NAG Live – October, 2013

Daniel Ostrander offers up some sound advice

Thursday 10

Club Quattro (19:00 | ¥6,500)
I can think of no more appropriate start to the month of Halloween than the howls of the damned as they burn in the pits of hell. Barring that, this Norwegian black metal band will do just fine.

Friday 11

Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,500)
This hugely popular German duo first gained prominence during the electro resurgence of the early 2000s. And if you’re thinking to yourself “electro is dead”, give their latest album I Love You Dude a listen. They’ll prove you wrong.

SMASH DX ft. Hernan Cattaneo
Club Mago (20:00 | ¥3,500)
This must be the tenth time this Argentinian producer has made it into the live calendar. I believe that means he gets a free sandwich. Please don’t mistake my frivolity for disrespect. There’s a reason Mr. Cattaneo has made the Top 100 DJ list 10 years running, and you only have to check out Mago on this night to understand.
Four Minutes Til Midnight
Club Zion (17:30 | ¥2,300)
Remember 311? Their blending of rock, funk and hip hop, while by no means innovative, was pretty awesome. Oh, I know Four Minutes Til Midnight is not 311, just wishful thinking.

Saturday 12

Toyota Rock Festival 2013
Toyota Stadium (2 Days | FREE)
It ain’t Fuji Rock, but you got to love Toyota for giving the whole music festival thing a shot. And even if you don’t know any of the bands, there are some local gems to be heard; including Obrigaard and Toyota music hodgepodge Cool Wise Man. Plus, it’s free, so quit complaining.

Sunday 13

Tsurumai Park (12:00 | ¥2,000)
Nagoya’s very own International Charity Film, Music and Arts Festival returns with even more to enjoy. On top of the great live music we’ve come to expect, including performances from Michael Wade, DuckFace, Tomo Shagger Tribute Band and Elijah Ben; there will also be live art and a showing of the locally produced play, Uwaki: Our Mututal Elephant directed by Will Taylor, as well as a special performance from the upcoming musical DreamCatcher, And, of course, there’s the film festival. All the proceeds this year will be donated to Santa and Friends, so it’s all for a great cause. You no longer have an excuse to miss this event.

Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3,000)
I don’t mince words when it comes for my lack of appreciation for progressive music. To be frank, it’s directionless; as if someone started a great song and forgot to add anything after the beat. But, damn, if Canadian producer Soundprank hasn’t proven me wrong. His shit is good, and only wanders slightly at times.

Monday 14

James Zabiela
X-Hall (22:00 | ¥???)
In 3 short years, X-Hall has cemented itself as a contender in the already bloated Nagoya party scene. And while they haven’t ushered in a renaissance of late night entertainment in the Osu area as I originally predicted, they have introduced the club kids to some damn fine international talent, like British DJ James Zabiela. His brilliant tech house will be the perfect soundtrack for this party. Happy Birthday, X-Hall!

Thursday 17

The Strypes
Club Quattro (18:00 | SOLD OUT)
For those of you upset at missing out on the garage rock of this Irish 4-piece, find comfort in the fact that you can always remember them for when they were called Jet.

Friday 18

Vicente Amigo
Club Quattro (19:00 | ¥10,000)
Flamenco music has a huge following in Japan, and not just with the elderly. Which explains how this Spanish guitar virtuoso can pull in $100 a seat.

Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3,500)
The Techno-philes are going to love DJ Sammy Dee from Germany. His sets are so minimal, it’s hard to tell when he starts or finishes.

Saturday 19

Nagoya Autumn Jam
Flex Lounge (21:00 | ¥3,500)
Local legend Vinny Vintage has completed Running Outta Air, his long-awaited debut album. You can obtain a free copy if you’re one of the first 150 people in the door at this season’s Jam party. Also on this night you’ll catch Chris Jay, Taro Alexander and the new super group W.A.T.P. The night is rounded out with DJs Andy S., Scrying, Ghost Willy, Super Mario and more; which makes this party one of the best things happening this month, besides Halloween, of course.

Halloween Rock Night
Club R.A.D. (20:00 | ¥2,000)
The Ghost of Matsubara is playing host to some of the best in alt-rock from our sister cities on this night, including The Mootekkis from Tokyo and Osaka’s Union Trouble.

Kim Lightfoot Japan Tour 2013
Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,000)
Excellent NYC DJ Kim Lightfoot returns to Nagoya with a much-needed dose of funky house music. This guy makes fun music that makes people dance.

DayTrip (17:00 | ¥2,500)
We haven’t heard much from this local rock band lately, mostly because they’re pulling double duty as the pit band for the upcoming musical DreamCatcher. As thanks to all of their patient fans, they’ve got an open bar at this gig. Consider yourself forgiven, gentlemen.

Café Domina (22:00 | ¥2,500)
Tokyo DJ Velocity will be a welcome addition to the D’n’B scene of Nagoya. MC CARDZ will also be there, talking over Velocity’s mad mixes for some unknown reason.

Sunday 20

Café Domina (17:00 | ¥1,500)
This eclectic gathering of techno, house, breakbeat and electro DJs is kicking off their Halloween party a week before everyone else on Sunday… at 17:00… I think I’ve found a flaw in their plan.

Thursday 24

The Flaming Lips
Diamond Hall (18:00 | ¥7,500)
Without this band, I’d probably still be a lonely bachelor. Because when you meet a beautiful woman named Yoshimi who also loves the psychedelic art rock of the Flaming Lips, you marry her; regardless of whether she’s a black belt in karate or not.

Friday 25

The Woggles
Live House Oys (18:30 | ¥3,000)
For about the last and a half, I thought Oys had closed their doors forever. Turns out they just changed their website. D’oh! Thankfully I discovered my mistake in time to announce the Japan tour of The Woggles, whose pure, uncut rock will melt your face.

Saturday 26

Club Buddha (21:00 | ¥2,000)
The farthest thing from a Halloween party happening on this night is this ska and reggae party on the east side of Sakae.

Tuesday 29

Apollo Theater (18:30 | ¥3,800)
Mike Kinsella, along with his equally talented siblings, account for a good deal of the indie music out of Chicago. However, it’s his solo project Owen that I enjoy the most. With support from his other project Their/They’re/There and and emo act Into It. Over It.

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