It is not uncommon for many of the Chinese indie bands to have their actual popularity and accomplishments embellished and twisted in order to drum up hype for upcoming shows. One of the few indie bands that actually is and does have the huge local following to justify the hype is Xie Tian Xiao and Cold Blooded Animal. This grunge/acid rock band formed back in 1994 when grunge was still riding out the Nirvana wave. Since then XTX has made a name (we aren’t spinning another load of crap) among the indie crowd and teeters on the edge of mainstream fame. Xie Tian Xiao and Cold Blooded Animal will be playing tonight at Live Bar. Tickets are a bit steep at 120rmb (100rmb for advance purchase) but that just goes to show you the amount of local fans, and the price they are willing to pay, that is expected. Other than XTX there isn’t much happening tonight, but we heard something is going on out at Yuyintang but we weren’t able to get the details (yes, we are lazy).
Tomorrow night is the 2nd edition of the Get in the Van party. Things get started at Windows Underground where Joyside, Boys Climbing Ropes and Rouge Transmission will be playing. After that everyone will jump on the free bus, where free Reeb awaits, taking them to Anar. At Anar a mystery band and a bunch of DJs will keep the party going well into the wee hours of the night.
On Sunday (not Saturday as listed on some web pages) 3 young punk bands will be taking the stage out at Yuyintang in celebration of the Dragon Boat Festival. Good chance to see what the future musicians of Shanghai are up to.
Friday – June 6th
Xie Tian Xiao and Cold Blooded Animal – Live Bar – 9pm (120rmb)
Saturday – June 7th
Get in the Van II – Windows and Anar – 10pm (50rmb)
Sunday – June 8th
Young Band Showcase – Yuyintang – 9pm (30rmb)
Live Bar – 721 Kunming Lu 昆明路721号，近通北路
Windows Underground – 698 Nanjing Xilu 南京西路698号, 近吴江路，地铁2号线南京西路站
Anar – 129 Xingfu Lu 幸福路129号，近法华镇路
Yuyintang – 1731 Yanan Xilu 延安西路1731号(凯旋路)天山公园小白楼
Video of Xie Tian Xiao at Midi Music festival