NAG Live – May, 2013

Monday 13

Jon Cleary Trio
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥5,500)
Jon Cleary is way funkier than any 50 year old white guy from England has any right to be.
Wednesday 15

Sigur Rós
Zepp Nagoya (18:00 | ¥7,800)
Given my flair for pretension, one might assume I am a huge fan of this Icelandic post-rock group. But to be honest, I’ve heard maybe a handful of their tracks, none of which even hints at deserving of a ticket price that high.

Vintage Trouble
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥5,500)
Hailing from LA, Vintage Trouble is 50% rock, 50% soul and 90% style (math was never was my forte) . They’ve come to Japan to make Trouble Makers of us all.

Thursday 16

wanna be child 55
Club JB’s (2:00 | ¥1,500)
DJ Andy S. again this month on a mission to make people realize that Dave Guetta is NOT house music. With help from DJs Will Taylor, Nick Shotter and Daniel Ostrander

Jad Fair, Norman Blake  and Ken Stringfellow
Tokuzo (18:00 | ¥4,000)
That lineup reads like the playlist for a college radio station in the early 90s. Jad Fair of lo-fi punk pioneers Half-Japanese, Norman Blake from Teenage Fanclub and Ken Stringfellow of The Posies, an amazing get even before you realize that pop-folk duo Tenniscoats will also be there.

Friday 17

Ghost of Matsubara
MUJIKA (18:30 | ¥3,000)
The guys of GoM have been on the road so much these days. And while I don’t begrudge them their hard-earned fame, it is nice to have them tearing it up locally again.

Alliance Trax Tour
Club 3 Star (18:00 | ¥3,900)
The A.T. tour promoters are back with another challenge for me to come up with even more creative ways to spell “shitty music”. This month’s answer: Emmure and Loyal To The Grave

dub it
Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,000)
There’ll be plenty of riddim when Leeds-based group Iration Steppas performs alongside a number of reggae and dub DJs.

Saturday 18

Café Domina (22:00 | ¥2,000)
If you don’t want to go to W-Double for the subwoofer-shaking drum and bass of DJs tA.hA.rA., ZIG-NINE, Smoker and HALCYON, then go for the delicious burgers. But get there early, because they go fast.

Club 3 Star (16:30 | ¥4,300)
A friend recently asked me why I cover so many musicians I clearly hate. The nice answer is that I do it for the readers who may want to know that The Ghost Inside and Continents are playing on this night. The sadder answer is that without all the shitty bands, I wouldn’t be able to make my 1,000 word quota.

Sunday 19

The Nagoya Walkathon
Morikoro Park (10:00 | ¥2,000)
It’s not all about charity at the Walkathon (it REALLY is), there will also be much great music from bands like Duck Face, The Hospy’s and The One After 909. Full lineup at
Rachael Dadd
Tokuzo (18:00 | ¥3,000)
It would be easier to list the talents this UK artist didn’t have. I’m thankful her Japan-wide “We’ve got light” tour is bringing her back to Nagoya.

Monday 20

Dustin Wong
K.D. Japon (19:30 | ¥2,500)
With only his guitar and an army of foot pedals Mr. Wong creates a cake of sound, layering delicious riffs one on top of the other.

Wednesday 22

Desmond and the Tutus
Club Upset (18:00 | ¥3,500)
This South African indie rock band will make you dance with their hilarious songs about girls named “Peter” and an idiotic “Tatoo”. Highly recommended!
Extreme The Dojo vol. 31
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥7,000)
Death metal is a hydra, in that ridding your town of its scourge is a Herculean task. Each time I cut into bands like Obituary, All Shall Perish and Infernal Revulsion, two more rise to take their place.

Thursday 23

Diamond Hall (18:00 | ¥7,000)
You know how sometimes blending two great things together creates something truly awesome? The symphony-infused heavy metal of Nightwish is not that.

Monday 27

Trio Estrangeiros
Club Quattro (18:30 | ¥6,000)
My Portuguese is not as good as my Japanese, and my Japanese is atrocious, but I believe this folk music super group’s name in English is The Three Estrangeiros.

Wednesday 29

Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥6,500)
This band shares a lot in common with a few other bands playing in Nagoya this month. Like Obituary, they are also from Tampa, Florida, and their orchestra-driven heavy metal is akin to Nightwish. And like both of those bands, they suck.

The Venues

Café Domina (Sakae)
052-264-3134 |

Club 3 Star (Imaike)
052-753-5902 |

Club Buddha (Shinsakae)
052-251-5450 |

Club JB’s (Sakae)
052-241-2234 |

Club Mago (Shinsakae)
052-243-1818 |

Club Quattro (Sakae)

Club Upset (Ikeshita)
052-763-5439 |

Diamond Hall (Shinsakae)
052-265-2665 |

Huck Finn (Imaike)
052-733-8347 |

iD Café (Sakae)
052-251-0382 |

K.D. Japon (Tsurumai)
052-251-0324 |

Roxx (Sakae)
052-963-4167 |

Tight Rope (Sakae)
052-242-8557 |

Tokuzo (Imaike)
052-733-3709 |

Zepp Nagoya (Nagoya Station)
052-541-5758 |

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