Hey, guys. Just a quick note to let you know that we're on break. We'll be taking it easy for Golden Week from October 1–7 and will return on October 8.

If you're stuck in town, don't fret. There is a surprising amount of shit to keep you busy this week, and that will all be up in The Agenda tomorrow. After that, we might post the occasional bit of news on the Wire. We might not. Depends on how we feel.

Otherwise, until then, we'll see you next week.

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The slow and steady trickle of tenants on Rockbund brings a new French option called Paris Rouge.

The space is classic to the hilt: leather banquettes, brass bars, an old-style copper espresso machine, parquet floors, white linen tablecloths. The ceiling gets a touch of chinoiserie as well, with ornately painted crossbeams. Servers wear suits and ties. They're equipped with crumb trays and push dessert trolleys.

The menu more or less follows suit. It's mostly food of the French canon written on a blackboard. On my visit, they were serving stuff like escargots, Perigourdine salad, gratin Dauphinoise, foie gras mi cuit, and roast rack of lamb. They threw in some Italian flavors as well, like lobster with risotto.

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Hey let's face it, if you haven't booked a plane ticket yet, that probably ain't happening. That doesn't mean you can't travel though. Luckily we have a bunch of travel guides for trips just an hour or two from downtown.

Some of these are even accessible by metro...

Chongming Island: - Really chill island with wetland parks, bike riding, and solid home-cooked food.

Binjiang Forest Park: Light camping, BBQ zones, a pretty mental experience.... Read on

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Hey moneybags, how 'bout coughing up a bit of dough to help long-running Chinese punk band SUBS tour in the States? The band is passing the digital hat around via a kickstarter funding drive, from which they're hoping to raise 10,000USD to cover costs -- planes, hotels, van rentals, all that sort of stuff. An independent band in China for nigh a million years now, this would be their first doing an American tour -- a milestone for the band, as well as for independent music coming out of China as a whole. Home town heroes sort of thing. Finer representatives of Chinese rock, there is not.

Anyway, this is all explained in a very nifty video on the Kickstarter page.

Disclaimer: SmBj's music writer and frequent SmSh contributor Josh Feola plays drums for SUBS, but that just means we know he needs your $$$ so, so badly.

NIGHTLIFE / SEP 30 / Share


Hey does your holiday itinerary look like…

Wake up around 2.30pm --> Family Mart --> Bong rips on couch --> Complain about [xx restaurant] being closed --> drink 2GT and troll the Internet.

It doesn't have to be like that. The good people at Dogtown have this "Dog Days of October" jam from October 1-3. They're busting open a free keg of Asahi every day at noon and bumping tunes on the street. They have tacos. Bloody Marys and Micheladas are 50rmb. No cover. More info here.

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If you're searching for some smokey, live soul music, this is a good look. Every Tuesday, Californian singer Denise is doing live soul, funk, hip hop, and R&B. I've seen her at JZ and she kills it. Mean cover of "No Diggity." Pretty sure this woman has more soul in her dreads than all of Jing'an district combined.

This happens tonight from 9.30pm-12.30am at Limbo, a Caribbean-ish restaurant/sports bar over on Yan'an Lu by Dingxi Lu, near that little food court with the cheap Beijing duck rolls and pizza. Full info here.

NIGHTLIFE / SEP 30 / Share


Danshui Lu continues to evolve with ever better watering holes, the most recent of which is a craft cocktail lounge called Encore.

It's a partnership between two former employees of The Langham up the street. They've taken up the first floor in a heritage residential building at the corner of Fuxing and Danshui Lu. This means that a lot of their decorating had already been done with them, like the gorgeous wood paneling that lines the walls. They've also fastidiously reproduced an ornate plaster ceiling. Given the aesthetics, you can probably guess what the atmosphere is like: dimly lit, quiet, chilled out. And when the weather is nice they've got a small private patio. ... Read on

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Always nice how Lola puts up these live recordings of DJs playing at their club, with crowds cheering in the background. Can't attend every show, or remember all the trax that get dropped...

Their latest upload is a live set from Berlin-based duo Skinnerbox on Sept 6. These guys look like some proper gear nerds, and even made their own drum machine software for Ableton. This set is really playful, dreamy techno. Not so serious. Lots of 707 rimshot action.

Check out that mix on Soundcloud right here. It's a good start to the holiday. Lola's four-year anniversary is coming up at the end of October with Ian Pooley, Brandt Brauer Frick, and several more big bookings. Stay tuned.

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I've been twice recently for dinner, and made the same mistake twice- over ordered, had to force feed, and leave with leftovers. I mean this in the best way possible. The portions of the mains are SO generous, for a table of 4 we only needed to order 3 tapas and ONE main, but went with 2 mains, leaving us with heaps of leftovers. Our favorite is the pork belly. Simple, delicious, perfectly cooked with parsley potatoes on the side. The mistake is always the porcini risotto. Don't get me wrong, its amazing, I had no idea mushrooms and hazelnuts and cream go so well together, but while your [..read on]

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