Club 3 Star (18:00 | ¥2,500)
All the big names in rock, pop and hip-hop may be at the big festivals this summer, but there is never a shortage of metal music in Nagoya. Jump into the mosh pit with the death metal of In Dread Response from New Zealand.
Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,000)
House music has changed a lot from the early days, but there are some DJs who still remember how it started. Sadar Bahar was there, and his deep disco-influenced cuts harken back to that golden age. Highly recommended.
Bottom Line (19:00 | ¥5,200)
For a night of excellent didgeridoo-driven dance music, you’ve got to check out this amazing Australian duo. They’re being supported by local jam band, the psychedelic Dachambo.
Electric Lady Land (18:00 | ¥7,500)
Wars, disease, corruption; given all the horrible things in this world, I can certainly see the appeal of Machine Head’s newest album “Bloodstone and Diamonds.” Their ode to the rage so many of us feel is certainly fitting: just terrible, but fitting.
Nagoyashi Kokaido (18:30 | ¥8,000)
Luka & Stjepan return to Japan with a new album full of more grandiose classical covers of popular songs like AC/DC’s Thunderstruck.
Nagoya Metro Club
Lover:Z (22:00 | ¥2,500)
An oasis from the summer heat, the Metro party people are Tripping the Light Fantastic this month with an attention grabbing floor show, the best dance music in town and at the center of it all, the fabulous Madame d’Metro.
8 Ball Tatoo Social Club (12:00 | ¥500)
A monthly chance to learn the Lindy Hop style of dance with talented teachers and the lovely Ako playing sound selector.
Shooters (18:00 | ¥300)
Everyone’s favorite American-themed bar and grill is bringing back the music this month. And the lineup for their new Sunday Live is as diverse as their new menu; starting with the My People Band on Sunday 5th, the jazz fusion of Gypsy Witch on the 12th and a DJ night on the 26th.
Monday Night Jam
Gotham City Live (18:00 | ¥1000)
This and every Monday, GC Live offers all the chance to take the stage and join a supergroup of local talent for the best jam session in town.
Bottom Line (18:15 | ¥4,000)
Japan’s best and longest running indie rock band recently celebrated their 25th anniversary with new album “Moondust”, their strongest effort in a long time.
Blue Note (¥7,300)
The Blue Note crowd is going to really enjoy the soft rock classic hits of this Hawaiian band, mostly because the median age of their regulars is, like, 60.
Huck Finn (18:00 | ¥5,500)
Back in the 90s, Nine Inch Nails was the popular face of industrial music, an unholy union of the electronic drums of dance music and the heavy riffs of metal. And as much as I love Reznor’s early work, “Pretty Hate Machine” didn’t even come close to the depth and rage of the Godflesh debut “Streetcleaner”. After over 10 years, Godflesh is back with a new album and an accompanying tour.
6th Anniversary Party
Club About (3 Days / FREE)
Six years may not seem like a long time but considering the high mortality rate for new Nagoya nightspots, it’s a miracle that a club dedicated solely to everything but top 40 has lasted this long. This weekend-long party features the out-of-this-world fashion of SHINJI, live performances from Morning Set and Kult Q and a very special DJ set from Ree.K.
Star Eyes (18:00 | ¥3,500)
The diva-darling is returning to this intimate jazz club on the East End with her repertoire of well-loved R&B, jazz and gospel classics.
Hokonoko Camp Ground (12:00 | ¥1,000)
If you can’t afford Summer Sonic (or, like me, just really hate Tokyo), there are plenty of outdoor festivals in our neck of the woods. Just an hour’s drive from Nagoya is a beautiful camping spot where you can get all hippy with jam bands, belly dancing and DJs at the ILLCOM+ Fest.
DJ Baby Yu
iD Café (19:00 | ¥2,000)
The remix kid from Toronto is hitting up Nagoya’s biggest club on a Sunday night. But Monday is Umi no Hi, so no worries about work.
Diamond Hall (18:30 | ¥7,500)
If you were born in the early 90s, there’s a very good chance you were conceived to Mr. Big’s intergalactic hit “To Be With You”. And you kinda owe your existence to their lead singer, Eric Martin. Take that, Millennials.
Club Orca (19:00)
This American DJs makes the music that packs floors, like his hit “Funky Vodka”… which you probably know better as the only reason Pitbull’s “Don’t Stop The Party” is any good at all.
Huck Finn (18:00 | ¥2,500)
If you take death metal and slow it down 50%, the resulting black-hole where all good things go to die is called sludge metal. French band Aguirre is bringing that sound here, and they must be stopped.
Electric Bang Beach Club
Utsumi Beach (11:30 | ¥7,000)
You don’t have to go far to find a beach in Aichi, but to find a good beach you have to travel an hour away to Utsumi. This white-sand paradise plays host to any number of parties throughout the summer where you can groove to the beats of AK-69, Alisa Ueno, Cream and many more.
Unindentified Fusion Orangment
K.D. Japon (19:00 | ¥2,000)
Turns out there IS something I hate more than sludge metal. Thank you, U.F.O, for helping me to reach that next level of rage.
Re-BEYOND THE THAILAND
Café Domina (22:00 | ¥1,500)
Close out the month with DJ Mahiro from Thailand along with several of the regulars from Domina’s stable of DJs.