K.D Japon (19:00 | ¥2300)
A soft-spoken balladeer and experimental composer, Chenaux is known for his provocative manipulation of the guitar.
Plus Park (20:00 | ¥2000)
A night of good music and wearing pink, not exactly the image usually associated with this night spot. Featuring DJs Rich Rok, Skullduggery and m@
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥5800)
This Swedish gypsy punk band was a huge hit at Fuji Rock a few years back, and they’ve come back to give us more of their horn and accordion-driven music.
Shibata Heavy Industries
Taurus (15:00 | ¥1000)
Local guitarist Luke Stoltenberg plays for several hard rock bands, but this metal outfit is where you can really hear him shred.
The Count Basie Orchestra
Blue Note (17:30 / 20:30 | ¥8700)
“The Swingingest Band in All the Land” is coming to town for 2 shows, and while I would love to jump to their sound, ‘dems a lot of bones.
Zepp Nagoya (18:00 | ¥6500)
Seems that this it’s time for all those musicians to make good on all those earthquake tickets they issued in the spring. First to come crawling back is Oasis (minus the ego and talent of Noel Gallagher).
Club About (22:00 | ¥1500)
DJ Primalize’s monthly tech and progressive house party is a welcome alternative to the stale, stock top 40 parties most of the bigger club promote.
Apollo Theater, Club Rock’N’Roll, Sonset Strip, Daytrive (13:00 | ¥3500)
10 hours of loud music from nearly 40 bands you’ve never heard of in 4 venues for a low, low price! Where else this side of a high school talent show can you find such a good deal?
Diamond Hall (18:00 | ¥3150)
The garage-born sounds of this Tokyo band deserve your attention this month… or any month. They come here quite often.
Club Spiral (14:00 | ¥3500)
Hatsune Miku is a 16 year old pop idol that is quickly taking the world by storm, and she is nearly 100% computer generated. I say ‘nearly’ because her voice is sampled from human idol Saki Fujita, who will be performing on this night.
Tokuzo (18:00 | ¥3300)
It’s been 8 years since Fugazi went on hiatus. And as sweet as it is to hear the somber bass lines of Joe Lally again, when are we going to get that and%$# reunion tour!?
Nippon Gaishi Hall (19:00 | ¥8800)
On the elevator ride to hell, this is the muzak they play.
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥6000)
For 15 years this California band has been making ska-tastic covers of pop and rock hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s; and for starting that trend, I don’t think I will ever forgive them.
Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3000)
This Newark DJ is keeping the house music scene alive with his crowd-pleasing, energetic mix.
Club Buddha (16:00 | ¥2000)
The 12th anniversary party for this town’s number 1 retro night
Thirty Seconds To Mars
Diamond Hall (19:00 | ¥6500)
I’ve never really been kind to emo bands that visit Nagoya, and I’m not going to start now.
Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3500)
French producer Francois K, one of the forefathers of the house music scene, headlines this night underground club sounds.
Extreme the DOJO vol. 27
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥7500)
A night of alt-rock acts from around the world including Funeral For A Friend, In This Moment, Twin Atlantic and Crossfaith.
Café Domina (22:00 | ¥2500)
I like minimal techno; preferably so minimal no one can hear it. Ba-dump-bump-bump!
Ogre You Asshole
Club Quattro (17:00 | ¥3500)
Fans of Modest Mouse and the Talking Heads will recognize their influence on this J-rock trio.
Club Quattro (18:30 | ¥6500)
Hailed as one of the greatest death metal bands ever, and yet they still don’t rate as big a venue as Linkin Park or Motley Crue. Cthulhu just ain’t listening, guys.
Zepp Nagoya (19:00 | ¥10500 / ¥13000)
Those who didn’t grow up in the 80s may be shocked to know that Tommy Lee and Vince Neil are famous for more than reality TV buffoonery.
Apollo Theater (19:30 | ¥4500)
Dinosaur Jr, Folk Implosion, Deep Wound, Sebadoh: Indie rock icon Lou Barlow’s resume reads like the playlist of one of my college-era mixtapes.
Apollo Theater (Shinsakae)
052-261-5308 | www.diamond-hall.com/apollotheater
Blue Note (Sakae)
052-961-6311 | www.nagoya-bluenote.com
Café Domina (Sakae)
052-264-3134 | www.cafe-domina.com
Club Buddha (Shinsakae)
052-251-5450 | www.clubbuddha.com
Club JB’s (Sakae)
052-241-2234 | www.club-jbs.jp
Club Mago (Shinsakae)
052-243-1818 | www.club-mago.co.jp
Club Quattro (Sakae)
Club Rock n’ Roll (Shinsakae)
052-262-5150 | www.clubrocknroll.jp/
Club Spiral (Sakae)
052-242-0780 | www.ozon-sp.com/main/
052-241-5019 | http://day-trip.info/
Diamond Hall (Shinsakae)
052-265-2665 | www.diamond-hall.com
K.D. Japon (Tsurumai)
052-251-0324 | www2.odn.ne.jp/kdjapon/
Nippon Gaishi Hall (Kasadera)
052-614-3111 | www.nespa.or.jp/shisetsu/hall/
Plus Park (Sakae)
052-243-1173 | www.plus-park.com
Sonset Strip (Shinsakae)
052-939-3222 | www.sonset-strip.com
052-931-9721 | www.nagoyataurus.com
052-733-3709 | www.tokuzo.com
Zepp Nagoya (Nagoya Station)
052-541-5758 | www.zepp.co.jp