By Lukas Steinberg
Midweek Music Preview is a rundown of all the events happening on stages across Shanghai. On the docket this week: The kickoff of the 2013 JUE Festival in Shanghai with How To Dress Well at 390 and Sound Fragment at MAO Livehouse. Miss May I hit the stage of MAO on Thursday with melodic metalcore from the US. LUNE and Yuyintang take responsibility for your International Women’s Day entertainment and put together two neat concerts with local favorites on stage for Friday night. On the weekend, Russian rock veterans Mumiy Troll and Japanese psychedelic guru Kawabata Makoto do their thing, and there are Britrock and noise events as well. 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 are back again for another night with their live electro sound. Click here for some samples.
40RMB door // 9pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Miss May I @ MAO Livehouse
Fairly approachable metalcore made in the USA. Miss May I mix the quintessential fast and heavy guitar riffs, screaming and growling with melodic choruses. An approach tested by numerous other bands like Escape the Fate, and it can work well. And that’s what they sound like: Just like numerous other bands in the genre. Here the contrast between weirdly straight-lined chorus and rought metalcore is a bit too formulaic for my taste, but check them out for yourself. In the seven years of band history, they’ve released 3 LPs and even contributed a theme song to that undying pest of a horror franchise Saw.
Miss May I – Masses of a Dying Breed (YT)
180RMB presale, 240RMB door // 8pm // Mao Livehouse // 3/F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu3/F, (重庆南路308号 近建国中号)
Folk Night @ Yuyintang
YYT presents folk singers Qiao Tianjiao and Liao Junjie for a night of jazz, indie pop, rock, folk, country and bossa nova.
Free // 9:00pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Women’s Day Special Concert @ Yuyintang
Shanghai celebrates the International Women’s Day, and YYT puts together a special event for the gals (and everybody else). Longtime favorites Cold Fairyland play their ambient progressive rock, Candy Shop throw in poppy tunes and rap, and last but not least, Second aka (重结晶/Chongjiejing) add more pop rock. A fairly tame selection, so you better not be in the mood for headbanging, girls.
30RMB for the ladies, 60RMB for dudes // 9:00pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Hello Money & The Horde celebrate Women’s Day @ LUNE
And more musical goodness for Women’s Day or whatever you want it to be. Hello Money and The Horde spread happiness for all at LUNE. No sexual discrimination here, it’s 20RMB for all genders.
20RMB // 8:30pm // Lune // 4F, No. 218 Xinle Lu, cross Donghu Lu (新乐路218号, 东湖路路口)
How To Dress Well @ 390
2013 JUE Festival Event
Chicago-based How To Dress Well aka Tom Krell brings his experimental pop/ethereal wave/R&B music to the stage of 390. What does that sound like? A little bit like an accoustic version of Sam Sparro, but unique in it’s own way. Find out here!
100RMB // 9pm // No. 390 Panyu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu (番禺路390号, 法华镇路)
Sound Fragment @ MAO Livehouse
2013 JUE Festival Event
Sound Fragment play the second gig for the Shanghai JUE festival. The Beijingers are one of Mainland China’s most popular indie rock bands and can look back at more than 10 years of stage experience. Sound Fragment Live Footage.
80RMB presale, 100RMB door // 2:30pm // Mao Livehouse // 3/F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu3/F, (重庆南路308号 近建国中号)
Mumiy Troll (Му́мий Тро́лль) @ MAO Livehouse
Founded in Vladivostok in 1983, Mumiy Troll grew to be one of the most popular and acclaimed contemporary rock acts.They’ve played shows all over the world in Europe, America and are currently touring Asia. Mumiy Troll even represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest a couple of years ago (not that this says much about musical quality though). With their offbeat romantic lyrics, the band has developed separately from the rest of the Russian music scene, opting to work with foreign producers and recording the majority of its work in England. Although experimenting with different musical genres over the years, Mumiy Troll have developed an idiosyncratic sound placed halfway between traditional Russian rock and Brit-pop.
250RMB presale, 350RMB 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)
Kawabata Makoto @ 696 Livehouse
Kawabata Makoto, founding member of psychedelic rock band Acid Mothers Temple, is once again in Shanghai. Prepare for a hallucinogenic solo concert together with Mai Xiaoguo and others. Concert starts at 9, but there will be a DIY market for you to browse through (or set up) earlier, together with DJ music.
80RMB presale, 100RMB door // 969 Live // 11-8 Lane 1727 Sichuan Bei Lu, near Dong Baoxing Lu (四川北路1727弄11-8号, 近东宝兴路)
China Britrocks Volk. IV @ Yuyintang
The Britrock night is back! This time with Battle Cattle， Girls Like Mystery, Second (重结晶), Xiaoxin Yiyi (小心翼翼) and DJ BOSS.
40RMB (20RMB for students) // 9:00pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
Noise Night @ Yuyintang
Lovers of noise get lucky as A Tack In Your Shoes, Hidden Agenda, EN ROUTE, SixShot and Epitaph (墓志铭) gather to torture their instruments.
50RMB (40RMB presale) // 9:00pm // Yuyintang // 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu (凯旋路851号, 近延安西路口)
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