I Hate This Place
K.D. Japon (19:00 | ¥3500)
Jumpstart February with the beautifully orchestrated indietronica of I Hate This Place with special guests, and NAG MAG favorites, Budo Grape.
Story Of The Year
Club Quattro (19:00 | ¥5800)
This American alt-rock band used to be called Big Blue Monkey. They should’ve stuck with that. Their music still sucked, but at least that name was less misleading.
Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3000)
While most deep house music could be used as a sure-fire cure for insomnia, this French producer makes a decent attempt to keep his tracks fresh with sultry vocals and funky rhythms.
Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3000)
Album release party from this Tokyo Dubstep pioneer featuring a whole cast of DJs with that bass-heavy warble.
Club Buddha (19:00 | ¥2000)
I got my start as a DJ playing indy rock, so I’ve got an obvious soft spot in my heart for these gigs, especially when they feature DJ Yamada of File-Under Records in Osu, the best supplier of indie label vinyl in Aichi.
Nihon Gaishi Hall (19:00 | ¥8500 / ¥16000)
Last May, the princess of faux-punk, along with many others, cancelled their Japan tours in wake of the triple Tohoku disasters. And though there are so many other reasons not to go, “abandons her fans” is at the very top.
K.D. Japon (19:00 | ¥2000)
Gordon Sharp has been pushing the boundaries of music since the early 80s, so his experimental band will fit right in with local masters of the strange, MANGIRL, and The National Grid from Kobe.
Zepp Nagoya (19:00 | ¥7000)
The nu metal act with a name like cheap perfume returns to Japan with a new self-titled album, which sounds exactly the same as the previous two. Still, points for consistency.
Maximum Mod vol. 12
Plastic Factory (22:00 | ¥2000)
Much respect to the Factory for stepping out of their box with this night dedicated to the all-but-obscure fashion and music movement of the 60s. RnB, soul and British Beat music all night long.
white white sisters
Club Upset (19:00 | ¥2500)
The explosive WWS had a big 2011, and I cannot wait to see what they got in store for the New Year. Also this night you’ve got the androgyny and garage rock of Droog.
Shooters (19:00 | ???)
Kunio Kishida is the one of the most talented slide guitarist I’ve seen in Japan. To be fair, he’s only the second slide guitarist I’ve seen in Japan, but that should not detract from his obvious talent with any 6-stringed instrument. Adam Demby will join him on the drums with other special guests to be announced.
Aichi Prefectural Art Theater (19:00 | ¥9500)
Not exactly the most romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day, but if you’re lucky they might play their heart-felt ballad “Turbo Lover”.
Zepp Nagoya (19:00 | ¥4000)
Danceable rock from yet-another Sapporo band (that place is the Seattle of Japan), plus their name means “Action Fish” (awesome!). With the telephones, OGRE YOU ASSHOLE and more
Club Quattro (19:00 | ¥6500)
More Nordic-born heavy metal than the mighty Mjölnir, hammer of Thor… yeah, I’m a geek.
Huck Finn (18:30 | ¥2500)
Enjoy this Birmingham band’s pop-punk before MTV gets a hold of it and uses it to soundtrack their programming ad nauseum.
The Michael Wade Band
Taurus (15:00 | ¥1000)
Back from a successful tour of Canada, local singer and songwriter Michael Wade is returning to the stage with belly dancer Ariane and Bodhi Kenyon.
Café Domina (22:00 | ¥3000)
Live performance from the strangely splendid duo OBRIGARRD. Admission comes with free food, but I don’t know that Domina has a kitchen… so, is that really a good thing?
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥5000)
I really dig this NYC band, but the fact they’re playing Quattro is the heart in my heartbreak. However, the lo-fi awesomeness of supporting band Weekend may be just enough motivation to get me to shell out the 50 bones.
Nuclear Assault and Black Dahlia Murder
Club Quattro (18:30 | ¥7000)
…with names like that you know what you’re getting into.
Tokuzo (19:30 | ¥6500)
Yet another talented slide-guitarist, this time from Australia, Mr. Lang’s bluesy folk music sounds of rainy nights, lost love and whiskey. Highly recommended!
Plastic Factory (19:00 | ¥1000)
While others spend their time just writing about the local scene (ahem!), Semi-On creates it with their monthly open mic and art space. Besides all the great performances on the main stage, the upstairs gallery will play host to the work of Valentine Harmand.
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥4500)
While I’m sure Mr. Kweller’s new album Go Fly A Kite will be full of beautifully-crafted songs, at that price for tickets, this show is for hardcore-fans-only.