Bottom Line (18:00 | ¥7,500)
Apollo Base (18:30 | ¥4,800)
Two popular metal bands hitting Nagoya at the same time: Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy and American metalcore band Unearth. Man, I wouldn’t want to be a Metalhead on this night… or ever for that matter.
Club JB’s (23:30 | ¥2,500)
Recent flak about my obvious distaste of certain music has led me to realize I should be more open. So, instead of dismissing Polish producer Hatti Vatti as just another techno DJ, I checked out his newest CD Worship Nothing. The enjoyable combination of simple rhythms and calming vocals taught me to not judge a book by its genre, except for death metal. It always sucks.
Tokuzo (18:00 | ¥2,800)
It’s as if every one of my favorite Japanese bands have conspired together to make sure I’m broke by the end of March. Baiting your cash-trap with the bubbly synth-pop of Budo÷Grape, well-played, March. Well-played.
Club Buddha (17:00 | ¥2,500)
I’m willing to overlook the cringe-inducing name of this party, but only because this month’s special guest is DJ Neel from Italy. His folk-inspired mixes are so much better then so much happening in the clubs of late.
Nagoyashi Kokaido (18:30 | ¥9,800)
Perhaps the greatest metal band ever, Judas Priest has a new album, Redeemer of Souls, and a world-wide tour to prove they still kick all the ass. If 100 bucks seems like a lot of money, consider the insurance cost of covering the 63 year old Rob Halford driving a motorcycle on to the stage.
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥6,500)
Even I’m not pretentious enough to claim that I enjoy the instrumental post-rock of this Scottish band.
Blue Note (¥8,500)
Keyboardist Brad Mehldau and drummer Mark Guiliana come together in a sound that I’m just going to call space jazz.
Coat of Arms (19:30 | ¥500)
Denise Hewitt, Andrea Manning and Aya Kawakami, 3 of the most talented singers currently performing in Nagoya, invite you to join them for a night of music inspired by “heartbreak, revenge, and being SO over it”.
The Mighty Jah Observer
X-Hall (23:00 | ¥2,500)
This talented selector hails from Jamaica but has settled in the UK, where he spins classic dub and roots tracks for the whitest Reggae fans in the world.
ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Zepp Nagoya (18:00 | ¥5,300)
I caught these guys in their hometown of Yokohama my first year in Japan. They had just released their seminal album Sol-fa, but I couldn’t have cared less. I was there for the opening band (The Rentals). However, I am damn glad I didn’t walkout before they came on stage and completely changed my mind about Japanese indie rock. I’m an Ajikan fan for life!
Hit ‘Em Up, vol. 5
CREAM Bar (3 days | ¥1500)
A weekend-long party featuring live performances from Vinny Vintage and ARI, along with several talented DJs and dancers. Ladies get in for free before 1 AM, and it’s free for everyone on Sunday.
STAR EYES (18:00 | ¥4,000)
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.
Zepp Nagoya (17:00 | ¥4,320)
Japan’s best and longest running indie rock band recently celebrated their 25th anniversary with a new album Moondust, their strongest effort in a long time.
Café Domina (17:00 | ¥3,000)
Daniel Wang’s love for disco and the early days of house music breathes new life into a club scene grown stale by the domination of EDM.
Spring Fling Swing & Sing Thing
Shooters (18:00 | ¥1,000)
For 9 years Nagoya Swings has been teaching this town to swing, jive and hop. Join them for their anniversary party featuring the live music of The Hospy’s, with a free dance lesson at the start for newbies.
Club Quattro (18:30 | ¥6,500)
Four years ago, you couldn’t walk into a club without hearing Mr. Saxobeat, the infectious breakout single from this Romanian synthpop star.
Nippon Gaishi Hall (18:00 | ¥10,000)
And speaking of unavoidable popular music, Mr. Worldwide returns to Nagoya, but at least this time he’s brought along the infinitely more talented R&B megastar Ne-Yo.
PUNK SPRING 2015
Zepp Nagoya (18:00 | ¥7,000)
The raucous 2-day festival is back with another amazing lineup including Rancid on Thursday and Fall Out Boy on Friday. The two-day pass for ¥13,000 is basically a must.
X-Hall (22:00 | ¥4,000)
If you find psychedelic trance too intense, then the “full-on” mix of Israeli producer Astrix will basically give you an aneurysm.
Imaike Go Now
Bottom Line, Tokuzo, Club Upset, Huck Finn, 3 Star and more (12:30 | ¥4,500)
Imaike is a nice town whose large foreign population, rich culture and just a plethora of weirdness helps it stand out as something more than just another suburb of Nagoya. This live event, spread across 9 venues in Imaike (and “only a little Ikeshita”) includes an amazing lineup of local and visiting bands, including OGRE YOU ASSHOLE, Polysics, Mo’some Tonebender and The Novembers.
K.D. Japon (18:30 | ¥2,500)
If you can get past the challenge of listening to experimental, ambient music live, then you will be rewarded with the beautiful, sad & inspiring music of this American trio.