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Hardcore Pioneers MDC, Indie Folk Darling Wishbao, and More for 2017

By Jan 10, 2017 Music


Greetings and salutations, Shanghai. 2017 is supposed to be the year of punk rock and right out the gate promotion group Hesher Has Culture is bringing a legendary band MDC to our metropolis. That's just the start of Hesher Has Culture's plans for 2017 (*cough, cough Mike Watt! cough, cough*) so stay tuned for info on incoming tours and special events. Metallica is also playing this weekend which I have mixed feelings about. The 13-year-old me says just go man, just go. But I just can't bring myself to give Lars any of my money. Does he really need to add a second atrium in his San Francisco mansion? Regardless, despite MAO being temporary closed there are a good amount of rock gigs around town. Let's discuss...



on Fri Jan 13 2017

Hesher Has Culture pres. MDC ('80s Hardcore Pioneers)

YYT - 851 Kaixuan Lu, by Yan'an Xi Lu (Entrance ...

MDC - "No More"

One of the biggest names in punk rock, MDC, stop by Yuyintang on Friday. MDC are part of the essential Reagan-era punk movement championing topics such LGBT rights, racial equality, and animal rights just to name a few. Over the past four decades, the band has worked with the likes of Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles, England's Crass Records, and countless bands, labels, and causes in between. If you are a fan of punk rock in any form then attendance in mandatory on this show. Joining the stage are a few of Shanghai's hardest acts going including Round Eye, Spill Your Guts, and Dirty Fingers. Door charge is 120rmb and kicks off at 9pm. Watch out for that tree!

on Fri Jan 13 2017

Harley's Dream: Psychedelia & Dark Folk & Post Rock Night

Harley's Underground - B1/F, 265 Nandan Dong Lu, near Caoxi Lu

Pixel Prism - Live Set 2015

If you're looking for a local rock showcase without a mosh pit on Friday then Harley's has you covered with three solid Shanghai bands. On the bill are five-piece act Pixel Prism, who play minimal instrumental rock with piano and violin laid down on top. Check out the band's Douban Page for a preview of their demo. These kids could be scoring WestWorld season two -- it's that good. Also on the lineup are one of my favorite local psych rock acts Seperate Mirrors. Separate Mirrors guitarist A Ming plays in a number of experimental projects around town and is known to drink the purple kool-aide freakout juice before taking the stage. Gotta support that. Rounding out the night are Band O' Bros who recently changed their name from Split Pants. The Xujiahui basement gig starts at 9:30pm, is free, and should be a fun for all!


on Sat Jan 14 2017

Wishbao & Friends

On Stage - A2, Lane 570, Huaihai Xi Lu, near Hongqiao...

Wishbao - "Fire"

Popular indie folk darling Wishbao has a collaboration show on Saturday at On Stage. Over the past few years, the heartfelt folk singer has released a large number original and cover recordings to critical acclaim. On Stage is the perfect venue for a Wishbao show with her solid sound system and warm surroundings. This show runs 90rmb at the door and runs early from 8:30pm to 10:30pm.

on Sat Jan 14 2017

Halo Effect, Foster Parents, & Da Seven

YYT - 851 Kaixuan Lu, by Yan'an Xi Lu (Entrance ...

Foster Parents - "3"

What's being billed as "Math-Rock Meet Post-Rock", Yuyintang hosts a local band showcase on Saturday night. No love lost here my friends. From the strictly math rock side of the fence you have wonder duo Foster Parents. Representing China's favorite genre next to vaporwave there is Halo Effect in the post-rock corner. Then you have the band Da Seven who are self-described Math-Rock, Post-Rock, and Fusion (so I guess they win?). Throw your lyric sheets out the window for this no holds barred grudge match of the ages. 50rmb at the door with a 9pm start time.


on Sun Jan 15 2017


YYT - 851 Kaixuan Lu, by Yan'an Xi Lu (Entrance ...

ROAN - "Maybe"

If the Friday and Saturday live gigs didn't quench your thirst then Yuyintang has a special early Sunday evening show in the form of ROAN. If you are a fan or straight up alt rock n' roll then these four Polish fellas have just what you're looking for. ROAN have played China numerous times including university tours in the depths of our Middle Kingdom. They play a minimum two-hour set so at least you'll get your RMB worth. The Sunday show is free and starts early at 7pm. Go Krakow!

Put another dime in the jukebox baby let's do this.



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