Shanghaiist lists all the live music performances you might want to check out from now to Sunday this week. For fun things that aren’t live music, take a peek at our Pencil This In (out every Monday!) or the all-inclusive calendar.
Spiders and snakes are both predators. It is only natural that a band worshiping those animals as their goddesses of sound might seem incoherent, ever in struggle and almost on the edge of schizophrenia. Spidersnake, the Band formerly known as MdLaM, formed several years ago in Beijing and started touring right on. Pop structuralism meets electrotrash, manic emo-gore hits noise. 30RMB cover
10pm, Yuyintang, 1731 Yan’an Xi Lu (entrance on Kaixuan Lu), 延安西路1731号 (入口在凯旋路)
Unfortunately, nothing’s on the music scene this day. Check the Pencil This In for other ways to fill up your agenda!
The world’s most famous cellist, Yo Yo Ma, is returning to Shanghai on November 19, kicking out the jams for a solo recital entitled “Yo Yo Ma: The Bohemian” at the Shanghai Grand Theater. The program includes selections from your man Antonin Dvorak, specifically Symphony No.8 in G major and Cello Concerto in B minor.
300 Renmin Da Dao, near Huangpi Bei Lu, 人民大道300号, 近黄陂北路
Beedees hosts a slew of Japanese bands this evening. Bands that will be playing: Ecc, Osso, Broiler, and Nao & Makie. It’s a mixup of rock and roll, pop and acoustic easy listening. Grab a drink and enjoy some imports from the Japanese music scene.
9pm, Beedees, 433 Dagu Lu, near Chengdu Bei Lu, 大沽路433号， 近成都北路
The Shanghai soul brother, Mr Carlton J. Smith, performs live on stage at Chinatown. His widely acclaimed R&B/soul shows are real crowd-pleasers, known to rev up the audience. He will be joined by Chinatown Charlie and lots of surprise acts. Please contact Chinatown directly to book your table for this Saturday night. Doors open 8pm.
9:30pm, 471 Zhapu Lu, near near Wujin Lu, 虹口区, 乍浦路471号, 靠近武进路
Back from the dead (and from Holland), the skeleton kings returns for an encore performance in Shanghai. Mr. Dead Elvis shake, in fact, is pure made in Usa, and it’s easy to think that if Presley could sing from the grave he would play this kind of music. His mix between lo-fi, r’n’r, garage, blues and country is coupled with delirious monologues. You want a show like no other? You found it.
9pm, Yuyintang, 1731 Yan’an Xi Lu (entrance on Kaixuan Lu), 延安西路1731号 (入口在凯旋路)
Created by jazz bassist Floris Vermeulen a decade ago, Electric Barbarian spans a range of musical forms from abstract acid jazz to lightning-paced drum ‘n’ bass. Call it contradiction, but there’s no denying that they put out a unique sound. After their tour in Europe, they are back in China. After the Electric Barbarians perform, Lamont will kick off the dance set.
9pm, Mao Livehouse, 570 Huaihai Xi Lu, near Hongqiao Lu, 淮海西路570号, 近虹桥路