Nag Live

Daniel Ostrander offers up some sound advice

Tuesday 2

Public Image Ltd
Diamond Hall (18:30 | ¥7,500)
Though the post-rock sound of PiL couldn’t be further from that of the Sex Pistols, the message from lead singer John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) remained the same: fuck everything.

Steve Forbert
Tokuzo (18:00 | ¥5,000)
While we’re discussing 80s musicians; this talented Americana songwriter is probably best known for the hit Romeo’s Tune. Nashville legend Tim Easton will also perform on this night.
Friday 5

X-Hall (22:00 | ¥3,500)
One of my all time favorite producers, this German DJ makes electro-infused dance tracks of the dirtiest variety. I plan of getting downright filthy at this one.

Saturday 6

Club Mago (23:00 | ¥3,500)
If you got any dance left in you after Boys Noize on Friday, check out Chicago house pioneer DJ Glenn Underground on Saturday.
Cable and Cable
Taurus (16:00 | ¥1,500)
A new sound in the Nagoya scene, this trio produces dark synth pop that immediately brings to mind Depeche Mode

I LOVE – WE LOVE 80’s Music
Plastic Factory (21:00 | ¥1,500)
After you enjoy some new New Wave music from Cable and Cable, head down a few stops on the yellow line to relive the original sounds with live covers of the best of the 80s from Zengo Kankei and Matthew Bowden, along with DJs Nick Shotter and Daniel Cheah.

Club Upset (17:00 | ¥2,900)
Hailing from Italy, Hopes Dies Last has enough emo angst, black mascara and guttural howls to almost cover up the fact that they suck… almost.

Monday 8

Ringo Deathstarr
Apollo Theater (18:30 | ¥5,800)
This Texas band, along with opening act Seapony, fall into that rare species of shoegaze bands that don’t make me want to kill myself.

Friday 12

Bellows Lovers Night vol. 12
Bottom Line (18:00 | ¥4,500)
I’m not sure what’s more surprising: that Nagoya has a whole event dedicated to the accordion or that there has been 11 of these events so far.

Thursday 18

Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur
Tokuzo (18:00 | ¥7,000)
It’s a rare treat that these american folk legends should come to Japan, and to catch them together is another bonus. Howevever, there’s a lot of great Americana music this month, and I can’t say that 7000 is the best deal you’re going to get.

Friday 19

Josephine Foster and Victor Herrero
K.D. Japon (18:30 | ¥3,500)
Another treasured folk music duo, but with a Latin flavor and half the price.

Sunday 21

Frankie J
Club Ozon (15:00 | ¥5,500)
Don’t call it a comeback, because this Mexican RandB singer never really made it. But that could change if his latest songs are a sign of more new excellence to come.

Monday 22

Extreme the DOJO
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥7,000)
It seems that I am having trouble communicating with my metalhead readership, perhaps if I reviewed this death metal show featuring Obituary, All Shall Perish and more in a language they can understand… GRWARRR! RAWWRR! ARRR!!

Wednesday 24

The Weather Station
K.D. Japon (19:00 | ¥3,800)
Good lord! There is so much amazing folk music happening in town this month. But Canadian songwriter Tamara Lindeman has beguiled me with her delicate voice and rhythmic lyrics.

Thursday 25

Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥6,300)
Hey, do you remember this band’s “big” hit Crazy Bitch?! Yeah, me neither.
Friday 26

Zepp Nagoya (19:00 | ¥6,500)
One of the most loved DJs in the world, if you don’t recognize his name you’ll probably know the track that he did last year that was so huge. I’d mention the name of the song here except that I wouldn’t be able to get the lyrics out of my head for days.

Club Zion (19:00 | ¥3,000)
I’ve given the AT party a lot of shit over the past few years, but they really do deserve some credit. If it weren’t for them bringing terrible hardcore bands like Brutality Will Prevail to Nagoya, this article would be nothing but sunshine and rainbows every month; and no one wants that.

Sunday 28

The Pink Sexy
Club Mago (19:00 | ¥3,000)
By now I am certain you’ve heard plenty of reasons to attend’s next party. However what you may not know is that this night is also my birthday, so along with all of the talented DJs and the jaw-dropping pole and cage dance performances, you can come out and help me welcome another year of keeping you in the know (and systematically tearing down every band you ever loved).

Tuesday 30

Tenement and HOLY SHIT!
Huck Finn (18:30 | ¥3,000)
The noisy punk of Tenement may seem like a weird combo with HOLY SHIT!’s lo-fi alt, but these American bands manage a happy happenstance… is that redundant?

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