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Editor's Picks April 30-May 5

Thursday:

Army of Freshmen, Mike TV, Turdus Musicus, Attention To Piss, and TOOKOO

Whether you’re going elsewhere for your music fix over the May vacation or not, you can catch this international punk/pop-punk get-together at YuYinTang. California’s Army Of Freshman are the headliners, with this stop part of a larger China tour, but all of the bands will give you something to jump around/be cool to.

YuYinTang, 1731 Yan’an Xi Lu, enter from Kaixuan Lu

9:00 start

60 RMB ticket

Friday:

Samba Batucada+Ballets Africaine+Yi’s Playground

If you’re staying in Shanghai but must be festivaled, try the Shanghai World Music Festival. Ballets Africaine have been around since before the marketing concept of “world music” existed, and are Guinea’s cultural ambassadors. Their show includes dancing, storytelling, and music, and should be hip. Joining them are Samba Batucada representing Brazil and Shanghai, and Yi’s Playground, repping the Huayao Yi of Yunnan.

Century Park Pudong

1:30pm start

30 RMB ticket

Creature w/ The Mushrooms

Part of Split Work’s/Canadian government weekend fest-esque thing, Straight Oota Canada, these concepty-dancy rocksters will share the stage with the crazy/tamed Mushrooms.

YuYinTang, 1731 Yan’an Xi Lu, enter from Kaixuan Lu

9:00 start

40 RMB ticket

El Cumpio Asesino

These Spanish melodramatic pop song/electro dudes and havers of a nice MySpace will swing over to the big city from the Midi fest to do their thing. They get an extra special recommendation by dint of being intriguing.

MoCA, Northwest corner of People’s Park

9:00 start

50 RMB cover including one glass of wine

Saturday:

Ballets Africaine+Aba+Shrine Synchro System

You get another shot at Ballets Africaine in the park, joined this time by the other Aba, who are a group performing traditional music and dance of Tibetan and Qiang people in the mountains of Sichuan, and London-based Shrine Synchro System, who have been bringing the richness of African music to the dance floor.

Century Park Pudong

1:30pm start

30 RMB ticket

Subculture Radio Launch

Along with Hangzhou’s favorite jazz program, Soulfire, getting it’s Shanghai launch a couple weeks ago, now we’re going to get subculture on the radio. Sweet! Celebrating this event will be Drunk Monk, Deville, and MC ChaCha, and their many friends. You can probably pick up the latest Pause:Play sampler while you’re there.

The Shelter, 5 Yongfu Lu near Fuxing Lu

10:00 start

30 RMB cover

Sunday:

Final Flash+Hollerado

The last show of the Straight Oota Canada mini-fest; psychedelic folk-rock quintet Final Flash have been making waves recently, receiving rave reviews for their SXSW show, and having Jace Lasek of the Besnard Lakes produce their debut CD, scheduled for release in spring 2009. The next Arcade Fire? Go find out!

Anar, 129 Xingfu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu

40 RMB cover

Monday:

Liu Soula and Netsayi

The refreshingly expansive Liu Suola will be joined by Zimbabwean/British soul/jazz singer Netsayi for an exciting show.

Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, 425 Dingxiang Lu near Science and Technology Museum

7:30 start

Tickets from 30-100 RMB

Tuesday:

Zakir Hussain and AMRTA

Like with the DJ rankings, the fact that many consider Zakir Hussain the best tabla player in the world doesn’t necessarily mean he is, but it definitely means you should check him out. He’s joined by locals AMRTA.

Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, 425 Dingxiang Lu near Science and Technology Museum

7:30 start

Tickets from 30-100 RMB


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