Solid STD booking on Thursday in the form of Malaysian songbird Yuna playing On Stage. While still in law school 10 years ago, she started performing original material and has since amassed a large catalog of captivating songs and videos, many of which are collaborations with both mainstream and underground artists. Earlier this year, Yuna released her third full-length album Chapters that includes a track produced by DJ Premier. Check out her Souku video channel here
for a solid selection of narrative music videos. Not to mention there is a pretty hot Nelly duo up in there. Pretty awesome this show is happening at On Stage with its intimate size and quality sound system. Pre-sale tickets run 120RMB and it's 180RMB at the door (which opens at 8:30pm). If you can't get tickets I would show up early for a chance at those sweet jams.
Your weekly touring post-rock booking is brought to you by Chingtown Productions with their Kovlo concert on Friday. The Swiss outfit plays straightforward soundscape-rife instrumental rock in the vein of Godspeed, Mogwai, Isis, Explosions in the Sky, and Sigur Ros. A long way from the Matterhorn the boys are on an eight-city China tour. If you have always wanted to see what's coming out of that Swiss scene then here is your chance. As the venue is QSW expect the show to start at its 8:30pm posted time and bring 120rmb for the door. Post-rock. Post-rock. Post-rock.
Nothing but pure rock 'n' roll this Saturday night at Yuyintang starring Smegma Riot. Th band is basically a Guangzhou version of Round Eye except their ranks are filled with hard rocking Italians instead of white trash Floridians. Opening up is none other than Round Eye themselves along with recently Maybe Mars Records-signed Shanghai punk rock saviors Dirty Fingers. Everyone on this bill is nastier than the last and Smegma Riot is sure not to disappoint. All this for a simple 60rmb and possible lost tooth and or stubbed toe. Estimated blast off is at 10pm.
A taste of Beijing's finest underground rock is playing a Sunday show with a side of Shanghai post-punk at Harley's Underground. Out of Beijing, you have The Molds returning with their brand of subdued Jesus Mary Chain alt-rock stylings. Known for keeping it real in Beijing, The Molds represent that classic hard living up north. Also coming down is Yang Fan of Hang On the Box, Ourselves Beside Me, and many other projects. She has a collaboration piece with Molds singer Liu Ge called TOW that features double guitars and a whole lot of pedals, pedals, and more pedals. On the bill representing Shanghai is art rock outfit Non-Plus of Color. The show is put together by the Fruity Shop organization from Beijing who have a great record store and separate live venue called Fruity Space. Costs 80rmb at the door with a 9pm start time. This show should be awesome!
Stay hip Shanghai. For the foreseeable future, I'll be drinking mulled wine and binge eating gingerbread cookies at the German Christmas Market. Don't be shy, roll me over and say hi when stopping by!