By Lukas Steinberg
Midweek Music Preview is a rundown of all the events happening on stages across Shanghai. On the docket this week: Fans of rock music of the harder varieties get lucky with Saving Molly kicking off Wednesday night at Yuyintang! Friday night leaves you with a choice of gentle piano pieces or rough death metal riffs. On Saturday night we have popular Chinese indie rock band Re-TROS couple up with two other bands, and Mandopop superstar Sun Nan. Fusion Reggae combo Longshendao takes over MAO on Sunday night, and last but not least, famous NHK Symphony Orchestra plays Tchaikovsky onTuesday evening. And if that’s still not enough, head over to our calendar for more.
Saving Molly @ Yuyintang
Head-bang galore! Beijing’s post-hardcore punk band Saving Molly hits up the stage at Yuyintang. The 4 guys will heat up the crowd with guttural screams emerging the rough throat of singer Xi Lin Hu and some fast-paced guitar and drum action.
60RMB // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, by Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Chen Guang @ Shanghai Oriental Art Center
18-year old Chinese piano wunderkind Chen Guang recites classical pieces of Bach, Liszt and Brahms.
80-280RMB // 07:30pm // 425 Dingxiang Lu (丁香路425号)
Tomahawk @ MAO Livehouse
China Death Metal veterans Tomahawk leave their sarcophagi to put an end to years of inactivity. After rocking Beijing’s Strawberry Music Festival and Zhenjiang Sagishima Music Festival earlier this year, Tomahawk round off their comeback in Shanghai to prove that they still got what it takes.
60RMB pre-sale/80RMB door // 9pm // Mao Livehouse // 3/F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu3/F, (重庆南路308号 近建国中号
Re-TROS @ MAO Livehouse
A trio of talented Chinese Indie bands will rock the stage of MAO Livehouse this saturday, so be prepared for a generous serving of ear candy! Line-Up: Shanghai bands Pairs, Duck Fight Goose, and headliner Rebuilding the Rights of Statues (Re-TROS).
Re-TROS only scheduled this one show in China and will head off to New York to record a new album, so don’t miss this chance to see them perform a set list with some brad new songs. Expect a night full of fine rock music influenced by the sounds of Bauhaus, Joy Division and Gang of Four.
100RMB pre-sale/120RMB door // 8:30pm // Mao Livehouse // 3/F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu3/F, (重庆南路308号 近建国中号)
Sun Nan @ Mercedes-Benz Arena
If heart-breaking Mandopop is more like your cup of tea, why not hit the UFO-esque Mercedes-Benz Arena at the former Expo site? On stage: Sun Nan, one of China’s most famous pop stars.
180RMB – 1880RMB // 07:30pm // Mercedes-Benz Arena // 1200 EXPO Avenue, Pudong // 世博大道1200号 浦东
Floating Tones 2012 presents Longshendao (龙神道) @ MAO Livehouse
Reggae-Combo Longshendao fuse musical elements ranging from Reggae, Dub, SKA, Rock and electro to create their own unique sound seasoned with some traditional Chinese instruments. After releasing their debut album „Yongbao“ (拥抱)（Tai Chi Reggae）last year, the band tours China and makes a stop in MAO Livehouse to give you a taste of their sound.
60RMB Students/70RMB pre-sale/80RMB door // 8:30-11pm // Mao Livehouse // 3/F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu3/F, (重庆南路308号 近建国中号)
NHK Symphony Orchestra @ Shanghai Oriental Art Center
This is one to mark for the connoisseurs of classical music! Founded in 1926 and affiliated to public broadcaster NHK since 1951, Japan’s first symphony orchestra has since been hosting an all-star cast of reputable conductors and promises to bring you and will come to Shanghai to play Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No.1” and “Symphony No. 5”.
80-1680RMB // 07:30pm // 425 Dingxiang Lu (丁香路425号)
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