Midweek Music Preview is our weekly rundown of everything happening on stages across the city. On the docket this week: The Akoncert, a Friend or Foe album preview, Icelandic dream pop in the form of Pascal Pinon, and Androsace releases their new CD! Read on for all the details, or check out our calendar for even more.
Acid Pony Club & Friends @ Dada The Acid Pony Club will be previewing local band Friend or Foe‘s soon-to-be-released album “My Claw is Never Limp”, which was mixed and mastered by the Ponies themselves. While this isn’t live music per se, it IS a preview of live music. Same diff. They’ll play the album in its entirety beginning at 11pm, and then the Pony DJs will take over and do their thing.
Free // 11pm album preview // Dada // 115 Xingfu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu (幸福路115号, 近法华镇路)
Androsace album release @ YYT Local grunge band Androsace is releasing their CD “Demo” this Friday at Yuyintang. They play a mash of metal, grunge, and punk, and they play it loud and fast. Their four members come from Yunnan, Xinjiang, Italy and France. They’ll bring 200 CDs to the concert, each one lovingly hand-stuffed and decorated by the band. Support by Dragon Pizza and Cold Fairyland.
9pm // 40rmb // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, by Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Pascal Pinon @ Mixing Room Named after a two-headed Mexican freak show performer, female acoustic dream-pop duo Pascal Pinon comes from Iceland and is made up of twins Jófríður and Ásthildur. They play really pleasing and light folk, with some really beautiful cooing harmonies and basically everything that makes for perfect coffee shop playlists.
50RMB presale, 80RMB doors // 7:30pm to 9:30pm // Mercedes-Benz Arena, 1200 EXPO Avenue (世博大道1200号, 浦东)
Alcest China Tour @ MAO French metal at Mao Livehouse on Saturday. Alcest plays atmospheric black metal, but it doesn’t sound blacker than the blackest black times infinity or anything. Some of their stuff is pretty upbeat. Anyway, if metal is your thing, this is probably a show for you. It’s an early one, though, doors at 8pm, concert at 8:30pm.
150RMB presale, 200RMB door // 8pm // MAO Livehouse // 3/F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu (3/F, 重庆南路308号 近建国中号)
Akon @ Mercedes-Benz Arena Senegalese-American mega R&B star Akon lands in Shanghai this Saturday. The six-time Grammy nominee has produced like a billion chart-toppers and has worked with the likes of Dr. Dre, Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Quincy Jones, David Guetta, and Lady Gaga. You all know who he is. Tickets range from 180RMB to 1680RMB and you can buy them on Smart Shanghai or here. Looks like the cheapest seats have sold out, but the rest are wide open. But if you want to kick it with Shanghaiist editors in the lower bowl, you have exactly one more day to enter to win two free tickets! (We will pick the winners today, so this is your last chance.)
180 to 1680RMB // 7:30pm // Mercedes-Benz Arena // 1200 EXPO Avenue, Pudong (世博大道1200号 浦东)
Frozen Street album release @ Yuyintang Indie pop coming at you from Nanjing this week. Frozen Street were formed in 2004 and they are releasing their third album “Aesthetic Generation”. Four dudes in suits singing indie rock. Check out their sound here. Support by Forsaken Autumn.
50RMB // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, by Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Monkey King @ YYT Changsha melodic emocore/hardcore band Monkey King are in Shanghai on their Madfist Tour. Check them out on their Douban page here.
40RMB // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, by Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)