Nagoya Live March 2012

Daniel Ostrander offers up some sound advice

Saturday 3rd

Da Doo Ron Ron
Club Upset (23:30 | ¥3150)
It’s very rare to find an event in Nagoya that that I have no complaints about. However, with live performances from The Bunnies and  NAGMAG favs Adas Mexico, I feel oddly content, which doesn’t sit well with me. I need something to mock…

Café Domina (22:00 | ¥2500)
Sometimes with Japan, you just have to shake your head. This event takes its poorly-planned name from the initials of their three headlining DJs, Kaos, Kent and Keita. And while DJ Kaos does spin some funky disco house music, I am finally putting my foot down to horribly named events.

Friday 9th

Foo Fighters (CANCELED!)
Between The Daniel Ostrander writing this column and going to print, the Foo Fighters canceled their Singapore and Japan shows – NM

Crystal Kay
Bottom Line (18:30 | ¥5250)
…so you will have to settle for this J-pop princess and her collection of not-so-saccharine singles off her new album.

Saturday 10th

Alien Invasion, vol. 2
Studio 246 (18:30 | ¥1000)
This collection of gaijin rock acts terrorized Toyohashi so much last time around, that they are no longer welcome back there. Which is good news for Nagoya because we can partake of local legends Ghost of Matsubara, Shibata Heavy Industries, Molotov U.S.K. and Snack Mama all on one stage. Enjoy them now, before their exiled from Chubu altogether.

Geki-Rock FES.vol.10
Club 3 Star (17:00 | ¥5400)
Or, for a shit-ton more money, you COULD listen to the pop-punk of Forever The Sickest Kids (USA) and Melody Fall (Italy). Of course, you could also jam chopsticks into your ears until they pierce your brain. Same effect for a lot less yen.

Club Mago (22:00 | ¥2500)
DJ OGAWA’s new single “Explosion” is just that: a progressive house track that starts low with wicked drums that forebode something bigger to come. And when the beat drops and the alarm sounds, it’s too late; the dance-floor is one fire! On this night, you can be one of the first to get caught up in the collateral damage at the release party.

Tuesday 13th

Marilyn Manson
Zepp Nagoya (18:00 | ¥8500)
Mr. Manson is back with his first album in 3 years, or, as it’s known in the industry, a desperate cry of, “I’m still relevant, damn it!”

Thursday 15th

Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥5800)
Underoath is an American Christian metalcore band… seriously. I couldn’t be that funny if I tried.

Friday 16th

K.D. Japon (18:00 | ¥2500)
I disregarded this amazing Saitama band last month because their opening acts were so awesome. However, I won’t make the same mistake this month… because opening band Michael Japan just sucks.

Sunday 18th

Uplift Spice
Club Upset (18:00 | ¥2300)
I was bummed when this Tokyo 4-piece seemed to disappear from the scene, but now their back, touring a new album featuring lots more of the kowa-kawaii Chiori screaming into a mic.

Monday 19th

Radical Face Japan Tour
K.D. Japon (18:30 | ¥3500)
Hailing from Florida, Ben Cooper is a very talented songwriter who performs in a number of acts. However, it was his solo work as Radical Face and his latest album The Roots that first brought his hauntingly beautiful tales of home and family to my attention. This concert gets my highest recommendation.

X-Hall (22:00 | ¥3000)
X-Hall continues to prove that Osu is more than just kitschy shops and sketchy otaku with a series of amazing international acts, the latest of which is Maya Jane Coles. Even a cursory listen to her deep house tracks gives clear evidence why she was voted Producer of the Year 2011 by DJ Mag.

Wednesday 21st

Huck Finn (18:30 | ¥2100)
One cannot say that Tokyo’s Sister Paul is a happy duo. However, there is no denying that their anguish rock is awesome.

Friday 23rd

Marcel Knopf
Café Domina (22:00 | ¥2500)
However, if you’re looking for something a bit less banging than electro, Berlin DJ Marcel Knopf’s tech house should do the trick.

Saturday 24th

Budo Grape
Tokuzo (18:00 | ¥2300)
Not only is Budo Grape no longer on hiatus, they are back with a slew of live gigs all over Japan this year! Can a new album be far away? This Grape-head hopes not!

Sunday 25th

The Scrooges
Bar Ripple (19:00 | ¥1000)
For every local band that reaches even a modicum of success, there is a long line of ones who are left behind. It’s even more tragic when they’re as talented as Miggy and the Scrooges. Sadly, they are playing their final show on this night, so do NOT miss it.

Tuesday 27th

My Morning Jacket
Club Quattro (18:30 | ¥6500)
Man, I love this band, and I was very pleased when they got some well-earned media attention with their last few albums. However, that very same attention also brought with it exuberant ticket prices.

Wednesday 28th

Apollo Theater (19:30 | ¥3500)
These four ladies from Norway have a very cool sound that falls somewhere between ska and 50s pop. BIG thanks to DJ Yamada and File-Under Records for bringing them to Japan for everyone’s ears to enjoy. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Michael Schenker
Diamond Hall (18:00 | ¥8000)
For the life of me, I have no idea why this ex-Scorpions/UFO guitarist is so popular in Japan that people will still pay 80 bones just to hear him wail on his admittedly-awesome Gibson Flying V.

Thursday 29th

Fountains Of Wayne
Club Quattro (19:00 | ¥6000)
8 years after Stacy’s Mom and the MTV-fame it created, Fountains of Wayne is back with new album Sky Full of Holes which is, thankfully, far less irreverent and much more mature than all their past efforts combined. I am actually recommending you go to this show; a sure sign of the apocalypse.

Saturday 31st

Cold World Japan Tour
Club Zion (17:30 | ¥3000)
I am happy that this American hardcore band is coming to Nagoya. Not because they’re good (Lord, no). But because they helped me to reach my word limit for the month.

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