If you use WeChat, you probably know a few people who constantly post messages about big, big things they're doing. Rap albums destined for multi-platinum success. The tattoo they'd like to give you. Parties with free alcohol (just drop the password). TAKING OVER THE INDUSTRY.

These characters are not myths. They really do exist outside of your Moments feed...

That's how we found out about Shanghai-based rapper Pi's project with Chinese producer UJ He. In Pi's words, "The music is so good… That the TV broadcast had to witness the greatness". He recently performed on ICS's Chinese New Year special, and dropped a short documentary about his upcoming album Deserted Prince, which is due out sometime this month. Video of both after the jump. ... Read on

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Just uploaded a fresh .zip of pictures from another weekend of glitter, house music, and WeChat. First up, some people indeed getting down to some 2-for-1 Tanqueray and Tonics and the sounds of Britney Spears' "Toxic" at that new-ish, gay-friendly spot Catalog. Pretty fun night, especially considering the DJ was DJ iTunes Playlist. Here's the pictures.

Then here, photos from one of the busiest nights Lola's seen for a while, when house bros Detroit Swindle came through. We've got a next-level gallery coming on Friday too, so look out for that. As you were.

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Here's a few more concerts scheduled for the distant, distant future, but, hey, keep them in mind 'cause they'll sneak up on you.

It's like... quiet, quiet, quiet, then all of a sudden, BOOM WHOA, it's all loud and stuff!

Post rock. That's what we're talking about. China's most dependable post rock promoters, New Noise (Mogwai, Mono, PG Lost, loads more) have released their schedule for a few concerts they've got scheduled in April and May, and, man, do they ever sound like post rock bands.
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SmartShanghai is looking for interns to join our elite task force. So if you're someone who loves to write, has loads of ideas, has been in town long enough to know what's up, likes to go out wandering during the day and partying at night, and wants to pursue a career in digital media, you should get in touch.

What we get: Someone to pitch ideas, help us generate content, follow up on story leads, take care of some clerical and data entry work, and help keep up with new developments, venues, and areas in town.
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In an effort to shift its focus in the China market, Marks & Spencer has announced its intentions to shut down several branches "in Shanghai and surrounding areas," China Daily reports.

The British apparel and food retail giant has "decided to close five stores" in Shanghai and neighboring provinces by August 2015. Outlets in Jiangsu province will be shut by as early as next Monday.

UPDATE: An earlier version of this post indicated that Marks & Spencer's Nanjing Lu branch would definitely close. After another reading, we've concluded that China Daily, the source of this news, isn't entirely clear that the Nanjing Lu branch is among the five branches that Marks & Spencer intends to close. So everybody can calm down about their underwear for now.
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Sports dive Windows Scoreboard is a bit of a paradox. Going in there is like stumbling into the year 1997, but probably half the customers were born after 1997. Just try asking one of those kids if they've ever heard of Knight Rider...

But it's probably the best bar in the Windows family, and the place stays packed on the weekend. And from now until April 28 they're doing a free open bar for ladies every Tuesday from 10pm-1am. Sounds like a mess. No cover, just turn up and do you worst. Dudes also get buy-one-get-one on draft beer.

Also, same deal on Wednesdays at Windows Too, and Thursdays at Windows Parkside...

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Prince William, crusties who consider early drum 'n' bass the pinnacle of Western culture, Shawn The Sheep, Daily Mail readers, and other characters from the harmonious, multicultural island of Britain will be enjoying pies this week. They have a holiday for that, and DJ / Promoter-turned-baker Siesta is hustling hard, slinging pie sets at three bars this week.... Read on

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Three short films by American experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger, originally released between 1947-1963. Expect surreal, homoerotic, and occult cinema. Fans of David Lynch...
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More open bar abandon up in Yangpu District. Every Thursday night, Propaganda does free cocktails for ladies. Those who come in a pack of ten will receive a free bottle of champagne. No cover for anyone, but dudes have to pay for drinks. Goes from 8.30pm-midnight.

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My dinner at Char couldn't have gone better. From the moment I booked my table over the phone the day before and was given a window seat automatically, I knew we were in good hands. We arrived around 40 minutes early and decided to wait it out in the bar upstairs. The drinks were on point and served in a timely manner, and the bar area was quiet and calm. After going downstairs for our dinner, the captain came over, apologizing profusely. I still have no idea what he did wrong, but he compensat [..read on]

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  • Aretha Franklin Tribute

    Two of Shanghai's soul queens, Cherry Brown and Apphia Campbell, team up to pay some r.e.s.p.e.c.t. to one of the greatest singers of the 20th century – Aretha Franklin. Expect all the big hits like "Chain Of Fools", "Respect", and "I Say A Little Pr
  • Monte Carlo Philharmonic

    Monaco's premier orchestra comes to Shanghai for a night of Rossini, Ravel, Rossini, and Beethoven, at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. They are led by Italian conductor Gianluigi Gelmetti, one of the modern era's most prestigious conductors.
  • Juilliard String Quartet

    America's quintessential string quartet returns to Shanghai. These guys are all master teachers at the Juilliard School. Expect pieces by Haydn, Shulamit Ran, and Schubert.
  • Jason Marz and Raining Jane

    King of the Billboard charts, American singer / songwriter Jason Mraz brings that blue-eyed soul to Shanghai. Expect his repertoire of sweet and breezy acoustic guitar pop rock music that tugs at your heartstrings.
  • Wayne Krantz 2015

    American guitar virtuoso Wayne Krants takes to the JZ Club stage for an evening of jazz fusion. Krantz is joined by bass player Anthony Jackson and percussionist Cliff Almond, two accomplished session players in their own right.
  • Fazil Say & Basel Symphony

    One of Switzerland's oldest and most important orchestras arrives in Shanghai with American conductor Dennis Russell Davies and Turkish pianist Fazil Say. Concert includes pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Chen Yi, and Stravinsky.
  • Air Supply 2015

    Legendary Australian soft-rock duo Air Supply returns to Shanghai for a show at new venue Plus Space. The multi-platinum artists gained worldwide popularity in the 70s and 80s from songs like "I'm All Out Of Love" (I'm so lost without you…) and "Maki
  • Katy Perry 2015

    Katy Perry, multi-platinum selling artist and recent performer at the Super Bowl, brings THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR to the Mainland for her first show in Shanghai. Expect all the big hits, like "Roar", "Dark Horse", "California Gurls", "Teenage Dream",
  • Formula 1 GP

    The biggest racing event in China, from April 10-12, the F1 Grand Prix returns to Shanghai with all your favorite racing teams and celebrity drivers, battling it out in the track for top honors. Head on down to check out the fastest cars on earth.
  • Bobby McFerrin 2015

    Ten-time Grammy winner and "Don't Worry Be Happy" star Bobby McFerrin returns to Shanghai for a concert at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. He's performing with a full band and his daughter Madison backing up up on vocals.
  • Yanni 2015

    World-renowned Greek pianist, composer, and producer Yanni returns to China for another show. First he played the Forbidden City and the Acropolis of Athens, now he's performing at the Mercedes Benz Arena. Expect big, powerful instrumental songs.
  • Stephen Kovacevich

    One of the world's leading pianists and interpreters arrives in Shanghai for a night of Beethoven and Schubert. He's build his rep with highly-acclaimed recordings like his set of the 32 Beethoven Sonatas on EMI.
  • Joyce DiDonato Recital

    Grammy Award-winning Mezzo-soprano vocalist Joyce DiDonato performs an evening of royal arias from the 17th and 18th centuries from composers like Scarlatti, Monteverdi, Giacomelli, Vivaldi, and more at the Shanghai Grand Theatre.
  • Ghost The Musical

    The award-winning theatre adaptation of the hit 1990 film Ghost comes to Shanghai for the first time. The play tells the story of two young lovers in NYC. When one is murdered, he gets stuck between the real world and the after-life...
  • James Lavelle

    Underground music promo group S.T.D.'s warehouse club Arkham turns two years old. For day two of their anniversary rave they have seminal UK trip-hop producer James Lavelle, he of Mo'Wax records and UNKLE. Big name. Should be a banger.
  • Elvis Tribute

    Elvis Presley. The King Of Rock And Roll. In Chinese, "The Cat King." Elvis tribute artist David King comes to Shanghai for a night based on the Elvis '68 comeback special and the '72 Vegas show. Expect forty of The King's greatest hits and big fun f
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Shanghai welcomes not just the orchestra, but its 28 year-old music director Gustavo Dudamel, who was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in 2013. Expect pieces by Dvořák, John Adams, and Mahler himself.

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