X-Hall (21:00 | ¥3,000)
This famous Swedish producer comes around our way nearly ever Golden Week. I can think of no better way to kick of this holiday than with his hands-in-the-air inspiring mixes.
Club JB’s (21:00 | ¥3,500)
Winner of the 2002 DMC World DJ Finals, DJ Kentaro is a machine. There are no other words to describe the precision and endurance he brings to the turntables. It’s a rare treat to catch his frenetic sets live in Nagoya.
Rock N’ Wood 2015
MB Campground (12:00 | ¥6,000)
If you’re the adventurous sort this music festival is how you’ll want to spend your Golden Weekend. With live performances from a host of local favorites including Ghost of Matsubara, Bob Vidler, Mikey Likesit and Selfcontrolsystem. Tickets include all you can eat and drink, and if you prefer to sleep indoors as the gods intended, you can buy a daytrip pass for only ¥4000. Shuttle transport from Meitetsu Motojuku station is available.
Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3,000)
UK techno-pioneer Surgeon returns to Nagoya with techno mixes full of beat-driven pulses and hypnotic rhythms that are reminiscent of the early days of rave, minus the E and horrendous fashion.
Weaves Nation Tour
Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3,000)
All the night clubs are trying hard to get your holiday cash with a string of top international DJs, but Mago has the techno crowd securely locked in with Surgeon on Sunday and rising star DJ DOSEM from Spain on Monday.
Lounge Vio (20:00 | ¥2,000)
Popular Aichi band BLANKA returns to Nagoya just in time for a new generation to fall in love with their funky dance step. Highly recommended.
Club Mago (17:00 | ¥3,500)
Moscow’s Nina Kraviz is everything the club scene should be; an amazingly talented person making challenging music and the people loving it.
Mods Mayday Nagoya 2015
Lounge Vio (20:00 | ¥4,500)
Every year, all the mod and hipsters hop on their scooters and converge on Nagoya for a night of the best soul, R&B, ska and rock music of the 60s, including live music from The Neatbeats from Osaka and SOULCRAP from Tokyo.
Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
spazo rita (18:00 | ¥2,000)
The oh-so-chill ambient music of UK composer Holobeams is the perfect soundtrack to end your weekend with.
K.D. Japon (19:00 | ¥2,000)
Canadian indie rockers The Elwins got a new album with plenty of ready-for-summer hits, including new single So Down Low.
K.D. Japon (18:30 | ¥2,500)
Stilts-wearing performance artist, hand-crafted instrument virtuoso, the mad busker of Aichi, ICHI’s one-man band is very hard to put into words but so very worth experiencing.
DJ, musician, actor, filmmaker, producer, composer, local Renaissance man Steve Pottinger has worn many hats. On this night he debuts his newest, Native American flautist.
Nagoya Walkathon 2015
Morikoro Koen (10:00 | ¥2,000)
You know what makes ours the greatest Walkathon: you ain’t really got to walk. Yes, there is a course and it is great exercise, but walking it won’t raise any extra yen for those local charities. But you know what will? Buying lots and lots of beer. And what goes better with beer than awesome music. And this year’s stage is packed with talent including The One After 909, The Hospy’s, The Michael Wade Band, Elijah Ben Gang, idol group OSU and many more. More than enough entertainment to insure the only walking you’ll have to do is from the stage to the food vendors (don’t worry; it ain’t far).
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥7,500)
A friend of mine recently took me to task for my hateful words for every metal band touring through our fair city. His solution: just don’t mention the shows of bands like Brazilian power metal rockers Angra. However, that would never work. Metal music is so ubiquitous in the live houses of Nagoya, cutting it out would make it impossible for me to make my quota every month. Plus, I’d really miss taking cheap shots at bands like Angra, whose lead singer looks like a blond Weird Al, which is the only interesting thing about them.
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥7,000)
Whereas most Finnish bands lean more towards the darker elements of metal music, Sonata Arctica goes for soaring power ballads. What they lack in attitude, they more than make up with kickass keytar solos.
Club Quattro (19:00 | ¥6,500)
The tribal trance tracks this UK group produced for Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions were far more memorable then the films themselves.
X-Hall (21:00 | ¥3,900)
Spend your night waiting for the drop with the dubstep, glitch hop and trap tracks of this Danish duo.
Bottom Line (18:00 | ¥6,500)
I had a lot of respect for Adam Young for making electronica music popular. But 6 years later, and I’m still waiting for him to produce a song that doesn’t sound like Fireflies.
Set It Off
Club 3 Star (18:00 | ¥4,400)
The inspirational lyrics of Florida-based punk rockers Set It Off have garnered them a devout following around the world. The first positive thing out of the Sunshine State in quite a while.
War of Ages
Club Zion (17:30 | ¥4,000)
OK, two questions: Is it sacrilege to speak ill of a Christian metalcore band? And, how is “Christian metalcore” even a thing?
Tokuzo (18:00 | ¥2,800)
The weirdly appealing (or is that appealingly weird) ぶどう÷グレープ returns to Tokuzo at the end of the month with a few new singles. I dare you not to smile and dance when this local fave takes the stage.