Swedish post-rockers Immanu El
Last year Swedish band Immanu El played their swelling, cinematic post-rock to a near full Nuts Club. They're back once again courtesy of Chengdu promoters New Noise, and if even 1/4 of the girls that were there told their friends about the blond hair, blue eyed, oh-so-dreamy Strangberg twins(the band's founders) and their good tunes, there's a good chance that tickets might be hard to come by. So even if you prefer SISU girls to high-quality live music, you've still got a reason to shell out ¥80 for a good time.
Check out their latest effort "Under Your Wings I'll Hide" below, and see them live Saturday, May 11 at Nuts Club. 20:30
That's right, it's out! Go get it at all the usual cool places!
Here's the breakdown real quick:
Cold Cave is playing Nuts this Friday (May 3rd), with The Maples to support. If you can't go on Friday, check out party punk band The On Fires the day before, supporting band's the same...
Trivia Night is now on Tuesdays and it's at Cliff's! Fans of Da Rasta's Pub Quiz will hopefully flock to this one from now on...
The Flea Market is back this month (May 20th - location to be determined), so bring your old crap and see if anyone wants it. If you need some old crap to redecorate, then you should come too!
Mr. Chelonian (海龟先生) is our featured band this month, come check out their rock and reggae stylings at Nuts on the 25th!
Top party this month: JCC from Guangzhou is doing her farewell tour, stopping by Nuts on the 31st!
Remember the End of the World in December? Conrank last month? Halloween at Moon? The Toga Party last September? In case you're oblivious enough not to have noticed, they were all Heavy Flow parties!
Hard drinking, hard dancing, hardly remembering. That's what Chongqing's only recurring dance party has to offer and this Saturday should be no exception, despite the rough weekend awaiting everyone needing to make up for the Labor Day holiday...
But let's overlook the lapse in logic requiring people to give up their day off to make up for another day off and let's turn up to work hungover on Sunday, ready to screw up every task and maybe throw up in a garbage can.
Let's get retro, people, with DJ's Mr Weed and Mr Fitz spinning 70's and 80's disco, hip hop, dance, rock, new wave and one-hit wonders wonders wonders! Tickets are only 20元, 10元 if you get dressed up 70's and 80's style!
This Saturday April 27th 21:00
At Nuts Club: Shazhong Lu (near the corner of Hanyu Lu), 300m down from the South Gate of Chongqing University in Shapingba district.
Get to Sigongli on the blue line, take a taxi up to Youdian Daxue (Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications) and that’s it. Yeah it sounds easy but most people wouldn’t bother. And that’s a shame.
Youdian seems to be something of a rock college, with a crazy amount of bands and the groupies who love them all living in close quarters, isolated in the mountains.
If you get dropped in front of the main gate of the university, dining and drinking options abound. From nice teahouses to shoddy street food, everything is within walking distance. And as soon as you venture too far away, sweet fuckall. In a back alley across from the gate, you’ll find Hitle Pub, which we are told has nothing to do with the famous Austrian painter and orator, Steve Hitler. Perfect for an ironic night out.
Better yet, if you walk down the small street lined with food stalls, fruit merchants and hotpots (on the left hand side of the giant sculpture fronting the school), you’ll be rewarded with what may be the coolest, indiest place to be in the city.
WWPW, is a name that doesn’t roll on your tongue, but try to remember it. The first floor is but a simple bar with three tables while the second floor has a full drum set, a few amps and barely enough space for 20 concertgoers to stand. Top that with an intimate lounge on the third floor and you get three different vibes for the price of one.
We had a chance to experience the Youdian Daxue rock n’ roll living as The Maples, whom we’ve been following with great interest lately, were playing with four other bands on a Friday some two weeks ago. A free show, mind you, these Nanshan guys don’t believe in tickets. We got to see some familiar acts, like Disorder, Number 2 Story and their spinoff project Doctor D, as well as young unknowns like Amelyz Diamond and The Day Shift.
Had the music sucked, the young’uns in the house would’ve still enjoyed themselves, but suck it did not. When some of the most promising musicians in town exchange banter and crude chongqinghua taunts with a sdown-as-fuck crowd between songs, you know you’ve stumbled into a real good show.
Don’t expect WWPW to give you too much of a heads up for events, just turn up on a weekend and hope for the best…
And hey, there’s always Hitle.
Whether you like spending hours on the dance floor getting sweaty, or just lounging with Shisha and a drink. Hard hitting techno, or blissed-out 80's style synth pop. Shanghai based DJ NiChiFanLeMei has got a little bit of something for the EDM fan in everyone('cept maybe for you dub-steps kids). When we asked him what he had in store for this Friday Night's party at Nuts Club(April 19), he said: "I think I will play techno, abstract, industrial, deep house, minimal electronic ... Will be a DJ set but I wanna play more than 4 hours."
So if you've been putting off shedding that winter weight, and are trying to shed some pounds before the time comes for rolling your shirt up over your belly, then head on down to Nuts Club Friday night at 21:00 for 4+ hours of dance, dance, dancein'! And check out a recent mix below:
Last time Queen Sea big Shark played at Nuts, the place was packed. Pretty sure it was the first(if not only) time Nuts had to stop selling tickets. That's how much the kids love the hottest thing to come from Beijing since roast donkey. Or was that duck?
Duck or donkey one thing's for sure, QSBS are certainly 牛B! Check them out Friday nights, and if you can, buy your ticket early. Not only will you save ¥20, but it will assure that you get in the door.
That's right, our april calendar is out!
Our recommendations for this month are:
Queen Sea Big Shark at Nuts on Friday the 5th, 20:30.
Check out the CQFC battle it out with the CQ Lifan for the Chongqing Derby, Saturday the 6th, 15:30 at the Yuanjiagang stadium.
Monday the 8th starting in the late afternoon is the Annual Gongrencun Block Party, bring your instruments and come chill with us downstairs from Helen's, at the shaokao area. Burgers and Meizijiu punch on offer!
Nuts is having a Punk Fest Saturday the 13th at 12:30 with a skate competition and eight bands, local and from out of town.
A Flea Market is going down at Rasta on Monday the 15th in the afternoon, come buy and sell stuff, cold beer in your hand!
Russian reggae star Stepa Style is hitting Nuts on Thursday the 18th at 20:30, but if you're more the highbrow type, “water dancing” show Water Rouge is opening on the same night at Hongyadong's Bayu Theater.
Thursday the 25th is a Whisky Society open tasting at Easigar on Beibin Lu. 150元, 250元 if you want your whisky with a cigar...
On Saturday the 27th check out the latest edition of HEAVY FLOW!!! This time, we're doing a 70's/80's throwback for the annual RETRO PARTY with DJs Afanti and Goodweed. Tickets 20元, only 10元 if you show up wearing 70's and 80's style clothes!
The calendar will be available at every bar, café or venue that's cool enough to have it. Start looking!
Big Loco has been making some big waves out of Chengdu recently, and he's bringing his bassed-up, trapped-out sounds to Nuts Club this weekend for their Pharaoh Reborn party(dress like an egyptian, get in free). Check out the latests mix he did for web radio station UDanceCN.com for a preview of what to expect from "Grande Crazy."
Since 2009, China's leading independent promotions company Split Works has hosted the JUE Music and Arts festival, an Urban festival held over several weeks in a number of different venues across Beijing and Shanghai. 2013's edition promises to be the biggest and best JUE yet, and to help usher in the festivities our good friends from Shanghai's LOVE BANG/Super Ayi Cleaning Team DJs HEATWOLVES and Caution put together the official JUE mixtape, made up exclusively of tracks from artists who will feature in this year's festivities, spliced up with some sound bites from Youku, VHS tapes and field recordings from the Shanghai streets.
With the festival(and mixtape) boasting a stellar line-up, including some of our favorite artists such as Canada's Grimes, and Chinese artists AM444 and AV Okubo, one can only hope that one day Chogqing will be a viable market for such a quality event.
16 Bysreet music club are shaking things up a bit this weekend. The usually folk-centric venue, nestled within the tourist trappings of Ciqikou is set for a rude awakening when Beijing hardcore band Fanzui Xiangfa(犯罪想法) take to the stage Saturday night. Fortunately for us, our good friend Xiao Mao happens to also be friends with the band's drummer Kuang Ma, so we had her ask him a few questions in the lead-up to their first show on the shores of the Jialing.
CQscene: Kuang Ma, heard you were growing a beard before the show, why? and how's it going?
Kuang Ma: yeah, I was growing a beard for a few months before the tour, because I like big beards, it makes me look older and harder, but when I was trimming my beard I messed up so now it is short and I am growing a new beard.
CQ: Anything crazy happened so far (on the tour)?
KM: Yes, some crazy shows, like in Guangzhou, we played in a small skateboard shop and there were lots of people there, some to see us play, others just passing by looking through the glass walls on the street. The crowd was crazy, lot of energy, pogo dancing and stage diving. And the shop was sooooo small.
CQ: Do you have any ideas about the bar you will play here in CQ this Saturday?
KM: Yeah, on a busy shopping street? I did not book the tour, just follow the others, I don't even know the name of the bar.
CQ: We already know you're a vegan and non-drinker. what will you be drinking after the show when everyone is holding a bottle of beer?
KM: Binghongcha? Suanmeitang? Diet coke? Haha.