Holy crap this week is busy busy busy! Lots of weekday concerts, including Scandanavian punk and Japanese-German electro, and then this weekend the new LoGo opens and Fete de la Musique hosts concerts all over the city for free! Read on, or check out our calendar for more!
ZIPPO HOTLIST NIGHT @ YYT Zippo and Modern Sky team up to host a battle of the bands at Yuyintang. They’re holding the event in both Shanghai and Beijing, and are calling on all rock bands around to come compete for a chance to record an EP with Modern Sky Records. More at Zippo (in Chinese.)
9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
WEGHUR @ LUNE Huh, when did this start? Weghur is now playing a set at LUNE every Wednesday night at 10pm. Check them out at Myspace. Think garage/folk rock with a rad Xingjiang twist. Best of all? It’s totally free!
Free! // 10pm // LUNE // 4F, 218 Xinle Lu (新乐路218号)
BLACK SNAKES @ YYT Norwegian punk rock band Black Snakes is coming to Yuyintang on a tour promoting their debut album “If You Can’t Do the Mamba, Don’t Dance.” You can check out their Myspace, where they promise a show that at least gets your feet moving! They combine musical elements from the 60s with aspects of punk and powerpop, a blend they’ve termed “Powerpunch.”
40RMB // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
ALEXANDER SEVASTIAN @ SHANGHAI CONCERT HALL The award-winning Belarussian accordion player Alexander Sevastian’s tour comes to Shanghai. He’s performed in numerous countries all over the world and while he’s here he’ll be showcasing 20 pieces from Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Bach. 50-160RMB
50 – 160RMB // 7:30pm // Shanghai Concert Hall // 523 Yan’an Dong Lu near Longmen Lu (延安东路523号, 近龙门路)
PITCHTUNER @ LUNE Pitchtuner lands in Shanghai to rock Lune this Thursday. The German-Japanese band has two albums and a seven year history of prolific touring (between Europe and Japan, they’ve played over 400 live shows!) Their specialty is irresistible electro pop dance numbers, and they have played alongside massive acts like Soulwax and LCD Soundsystem. You can check them out here. DJ support from The UHHH, MauMau, and Metro Tokyo.
50RMB // 10pm // LUNE // 4F, 218 Xinle Lu, corner of Donghu Lu (新乐路218号, 东湖路路口)
ARMS AND SLEEPERS @ YYT Arms and Sleepers are an ambient/trip-hop duo from Boston and Portland who will be bringing some chiller tunes and cool audiovisuals to Yuyintang this Friday. Check them out at Myspace.
50RMB // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
FRIEND OR FOE @ LOGO OPENING! Friend or Foe are playing what looks to be LoGo’s opening night at the new location! Calling it a Kill Bill Party, the band will be bidding adieu to their bassist, a super fly dude named Fish (aka Bill). The band promises to “execute” him during the performance, so I at least expect weaponry and (hopefully) fake blood. The show will also feature a substantial lineup of other local favorites, wouldn’t miss this one if I were you! Also to play: X is Y, Dragon Pizza, Death to Giants, The Dudettes, and Heatwolves. My oh my!
30RMB // 10pm? // LoGo // 107 Sinan Lu, near Taikang Lu
FETE DE LA MUSIQUE OPENING SHOW @ 800 SHOW The opening concert for the Fete de La Musique is a big one, playing a huge space in Jing’an practically all day on Saturday. Beginning at 4:00pm and running until 11pm, the lineup is as follows: Moonrock, An Lai Ning, Joyce Jonathan, Sonnet, Yuguo, Curry & Coco, and R3. For more deetz, check out Smart Shanghai’s breakdown.
FREE // 4pm – 11pm // 800 Show // 800 Changde Lu, near Changping Lu (常德路800号， 近昌平路)
TRASH A GO-GO PRES. VOM @ YYT This event is now FREE! Monthly rock smash up Trash A Go-Go is bringing us some Norwegian chick punk this week with VOM. Check out their sound here – lots of upbeat bounce and possibly some cupcakes thrown in the mix? Support by Beat Bandits and The Instigation.
FREE! // 10:30pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)