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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Just a quick update here. We checked out MIDI Festival yesterday and it's really quite good. No mud. Beautiful skies and you can watch planes taking off from Pudong airport almost every minute. Not super busy, as they didn't promote that much, but still a few thousand people. Two Tiger draft beers for 20rmb. Dada selling mixed drinks for 30-40rmb. Nice sunsets uninterrupted by tall buildings. A cab from Xintiandi was 135rmb and as usual there's a ton of scalpers pushing tickets outside. Their going price is about 100rmb. Door price is 150rmb.

As for the music, it's a mixed bag and the sound is good. Static-X absolutely killed it. The Jägermeister electronic tent is banging. Thursday has Second Hand Rose, Barque of Dante, The Samans, SMZB, and Miserable Faith, and Friday has Fear Factory, Noukilla, Nova Heart, Residence A, The Fuzz, Hip Hop Hijack, and VOID (Shanghai Ultra and Chris Jobs). There's like 50-60 bands and twenty DJs each day though.

So if you're still in town you should go. You can camp and they're selling/renting tents. More info in our October music festival guide.

NIGHTLIFE / OCT 02 / Share


So if you're stuck in town for the next few days, here is something to keep you busy, full, and drunk for the next three days. The Jing'an Kerry Centre is hosting a World Wine and Food Festival from October 1 until October 3.

Lots of vendors will converge upon the area hawking all kinds of grub, booze, beer, wine, etc. There will be live music performances, yadda yadda yadda. Your standard food festival stuff. Should be a good time. It kicks off on October 1 at noon and wraps up around 8pm. More details here.

DINING / SEP 30 / Share


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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DINING / SEP 30 / Share


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

SMSH / SEP 30 / Share


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


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DJs Thoma Cher and Charp have this weekly party at Lola. Free to get in and lots of deep disco and electronica being played. Good tunes, bangin' soundsystem, and a solid...
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Girls Night Out

Ladies night returns to Bar Rouge. Females get free cocktails and manicures from 9.30-11.30pm. Entry is free before 12.30am with the password MVP, otherwise it's 100rmb to...
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Lola brings in an old-school rave vet over the October Holidays. Fred Everything plays...everything, from techno to house to ambient and drum and bass. He's been DJing since...
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It's Ladies' Night every Thursday at popular Bund 18 destination Bar Rouge. That means free flow cocktails for all girls between 9:30-11:30pm plus free manicures. No cover with the password "MVP" until midnight, otherwise it's 100rmb.

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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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