Lots happening in the local scene again this week! We love it! Boys Climbing Ropes play twice, Acid Ponies have a birthday, and we wish farewell to our favorite all-girl joke rockers The Dudettes! Read on for details, or check out our calendar for more!
VIRTUOSO VIOLINIST MIDORI @ SHANGHAI GRAND THEATER This incredibly talented violinist made her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the tender age of 11 and by 14 was featured on the cover page of the New York Times. She teams up with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra to play Beethoven’s ‘Symphony No 5 in C minor’, ‘Violin Concerto in D major’, and ‘Egmont Overture’.
120-880RMB // 7:15pm // Shanghai Grand Theatre // 300 People’s Avenue, near Huangpi Bei Lu (人民大道300号, 近黄陂北路)
STAR INDUSTRY @ YYT Gothic rock from Belgium at Yuyintang tonight! Star Industry has been around since 1996, sounds like this and is on their first tour of China. Show ’em some love, goth fans!
50RMB // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
ROCK NAADAM FUNDRAISER @ ANAR A few of our favorite Shanghai rock bands are going unplugged on Thursday in an effort to convince you to shell out some cash for their upcoming cultural exchange tour in Mongolian! It’s a great cause, supporting the bands we love. Boys Climbing Ropes, Moon Tyrant, and The Horde (Ho-Tom & Franco) all to play acoustic sets at Anar, plus DJ B.O. Mongolian music videos, traditional folk songs, and Mongolian milk tea provided by Nomands restaurant! If you can’t make it Thursday, they’re doing one more night on Friday (not acoustic) – but we recommend the earlier show since it’ll be some new sounds and flavors, and because there are just so many other things jostling for our attention on Friday!
Donations!! // 9pm // Anar // 129 Xingfu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu (幸福路129号, 近法华镇路)
RAP MANIA @ YYT Yuyintang is hosting a rap battle on Thursday! The most amusing part is the dress code for the show, which includes “Hiphop, Jordan, Converse” for boys and “black sister style, Baby Phat” for girls. Yup, sounds about right. Freestyle rap and rap wars by P.Q., Tang King, DJ Big One, DJ G Deep, Dragon dance crew, and Tim Wu. Bring. It. On.
FREE // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
A VERY PONY BIRTHDAY @ LUNE The Acid Ponies are behemoths of the local DJ scene, and they’re known to party like it’s their job. This weekend sees a birthday amid the crew (Laura Ingalls), and they are pulling together a fatty lineup of Shanghai/Beijing talent to ring it in right! Lineup: Death to Giants (our new favorite mashup of RDC‘s bassist/singer and Moon Tyrant’s singer), Thruoutin, LowBow, and Heatwolves to get things started. In honor of the birthday boy’s beard, guys with beards (and girls with fake beards) get in free! Brought to you by Double Down Productions.
30RMB // 10pm // LUNE // 4F, 218 Xinle Lu (新乐路218号)
ANOTHER MONGOLIAN FUNDRAISER @ LOGO If you really wanted to see those bands play Anar on Thursday, but maybe you hate acoustic guitars or milk or Thursdays or something, then worry not! Head over to LOgO Friday night for the same concert, but this time plugged into all the appropriate sound conveying machines. Boys Climbing Ropes, Moon Tyrant, The Horde, and DJ B.O. for one last time to help these guys make it to Mongolia!
20RMB // 10pm? // LOgO // 107 Sinan Lu, near Taikang Lu (思南路107号, 近泰康路)
PROXIMITY BUTTERFLY @ YYT Split Works and Maybe Mars bring us this multinational four-piece from Chengdu that promises a show heavy on the audiovisuals and psychedelic reverb. They’re here promoting their new album, The Reprieve. Check them out here. Uprooted Sunshine Soundsystem will also be there to throw some reggae in the mix.
50RMB, 40RMB students // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
RUSSIAN NIGHT @ BEEDEES “Russian kitchen music” at Beedees? I don’t know, but they’re slinging 20RMB ice-cold Skyy vodka shots all night. Sounds like a winner. So many options for booze on Friday! Oh, and music.
FREE // 10pm // Beedees // 433 Dagu Lu, near Chengdu Bei Lu (大沽路433号, 近成都北路)
DUDETTES FEST @ YYT This one sounds like it’ll be a doozey! Dudettes are playing a final show to end all final shows, inviting you to hit up Yuyintang and start drinking at 2pm on Saturday (first 200 get a free Asahi!) and continue with 20RMB Asahis late into the night. The roster for the day includes, but is not limited to, Pairs, Beat Bandits, Upnavala Groove, The Instigation, and of course the Dudettes! (Supposedly 12 acts to play?) Anyway, these girls are totally insane and totally awesome. I’m putting my full endorsement behind this one!
30RMB // 2pm – 4am // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
NOUKILLA @ JZ CLUB Three Cord Truth brings us sounds from the island of Mauritius on Saturday. Soulful African and Mauritian music with Seggae world beats! Support by Dana and Vlad (americana and urban soul.)
30RMB // 10pm // JZ Club // 46 Fuxing Lu, near Yongfu Lu (复兴路46号, 近永福路)