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Marching Bands, Brazil Vibraphone, British Shoegaze, and Cat's in Danger

Oct 24, 2016 | 16:42 Mon
All Hallows' Eve is upon us and that means the usual round of Lucifer jams around town. Shanghai's longest running tradition and most evil of gigs is of course the annual Yuyintang Halloween Tribute Show on Saturday night. I'm pretty excited to see Spill Your Gut's version of Turbonegro. Metal overlord mall kiosk and bar Inferno are putting a different spin on the tribute show shtick by forming one big super group of local and Beijing musicians called Never Say Die playing covers of Sabbath, Maiden, Metallica, and more. Then on Monday (actual Halloween) S.T.D. is coming out of left field with the solid booking of Soft Moon. If you want a full report of the watering holes featuring slutty Trumps and zombie Clintons then peep roundup list.
Now let's see what else is going down this week in the world of rock gigs and knob turning fun.


Marching Band

Tuesday, October 25 @ Yuyintang

Start your week out with a little Swedish indie-pop in the form of Marching Band. This duo of down-to-earth rockers are rolling around on a 15-city China / Japan tour looking to share stories of harsh winters and warm hearts. Marching Band's first album was recorded by none other than Adam Lasus of Yo La Tengo and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!. Since that debut, the boys' sweet pop sounds have been featured in a number of movies and TV shows including Zombieland, Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist, How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs, 90210, The Ex List, Jersey Shore and Cougar Town. Woah, 90210? Nice. Did someone say date show? This Tuesday night darling starts at 9pm and will run you 100rmb at the door.

Marching Band - "Die In My Arms"

Brenda Ohana

Wednesday, October 26 @ On Stage

Wednesday night, let's all take a trip to classy town and listen to the sweet vibra-ma-phone sounds of Brenda Ohana. Hey, I'm down with some percussion-based bangers from time to time and Brenda Ohana has the goods. Now living in Paris, Ohana combines in her original compositions influenced by classic jazz greats such as Thelonious Monk, Chico Buarque, and Miles Davis with elements of the rich percussion history of her native Brazil. She comes to Shanghai via the Swatch artist residency program in which lucky kids get a free hotel room in exchange for creating a piece of art or music. Playing On Stage with her will be locally sourced musicians Danny Zanker on double bass, Mario Trane on guitar, and Ryan on drums. Kicking off at 9pm this one should be a treat at a mere 50rmb cover charge.

Brenda Hhana - "Yes I Do"


Friday, October 29 @ QSW

Hot to trot shoegaze act The KVB are in town on Friday at QSW. The band recently signed to Portishead's Invada record label and are touring in support of the new album titled Of Desire. Nice week for dark and brooding electro pop. The KVB layers intense vocals on top some pretty solid minimal electro productions from front man Nicholas Wood. From his Southampton bedroom, Wood started out doing solo material before bringing in collaborator Kat Day and moving to Berlin. Yep, moving to Berlin will put a dash of downers in your tracks and that certainly shows on KVB's newest material. This gig should put you in the right mood for the rest of Halloween weekend. Tickets are 150rmb at the door or 120rmb pre-sale here.

The KVB - "White Walls"

If Anything Happens To The Cat

Sunday, October 30 @ Yuyintang

Scrape off that puke from your Pearl TV Tower costume and rally for a Sunday night gig with If Anything Happens To The Cat. This five-piece Belgium indie rock orchestra are new-ish to the scene, putting out their first self titled EP back in 2012. Fast forward to 2016 and two full-length albums later and you'll find that IAHTTC offers a pretty fresh take on the genre. Throwing down a introspective combination of male and female vocals, the band's musical arrangements imbue a shoegaze element to the post-rock soundscapes. Don't sleep on this gig, it's not often you can check out a band of this quality in the small surroundings of Yuyintang. Getting going at 9pm this one will run you 150rmb at the door or 120rmb presale here.

If Anything Happens To The Cat - "Echo Park"

Alright now, I don't want to see any offensive costumes out there this weekend kids. Keep it clean.


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