The light is at the end of the tunnel Shanghai. Everything finally starts picking up again next week, beginning with Black Rebel Motorcycle club next Tuesday, followed by The Pretty Reckless and Black Rabbit fest. Not to mention the Shanghai migration cycle should soon bring most of our local rock back to us as the heat lifts and vacation time runs out. This week, we’ll try to tide you over with a return of STD parties to Yuyintang, a smattering of DJ parties, and hands down the best mandolin player we’ve seen outside of the professional American bluegrass circuit.
Weekly mandolin & bluegrass @ Southern Belle Last week your Shanghaiist midweek music correspondent stumbled on some bluegrass happening over at Southern Belle that blew her hair back. Playing beside Beedees owner and local folk/bluegrass mainstay Jeffrey Davis was Tom Pang, an unassuming dude from Inner Mongolia who does some totally righteous things with his mandolin. Tom often plays as part of a duo with his fellow Inner Mongolian buddy Jerry Liu (Tom & Jerry, get it?). Story goes that Tom picked up mandolin after hearing it on a Nickel Creek CD and once he figured out which instrument it was, he asked his local music shop to order him one. They ended up ordering two from Japan, and according to Tom, 8-odd years later the second mandolin is still sitting there on the shelf. Davis sounded desperate to get this kid touring bluegrass in America. So go check him out tonight, starting at 8pm. Oh and it just so happens to be Southern Belle’s ladies night (8pm to 11pm), so girls get house pours and most wines for 25RMB and select cocktails for 35RMB. Can’t argue with that!
Free // 8pm // Southern Belle // 433 Changle Lu, near Xiangyang Lu (长乐路433号, 近襄阳路)
Bassment @ Shelter If you’re looking to get dancy and get sweaty, Shelter hosts a set of Bassment DJs on Thursday whose goal it is in life to unite the ravers of Shanghai. No commercial hits or chart toppers, just straight up techno bass, down underground.
20RMB // 10pm // The Shelter // 5 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu (永福路5号, 近复兴西路)
The Connection Pt. 1 @ Shelter Labeling itself “North Meets South: A Hip Hop Connection Pt. 1 – The Warm Up”, this event promises to bring you all the rising hip hop sounds from DJs and MCs all over Beijing and Shanghia. Line up: H20 (live), LJ, Ceezy,Cavia, HBD, KutFresh.
40RMB // 10pm // The Shelter // 5 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu (永福路5号, 近复兴西路)
Hip Hop Hijiack @ ZEAL We’ll point you towards more DJs this week over at Zeal, where their Masters of the Mix series brings us ITF champion DJ Rob Bankz from Duesseldorf to spin hip hop. DJs Choyce Kutz and B-kut also to play. Free before midnight, 100RMB after that (including one drink.)
Free before midnight, 100RMB after // Zeal // South Bund 22, 6/F, 22 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, near Jinling Lu (中山东二路22号, 近金陵路)
STD Classics Pt. 1 @ YYT A new STD Classics series of concerts kicks off this week, with the objective of “taking S.T.D. back to the origins.” Loud and live music from around Shanghai and China. This week features White+ from Beijing (side project of Carsick Cars frontman Shou Wang – nonlinear, noisy guitars, drum machines, that kind of thing) and Dada Bada from Hong Kong (lo-fi/post rock.) Local support by Stegosaurus?, Next Year’s Love, and STD DJs to round out the night.
30RMB // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, by Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Acid Pony Club @ Lune Acid Pony DJs bringing you that disco dance beat down at Lune this Saturday. Tina Sprinkles to provide visuals. And if you’re tired of me listing DJs on this live music preview, I guarantee I have scoured and there’s nothing else. So shut up and go dance.
Free // 10? // Lune // 4F, 218 Xinle Lu, corner of Donghu Lu (新乐路218号, 东湖路路口)
Worst Music Ever @ Dada Have a hankering for all that terrible music we all loved so much in the 90s? Dj’s Vanilla Sacco & MC Gin Blossoms are all over it this Saturday and promise to bring you an entire night of THE WORST MUSIC EVAR. They do not discriminate. All shitty music may apply.
Free // 10pm? // Dada // 115 Xingfu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu (幸福路115号,近法华镇路)