Oh what a weekend for music. Hopefully, you didn’t miss out on the Antidote 4th anniversary party yesterday at C’s, but in case you did, there’s still a ton of other great music events to hit up.
On Friday, you get to choose between experimental rock, LA hardcore, or Hong Kong twee-pop, depending on your mood. Then on Saturday, Mao Livehouse, the project/live music club by indie-label Soma is finally opening its doors with some of our favorite Shanghai bands! Come in for the great music and some prizes sponsored by Casio.
And if that wasn’t enough, Sunday sees the Global Battle of the Bands competition – whether or not you agree with their methods, we hope you’ll support the kids who do show up to play their gigs. We’ll be part of the judging panel.
If Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Portishead could somehow reproduce together to form a two-unit child, they may resemble something very like MONORAL. Check out this Japanese rock band on both Friday and Saturday at the Zhijiang Dream Factory.
¥280 (¥380 VIP), 6:30PM, Zhijiang Dream Factory: B4/F, 28 Yuyao Lu 余姚路28号B4楼
LA’s metal/hardcore classicists TERROR drop into Shanghai with opening bands No Turning Back, Loud Speaker, and Chaos Mind as part of their Pure American Hardcore China Tour.
¥120, 8:00PM, Yuyintang: 1731 Yan’an Xi Lu, entrance at Kaixuan Lu 延安西路1731号 入口在凯旋路
If you’re looking for happy, clappy affairs, Hong Kong-based My Little Airport will be making an appearance at Brown Sugar. Their music is twee (voted “Twee-est Band” at allmusic.com in 2007), and they have a wicked streak that is as funny as it is naughty, with songs about porn.
¥TBA, 8:30 PM, Brown Sugar: Bldg 15, Xintiandi North Block, Lane 181 Taicang Lu 太仓路181弄新天地北里15号
Jazz vocalist “Boy Billie Holiday From China” Coco Zhao takes the stage at Cabaret to croon a few smooth songs while guests enjoy the ‘Buy two, get one free’ deal on bottles of Pommery. Chinese traditional music, western classical music, and jazz: what could be better?
¥0, 10:00PM, Cabaret: 3/F, 6 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Gungdon Lu 中山东一路6号3楼
Shanghai-based indie music label Soma Records is soft opening their new venue, Mao Livehouse Shanghai, this Saturday night. There will be a free concert featuring rising Shanghainese stars Sonnet and Momo, as well as Modern Sky artists Life Journey. The night is being bank-rolled by Casio, so expect camera and G-Shock giveaways as well as awesome tunes. Stay tuned for the grand opening on Monday!
0¥, 8:30PM, Mao Livehouse Shanghai: 570 Huaihai Xi Lu, near Hongqiao Lus 淮海西路570号 近红桥路
Japanese pop-punk Secret 7 Line is stopping at Shanghai this Saturday for its China Tour at Yuyintang.
40¥, 9:00PM, Yuyintang: 1731 Yan’an Xi Lu, entrance at Kaixuan Lu 延安西路1731号 入口在凯旋路
If you’re looking for grunge rock and punk tunes, check out Beijing’s Incisors at Live Bar.
30¥, 9:30PM, Live Bar: 721 Kunming Lu 昆明路721号
Yuyintang is hosting this year’s Global Battle of the Bands Challenge. Musicians of all genres are invited to participate in the largest international live music competition in the world to be the best un-manufactured talent in the world. Each contestant performs two original songs, and the winner will advance to the regional finals in Hong Kong.
50¥, 8:30PM, Yuyintang: 1731 Yan’an Xi Lu, entrance at Kaixuan Lu 延安西路1731号 入口在凯旋路