By Lukas Steinberg
Midweek Music Preview is a rundown of all the events happening on stages across Shanghai. This week, Shanghai is invaded by the popular rockers Thin Man and crossover band CMBC from Beijing. For the ones who like it less rocky we can recommend Swing Shine (jazzy), PaperDoll (poppy) and Thumbgirl. Last but not least, Sejung from Korea plays a free show at YYT next Monday! Sounds like a well-balanced week of good music lying ahead of us!
And if that’s still not enough, head over to our calendar for more.
Give Band (给乐队) @ Yuyintang
Local electro rockers Give Band give us a taste of their synthesizer-pimped sound.
40RMB door // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Swing Shine @ Yuyintang
Swing Shine is the project of French guitarist Jeremy Lasry and Chinese singer LinDi. The result is gypsy jazz with Chinese lyrics – and a swinging lightheartedness reminiscent of chansons.
40RMB // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
PaperDoll: All or Nothing China Tour @ Yuyintang
Friday night double feature! Perpetual Motion Machine kick off the show before PaperDoll present their lastest album “Sashimi Deluxe”. One of the more unexpected purposes the Shanghai Expo 2010 served was to give the then relatively unknown indie pop rockers from NYC a voice. Their catchy and energetic sound not only reached the hearts of Chinese fans, but also made people buy (yeah, buy, not download!) 5,000+ physical copies of their album on the first week of their last China tour. The newest work will be released in China via 88tc88’s PaiShouBa (digital download) and Loft Records on November 7th, 2012. Listen: PaperDoll – If Nothing Happens. More songs on their official website.
40RMB pre-sale, 50RMB door // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Itsogoo: It’s All Good @ MAO Livehouse
Itsogoo celebrate the release of their first indipendently released album with a big bash at Mao. And the jazz-rap combo doesn’t have to party all alone: On board are also the live electronic and impro jazz artists Chekov. To make the night complete, Hangzhou hip hoppers U180 and DJ Ceezy join the party.
50RMB 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)
CMCB @ Yuyintang
CMBC stop at YYT on their “Speak and Sing Together 2012 China Tour”, and that’s what it’s all about: Beijing-style hip hop crossover. They have enough rhythm and groove in their sound to make you jump, plus the inevitable DJ scratching. But expect more speak than sing.
60RMB // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Thin Man (瘦人) @ MAO Livehouse
Thin Man or Shourens history goes back to 1993, when the band was founded in Shandong. After several lineup changes that could’ve resulted in disbanding, Thin Man found their sound and became one of the most popular Chinese alternative rock bands to date. They’ve played on several festivals in China and even the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, and successfully released several LPs and EPs. Time to check them out on their “Sowing Hope China Tour” if you haven’t done so already!
60RMB pre-sale, 80RMB 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)
Thumbgirl @ Yuyintang
Thumbgirl play lighthearted and gentle, sometimes melancholic alternative rock, with folk and pop influences. Check out the sound of the Beijingers here.
60RMB pre-sale, 80RMB door // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Sejung: Cloudy Days @ Yuyintang
We all have cloudy days in our lives. Korean musician Sejung plays a free show at Yuyintang to warm you with gentle and melancholic melodies.
Free // 7:30-10pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
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