The Shanghai music scene is blowing up this month! YYT is back up and running, and the MAO Livehouse reopening is so close we can smell it. This week brings in TWO big-name acts within a few days of each other. The Eagles play TONIGHT, and super duper big deal USHER plays Saturday. One of those shows will undoubtedly have more production value than the other. And if that’s not enough, JUE Fest (Music + Art) kicks off with some Taiwanese indie rock this Friday! Read on for details, or head over to our calendar for more.
THE EAGLES Yep, jukebox favorites The Eagles play the Mercedes Benz Arena tonight at 9pm, as part of their “Long Road Out of Eden” tour. You all know who they are.
350 – 2,580RMB // 9pm // Mercedes Benz Arena // 1200 Expo Avenue Pudong (世博大道1200号浦东)
BOTTLESMOKER @ YYT If you don’t feel like
wasting spending your money on 70s rock, why don’t you head over to Yuyintang instead and check out Indonesian electronica duo Bottlesmoker? They sound like one of the bands you used to like in college, but forgot about because they only get play on TV soundtracks. And they use toys as instruments. Check them out here or here.
40RMB // 10pm // Yuyintang // 851 KaiXuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号，近延安西路口)
WE SAVE STRAWBERRIES & MR. DADADO – JUE FEST Okay people, if you still haven’t checked out what’s coming up in JUE Fest this year, take a look here or here. The music kicks off this Friday at YYT with some fun Taiwanese indie/pop rock at the A GOOD DAY Records showcase. Check out electronic rockers We Save Strawberries (草莓救星) and acoustic ballader Mr. Dadado (黄玠). Support by Little Red Mushroom (蘑菇红). Note the early start time!
80RMB presale/100RMB door // 7:30pm // Yuyintang // 851 KaiXuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号，近延安西路口)
USHER OH EM GEE Usher is here, blasting into Shanghai on what hopefully will be bedazzled pyrotechnics and lights so bright we’ll be visible from the Mars simulator. First time in Shanghai, second time in China (check out my dawg Leslie’s interview with him on That’s) and he better well bring a big show. Finally, an act deserving of our eggy, spacey-looking Expo arena. Go big or GO HOME. Oh hey, and there are still a few chances to win free tickets!
280 -1280RMB // 7:30pm // Mercedes Benz Arena // 1200 EXPO Avenue, Pudong (世博大道1200号 , 浦东)
FEVER MACHINES & FRIENDS @ YYT Local stoner trio The Fever Machine are back at Yuyintang for their monthly rock and punk showcase, this time bringing along Nanjing acts Old Doll (ska punk) and Micoo 迷库 (grunge) from Nanjing. Also in tow are local rock trio Friend or Foe.
40RMB // 9:30pm // Yuyintang // 851 KaiXuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号，近延安西路口)
Apparently it’s White Valentine’s Day on March 14, and to celebrate Yuyintang is bringing together a big mix of local talent (plus one act from Wuhan) Sunday night to play you romantic folky music. Danmai, Jack Prior, Machiatto, Mzcs and others.
40RMB // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 KaiXuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号，近延安西路口)