NAG Live – March, 2013

Thursday 7

Midway Still

Huck Finn (18:30 | ¥2,500)

This UK band exemplifies the college rock sound from the early 90s, which I realize that some of you weren’t around for… now, I feel old.

Friday 8

A|X Music Tour

X-Hall (21:00 | ¥4,000)

It seems Armani Exchange has applied their business model to their event promotions: lots of style at exorbitant prices.

Saturday 9

Nagoya Metro Party

Lover:Z (22:00 | ¥2,500)

This month, Nagoya’s preeminent all-sexuality-embracing party features a special guest performance from the talented DQ from America, because no one does drag queens better than the good ol’ U.S. of A!


Radix (21:00 | ¥2,500)

Blending hip hop DJs with local skaters seems like a winning combo but I’m not sure how Radix is going to showcase skate-boarding talent, short of building a half-pipe on their dance floor.

Steady Progress

Plastic Factory (15:30 | ¥2,500)

The East End is putting up quite the effort on this night as well with live paint performances and support from a ton of DJs.

Sunday 10

Crystal Kay

Diamond Hall (16:30 | ¥5,250)

Though a very talented and lovely RnB artist from Yokohama, Kuri-chan should really consider a new stage name that doesn’t sound like it’s slang for meth.


Apollo Theater (18:30 | ¥2,000)

These prolific street performers’ jams can be heard all throughout Sakae most weekends. It’s weird to have to pay for their music, but I can imagine they’d sound even better on stage. They’re releasing their second album “Knot Fast” on this night.

Wednesday 13

All Time Low

Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥5,500)

Another American pop punk band with nothing new to offer.

Voices of Rainbow

Bottom Line (19:00 | ¥8,500)

70s hard rock band Rainbow went through so many changes that no two albums in their decade-long career featured the same lineup. On this night you can hear most of the vocalist from Rainbow (rest in peace, RJD m/), but without the guitar of Ritchie Blackmore, it seems moot.

Thursday 14

Wanna Be Child

Club JB’s (21:00 | ¥1,500)

This long running house music party is going all out this month with live dance shows of both the Go-Go and belly varieties. There will also be a good deal of foreign DJs playing a cornucopia of house music that emphasize the vastness this dance music genre has to offer.

Friday 15

ROTO Sound Stream

Plastic Factory (21:00 | ¥1,000)

If the extent of your knowledge of 60s music begins with The Beatles and ends at Woodstock, then you will be in for a fine surprise on this night when you hear some Freakbeat, Northern Soul, Bossanova, Garage and more courtesy of the ROTO DJs.


Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3,500)

A night of enjoyable minimal techno music from American DJ Daniel Bell.

Saturday 16

ageHa Japan Tour 2013

Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3,000)

Combining Okinawan traditional music with dope beats, Ryukyudisko is high on my list of Japanese DJs to catch live. And seeing as this is also the duos 10th anniversary, and they will be supported by several DJs from Mago’s regular roster, this is the best chance!


Café Domina (22:00 | ¥3,000)

The Drum and Bass and Burgers party is turning 9 years old and residents DJs tA.hA.rA, Smoker, HALCYON and super duo ZIG-NINE will all be there, as well as special guest MC Cardz.

Wednesday 20

Julie Doiron Japan Tour 2013

K.D. Japon (18:30 | ¥3,800)

A girl and a guitar; a simple formula but it works.


Taurus (19:00 | ¥1,500)

I’m faced with a dichotic conundrum (double pretentious word score!). On one hand, there’s the pleasant voice and poignant lyrics of Ms. Doiron, but I could also catch the rabble-rousing alt-rock of DuckFace. Well, I guess I should buy local. It doesn’t hurt that the cheaper ticket will leave me more beer money.

Saturday 23

ZOO PARK vol.2

Club Zion (17:00 | ¥2,300)

The hardcore ska of bands XARTS and Subliminal Ripple are just the bookends of this night of excellent music provided by Recordshop Zoo, Nagoya’s #1 rock vinyl provider.

Tuesday 26


Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥5,500)

Atypical; that is the best word to describe the experimental electronica of Canadian musician Grimes. Her new album Visions is a many-storied house opening onto various vistas and soundscapes.

Thursday 28


Zepp Nagoya (16:00 | ¥6,500)

This annual music fes always has an impressive lineup, but they’ve outdone themselves this year. Weezer, NOFX and Simple Plan, just to name a few, make the 2-day ticket price of ¥10,500 a steal. More details at

Friday 29


Aichi Arts Center (18:00 | ¥8,500)

Taking a date to hear the crooning of RandB megastar Ne-Yo is an almost guaranteed pathway straight to her bed. Be forewarned; it will not be you she is thinking about.

Saturday 30

Nagoya Spring Jam

Flex Lounge (21:00 | ¥2,500)

Formerly known as Cipher (aka The Underground), Flex is the perfect place for this event of new beginnings featuring Vinny Vintage, MDG, Chris Jay and a number of other live performances, along with support from DJs Bigg-S, scrying, Ghost Willy and a brood of sexy dancers.


Tokuzo (18:00 | ¥2,300)

Fresh off their successful UK tour, Nagoya’s best electro-pop act is finally back in town. But enjoy them while you can. It seems they will be heading back on tour before the year is out.

Sunday 31

The Best Brunch

Shooters (11:00 | ¥1,800)

A delicious melding of my 2 favorite meal times, Shooters is offering an affordable buffet style feast with eggs, pancakes, meats and juices. Champagne and mimosas are also available, and kids 5 and under eat for free!

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