NAG Live – February, 2014

Thursday 6

Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥6,000)
I will always appreciate this band and their ilk for breathing life into the folk scene, but I can never forgive them for helping douchebag hipsters co-opt the Americana sound.

Friday 7

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Diamond Hall (18:00 | ¥8,700)
The Grammy-award winning blues rock of this Florida band would be a homesick remedy for this wayward southern son, but at that price I think I’ll stay home and drink Jack Daniels instead.

Present Tense
Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3,000)
The lovely DJ Julietta is a master of the slow-build, layering funky tracks one on top of each other, ever-so-subtlely, until you find yourself on the dancefloor with no notion of how you got there.

Avril Lavigne
Nippon Gaishi Hall (18:00 | ¥9,000)
If you think 90 bones is a lot to pay for “Standing” tickets, that’s because you haven’t seen their “Premium Standing” tickets for ¥16,000. Hell, for that price, “Premium” better be industry-speak for “blowjob”.

Saturday 8

Nagoya Metro Party
Lover:Z (22:00 | ¥2,500)
No one does Valentine’s better or more risqué than Nagoya’s preeminent all-sexualities-encouraged party.

DJ Craze
Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,500)
Every turntablist is a DJ, but not every DJ is a turntablist. DJ Craze earned that title the honest way, when he won the DMC Championship 3 consecutive years; a record that has never been broken.

Café Domina (22:00 | ¥2,000)
Featuring DJ Rie, who’s most famous for her line of mix CDs. Given that any kid with a laptop can make a decent mix these days, she is going to have to work extra hard to prove she’s more than a pretty face meant to increase album sales.

Monday 10

Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3,000)
Guest DJ Takkyu Ishino and his techno mix are back… again. At least they thought to include local legend DJ Take to bring some funk to this increasingly redundant party.

Run Come Celebrate
Club Ozon (21:00 | ¥3,000)
All the way from NYC comes DJ Ganja Fingaz, whose reggae sound is an odd choice to celebrate the grand opening of Russeluno, a golf pro shop.

Wednesday 12

Valentine Smasher Tour
Club 3Star (16:30 | ¥5,500)
Well, if you hate Valentine’s Day, as well as light, life and happiness, then you will probably enjoy the death metal of Septic Flesh.

Thursday 13

William Beckett Japan Tour
Club 3Star (18:00 | ¥4,000)
For anyone who can’t get over the breakup of The Academy Is…, there’s always the solo-effort of lead singer William Beckett. Or, you know, just learn to like good music.
Friday 14

YOUR DEMISE Farewell Tour
Club 3Star (18:00 | ¥3,000)
Hardcore punk bands don’t die, they just go an indefinite hiatus with the periodical “we used to be somebody” Japan tour.
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥6,300)
After 12 years and 2 breakups, is the world ready for a Finch comeback? The better question: who the hell is Finch?

Bo Ningen
Club Upset (18:30 | ¥3,500)
Bo Ningen’s neo-psychedelic rock explodes on stage with all the drug-fueled fury of the late 60s. Easily your best choice for live music on this night, if not the whole damn month.

Saturday 15

Paul Murphy
Club About (22:00 | ¥2,500)
Under the moniker MUDD, this British DJ has consistently released several beautiful tracks that, while not all that dance-y, will definitely stay with you.

Monday 17

Ben E. King
Blue Note (¥8,500)
At 75 years of age, Mr. King may have lost some of the power behind Stand By Me, but he still has more soul in his person than all the current Top 40 artists combined.

Friday 21

Club Buddha (22:00 | ¥2,000)
I’ve never been to a Dance Craze party, but I like to imagine it’s a lot like the film, Quadrophenia: classic RnB, tricked-out scooters and lots and lots of amphetamines.

Sunday 23

The Harmonium Parlour
Plastic Factory (19:00 | ¥1,000)
This open mic night is the pulse of the international music and art scene in Nagoya.

Tuesday 25

Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥6,000)
This Taiwanese band is proof that death metal is the great equalizer; it is above race, creed and borders. It sucks no matter what language they are growling in.

Wednesday 26

Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥6,300)
Finally, a touring band that I would pay to see, if this were 5 years ago and they had just released their debut album Antidotes. Not so much for their recent effort Holy Fire.

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