NAG Live, September 2015

As It Is play Club 3Star on Wed. Sept 16
As It Is play Club 3Star on Wed. Sept 16


Tuesday 8

Dragon Force

Diamond Hall (18:00 | ¥7,500)
Now this is my kind of metal band. Shredding guitars, pounding drums and vocals that don’t make me want to deafen myself with a butter knife.

Friday 11

Jesse Royal
Radix (21:00 | ¥3,000)
I was unaware of the recent decriminalization of smoke in Jamaica until I listened to Finally, the latest ganja-homage from Kingston resident Jesse Royal. And I wasted my summer here in Nagoya like a chump!

Saturday 12

Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3,000)
Joining Ogawa on the decks at this month’s progressive house party is the international rising star DJ Osamu M with his nature-inspired original tracks.

The METRO Club

Lover:z (22:00 | ¥2,500)
The summer may be gone, but the party is always on at the Nagoya Metro Club. The wildest party celebrating love in all its many splendid forms every second Saturday of the month.

Sunday 13

Mean Jeans

Huck Finn (18:00 | ¥2,800)
The never-stop-partying attitude of Portland punk pranksters Mean Jeans is reminiscent of the Licensed To Ill-era Beastie Boys, minus the potential to create something as perfect as Paul’s Boutique.

 Rocka Rolla vol. 7
MyBar (19:00 | ¥500)
Celebrating their eleventh anniversary with some hard rocking cover bands: GOD of Thunder as KISS and TRANZAN as Lynrd Skynrd. The only gig this month where it’s acceptable to shout out “Free Bird!”

Storytellers 3

Gotham City (18:00 | ¥1,500)
Continuing their dedication to showcasing the best in local music, GC has got Xandera Corpora, Tom Fallon and Michael Green sharing their songs and the stories behind them at this highly recommended event.

Tuesday 15

Painted Palms
K.D. Japon (18:30 | ¥2,500)
This San Francisco band blends synthesizers, effects and surf rock to make a sound some call “chillwave”. But to me it’s just the perfect end-of-summer soundtrack.

Wednesday 16

As It Is
Club 3Star (18:00 | ¥4,400)
This Brighton-based pop punk act may be the headliner, but make sure you get there early to catch openers We Are The Champion$ from Tokyo. Their energetic blend of pop and hardcore is just fun.

Friday 18

Soft Fall Grooves
Sienna (20:00 | ¥500)
The power duo of diva Aya Kawakami and guitar virtuoso Takashi Terada returns to Sienna for a night of fine dining and fine music.

Saturday 19

X-Hall (21:00)
The smooth and funky future garage sound of this British duo is very easy to love, but the EDM-addicts that frequent X-Hall might be disappointed with the lack of kazoo-filled drops.

Huck Finn (18:00 | ¥2,500)
The rage-inspired punk rock of this Spanish band is full of kick ass. Enter the mosh pit at your own peril.

Soul Kitchen
Shooters (18:00 | ¥500)
DJs scrying and Cee2 are bringing their popular dance party to Nagoya’s #1 American-themed dining establishment. A fun night of soul, rock, hip-hop and just about everything that’ll make you shake that booty!

Monday 21

BLOODAXE Tour 2015
Club RAD (15:00 | ¥4,800)
Silver week begins on an angry note with four bands from around the world blanketing our city in rage bombs, starting with the metalcore of First Blood (USA) and Desolated (UK).

Birds In Row
Club RockNRoll (15:00 | ¥3,000)
I assumed I couldn’t understand what this band was so pissed off about because they were from France. After learning they sing in English, I realized it’s just because they suck.

Geriatric Unit

DayTrive (17:30 | ¥2,500)
The members of Geriatric Unit have been involved in the hardcore punk scene of England since the mid-80s. A few more decades and that name will be more than apt.

Tuesday 22

Silver Week

iD Cafe (19:00 | ¥2,500)
New York staple DJ BeatBreaker is bringing his EDM-filled sets to iD for their five-day party.

Thursday 24

Ice Grill$ Tour 2015
Club 3Star (17:30 | ¥5,800)
French band Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Is back in Japan with more high school-inspired lyrics of pop punk mixed with the guttural roars of hardcore. Still way better than opening bands A Loss For Words and In Her Own Words from America.

Friday 25

Huck Finn (18:30 | ¥3,300)
Imagine if Jello Biafra fronted the Strokes and you’d have a small glimpse of the brilliant insanity that is New Zealand punk band The DHDFD’s.

Saturday 26

Diamond Hall (16:30 | ¥6,000)
One of the biggest names in Japanese ska, Kemuri celebrates 20 years of blaring horns, driving guitars and the Positive Mental Attitude their music is famous for. Along with Reel Big Fish (Sell out!) and Less Than Jake… goddamn, this is the best month ever for punk!

Tuesday 29

Ken Boothe
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥6,000)
In the 60s, this smooth-voiced singer brought the rock-steady Jamaican sound to radios around the world. 50 years later and he’s still got it. Highly recommended.

NoiD vol. 50

Club RAD (17:30 | ¥2,800)
Japanese punk rockers Septaluck and SKALL HEADZ have garnered a growing fan-base around the world with a mess of talent and not being afraid to tackle English lyrics.

Herald Trance

Club Orca (20:00 | ¥1,000)
A good friend recently asked me to suggest a good place to hear trance. And since an X-filled rave in Europe during the 90s wasn’t an option and she didn’t really want to hang out at a pachinko parlor, I dug deep and came up with this party starring Overhead Champion.

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