This week is fairly dead as far as international acts go, but there’s plenty of local talent to fill in the gaps! We’ve got Chinese metal bands at MAO Livehouse, the monthly Fever Machines show, and some earthy Taiwanese folk music. We only list the highlights here at Midweek Music Preview, so if you’re looking for full listings check out our calendar!
LIN SHENG-XIANG (林生祥) @ MAO Taiwanese artist Lin Sheng-Xiang (林生祥) plays MAO Livehouse on his “The Land is My Study” tour. Sheng-Xiang has been called Taiwan’s most important singer-songwriter. Local Shanghai world music performer Zhou Chao (周朝) for support.
100RMB // 8pm // MAO Livehouse // 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu (重庆南路308号 近建国中路)
MODERN SKY METAL NIGHT @ MAO It’s international metal month! No better time to check out three metal bands from Beijing: Twisted Machine, Liquid Oxygen Can, and Gear Rubber.
100RMB // 9pm // MAO Livehouse // 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu (重庆南路308号 近建国中路)
MODS & ROCKERS @ LUNE Another round of DJ B.O.’s Mods & Rockers night at LUNE, where you can go and be educated on the difference between various genres of 40-year-old British rock. Beat Bandits to play. Break out your tweeds or leather!
20RMB // 9pm // LUNE // 4F, 218 Xinle Lu, corner of Donghu Lu (新乐路218号, 东湖路路口)
DUDE @ YYT Beijing rock band DUDE plays Yuyintang with support from Girls Like Mystery and Blue Magpie. DUDE is cool because they make edgy covers of Chinese pop songs. Influences include Me First & The Gimme Gimmes.
40RMB, 30RMB students // 10pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
PAIRS & STEGISAURUS? @ BAR LIVE HOUSE Seems like Pairs is playing just about every show in Shanghai these days! This week they’re charging you the whopping entrance fee of 3RMB for a concert at some bar we’ve never heard of out in Songjiang! Local band Stegosaurus for support.
3RMB // 8:30pm // Corner Bar Live House(?) // 131, Lane 1292 on Xin Songjiang Lu, Songjiang (上海 松江区 新松江路1292弄131号)
ROCK FOR CHARITY @ MELTING POT Rock for Charity are on their eighth year running, and you can catch all the fun over at the Melting Pot on Taikang Lu on Saturday afternoon. Bands from international schools all over the city will converge to battle it out for the title! 100% of proceeds this year go to Shanghai Sunrise, an organization sending underprivileged kids to school. It’s a great cause, and should be great fun. For presale tickets, text “RfC” and your name to 137-0170-9878.
60RMB, 50RMB presale // 1:30pm – 6pm // Melting Pot // No.288 ,Tai Kang Lu, near Tian Tze Fang, between Sinan Lu and Rui Jin Er Lu (泰康路288号 近思南路)
FEVER MACHINES & FRIENDS @ YYT How time flies! Fever Machines are already on their 7th rendition of their monthly Fever Machines & Friends night of local rock madness. This time around, they’re featuring Duck Fight Goose, Segasaurus?, and grunge band Androsace.
40RMB // 9:30pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
COME IN, HAVE SOME FUN! @ MAO This showcase of Chinese rock was supposed to happen last month, but got canceled with the hullabaloo surroudning MAO’s opening. They’re finally kicking off, though, and it sounds like fun! Five Chinese rock bands to play: Runaway Snail (暴走蜗牛), THE POPPY (罂粟乐队), Candy Shop (甜品店乐团 ), Plastic Chocolate (塑料巧克力), and Crystal Butterflies (水晶蝶).
50RMB (includes one drink) // 8:30pm // MAO Livehouse // 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu (重庆南路308号 近建国中路)
CRYSTAL CHAMBER MUSIC @ GLAMOUR BAR If you’re feeling fancy, why not head over to Glamour Bar on Sunday afternoon for some Mozart? We’re mostly mentioning this one for the students, who get in for only 10RMB (including a drink!) All you other suckers pay 65RMb. Ensemble Les Amis & The Simply Quartet will play Francis Poulenc’s Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A major. Delightful!
65RMB, 10RMB students (includes one drink) // 4pm – 6pm // Glamour Bar // 7F, 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)