Friday, May 13th @ Yuyintang
Celebrating the unholy day of Friday the 13th are three Shanghai hardcore and metal bands. The Machinery of Other Skeletons are a technically proficient expat metal band and one of the most solid acts in Shanghai. Also on the bill are The Arcbane who represent some of the best local Chinese melodic death metal. Hitobashire are a newer band on the Shanghai scene. All this metal mayhem can be yours for just 50rmb at the door.
Friday, May 14th @ On Stage
If you want to take a break from the harder stuff, I suggest checking out the dream pop band Po Shang Cun down at On Stage live house. These five well-groomed boys from Beijing have been laying down their heartfelt brand of pop since 2010. They recently got some fame for winning a song writing contest, which has netted the band some air play on TV and radio. This gig is great for a date and starts early at 8.30pm. Romantic vibes. The door fee is 80rmb.
Po Shang Cun - MV
Saturday May 14th @ MAO
One of the biggest electro rock acts going Ratatat returns to Shanghai for a Noisey showcase at Mao Livehouse. These two Brooklyn dwellers, Mike Stroud and Evan Mast, are a couple skilled producers / guitarists and put on a great live show. Ratatat are touring in support of their album Magnifique and have local head bopper Gooooose opening up. Presale tickets have sold out so show up early on Saturday for a chance to get in. The show starts at 9pm.
Saturday, May 14th @ Yuyintang
Five bands from China's ever-blossoming metalcore scene share the stage for one night of rock at Yuyintang. Presented by the music studio Star Cluster this gig features screamo outfit Beat Generation 1980s, Return to Sender, From the Red, Hybrid Dimension, and Life Awaits. These bands represent the new school of metalcore and post hardcore, so expect a bit of electronic instrumentation in the mix. Stacked show of five bands means an early start -- first band on at 8.30pm and it's 80rmb to get in.
Sunday, May 15th @ Yuyintang
Beijing-bred and based bluegrass tunes on stage as the Hutong Yellow Weasels stop by Yuyintang for a Sunday show. The Weasels are rocking that traditional bluegrass sound with a banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and slide guitar. Expect a lot of plaid button ups, beards, and potential square dancing sessions in the crowd. The show starts at 9pm and the door fee is a solid 50rmb.
Also don't forget about that Thrash Metal Festival on Friday at MAO . 200rmb will get ya five of the fastest chugga-chugga bands the middle kingdom has to offer.
Sacco, over and out.