NAG Live – September, 2013

Friday 6

Apollo Theater (19:00 | ¥3,800)
After an extended summer vacation, I am very happy to see a ton of excellent live music coming to Nagoya this month. First up, this London shoegaze band makes the kind of somber music the disenfranchised youth love.

Ghost Of Matsubara
Club 3Star (17:00 | ¥2,500)
As we begin a new term, there’s a good chance many of you may be reading NAGMAG for the first time ever. If so, welcome to Nagoya. Here’s the best rock band our community has ever produced. You’re welcome!

Saturday 7

Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥2,500)
This chill dance party is turning five this month. Flagship is a party for music lovers who care more about dancing then being a part of a “scene”

Wednesday 11

Trixie Whitley
Club Quattro (19:00 | ¥5,500)
As the daughter of the late, great blues musician Chris Whitley, there’s no arguing Trixie Whitley’s musical pedigree. But even a cursory listen to her debut album Fourth Corner reveals a level of passion that is all her own.

Pitbull Global Warming Tour
Zepp Nagoya (18:00 | ¥9,000)
I know “sampling” beats  and hooks from other songs have long been a staple of the hip hop industry, but “Mr. Worldwide” is a straight-up thief.

Friday 13

The Sexy Pirate Bus
Shooter’s, Elephant’s Nest, Coat of Arms, Mexigan, B.J,’s and The 59’s
(19:00 | ¥2,500 / ¥2,000 Advance VIP, 6D )
Crawling is for suckers. This is Aichi! If we want to go to more than one place, we ride! Brought to you by team SEXY ( there’s a lot going on this night, and they are going to get you there in style: on the Booty Bus, arrrr! Check out the article for all the details, and make sure you disembark at Coat of Arms where I’ll be manning the turntables all night long. Sign up as a V.I.P. on the sexy website and get in for¥2,000 (Six shots at six bars – free bus ride!)

Less Than Jake
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥5,500)
I’ve heard it said that ska is dead, but someone didn’t tell Less Than Jake  and their legions of fans in Nagoya and around the world.

Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,000)
This awesome Tokyo band controls the stage with their electro-infused rock whether playing live or dropping one of their legendary DJ sets.

LeFtO Asia Tour
Cafe Domina (23:00 | ¥2,000)
Thankfully, Domina is just a little down the way from JB’s. Cause you’re going to want to also catch Belgium DJ LeFtO’s mix of 70s-inspired funk  and soul.

Saturday 14

Cafe Domina (22:00 | ¥2,000)
Nagoya’s best drum’n’bass night is back with DJs tA.hA.rA., ZIG-NINE, DJ Smoker  and HALCYON.

Bears And Company
Sonset Strip
I’m curious what it actually takes for foreign musicians to get a tour in Japan. Not to take anything away from this excellent indie rock band with their Deathcab-with-an-edge sound, but how does a small label act from Kansas City garner a large enough fanbase to warrant a Japan tour?

HOLIC × Physical Function
Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,000)
London’s own Mr. G is unique. Sure, his pure house music mixes are damn sweet, but it’s his unconstrained dancing behind the turntables that really sets him apart from all the other stoic-to-be-cool DJs out there these days.

Sunday 15

Bloodshot Bill
DayTrive (17:00 | ¥2,800)
Bloodshot Bill, a hard-drinkin’, guitar-slingin’ one-man rockabilly band, the likes of which Nagoya ain’t never seen before. Duck  and the Billys and a number of other local bands to open

Skimmer Japan Tour
DayTrip (16:30 | ¥2,500)
I’ve never really understood the “big in Japan” theory in the music industry, but this UK punk band is certainly thankful for the boost in record sales.

No Good Rascals
Taurus (16:00 | ¥1,500)
I’m rather disappointed with myself. This talented local band has managed to fly under my radar until now. Thankfully their YouTube channel has plenty of great live shows to catch us up.

Wednesday 18

Robert Glasper Experiment
Blue Note (¥7,800)
To understand why this talented jazz pianist won this year’s Grammy for best R andB Album just listen to the last track of his album Black Radio, then listen to the whole thing. Genius.

Club Upset (18:00 | ¥2,800)
In a world where One Direction, Justin Bieber  and their ilk seem to dominate, it’s easy to dismiss any pretty-boy band as equally annoying. Don’t make that mistake with Australia’s Goodbyemotel.

Club Zion (19:00 | ¥3,500)
This Australian duo’s unique surf-rock is not to be missed, which poses a problem for us music lovers. Good goddamn! Too much good music for one night.

Saturday 21

I Am Robot And Proud
K.D. Japon (18:30 | ¥3,800)
It’s not hard to imagine the indie electronic music of Shaw-Han Liem soundtracking a video game, especially considering he is also a game designer.

Sunday 22

Club About (21:00 | ¥2,000)
I hope this long-running homage to house music has finally found a home at About. They’ve moved around so much the past few years, that it’s hard to keep track of where they’re playing next.

Friday 27

Cafe Domina (22:00 | ¥1,500)
A plethora of dance sounds with DJs Noda, AGO, Chris Ollier, Halcyon  and Zig-Nine with Free Takoyaki… no, that’s not a DJ name. They’re actually giving away free takoyaki to eat at this event.

Saturday 28

Good Weather
Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,500)
The lineup of international superstars this party manages to pull in is nothing short of impressive. This time they’ve got UK dubstep/grime producer Swindle from this UK dropping some sick warble.

Monday 30

Club Quattro (18:30 | ¥3,400)
The most original approach to rap since Matisyahu picked up a mic and started dropping kosher rhymes, Movits! is the preeminent electroswing hip-hop trio. And being from Sweden makes it even more impressive; that’s like being super-Caucasian.

Ice Grill$ Tour 2013
Club Zion (18:00 | ¥3,500)
Dammit! I nearly made it a whole month without subjecting my readers to a band that equates talent with rage. In Her Own Words’ guttural lyrics helps them to avoid the comfortable oblivion of being just another punk-pop band, a hole that co-headliners Stickup Kid is more than happy to fill.

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