The Obvious Circus Events (Until 11/19)


With the forecast predicting temperatures down in the low teens (that’s mid-50s for those Americans who haven’t adjusted to Celsius yet), some of you may be considering hibernation over inebriation this weekend. And while the warm embrace of a kotatsu and binge-watching the new fall shows does sound tempting, there are much more fun ways to stay warm this weekend. Besides, all the new shows are crap (except for The Flash) and falling asleep under a kotatsu can (supposedly) kill you. So forego your disappointment and death by dehydration, and hit the town this weekend. There’s more than enough hot music to keep the cold away.

On To The Calendar

Thursday 13

Tim Carr Japan Tour 2014
K.D. Japon in Tsurumai from 19:00
The beautifully forlorn folk music of this California resident is reminiscent of Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley and Elliott Smith… someone should keep an eye on him. DOOR ¥2000

Friday 14

Aerofall & VibraGun
Tight Rope in Sakae from 18:30
Shoegaze is a challenging music genre, somewhere between the jarring guitars of alt-rock and the comforting vocals of psychedelic. People at an Aerofall (Russia) or VibraGun (USA) concert must have trouble deciding whether to mosh or sway. Probably best to just look at down at your sho… oh, now I get it. DOOR ¥4500

Cyber EDM
Club Ozon in Sakae from 18:00
There’s a witch hunt these days on EDM, and I have been known to carry a torch or two. But it’s hard not to hate on “electronic dance music” when all the big name DJs insist on co-opting the entire genre to label their noise as anything but the recycled bass-over-substance, electro house crap it actually is. Anyway, Cyber EDM is back again. DOOR ¥2000

Saturday 15

Pete Seeger Tribute
All Saints International Church in Imaike from 19:30
Earlier this year, we lost a modern folk hero when American singer and activist Pete Seeger passed away. Known for using his words and his songs to fight for those with neither voice nor music, Seeger led a life worth celebrating. The All Saints International Church remembers Pete Seeger on this evening, with a focus on how his music influenced the labor, civil rights, peace and environmental movements.

Nagoya Autumn Jam
Flex Lounge in Sakae from 22:00
Vinny “my enemies call me The Butcher” Vintage is back with his seasonal Jam party, which is packed with the hottest R&B and hip-hop acts in Aichi, including Chriz Jay, Marie, Ali Baba Urbano with DJs KAZMO and scrying. DOOR ¥3000

90s Night
Plastic Factory in Imaike from 21:00
From the crew that brought you 70s & 80s night at the Plastic Factory, comes the next logical step: “Put on your Air Jordan’s, slip into your baggy jeans backwards and put this date into your Trapper Keeper, it’s 90s Night at the Plastic Factory.” DOOR ¥2000 (2D)

Club About in Sakae from 22:00
Several live art and belly dance performances alongside some of About’s best DJs makes for one cool gallery show. DOOR ¥2000

Club Zion in Kamimaezu from 17:00
Recordshop Zoo in Osu is celebrating 8 years of giving us vinyl junkies some of the best deals on rock and punk albums in town. Featuring Lack of Sense, SKALAPPER and many more. DOOR ¥2500

X-Hall in Osu from 22:00
If you’re out past last train this Saturday, X-Hall is a good place to await the sun. The psytrance of this Israeli DJ will definitely keep you awake.

Sunday 16

Nagoya Swings
Shooters in Fushimi from 18:00
Nagoya’s only international jazz dance group returns to Shooters, and anyone & everyone are welcome to join them for some ballroom style. Don’t let your two left feet stop you from dancing.  They’re offering bi-lingual introductory lessons for only ¥600. This is the best way to get introduced to East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, the Charleston & more. Singles & couples are all welcome.

the piqnic Release Party
DayTrive in Shinsakae from 18:30
FILE-UNDER records in Osu presents “I CAN’T BREATHING”, the new album from Tokyo new wave band Hysteric Picnic. DOOR ¥2500

Tuesday 18

Tomo Nakayama & Yuuki Matthews
K.D. Japon in Tsurumai from 18:30
As part of Grand Hallway and The Shins (respectively) Tomo Nakayama &Yuuki Matthews are accustomed to making beautiful music that’ll change your life (“I swear”). It’s very appropriate that the opening band is ROTH BART BARON, back from their latest American tour. I caught them the last time they played here, and I had a Garden State moment when I heard their track Monsters. Highly recommended! DOOR ¥3,800

Bastian Baker
Electric Lady Land in Osu from 18:00
Swiss pop star Bastian Baker does a pretty cover of Leonard Cohen’s seminal Hallelujah. He is following in some big footsteps. DOOR ¥4000

Wednesday 19

Windsor Drive
DayTrip in Tsurumai
For anyone who enjoys the power piano pop of Coldplay, Keane and Snow Patrol but is turned off by their accents, here’s Windsor Drive from America. DOOR ¥2500

Winger Japan Tour
Electric Lady Land in Osu from 18:00
Back in 1989, I thought it strange that Kip Winger sang about a Seventeen year old being “old enough” for him. Now that he’s 53, Japan is probably his best chance to find a target audience. DOOR ¥8000

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