Shanghai has some solid live music this week so break out the rubbers and let’s party.
Wednesday, June 29 @ Inferno
Kick the rock off early this week with Inferno’s blues night featuring young guitar virtuoso Krissy Matthews on Wednesday. This British-Norwegian 24-year-old already had three albums under his belt by age 18, and his latest, Scenes From a Moving Window has had some solid reviews around the blues blogs and rags. If your into wailing solos and classic rock then this is the gig for you. Wives let your aging wannabe rocker husbands out early for a little mid-week riff sesh. This one kicks off around 9pm and is free.
Krissy Matthews - "Rolling and Tumbling"
Friday, June 1 @ Mao Livehouse
Big indie rock booking from post rock promotion group New Noise with Friday’s Radio Dept. show at Mao Livehouse. This dream pop band from Sweden has been churning out shoegazing dream-pop for over 15 years and have a dedicated fan base. They've even won Band of the Year and Album of the Year at the Swedish Grammy’s. I checked out their show when they were in town last and it was quite nice. The Radio Dept. cites influences from acts like Joy Division and Kraftwerk to Frank Sinatra and Chet Baker. So... "other music" in general then. But yeah, it's synth pop / indie rock. Make sure to get the 200rmb pre-sale tickets for this one as there is a good chance she will sell out.
Radio Dept. - "Death to Fascism"
Friday, June 1 @ On Stage
Also on Friday is Shanghai-born producer MHP with an updated live set. MHP is one of China’s most respected electronic music producers with roots in Detroit and Berlin techno. He's been playing out in Shanghai for over a decade now for platforms like Antidote and VOID. Lately he has been doing more improvised live sets that feature a trumpet player, keyboardist, and DJ. Expect an organic, expansive live show that makes use of the accompanying musicians as opposed to his techno sets. It might get a bit jazzy. Maybe a bit house-y. Every time I see this guy there is something new to enjoy, and if you're looking to check out an interesting young Chinese electronic music talent, don't miss. Door price is 70rmb and it kicks off around 9:30pm.
MHP - "Son of Shanghai Techno"
Saturday, June 2 @ Yuyintang
Saturday night sees the return of Chinese punk rock legends AV Okubo. Hailing from Wuhan, the band started out as hardcore punk / B-52s-ish sort of hybrid way back in 2006, then developed their sound to include various styles of indie music. Known for their hard partying rock ’n roll lifestyle, they've settled down a bit in recent years and released a respectful full-length album under Chinese indie label Maybe Mars. That record titled Dynasty was recorded by the infamous Andy Gill of legendary post-punk band Gang of Four. Expect an energetic night of rock and new wave with a rowdy crowd of local kids in attendance. Door fee is 90rmb and it gets going at 8.30pm.
AV Okubo - "Opium"
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