NAG Live May 2016

Tuesday 10

My Hawaii

Club Upset (18:30 | ¥3,500)
The upbeat folk music of American band My Hawaii is the first of many great chill experiences happening this month.

Thursday 12

Dizzy Mizz Lizzy

Electric Lady Land (18:00 | ¥8,500)

If your alt-rock band is self-described as “a mild version of what took place in Seattle”, you may have missed the point of what took place there.

Friday 13

Country Night

Music Bar Armadillo (20:00 | ¥1,500)

Every Friday is Country Night at this unassuming little honky tonk on the far east end of town with the house band Aus City Limits plus guests performances from Borrowed Brass on the sixth and Edward Chmura on the thirteenth.

Sunday 15

Nagoya Swings Live

Shooters (18:00 | ¥1,500)

The King of the Osaka Swing Scene, Charlie Nieshio, returns to Nagoya for a one night performance with Nagoya Swings, the local jazz dance group. Also a talented dance teacher, Charlie will be holding a workshop earlier in the day. For more details, check out Nagoya Swings on Facebook.

Acoustic Sunset

Red Rock (18:00 | ¥300)

I’m very excited to have Tom Fallon of Ghost of Matsubara on the Nagoya Buzz podcast this month so I can ask him about their new CD coming out soon. Until then you can enjoy his solo acoustic set this weekend.

Night Flowers

K.D. Japon (17:30 | ¥4,000)

Along with Juvenile Juvenile from Osaka and Kyoto’s she said, the indie rock of this UK  band could be one of the best touring bands visiting Nagoya this month.

Wednesday 18

Little Mix

Diamond Hall (18:00 | ¥8,000)

I was impressed by this British girl group’s rendition of Damien Rice’s Cannonball, which catapulted them to fame. And then they went and made a single with Sean Paul.


Nagoya Shimin Kaikan (19:00 | ¥12,000)

These godfathers of heavy metal, even with a career spanning 50 years and several Gold records, will mostly be remembered as penning the most memorable 12 chords in guitar rock history.

Thursday 19

Survive Said The Prophet

Club 3Star (18:30 | ¥3,000)

International rock band out of Tokyo, SSTP blends the guttural roars of hardcore with emo-tinged melodies to make a sound people my age are unable to hear. Luckily I can still enjoy the electro rock of the opening band white white sisters.

the pillows

Club Quattro (18:15 | ¥4,320)

Easily the highlight of my time with this magazine was my 2010 interview of the pillows, Japan’s most famous alt-rock band. During which they mentioned wanting to slow things down, which is usually industry term for hiatus. But here we are 6 years and 4 albums later, and these Busters are still kicking ass on their Roll and Stroll (an amazing album) Tour.


Club ORCA (19:00 | ¥2,000)

If you just can’t wait until the weekend to shake your booty, Swedish DJ Steerner is here with a pre-emptive strike against the workweek.

Saturday 21


Radix (22:00 | ¥3,500)

Feel the dub with this British ensemble of horns and reggae-born beats.


Coat of Arms (19:00 | ¥300)

The Irish folk of this local band is a perfect fit for Nagoya’s only Commonwealth Pub.

Sunday 22


Yanagase Ants (18:00)

Having just discovered this awesome Tokyo band, I was very upset to learn they started their “Good-bye Tour” last month, and this is as close as they are coming to our city. But Ants is a great live house, and well worth the trip for what could be your last chance to catch the best Celtic punk this side of Dublin.

Unofficial Walkathon After Party

Shooters (19:00 | ¥300)

When Nagoya’s biggest charity event leaves you too wired to call it a night, head over to Shooters for some more live music with Santora 5 and Naked Men.

The Gathering

Emporium (22:00 | ¥1,500)

Parisian DJ Luke Wolf may be new to the Nagoya party scene but his funky house mixes are quickly making him a crowd favorite. This celebration of France is open to all, which is a big step into the 20th century for the Emporium.

Monday 23

Blktop Project 

Live and Lounge Vio (19:30 | ¥4,500)

Skater-turned-musician Tommy Guerrero returns to Japan with an even funkier sound than any of his past efforts thanks to his new band.

Hiatus Kaiyote

Blue Note (¥8,800)

I had never heard of future soul music before, but if this Australian band is any indication, the soulful sounds of tomorrow are damn fine.

Tuesday 24

Black Earth

Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥7,500)

Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy has gone through many incarnations but none were as loved as the original. After 15 years, the supergroup is back together and performing only material from the early years for a whole new generation of metalheads to enjoy.

Wednesday 25


Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥7,500)

American power metal band Kamelot is currently touring japan with special guest singer Alissa White-Gluz, who was the lead singer of Arch Enemy before they returned to the original lineup… well, this is awkward.

Thursday 26

Chocolat & Akito meets The Mattson 2

K.D. Japon (19:30 | ¥4,200)

Californian jazz meets Tokyo dream pop, two chill sounds that sound chill together.

Friday 27

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

K.D. Japon (18:30 | ¥1,800)

Pouring through hundreds of event notices every month is a daunting task, and, sadly, I can’t take the time to give them all the attention they deserve. So, through a combination of cursory listens and attention-grabbing details, a new band might make it into my playlist. Nagoya’s own Ronnie Skip the December is both a sound and a name I could not ignore.

Monday 30


Live and Lounge VIO (19:00| ¥5,000)

Singer, songwriter, composer; this Canadian virtuoso will impress with his smooth mixes of jazz and hip hop,


Blue Note (Sakae)

052-961-6311 |

Club 3 Star (Imaike)

052-753-5902 |

Club About (Sakae)

052-243-5077 |

Club ORCA (Sakae)

052-951-7105 |

Club Quattro (Sakae)

Club Upset (Ikeshita)

052-763-5439 |

Coat of Arms (Fushimi)

052-228-6155 |

Diamond Hall (Shinsakae)

052-265-2665 |

Electric Lady Land (Osu Kannon)

052-201-5004 |

Emporium (Sakae)

iD Café (Sakae)

052-251-0382 |

K.D. Japon (Tsurumai)

052-251-0324 |

Lounge & Live Vio (Shinsakae)

052-243-1818 |

Music Bar Armadillo (Hongo)

Nagoya Shimin Kaikan (Kanayama)

052-331-2141 |

Radix (Tsurumai)

052-332-0073 |

Red Rock (Sakae)

052-262-7893 |

Shooters (Fushimi)

052-202-7077 |

X-Hall (Osu Kannon)

052-265-6657 |

Yanagase Ants (Gifu)


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