Things are piling up this Friday and Saturday. Bob Dylan is at long last playing Shanghai, but he’s up against synth-pop up-and-comers French Horn Rebellion, who are fresh off a Hong Kong show with MGMT. And if that’s not enough, Yuyintang’s cooking up an entire day of music on Saturday, where like a bazillion people are playing and Break for Borneo is releasing their first album! Read on, or head over to our calendar for more!
BOB DYLAN @ SHANGHAI GRAND STAGE Second time’s the charm! After much speculation and a thwarted attempt last year, Bob Dylan is playing Shanghai Grand Stage on Friday. When we glanced over at SmartShanghai, it looked like tickets were sold out, but MyPiao appears to have everything but the cheap seats available.
280RMB – 1980RMB // 7:30pm // Shanghai Grand Stage // 1111 Caoxi Bei Lu, Tianyaoqiao Lu (上海大舞台, 漕溪北路1111号)
BOB DYLAN TRIBUTE @ THE MIXING ROOM Weirdly enough, on the same night of the actual Bob Dylan concert, a group of local rockers and folkers are getting together to play you a Bob Dylan tribute concert. Maybe for those of you on a tighter budget? Featuring guitarist Zhou Chao, folk singer-writer Wuji, indie rock band Yuguo, blues-rock band Joker, lyricist Chen Yixin, folk singer Biayu and band Wild Pasture.
60RMB // 8pm // The Mixing Room // 1200 Expo Avenue, near Zhoujia Du Lu (世博大道1200号靠, 近周家渡路)
FRENCH HORN REBELLION @ MAO LIVEHOUSE If you’re into quirky oft-moustachioed snyth-pop duos from Wisconsin, then head over to MAO Livehouse (successfully back in action as of last week, or so we’ve heard) and get your dance on. Brothers Robert and David Perlick-Molinari have already been labeled “the next big thing” by the New York Times. They’ll be hitting Shanghai and Beijing fresh off a Hong Kong show with MGMT. Check them out on Myspace, or take a tour of their heady website. Support from Duck Fight Goose.
100RMB; 70RMB presale // 10pm // MAO Livehouse // 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu (重庆南路308号 近建国中路)
SUBS @ MAO LIVEHOUSE Beijing-based punk rockers SUBS hit Shanghai to christian the new MAO Livehouse. If you haven’t seen SUBS perform yet, get your ass to MAO on Saturday for arguably the best punk act in China.
80RMB doors; 60RMB presale // 9pm // MAO Livehouse // 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu (重庆南路308号 近建国中路)
PICNIC / BREAK FOR BORNEO ALBUM RELEASE @ YYT Yuyintang is teaming up with Kuluska on Saturday for a TON of local music, some food, and some Spanish stuff. Things kick off at 3pm (that would be the picnic bit) and it looks like the bands will play at 9pm. DJs galore to fill in the gaps: Acid Ponies, Bajo Tempo, Ben Huang, Ben Thriller, DJ Siesta, EmpFab, Lon, Mau Mau, Maxim, The Uhhhh (according to Smart Shanghai.) Local band Break for Borneo is at long last releasing their first full-length album, “Life Gets In The Way” and they’ve got support from other local favorites Boys Climbing Ropes, Rainbow Danger Club, and Duck Fight Goose. We love all of these guys!
50RMB; 40RMB students // 3pm picnic, 9pm concert // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
PAIRS & DUDETTES @ BEEDEES Hey look at that, a free show! Local duo Pairs (“2 piece dograt whorecore” – see what that sounds like here) and The Dudettes (our favorite female comedy rockers) will be treating us to some free music over at Beedees. These guys are all awesome, and all totally insane. There will be fun and jokes and some very intense drum playing, guaranteed.
FREE // 9pm // Beedees // 433 Dagu Lu, near Chengdu Bei Lu (大沽路433号, 近成都北路)
GARY GRAFFMAN @ SHANGHAI CONCERT HALL Celebrated pianist Gary Graffman, famous for his left-hand performances, will be performing the following: H. Berlioz: Overture to Benvenuto Cellini, M. Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major, M. Ravel: La valse, M. Ravel: Boléro. Ticket info here.
60 – 460RMB // 7:30pm // Shanghai Concert Hall // 523 Yan’an Dong Lu, near Jin Ling Lu (延安东路523号)
MAGIC BUS @ LIVEBAR Catch Chinese Brit-pop act Magic Bus at Livebar if you’re up for the trek on Sunday. See what they sound like here.
30RMB // 8pm // Livebar // 800 Guoshun Dong Lu, near Shuangyang Lu (国顺东路800号 近双阳路)