NAG Live (June, 2012)

Thursday 7th

Asian Kung-Fu Generation

Club Quattro (17:30 | SOLD OUT)

Ajikan doesn’t play Nagoya all that often, which is why I was really bummed to learn that my second favorite J-Alt Rock band had sold out. I guess I will just have to find solace in their new Best Of album, Best Hit AKG.

Voice of AOR

Zepp Nagoya (19:00 | ¥9,000)

Arena Rockers never die… they just get replaced; as evidenced on this night of fill-ins from your favorite bands from the 80s. Apologies to Bobby Kimball who actually was the original singer of TOTO.

Friday 8th

Thao and Mirah Japan Tour 2012

K.D. Japon (18:30 | ¥4,300)

When listening to this talented folk duo, it’s hard to tell when the lovely, soft vocals of Thao Nguyen end and the lovely, soft vocals of Mirah begin. It’s a Mobius strip of harmony.

Alliance Trax Tour

Club Zion (17:00 | ¥4,000)

The highlight of this loud live is definitely the California pop-core punk of Set Your Goals, which is no really saying much considering the other bands Alcatraz, Shark Ethic and Goonies Never Say Die!! don’t really live up to the awesomeness of their names.


DayTrive (18:00 | ¥3,500)

I had never heard of Cumbia music before coming across the LA-based band Very Be Careful, but I have to say that I am digging their Caribbean by way of Colombia sounds. They will be a welcome addition to this semi-regular party also featuring local ska legends The Rude Pressures.

Saturday 9th

The Aroma Sexy

Gen’s 2nd (19:30 | ¥2,500 / 1 drink)

Will you be able to say you were at the summer’s most sensual event? If so that means you will have made it to The Aroma Sexy, the 5th “Sexy” party takes a new twist as the organizers of one of Nagoya’s most innovative is offering up the first non-smoking club event in NAG. Cage dancers, belly dancers, pole dancers and more in an energetically aroma scented environment. Don’t miss it!

Metro Party

Lover:Z (22:00 | ¥2,500)

When the Aroma Sexy at Gen’s 2nd ends, the party will be heading down the street for this month’s Metro. Nagoya’s ichiban All-Of-The-Above-Sexual-Orientation party is always a blast, but things are going to get epic when they celebrate the birthday of Madam d’Metro, the hostess with the most-est (but you’ll have to ask nicely to find out where she hides it).

70’s Disco Fever

The Plastic Factory (21:30 | ¥1,500)

After saying goodbye to both Donna Summer and Robin Gibb last month, I am in desperate need for some disco therapy. Lucky for all that DJ Sound Machine has got the right prescription for Saturday Night Fever.


Club Mago (22:00 | ¥???)

The second Saturday of the month is always hard on the true club kids, since so many awesome parties happen on that night. However, with DJ Ogawa and crew celebrating their 12th anniversary on this night, I have little doubt that the place will be packed.

Tuesday 12th


Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥5,500)

Celtic music always makes me homesick, which is strange since no part of me is Irish. But that is the power of folk music. And Solas’s lovely arrangement of fiddle, banjo, accordion, guitar and voice will make you ache for a home you’ve never known.


Club Upset (17:30 | ¥3,500)

I am usually no fan of bands that make their mark by throwing a hissy-fit on stage; however this Japanese act punctuates their screaming tantrums with solid instrumentation and well-placed electronic samples. Along with fellow metalcore bands The World Alive and Miss May I, this is actually a night of misdirected anger I would pay for.

Thursday 14th

Obscura and Beneath The Massacre

Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥6,000)

However, I wouldn’t pay to see these death metal bands with their own money.

The Artaud Beats

Tokuzo (18:00 | ¥4,300)

I couldn’t find much on this UK Progressive Rock band, but Tokuzo usually only has the best on their stage.

Saturday 16th

Concrete Jungle

Club Buddha (20:30 | ¥2,000)

Foregoing their usual of reggae and/or hip-hop for an avant-garde exhibition for local artist Steve McLellan and many more is a risk that I feel will pay off big for this underrated nightspot in need of some new clientele. DJs Nick Edges, Halcyon, Zig Nine, Casper, Skullduggery, dij, Kana and Miggy will definitely keep them from straying too far from the music.

Sunday 17th


Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥???)

This talented Swedish house DJ is just one of the many international superstars that calls JB’s his Nagoya home at least once-a-year, which is why it is still one of the top venues in the world.

Wednesday 20th

Cash Cash

Bottom Line (18:00 | ¥3,800)

It seems like Buddha is not the only one breaking out of their box these days. However, I have my doubts that the over-produced powerpop of Cash Cash will be a welcome change at Bottom Line.

Thursday 21st

Satellite Stories

K.D. Japon (19:30 | ¥4,000)

Have a listen to “Helsinki Art Scene”, the newest single from this Finnish indie foursome, and just try not to dance. Highly Recommended.

Saturday 22nd

Johnson’s Motorcar

Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥2,800)

I missed this awesome Tokyo band last month, but not this time. After the Pogues, they are my favorite Irish punk band (Admittedly, I’d be hard-pressed to name a third).

Sunday 24th

Rudy and My People Band

Shooters (20:00 | ¥???)

Rudy, the sax-man, is a Nagoya institution. When he blows, all the ladies fall down.

Monday 25th


Zepp Nagoya (18:00 | ¥6,500)

m-flo, Taku Takahashi, VERBAL: if you’re into Japanese hip hop that lineup is sure to make you happy. To everyone else, just nod your head and try to look like you’re in-the-know.

Thursday 28th

Reichelt Japan Tour

K.D. Japon (19:30 | ¥2,000)

I’ve discovered a lot of great new music this month, but this Australian singer-songwriter is the cake. The fact that the fabulously funky Tomo Shagga Tribute Band is opening? Icing, baby, icing.

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