X-HALL (22:00 | ¥3,400)
Though mostly known for the harder sounds of EDM and trance, X-Hall sometimes shows its chiller side by hosting amazing progressive and deep house DJs like Cid Inc from Finland.
Tokuzo (18:00 | ¥2,800)
Budo Grape has been working hard in the studio this year, churning out even more bouncy singles with their unique blend of bubblegum pop and new wave rock. This Grapehead is very much hoping this means a new CD for 2016!
The Rude Pressures
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥3,300)
Wailing horns and that smooth Jamaican-born rhythm; there is really no other sound like Ska, and no local band does it better than The Rude Pressures. Skank your way into the New Year!
Honky Tonk Saturday
GC Live (19:30 | ¥1,500)
As a son of Nashville, I spent most of my youth trying to get away from the country western sounds that city is so famous for. But attitudes soften through the lense of nostalgia, and I sometimes find myself longing for those Jack Daniels-fueled ballads. Hearing local band Borrowed Brass is a lot like coming home to the live houses down on Music Row. Highly recommended.
Just a little Swing
LDK Book Café (14:00 | ¥2,000)
The jump, jive and wail of swing dance is going strong in Aichi. If you want to learn some of that fancy footwork, than join the Nagoya Swings troupe for a day of intro lessons, dance performances and the live music of BLUEFROG along with DJ Motoki of Scorpion Death Rock.
Parallel World, vol. 4
Club About (21:00 | ¥3,000)
Club About is a laboratory for testing new sounds and fashions on the Nagoya scene. The results may vary but something memorable is always likely to occur. For this techno party, I’m going to hypothesize it’s the Camouflage dress code.
Kariya Culture Center (18:00 | ¥9,500)
If you grew up in the 80s, then there’s a good chance you spent precious time putting together a mixtape with nothing but a cassette recorder and your local FM channel. And if you made a mixtape in the 80s, there’s an even better chance that it included one of the many hit singles from soft rock giants Chicago. And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, there’s a 100% chance you were conceived to one of those mixtapes.
Diamond Hall (19:00 | ¥8,500)
This American Idol turned pop megastar took a lot of flak for stepping into Freddie Mercury’s spotlight. But I have to say I’d already have my ticket for this show if he had brought the other members of Queen with him.
Club Orca (19:00 | ¥2,000)
I may not like EDM (it’s like 80% crescendo!) but I have a modicum of respect for this Italian DJ duo. From their high maintenance dos to their sleeveless tees, VINAI doesn’t just play EDM, they embrace the douchebag lifestyle that goes with it. Bravo.
Café Domina (22:00 | ¥2,500)
If you want to feel the warble of the bass, you have to go to Domina for events like this night of Drum & Bass with local DJs SMOKER, Skullduggery, You-Hey and ZIG-NINE with MC AGO
K.D. Japon (18:00 | ¥2,300)
Located under the train tracks near Tsuruma Park, K.D. Japon is the best live house in Aichi to get away from the Jpop and metal that pervades the Japan music scene. It’s where you can take a chance on the different, like the indie rock of Kyoto’s she said, currently touring their new album, the sad-rock opus, So Lonely but Never Alone
Zepp Nagoya (19:00)
Cello metal… well, now I’ve heard it all.
K.D. Japon (19:00 | ¥3,200)
The experimental folk music of American songwriter David Grubbs would best be enjoyed on a rainy day, with a stiff drink, after hearing some troubling news… better make it a double.
Toro y Moi
Club Quattro (18:30 | ¥5,800)
While bigger cities like Tokyo and Osaka tend to attract the lion share of “big name” tours, Nagoya welcomes a number of indie acts that should not be overlooked, including the laidback sounds of American chillwave performer Toro y Moi.
LITE with And So I Watch You From Afar
Apollo Base (19:00 | ¥3,500)
Math rock: it’s like punk for music nerds.
ICE GRILL$ TOUR
Club 3Star (17:30 | ¥5,500)
Certain voices lend themselves better to certain genres of music. A lovely tenor can always find work in the opera. If you’ve got a guttural roar that could peel paint, perhaps death metal is for you. And if you sing like you represent a particularly angsty branch of the lollypop guild, you could always join a pop punk band like State Champs from America and Neck Deep from the UK.
DayTrive (17:30 | ¥2,500)
Sometimes you just need a dip in the mosh pit. And when that need to stomp your fellow man overtakes you, local dive DayTrive is happy to provide the appropriate hardcore soundtrack from bands like Killerpass and HAM HAM HAMBURGERS.
Club Zion (16:30 | ¥2,400)
Recordshop Zoo in Osu, a premiere destination for vinyl junkies, is celebrating their tenth anniversary with ska music from local bands Charlie, GASOLINE, Sentimental Boys and many more.