The weekend has arrived and with Chinese New Year looming things have gotten much quieter on the live music front. Friday night Club 8 and Pelle Carlberg, both from Sweden, will bring their pop sound to the crowds at the Shanghai Concert Hall. It had been scheduled for the Dream Factory but due to lack of a proper live music license has been moved. Shanghaiist’s interest in this show has been piqued by the oddly high ticket prices. Advanced tickets are selling for 200rmb while those who don’t plan ahead (that would be us) can expect to pay 250rmb at the door. Is this band really worth it? Well, we are curious to find out. If you aren’t willing to shell out the hefty door fee then we suggest you check out the 9th edition of Pecha Kucha being held at the Living Design Center. Might not include live music, but will definitely stimulate your mind. Either Bai Yun (folk) or Kidney Stone (covers of hard rock) will be playing out at Live Bar… or maybe they are playing together, been getting different information from different people.
If you have trouble waking up on weekends then check out the early afternoon NOIShanghai XIII at Live Bar. Guaranteed it will wake you up (and give you strange urges to kill small animals). Saturday night, Racks, that pool hall/dance club/hick bar/live music venue is finally opening. We aren’t sure exactly what it is all about, but we hear there will eventually be a mechanical bull and lots of pool tables. That is good enough for us.
Also on Saturday, Jam Massive an interesting reggae collective from Japan is taking over the Dragon Club for a night of killer reggae beats.
Video of Club 8.
Friday – January 18th
Club 8 w/ Pelle Carlberg – Shanghai Concert Hall – 10pm (250rmb)
Pecha Kucha – Living Design Center – 8:30pm (40rmb w/ one drink)
Bai Yun or Kidney Stone – Live Bar – 9pm (30rmb w/ one drink)
Saturday – January 19th
NOIShanghai XIII – Live Bar – 2:30pm (30rmb w/ one drink)
Jam Massive – Dragon Club – 10pm (80rmb w/ one drink)
Living Design Center – 407 Yishan Lu, near Kaixuan Lu, Metro Station Yishan Lu
Dragon Club – 汾阳路156号，近桃江路
Shanghai Concert Hall – 523 Yanan Dong Road
Live Bar – 杨浦区昆明路721号，近通北路
Abe Deyo is Shanghaiist’s Music Editor. Email tips, recommendations, news and gossip about Shanghai’s music scene to music at shanghaiist.com.