Peter Van Hoesen
Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3,000)
A “special long set” from this Belgian techno pioneer. But to be honest, all techno sets sound especially long to me.
Club Zion (17:30 | ¥2,000)
I like this Australian punk/ska band. They may not write meaningful ballads that will last the ages, but it’s so much easier to dance in the shallow end of the pool.
Apollo Theater, Rock’n’Roll, DayTrive Club, Sonset Strip (12:30 | ¥4,000)
40 bones gets you into 4 clubs with access to nearly 40 bands. Even if you haven’t heard of any of them, that’s still a helluva deal.
Winter Garden Extravaganza
Winter Garden Dance Hall (19:00 | ¥3,500)
The Winter Garden Dance Hall represents a time when dancing meant more than gyrating your nethers on some hapless lady. Sadly, at year’s end this gorgeous ballroom will close its doors forever. In honor of this beacon of class, Nagoya Swings is hosting the big band sound of Ako and the Dark Blue Swingers and the rockabilly fury of Duck and the Billys.
Huck Finn (19:00 | ¥5,000)
A nice change of pace from the riotous acts that normally disgrace this stage, Austin-based Ringo Deathstarr brings some lovely indie pop that’s more akin to The Cure than their name would have you believe.
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥6,000)
Thank you Sean Mackin for both keeping this pop-punk band relevant (if only barely) and teaching all those kids playing the violin how not to squander their talent.
Tsurumai Park (12:30 | ¥1,500)
This day long celebration of film, music and art is THE community event you don’t want to miss this month. Besides all of the talented work of both regional and overseas filmmakers, there will be a number of muscians and DJs performing, including The Rats, Semi On, The Tomo Shagger Tribute Band and more.
Club Buddha (16:00 | ¥2,000)
Children of the 80s knew that day-glo fashion and synth-heavy music was cool before all of that electro, dubstep noise (or whatever you crazy kids are calling it these days).
Fear Factory and Decapitated
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥6,800)
I was trying to cut back on writing about death-metal bands this month, as all of that black music is starting to become the soundtrack my dreams. However, there is so much of it this month; it’s as inescapable as the nightmares I’m sure to have after listening to these bands.
The Equinox Party
Club Upset (24:00 | ¥2,500)
Since garnering a good deal of fans all over Japan, BLANKA has been quite busy playing in other towns. But they are finally bringing their dancing-inducing electronic jam back to Nagoya for a whole new generation to enjoy.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Zepp Nagoya (18:30 | ¥7,800)
70s Glam meets transgender issues in this rock musical turned film turned touring Japanese live show. And as much as “The Origin of Love” has been ruined for me by so much late-nite karaoke, there are so many more amazing numbers that I can only imagine will be further destroyed in translation. 2 shows on Sunday as well
I LOVE 80s MUSIC
Plastic Factory (21:00 | ¥1,500)
Another amazing live performance from ZENGO KANKEI (a guy whose knowledge of New Wave music puts my own to shame) with vocals by Matthew Bowden along with DJ Music Machine.
Club About (21:00 | ¥2,500)
As a producer often labeled as “minimal”, Mr. Star’s sound is anything but. So full of contagious tempo and quirky samples that you will easily lose yourself in the mix.
Apollo Theater (18:30 | ¥3,500)
Earlier this year, this awesome Tokyo duo was in town touring their new CD Turbo Town. And now they’re back, touring their new CD Turbo Town. I never said they were “prolific”.
Wanna Be Child
Club JB’s (21:00 | ¥2,000)
I love house music for many reasons, but one of my least is the pomposity. No other genre of music has more references to itself than house. It’s like the DJs are worried their fans will forget why they came to the club. How far would Mozart have gotten if he stopped in the middle of a symphony and shouted “You are listening to Classic!” Still, I love house music, and no one does it better than DJs Toida, Tom Langford and Andy S.
Zepp Nagoya (18:00 | ¥9,000)
I have a modicum of respect for 80s prog rockers ASIA. However, $90 seems like a lot to hear “Heat of the Moment” live.
LAKE Japan Tour 2012
K.D. Japon (18:30 | ¥3,700)
This American indie pop band is most famous for the song Christmas Island, which my more stoned readers will know from Adventure Time.
3Star Imaike (18:00 | ¥4,300)
This French singer/songwriter merges black metal lyrics with jarring shoegaze guitar chords, for a sound more horrid than the sum of its 2 parts.
Club Buddha (21:00 | ¥2,000)
The Mod-maniacs return to Buddha all of the groovy sounds of the 50s and 60s and that hip Mad Men fashion.
Probably one of the most popular producers of J-house music, his energetic sets will hopefully bring some attention to this cool club smack dab in the middle of the Osu shopping arcade.
3Star Imaike (16:00 | ¥3,500)
I’ll give this German “electrocore” band credit. That’s probably one of the most hilarious names I’ve heard in a while. But after hearing their music, the accolades die there.