Today’s Midweek Music Preview brings you quite the selection: Shanghai-bred punk rock, Canada-bred laid-back rock, old-time banjo infused with traditional Chinese folk, old-time banjo in authentic American country, electronic revivals from Germany and Canada, and a marathon DJ session. You can’t really go wrong with this week’s roundup, so have a good time and thank us later.
THURSDAY: Impact @ Yuyintang, Abigail Washburn @ Glamour Bar
Start your weekend a little early with some punk rock at Yuyintang, courtesy of Impact and their last Shanghai show. Founded by students from Shanghai’s German school, Impact has made the rounds of Shanghai bars and clubs since 2008, steadily building a following. Get there at 9pm for a chance to also enjoy their supporting acts Orange, Viva Engine and DJ French Kiss. Entrance is 40 rmb.
1731 Yan’an Xi Lu, 延安西路1731号
With her special blend of old-time banjo-driven folk and traditional Chinese folk songs, which she sings in both English and Mandarin, Abigail Washburn and her banjo head to Glamour Bar accompanied by some of her friends: Bryn Davies on bass, Kai Welch on guitar/keyboards/trumpet, Jamie Dick on drums/percussion and Rob Hecht playing the fiddle. It’s an unlikely fusion of genres that might introduce you to your new favorite music. Starts at 10pm, no cover charge.
6/F, Five on the Bund, 20 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu 广东路20号，外滩五号6楼，近中山东一路
FRIDAY: Two Girls One Club @ LOgO, Caribou @ Zhijiang Dream Factory
S.T.D. presents Two Girls One Club at LOgO, featuring Jasmina Maschina and Heidi Mortenson. The two Berlin-based female solo artists bring their own individual sound that defies the conventional boundaries of music. Heidi Mortenson (originally from Denmark) is described as creating colorful and textured soulful electronics, while Jasmina Maschina is known for her classic yet unidentifiable folk music. A Berlin review explained that there’s always “another hypnotic layer” to her sound. The two artists will also be supported by DJs R3, Adept and Lin Feng. Starts at 10pm, cover 30 rmb. 13 Xingfu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu 幸福路13号，近法华镇路
Catch Dan Snaith and Caribou at the Dream Factory for the group’s “disco-fueled electronic revival.” Their new album “Swim” is packed with expertly constructed, rave-tinged sounds that sting the soul, and they were handpicked by the Flaming Lips to perform at New York’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival last year. Expect surprise opening acts and video elements incorporated into the show. RMB 80 (student) / RMB 130 (presale) / RMB 150 (door) / Presale (cash only) @ SplitWorks office Suite 2A, 100 Fuxing Xi Lu (near Yongfu Lu). B4/F, 28 Yuyao Lu, 余姚路28号B4楼
SATURDAY: Jets Overhead @ Yuyintang, The Redbucks @ Mao Livehouse, Acid Pony Club @ Tara 57
Canadian indie rock group Jets Overhead is back after their successful tour with TransmitChina in 2009. Re-introducing Shanghai to their self-described “laid-back atmospheric rock [and] road trip music,” Jets Overheard are being joined by rockers Pairs at Yuyintang this Saturday, thanks to Splitworks. Starts at 9pm, cover is 40 rmb. 1731 Yan’an Xi Lu, 延安西路1731号
For those aching for some live bluegrass, old-time, and country music, it simply doesn’t get any more authentic than The Redbucks. Performing their down-home repertoire of American roots music for over a year now, this ensemble of fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, standup bass and sweet, soul-wilting harmonies has made them one of Beijing’s most in-demand bands. To celebrate the recent release of their first album, All That Glitters, consisting of 13 original songs, the band will be embarking on their first China tour from June 30th through July 10th. See them at Mao Livehouse at 9pm. Pre-sale 60 rmb, 80 rmb at the door. 570 Huaihai Xi Lu, near Hongqiao Lu 淮海西路570号, 近红桥路
Acid Pony Club is back with another marathon session at Tara 57, “Real Ponies Don’t Sleep #3”. From 7am to 7pm, Laura and Clement will be on the decks, spinning 12 hours of musical anything. No cover. 2/F, 57 Fuxing Xi Lu, near Yongfu Lu 复兴西路57号2楼, 近永福路