Steve Vai @ Yunfeng Theatre
This prolific guitar shredder started earning his badges from an early age. In his early twenties he was nicknamed “Stunt Guitarist” and “Little Italian Virtuoso” by fellow guitar legend, Frank Zappa. He is so good at what he does, that he created a seven-string guitar through Ibanez, which would later be used by metal acts Korn and Limp Bizkit. How good do you have to be for Ibanez to ask you to make a guitar? The answer is this good…
380-880RMB // 20:00-22:30 // 1700 Beijing Xi Lu, near Jiaozhou Lu, 静安区北京西路1700号, 近胶州路
Coheed & Cambria @ The Mixing Room & Muse
Coheed and Cambria has been variously described by critics as pop-punk, progressive rock and metal. However, it is pretty petty to focus on such nuances in genre with a band like this. The focus of their music is in the story that is told through the lyrics. Their two most recent albums describe Sirius Amory’s scientific discoveries, his ascension into the space ways and his subsequent return to his home planet.
380RMB // 20:00-late // Mercedes-Benz Arena, 1200 Shibo Da Dao, near Shangnan Lu 世博大道1200号, 近上南路
Lamar and Dr Dre @ Cuvve
Lamar’s influences include 2Pac, Biggy, Jay-Z, Nas, Lil Wayne and Eminem. He breathes like Eminem, he can snarl his voice like Lil Wayne, but he is far from the rhyme and flow of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. Still, he’s arriving with superstar Dr Dre and will curb our rap cravings till Mos Def (Yasiin Bey) hits town for JZ Festival. RSVP is a must; call 15000939716 before tickets run dry.
200RMB // 22:00-late // Sixth Floor 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lunear Nanjing Dong Lu, 黄浦区中山东一路18号6楼, 近南京东路
Kirin J. Callinan @ Arkham
And when a boy grows up he’s still the same, he’s still the same. But he’s a man and a man is physical. And a man has to put his physical body to the test. Body to the test against another man. Do you measure up? Or do you still have work to do? Still have work to do… EMBRACE.
I just… I…what? Can’t. Understand. I’d write more, but I can’t play this song again. I don’t want to feel compelled to pierce my eardrums with a rusty screwdriver to make the pain go away.
60RMB // 22:00-late // 1 Wulumuqi Nan Lu, near Hengshan Lu, 徐汇区，乌鲁木齐 南 路1号, 近衡山路
[Image credit: XL Recordings]