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Editor's Picks March 10-13

Welcome everybody, to another thrilling edition of Layabozi Editor’s Picks! This weekend will see the opening of Splitworks’ Jue Festival , in which the world “festival” is used extremely loosely, but in which collaboration and sharing between the arts is encouraged and Splitworks bring more international acts over in a month than normal. That’s the big news, the story that concerns all of Shanghai, and about which lao taitais are waking up six in the morning to shout at each other. The personal, layabozi news is: where is Mache? We miss you and hope you’re having fun down there, Mache. Come back soon.

Thursday:

The Double Sided

As you all know, the Alec Haavik Friction Seven are taking an indefinite break from Thursday nights at JZ. The new band features some people who played in Alec’s band (Steinar Nickelsen, Chris Trzcisnki, Lawrence Ku) and some who did not (Toby Mak, Willow Nielsen). They will be bringing some welcome new music to JZ, which has had the same (mostly awesome) bands playing the same nights there for years. Illusion Trio Opens.

JZ Club, 46 Fuxing Xi Lu near Yongfu Lu

9:00-10:00 Illusion Trio, 10:30-1:30 The Double Sided

No cover

Friday:

A Good Day Showcase

The Jue Festival opens with performances by Mr. Dadado and We Save Strawberries. They’re on Taiwanese indie label A Good Day (traditional Chinese characters, though there’s an English about us page) and seem to ride the line between the hyper naivete of mainstream Chinese pop and the angst of angsty Chinese rock. It’s a little too much of the former for my tastes but yours might be different, and it’s a good chance to get a taste of what’s going on across the straits. Both bands have that intriguing China-but-not-quite-China quality of Taiwanese things. Dadado is a man with an acoustic guitar, and seems to be mostly about the lyrics, while We Save Strawberries have a full indie rockin’ complement. Coverpeople open. London indie-folk band Jules and the Rubies take over at 10.

YuYinTang, 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu

7:30-10:00 Good Day Showcase 10:00 Jules and the Rubies

120 RMB cover, (80 RMB presale, at the Source or taobao.)

Saturday:

Fever Machine and Friends: Shanghai vs. Nanjing

Old friends The Fever Machine will stoner-rock YYT along with Friend or Foe, Old Doll, and Micoo. Morgan has the details on the Nanjing bands. The location of the rockitude will be your face.

YuYinTang, 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu

9:30 start

40 RMB cover

LTJ Bukem and MC Conrad

Sweatshop bring Mr. Bukem, one of the most influential jungle/DnB  DJ’s born of woman, to your local DJ dungeon this Saturday. He’s been huge since the nineties. It’s like if Soundgarden was coming or something. Actually, I demand Soundgarden!

The Shelter, 5 Yongfu Lu near Fuxing Xi Lu

10:00 start

80 RMB cover

Monday:

The Whitest Boy Alive

The music portion of the Jue Festival continues with this indie-dance/lonely-megaman-disco band from Norway and Germany. If you don’t know them already you can check their douban. There’s a waft of Chinese pop innocence in their music, actually.

Zhijiang Dream Factory, New Factories Bldg. B 4F, 28 Yuyao Lu near Xikang Lu

Doors at 7:30, show at 8:00

180 RMB at the door, 130 RMB presale (Source, Taobao)

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