NAG Live – February, 2016

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Midnight Riot Girls
Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,000)
A star of the Nagoya nightlife, Club JB’s caters to both the hip hop and club kid scenes, both of which will find something to enjoy on this night from the nu-disco/re-edit mixes of UK DJ duo Yam Who?

Sunday 7

Plastic Factory (19:30 | ¥1,000)
With a series of open mics, art events and eclectic DJ nights, The Plastic Factory is always good for a sampling of the Nagoya pulse. Get into the rhythm with an evening of Radiohead covers by local duo Bowden and Mason.

Monday 8

Neal Schon
Diamond Hall (18:00 | ¥9,500)
As the lead guitarist for Journey, Neal Schon is responsible for some of the most memorable rock tracks of all time. Just listen to his work on Don’t Stop Believin’ and try NOT to air guitar when he breaks into that epic riff before the chorus.

Thursday 11

Club Zion (18:00 | ¥2,500)
A night of rock and roll and leather jackets with live performances from local rockabilly legends Duck & the Billys, the folk punk of Ogura “Moffi” Hokuto, punk rockers the Hi-Hat Whisky and many more.

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Huck Finn (18:30 | ¥2,500)
The chainsaw-like guitars and guttural roars of American punk band HOAX could incite even the calmest of hardcore fans into a bloodlust. Their nihilistic lyrics will just remind them of how pointless their rage is.

Friday 12

Love Land Club
Club Mago (22:00 | ¥2,500)
Taking advantage of the entire Mago complex from the live performance space at Lounge Vio to the main dance floor, this event is not so much a party as it is a festival dedicated to the rhythm of the night.

Saturday 13

Nagoya Metro Club
Lover:Z (22:00 | ¥2,500)
Providing gay, lesbian and all open-minded people a place to come together and celebrate life, the Nagoya Metro Party throws a V-day party like none other; with singers, dancers and drag queen performances in the hottest of floor shows. When you’re at Metro, everyone is your Valentine.

Gypsy Which?
GC Live (19:30)
Most live houses in Japan have a business plan often referred to as pay-to-play, which basically means most performers will never see a single yen for their hard work. Gotham City Live, however, with their crazy idea of actually paying their talent, has made them one of the most popular destinations for musicians and music fans alike. Join them on this and every weekend to help support local artist like rockers Gypsy Which?

Sunday 14

Swing-Hearts Dance
Shooters (18:00 | ¥1,500)
The ballroom dance aficionados of Nagoya Swings are hosting their annual Valentine’s Day dance with a special live performance from Aichi-based jazz band Etsuro’s Swing Service. There will also be a beginner’s dance lesson at the start for anyone looking for a cure for their two left feet. (pictured)

Wednesday 17

Between The Buried And Me
Club 3Star (18:30 | ¥5,000)
I’m not particularly a fan of most metal bands, but even I have to give credit to the technical complexity of the music of this North Carolinian band, especially from their latest the progressive opus Coma Ecliptic. But their name still sucks.

Thursday 18
DayTrive (18:30 | ¥2,500)
I’m glad I built up some positive karma with that last review, cause I’m about to burn it all away. This French band’s music is a hate crime.

Friday 19
Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot
Diamond Hall (18:00 | ¥9,800)
A sure sign you’re getting old is when a band you enjoyed in college is charging 100 bones for tickets. I remember when a BSO show was only 25, and don’t get me started on the price of a cup of joe.

5 Seconds of Summer
Nagoya Congress Center (18:30 | ¥8,000)
I have no idea how this popular Aussie punk band got booked in a venue usually reserved for aging big hair bands and local school choral festivals.

Saturday 20

X-Hall (23:00 | ¥3,400)
Popular dance music is cyclical. If you don’t like what’s playing in the clubs now, just wait a season or two and it’ll change. After the long winter of EDM it seems we’re due for a renaissance of trance, where DJs like this French duo are once again relevant outside of Europe. Let me know when we get back around to disco.

Tuesday 23

Electric Lady Land (18:00 | ¥7,500)
Located just down from the Osu Kannon temple, E.L.L. is a popular live house catering to younger fans of metal and Visual Kei. They don’t often host international acts like the Swedish death metal band Soilwork, but local opener GYZE should bring the kids in.
The John Tropea Band

Bottom Line (18:00 | ¥9,720)
Since 1989, Bottom Line has been the go-to place for hip older music fans, and the one place the regulars will most appreciate this supergroup collection of jazz and rock legends.
FORESTS x Sunset Rollercoaster

K.D. Japon (18:30 | ¥3,000)
The indie rock of these two Taiwanese bands will fit right into the hipster vibe that the famous K.D. Japon puts out.

Wednesday 24

Mn’JAM experiment
Tokuzo (18:00 | ¥4,000)
Whenever I see either of the words “jam” or “experiment” in an event listing, I know that it’s a gamble between me loving or hating whatever they’re playing. This Dutch audiovisual collaboration has doubled down, and that’s just too rich for my blood. I’m out.

Friday 26

Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3,500)
The driving mixes of Argentinean producer Hernán Cattáneo are the kind of dance fuel the house heads at Mago need to go until the sun comes up. Along with crowd favorite DJ OGAWA, this night is going to be grand.

Sunday 28

Turntable Films
Club Upset (18:00 | ¥3,000)
The fun music from Kyoto’s Turntable Films is the perfect Sunday soundtrack; bouncy and cheerful. Highly recommended.

Monday 29

Bottom Line (18:00 | ¥7,500)
There’s still quite a Japan fan base for these German gods of speed metal, touring together for the first time in over 20 years.

Thursday, March 1

Club ORCA (21:00 | ¥2,000)
This awesome Tokyo band controls the stage with their electro-infused rock. On this night they’ll be wowing the ORCA crowd with one of their epic DJ sets.

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