white white sisters and HOT HOT SEX
Apollo Theater (23:30 | ¥2,300)
These two awesome bands are pulling the Nagoya rock scene, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century. They both have new albums you need to own.
Absolum Japan Tour
X-Hall (23:00 | ¥4,000)
Grab your glow-sticks! This French DJ’s frenetic psytrance will give you second-hand Ecstasy buzz.
Radix (14:00 | ¥4,000)
Making a completely 180 from their usual reggae and hip hop fare, Radix is giving their audience what they really want: cute girls in costumes.
K.D. Japon (18:30 | ¥3,500)
Indietronica act out of Portland with The Paellas from Osaka and the locally-brewed POP-OFFICE
K.D. Japon (18:30 | ¥2,500)
Scotty Irving is insane. There are no other words that do his one-man experimental show justice. Thought an obviously talented percussionist, his use of scrap-yard totems and unsettling masks, are a striking image you will fight (READ: drink) to get out of your head.
Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,400)
Famous for his lovely blend of fantasy-inspired vocals and a robot orchestra worth of bleeps and bloops, Tokyo producer De De Mouse’s music is a nice change of pace for your Friday night.
Nagoya Metro Party
Lover:Z (22:00 | ¥2,500)
If director Baz Luhrmann threw a party, I imagine it’d be a lot like the festival of delights that is Nagoya’s premiere gay, lesbian, etc. party. The floor show alone is straight out of an opium dream of Moulin Rouge.
Club Upset (7:30 | ¥3,000)
Again?? Weren’t they just here a few months ago?! I love the godmothers of Grrrl punk, but one can only take so much “Banana Chips”
Day In Day Out
Lounge and Live Vio (22:00 | ¥3,000)
Expand your music horizon at this clash of sounds with the laidback hip hop of The Otogibanashi’s, lo-fi punk Miila and the Geeks, and some dreamy guitar pop with She Talks Silence
Club About 4th Anniversary Festival
Okuibuki Ski Resort (all day | FREE)
The little club that could made it to their 4th birthday (I owe someone 50 bucks), and to celebrate they’re taking the party as far away from About as one can get. But if you can make the 90 minute trek, you’ll be welcomed to a free 3-day festival with music from DJs Ree-K, MASA, WADA and Toby.
Club Zion (17:00 | ¥2,500)
Be thankful for Recordshop Zoo and owner DJ Kazoo without whom we’d have to go without excellent punk and ska concerts every month.
Meiho (2 days | ¥7,000)
If you want to check out this holiday weekend Reggae party, you’re going to have to travel into the heart of Gifu. Nuff Love! www.starlight-reggaefesta.com
X-Hall (21:00 | ¥2,500)
Xcellent psytrance for even more XTC-charged dancing featuring KOXBOX from DenmarX
Nagoya Summer Jam
X-Hall (21:00 | ¥2,500)
The Jam party has finally found a venue big enough to hold all the talent they’re packing; including the kingpin of Nagoya’s hip hop industry, Vinny Vintage. Local supergroup W.A.T.P., who destroyed the stage at this year’s Walkathon, will be also be performing (albeit under a new, as of yet undisclosed, name.
Rudy and My People Band
Shooters (20:00 | ¥300)
Rudy is a superhero. Besides being the coolest cat you will ever meet, he has the power to move anybody to dance with just his saxophone and one of the best backing bands in town.
SKA FEVER #28
Club Zion (17:00 | ¥2,300)
Horns, guitars and a mosh pit make for a fun night at this loud live house on the outskirts of Osu.
egoistic 4 leaves
K.D. Japon (18:00 | ¥2,500)
Nagoya’s best jam band has a new album, which is almost certainly 99.8% drums. Eccentric-electric duo FU-MU opens.
Bottom Line (18:00 | ¥ 8,000)
During the bubble economy, Japan exported cars and electronics all across the world, and all they asked for in return was big hair rock, all of it. Which is why, to this day, bands past their expiration dates can still pack houses.
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥7,000)
Ask any rock fan to name the 10 best guitarists from the 80s on. If Steve Vai isn’t on that list, there’s a good chance you’re talking to a robot disguised as a rock fan. KILL IT!
Very Be Careful
Club Zion (18:00 | ¥3,000)
The Caribbean by way of Colombia sounds of this LA-based band is the perfect summer soundtrack.