Midweek music preview is our weekly rundown of everything happening on stages across the city. On the docket this week: Local duo Pairs releases their sophomore album, Singaporean indie folk outfit The Cheating Sons plays practically every venue in town, and yet another music festival near Shanghai! Read on for details, or head over to our calendar for more.
Cheating Sons & The Fever Machine @ YYT In the first of three(3) shows this week, Singapore’s Cheating Sons hits Yuyintang on their China tour tonight. If you dig indie and you dig folk, this could be a perfect show for you. While some of their songs feature those mellow harmonic ooo’s (like a rougher cut of Fleet Foxes) they pick things up Americana folk rock style in at least a few numbers that’ll keep your foot tapping. Have a listen here. Support by Shanghai’s own The Fever Machines.
40RMB // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, by Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Androsace 1st Birthday @ 696 Livehouse Shanghai based minority grunge band Androsace celebrates their 1st birthday at 696 Livehouse, with guest bands Mianmian & Yanyan and Prank.
20RMB // 8pm // 696 Livehouse // Suite 115, Bldg A, 118 Dong Jiangwan Lu, near Huayuan Lu (东江湾路118号A号楼115室， 近花园路)
The Cheating Sons @ Anar We’re guessing they’ll play a bit more of an acoustic set for Cheating Sons second show of the week at Anar on Thursday. More of that Singaporean indie folksy thing happening on Xingfu Lu for the low price of free!
Free entry // 9pm // Anar // 129 Xingfu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu (幸福路129号, 近法华镇路)
Pairs CD release! @ YYT Our editor’s choice this week goes to one of the home team! Insane trash duo Pairs are releasing their second album called Summer Sweat, and according to the band “each copy has been hand folded, hand stamped, hand numbered and hand stickered and each copy will come with our home made DVD ‘Shanghai Sweat’.” CDs available at the show for whatever money you’re willing to throw their way. Check them out on Douban, as we are at a loss to describe their sound. Support by Ho Tom the Conqueror.
20RMB // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, by Yan’an Xi Lu (Entrance behind the metro station) (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
DJ Shadow @ Muse Mixing Room World renowned DJ Shadow is back in Shanghai this weekend at the Muse Mixing Room! Also spinning that night are five Swiss DJs and VJs for a show called “Jump”, with Ceezy and Cavia opening the show. Buy tickets here! Muse Mixing Room is offering a shuttle for people holding presale tickets. Shuttles are running from two locations at 9pm, (1) Xintiandi and Madang Lu, (2) Yaohualu Metro Station (Shangnan Lu exit).
300RMB door, 200RMB presale // Muse Mixing Room, Mercedes-Benz Arena // 1200 EXPO Avenue (世博大道1200号, 浦东)
Cheating Sons @ Lune The third and final show by Singaporean alt country band Cheating Sons takes place at Lune on Saturday at 10pm. Cover is only 20RMB, and for that you’ll also get Ho Tom the Conqueror, The Phantom, and DJ B.O.
20RMB // 10pm // LUNE // 4F, 218 Xinle Lu, corner of Donghu Lu (新乐路218号, 东湖路路口)
Bone @ YYT Australian math rock band Bone hits up Yuyintang with an arsenal of local talent backing them up. It’s all part of the Sino Australian Music Exchange, a really cool project cooked up by cool people in both countries. Support by X is Y and Duck Fight Goose.
10pm // 40RMB // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, by Yan’an Xi Lu (Entrance behind the metro station) (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Lenka @ MAO Aussie singer/songwriter Lenka, who brought you the sweet bubbly hit ‘The Show’ is making her Shanghai debut! Enjoy a night of her older songs as well as some new material. Get tickets here.
350RMB dors, 260RMB presale // 9pm // MAO Livehouse // 3/F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu (3/F, 重庆南路308号, 近建国中路)
Strawberry Music Festival @ Zhenjiang Apparently in some kind of China festivals turf war, Modern Sky records is hosting a festival in Zhenjiang this year instead of MiDI (who held the festival there this time last year.) Anywho, the four-day festival kicks off on Sunday, seeing as next week is the National holidays, with Go Team headlining and playing the opening night. Even if you’re not into UK indie garage rock, you should at least consider taking the short high-speed train ride there (at the Zhenjiang stop on the Shanghai – Nanjing line) to catch local talent playing all over the thing: Rainbow Danger Club, Duck Fight Goose, The Fever Machines, loads of local DJS, and more. Full line up here. Tickets are 100RMB per day, 300RMB for all four days, you can purchase them here (in Chinese.)
100RMB per day // 1:30pm to 11pm // Heron Island, Zhenjiang (镇江世业洲鹭岛)