SOMETIMES IT SNOWS IN APRIL
On to the calendar!
X-Hall in Osu from 21:00
The Belgian Booty scene :(yeah, that’s a thing) is going to hit the X-Kids hard with the bass-heavy tracks of DJ and producer Kronic. DOOR ¥4000
Link’s Bar in Sakae from 20:00 | FREE)
DJ scrying’s homage to the heyday of hip hop returns. Alongside DJs SoulKitchen and Fred, they’ve got this Old School reunion covered from the class of 1979 on. FREE
GC Live in Shinsakae from 19:30
Burnin’ up the dance floor with The Rounders and Borrowed Brass. Grab your partner and let’s go honky tonkin’! DOOR ¥1500 (1D)
Plastic Factory in Imaike from 22:00
A pillar of our community, Heinz is not only the friendly guy pouring you drinks at the Plastic Factory; he is also one of the biggest supporters of local music and art, a title he has held for longer than most of us have called Nagoya our home. Happy Birthday, Heinz! Thank you for all you do for the scene. DOOR ¥2000 (2D)
Café Domina in Sakae from 22:00
Heavy metal at Domina needs to become a weekly thing! DOOR ¥1500
Club Zion in Kamimaezu from 17:00
Recordshop Zoo in Osu, a premiere destination for vinyl junkies, is celebrating their tenth anniversary with ska and punk music from local bands. DOOR ¥3300
Shooters in Fushimi from 19:00
Jukebox Paradise is an original musical from local songwriter Brian Cullen, and will hit the stage this November from KPB Theatre and the Nagoya Players. And on this night you can get a preview of the songs with Brian’s new band, Coindrop62. DOOR ¥300
Shooters in Fushimi from 18:00
A sure-fire cure for your two left feet, Nagoya Swings has the most affordable dance lessons in town, with easy to follow bilingual instructors and a friendly atmosphere. This month their offering an intro to The Charleston, also known as the dance from the famous pool scene in It’s A Wonderf… yeah, I’m old. DOOR ¥600
All Is Dream
K.D. Japon in Tsurumai from 18:00
Dream pop is the manic pixie girl of music: quirky, upbeat and predominately for gloomy white men. Osaka’s Post Modern Team. could very well sound track the next Zooey Deschanel project. DOOR ¥2300
Plastic Factory in Imaike from 19:00
This open mic and art space is still the best event to see and get seen by the many talented members of our community. In the upstairs gallery this month they’ve got the arts and crafts of local artisans Rie Haneda and Saddle Kobayashi along with a mini flea market of handmade and recycled goods. DOOR ¥1000 (1D)
Red Rock in Fushimi from 19:00
Singer songwriters Mark Oman and Jake Shades join forces to bring you a relaxed Sunday evening filled with cold beers, good food, and cool tunes. DOOR ¥300
Diamond Hall in Shinsakae from 17:00
What follows is the conversation that convinced me to stop hanging out with 20-somethings:
Me: Hey, PUFFY is coming to town.
Me: No. Puffy AmiYumi? Queens of pop punk for nearly 20 years?
Friend: Sorry. I got nothing.
Me: sigh… They wrote the song to Teen Titans.
Friend: Oh, yeah. I loved that show!
Monday Night Jam
GC Live in Shinsakae from 18:00
This and every Monday, GC Live offers all the chance to take the stage and join a supergroup of local talent for the best jam session in town. DOOR ¥1000
Tokuzo in Imaike from 18:00
Splitting her time between here and her home of Bristol, it’s always a joy when Rachael Dadd brings her enchanting folk music to Tokuzo. For this tour she’ll be performing alongside bandmate Will Newsome, who plays an African harp instrument called a kora. DOOR ¥3000
The Wonder Years
Club 3Star in Imaike from 17:30
Maybe we didn’t get a real Punk Spring this year, but hey, here’s a bunch of pop punk acts from around the world: The Wonder Years and Cautioners from America, ROAM from UK and Australia’s With Confidence. DOOR ¥6000