NAG Live March, 2014

Monday 3

Tokuzo (18:00 | ¥4,000)
The beautifully somber orchestration of Ólafur Arnalds is a welcome change from the usual fare of death metal the Nordic countries pump out of their dark, frozen heart. Oh, he used to be in a band called Fighting Shit… never mind.

Wednesday 5

Tokuzo (18:30 | ¥4,300)
The new release from this Portland-based band easily harkens back to the roots of indie rock, probably because they were there when it all began.

Collections of Colonies of Bees
Apollo Theater (19:00 | ¥4,500)
A tedious and pretentious name to match their instrumental art rock

Friday 7

Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥8,500)
More impressive than their 30 plus years as one of America’s best thrash metal bands, is the fact that they have managed to keep their long hair for so long. I’m jealous. There, I said it.

Avicii TRUE Release Party
Club Ozone (18:00 | ¥2,500)
I list this event only as a warning! Avicii will not be in attendance at this celebration for the release of his new (and admittedly awesome) album, True. Don’t be confused by his handsome face, big-as-life, on the flier. His piercing blue eyes are a lie! Instead, DJ Meguru will be there with a set full of disappointment.

Saturday 8

Club Mago (22:00 | ¥2,500)
For longer than I’ve been writing about them, these two parties have been presenting clubbers with a hard choice the second Saturday of every month. However, between Metro, the best gay, lesbian, straight and all-genders need apply party this side of San Francisco, and SMASH, DJ Ogawa’s monthly ode to progressive house, I go Metro. Daringly dynamic always wins over spectacularly static.

We Got Rhythm Vol.2
8Ball Tattoo Social Club (19:00 | ¥1,500)
I lied. This month I will be spending my second Saturday on the outskirts of town with some raucous rockabilly courtesy of Tokyo’s Scrap Boys and locally-grown PIGMEET STRUT. The beautiful siren Ako will also be there with her new band The Merry Swingin’ Rascals to class up the joint.

Sunday 9

Lillies and Remains
Club Upset (18:00 | ¥3,000)
This Kyoto-based band will put you in mind of other post-punk outfits both old and new. You can pick up a copy on their excellent new album Lost on this night, or just head to File-Under Records in Osu.

Rocka Rolla vol.5
MyBar (19:00 | ¥300)
It’s hard enough to believe that a measly three 100s gets you all the ass-kick local band Eleven has to offer, but the fact that Bored and Beautiful from Switzerland will also be playing? MyBar must love us very much.

Thursday 13

Wilko Johnson
Club Quattro (18:30 | ¥6,500)
As a member of Dr. Feelgood, Wilko Johnson’s guitar, with a blues meets pub rock style, inspired an entire generation. And for those of you who don’t know who Dr. Feelgood was (ugh, young people today), he was also Ilyn Payne in Game of Thrones. This could be your final chance to catch this living legend.
Saturday 15

X-Hall (22:00 | ¥3,000)
To be honest, I don’t remember a lot about my club days in the 90s, but listening to the unadulterated trance of Indigo and DJ Richter has triggered some powerful flashbacks. Good lord, I once had hair!

Thursday 20

Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,000)
This party always manages to bring the bass, but this month they’re dropping bombs of shake all over your holiday. The hip hop unit SIMI LAB destroys everything, including your misconceptions of J-rap.

Ringo Deathstarr
Tight Rope (19:00 | ¥4,800)
Austin-based Ringo Deathstarr does some lovely indie pop that’s more akin to the Cure than their name would have you believe.

Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3,000)
I was digging on one of Berlin DJ Jan Krueger’s funk-infused mixes while writing this. An hour later and I realized I’m still listening to the same damn song. Nice try, Jan. You almost got me to enjoy techno.

Friday 21

Bromance Record Japan Tour
X-Hall (21:00 | ¥4,000)
This French label isn’t fucking around; they’ve brought their 3 biggest guns to assault the Nagoya scene. DJs Sam Tiba and Jommy would be enough to make this party. Including the incomparable Brodinski is sweet overkill.

Sunday 23

The Harmonium Parlour
Plastic Factory (19:00 | ¥1,000)
This open mic night is the pulse of the international music and art scene in Nagoya.

Wednesday 26

Dark Tranquility
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥7,000)
Damn. I almost thought I wouldn’t have to listen to any crappy death metal bands this month. Thanks, Swedish band Dark Tranquility. You ruined a near-perfect game.

Friday 28

Jerry Rivera
Diamond Hall (23:30 | ¥6,900)
Any salsa music fans out there must certainly know who this Puerto Rican singer is… No? Awkward.

Saturday 29

Café Domina (22:00 | ¥3,500)
Nagoya’s best drum’n’bass party is celebrating their tenth birthday with special guest DJ Digital, who has proven to me that DnB can always get darker. The usual suspects, DJs tA.hA.rA., ZIG-NINE, DJ Smoker and HALCYON with MCs yukako and AGO, will also be there.

Monday 31

Punk Spring
Zepp Nagoya
(1 day ¥6,500 | 2 days ¥10,500)
I was pissed to find that this tour split the acts between two days in Nagoya when Tokyo and Osaka got all the bands in one. However, their lineup division was so masterful that I’ve got to give them credit. We get the indie rock of The Hives and The Fratellis on Monday, followed by the this-is-REAL-punk of Bad Religion with a chaser of ska from Me First and the Gimme Gimmes on Tuesday, April 1. Cue the slow clap.

Wednesday, April 2

Killswitch Engage
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥6,800)
March may come in like a lion, but April kicks down the fucking door with some metalcore courtesy of the U.S.A. You’re welcome, Japan.¥¥

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