NAG Live (November 2015)

Saturday 7

Plastic Factory (22:00 | ¥2,000)
The Plastic Factory provides an excellent and spacious atmosphere for some of the most underground of parties, including this night of chill tunes you can vibe to (oh, now I get it). Along with DJs Odofuran, Christian Ollier, Daniel Cheah, dij and T Plays it Cool, there will be live performances including the experimental ambient music of Hana Yousri and Heinz on the sitar

Sunday 8

Singer Songwriter Night
Shooters (20:00 | ¥300)
Continuing their dedication to proving excellent music doesn’t have to be expensive, Shooters is playing host to a number of exciting acts this and every Sunday. First up is a night of original music from bards Xandra Corpora, Bob Vidler and Tom Fallon. Osaka duo Nature Airliner plays on the 15th and DJ SoulKitchen is back with the beats on the 29th.

Tuesday 10

Kat Deluna (pictured)
From her major hit “Whine Up” to newest single “Bum Bum”, Bronx-born Kat Deluna seems to have built her entire career around her ass.

The Strypes
Diamond Hall (18:00 | ¥6,500)
I liked the garage rock of this Irish 4-piece better back when they were called Jet.
Thursday 12

Def Leppard
Zepp Nagoya (18:00 | ¥12,000)
After 7 years, Def Leppard is back with a new self-titled album which they’re calling “the best thing we’ve done since Hysteria”, which was easily one of the best hard rock works to come out of the 80s. A bold declaration to anyone not familiar with the chain of shitty albums they’ve made since then.

Friday 13

The Nagoya Players 40th Anniversary
Hilton Nagoya (19:00 | ¥5,000)
Community theatre troupe The Nagoya Players have been in Japan for so long; they must’ve been the entertainment on Commodore Perry’s Black Ships (what, too soon?) Jokes aside, they have provided a creative outlet and familiar bond to thousands of expats and locals, bringing the dramatic arts from around the world to stages here in our city. And they’ve done it all for the love of the craft and a need to be heard. On this night they will celebrate their illustrious history with a look back at their many performances, honoring the cast and crews that have come and gone. If you are a lover of local art, than don’t miss the gala in the Hilton Hotel’s Kiwami Cocktail Bar.
The New Beginning Gig
Club Zion (17:00 | ¥2,500)
French band NightShade blends deathcore and heavy metal into a vessel for their rage towards corruption in our world. I feel you should know that beforehand, because it kinda gets lost in the translation from their guttural screaming to a language that humans actually use.

Saturday 14

Radiohead Night
Plastic Factory (19:00 | ¥1,000)
Finally, a night dedicated to a British band that isn’t overrated and called Oasis. This night features Basonhead, a local band that covers the best tracks from the best Radiohead albums; so basically everything before King of Limbs. (yeah, I said it!)

Tuesday 17

Road to Hell
Huck Finn (18:30 | ¥2,500)
The headlining band is from the Netherlands and they voluntarily call themselves Rectal Smega. That’s all I need to hear.

Wednesday 18

Timmy Trumpet
Club Orca
This Australian DJ brings something a bit different to his sets, his years as a classically trained musician. He’s still a douchebag standing on the DJ booth while the computer drops his EDM bullshit mix for him, but, hey, live trumpet.

Thursday 19

Carly Rae Jepsen
Diamond Hall (18:00 | ¥8,000)
Sorry to all you Jespies who don’t already have your tickets. This tour has sold out every seat in every venue.

Saturday 21

Eleventh Anniversary Party
Plastic Factory (22:00 | ¥2,000)
From the popular Harmonium Parlour to the numerous art house events and fundraisers, The Factory has been there for our community on numerous occasions. So, let’s support Heinz and company on this momentous occasion. With music provided by several Plastic Factory regulars including DJs Nick Shotter, Ten, Daniel Cheah and pole dancers Mia and Tida.

Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥4,000)
California musician and producer Dâm-Funk’s new album Invite The Light is a love letter to the  synth-funk of the 80s. His exhaustive knowledge and collection of rare tracks is unmistakable in every one of his sets. Highly recommended.

Sunday 22

Nagoya Swings Live
Shooters (20:00 | ¥1,500)
From Seoul to Beijing, Ballroom style is alive and kickin’ in Asia and it’s no different here where groups like Lindy Hop in Aichi and Nagoya Swings keep jazz dance fun and accessible. Their regular concert series continues this month with the 50s-rock style of Osaka’s The Blue Moon Boys. The ticket includes a ¥1000 voucher good for food and drink.

Monday 23

In The Darkness We Still Bleed
Red Dragon (18:00 | ¥2,000)
The event fliers from this heavy metal live house read like the diary of a madman, all sinister words scrawled in a hodgepodge of evil fonts. I fear reading them out loud will awaken the elder gods, who no doubt will enjoy the music of Insidious Process from Sweden.

Tuesday 24

White Mystery
Club Rock n’ Roll (18:30 | ¥2,000)
White Mystery is brother-sister rock’n’roll duo Miss Alex White and Francis Scott Key White from Chicago. While there are many obvious (and possibly intentional) parallels with the White Stripes, they never abandoned the frenetic, distortion-heavy garage rock to get all artsy.

Wednesday 25

Club Rock n’ Roll (18:30 | ¥4,000)
A most original approach to rap, Movits! is the preeminent electroswing hip-hop trio. And being from Sweden makes it even more impressive; that’s like being super-Caucasian.
Friday 2

Café Domina (22:00 | ¥2,000)
The hook of this house party is an advertised “live special secret guest from Europe”. However, with an all-female cast of talented DJs including asamy, conqus, Nanabunz & Manie Mor, they should just leave the guest unknown and in Europe.

Saturday 28

Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,500)
The deep, space-born mixes of NYC resident Francois K. are an amazing way to lose yourself on the dance floor.

Monday 30

Chris Duarte Group
Tokuzo (18:00 | ¥5,000)
Texas resident and guitar virtuoso, Chris Duarte’s punk blues is going to be a huge hit with the music aficionados that frequent this live dive in Imaike.

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