¥3,696)
Good goddamn. This white boy has got some soul.
Apollo Theater (18:30 | ¥2,500)
As much as it pains me to admit, Tokyo’s music scene isn’t terrible. True, they still suffer from the same overabundance of J-pop drivel that we do, but they just have more bands eager to break free of that mold to produce fresh sounds; like this excellent new-new wave band. And I can think of no better opening band than Nagoya’s own beacon of good music, white white sisters. Highly recommended!
Café Domina (22:00 | ¥1,000)
From the same music collective that gave us the brilliant Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder, DJ Karnage has some firm roots in the original UK sound known as Grime. Come get filthy in all the bass!
Last Dinosaurs Japan Tour
Tight Rope (18:00 | ¥3,000)
If you’re curious if your hip indie band has sold out, I’ve got the perfect litmus test. Does their “Japan tour” skip Nagoya? At least you can still enjoy this upbeat Brisbane band before they go the way of Grouplove.
80KIDZ Release Party
Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,500)
Awesome Tokyo duo back in town touring their new CD 80:02. I haven’t heard it yet, but my iTunes will be thankful for something to replace Turbo Town which I played to death.
SPACE X-MAS Tour 2013
Club Upset (18:00 | ¥3,000)
Nothing quite captures the weird and wonderful appeal of Shonen Knife than this annual concert.
Club Buddha (22:00 | ¥2,000)
A 90s rock party with DJ Yamada of FILE-UNDER RECORDS, whose idea of good 90s music could be quite different from yours. Stop by his shop in Osu for an appetizer.
Surkin and Canblaster
Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,500)
French producer Surkin has shifted from his earlier chiptune efforts to a sound that is more influenced by the warble and drop of dubstep. Definitive proof that not all change is good
Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3500)
“Legendary”; there is simply no better way to describe the impact that Timmy Regisford has had on the dance music since he started his Shelter Parties in New York City back in the 90s. There’s a reason they call him “The Maestro”, and his soulful house sets are not to be missed.
Blue Note (17:00 and 20:30 | ¥6,800)
DJ/producer Ryota Nozaki is famous for orchestra-filled, smooth house tracks that are so very chill.
Apollo Theater (Shinsakae)
(052) 261-5308 | www.diamond-hall.com/apollotheater
Blue Note (Sakae)
(052) 961-6311 | www.nagoya-bluenote.com
Café Domina (Sakae)
(052) 264-3134 | www.cafe-domina.com
Club 3 Star (Imaike)
(052) 753-5902 | www.club3star.com
Club About (Sakae)
(052) 243-5077 | www.club-about.com
Club Buddha (Shinsakae)
(052) 251-5450 | www.clubbuddha.com
Club JB’s (Sakae)
(052) 241-2234 | www.club-jbs.jp
Club Mago (Shinsakae)
(052) 243-1818 | www.club-mago.co.jp
Club Quattro (Sakae)
Club Upset (Ikeshita)
(052) 763-5439 | www.club-upset.com/top.htm
Club Zion (Kamimaezu)
(052) 339-2331 | www.zion.gionsound.jp
Diamond Hall (Shinsakae)
(052) 265-2665 | www.diamond-hall.com
Huck Finn (Imaike)
(052) 733-8347 | www.huckfinn.co.jp
K.D. Japon (Tsurumai)
(052) 251-0324 | www2.odn.ne.jp/kdjapon/
Tight Rope (Sakae)
(052) 242-8557 | www.tight-rope.info