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Editor's Picks February 24th-28th

What the fuck is up, people?!? Let’s get back to some motherfucking music! Whoa. Sorry, I feel like a just took a big hit of musical methamphetamines. If live music is your drug, the last week of February is going to be pretty epic, but it is only a prelude to a very, very busy March coming up. Who has time for rumination? Rehab is for quitters. Let’s keep the musical high going and get to the Picks.

Wednesday, February, 24th

Willow Neilson Quartet, 9 PM

Layabozi did some reconnaissance on this guy at JZ the other night. It’s a good band and it should be interesting to catch them at YuYinTang, Plus, you never know who else might show up.  Willow says he used to live on a circus bus. Maybe some circus freaks or carnies will be there or something. I’m holding back other references right now. Peruse Willow’s Myspace page, here.

YuYinTang, 50 RMB

1731 Yan’an Xi Lu,
Changning
Entrance at Kaixuan Lu
延安西路1731号
入口在凯旋路

Thursday, February 25th

81Fur.com PETA Show, 9 PM Sharp

A good show for a good cause. Did you guys hear about the US figure skater who thought he was going to be sabotaged by the anti-fur people? Let’s hope that there are no fur-wearing figure skaters at the PETA show, but everyone else should be there. It’s a free show. Read more about it at Layabozi and Kungfuology, here and here.

YuYinTang, FREE

1731 Yan’an Xi Lu,
Changning
Entrance at Kaixuan Lu
延安西路1731号
入口在凯旋路

Later, after you hit the PETA show…Teenage Kicks

DJs Wongton, Sacco, and Oh Snaps.  Flyers with crowned tigers armed to the teeth. Black-eyed schoolgirls brandishing knives. It’s like they went back in time and photographed my entire adolescence. Should we call this the official PETA after-party?

The Shelter, 10 RMB

5 Yongfu Lu,
Xuhui
near Fuxing Lu, Metro Line 1 Changshu Lu Station
永福路5号
近复兴路, 地铁1号线常熟路站

Friday, February 26th

Jehosaphat Blow and the Blah Blah Blahs, 9 PM

I have seen these guys on a couple occasions recently and they are really tight and fun. I feel like they could keep playing headline shows with inferior bands (70s cover band, anyone?) or they could go the other route and open up for some of the bigger bands. They really are good enough for either. Their Douban page has an interesting creation myth.

YuYinTang, 30 RMB

1731 Yan’an Xi Lu,
Changning
Entrance at Kaixuan Lu
延安西路1731号
入口在凯旋路

Uprooted Sunshine presents Boj Lucki, another late one

I think this will be the show of the night. Uprooted is beginning to make some more moves. They seem to wake up in the spring. I remember last year they made some moves with their anniversary show at Shelter and then a next-day, really good performance on the Electrograss stage at the JZ Music Fest. This spring they are doing a small China tour and continuing to put on quality events at Shelter. Check up on their exploits on their Myspace page, here. And check out this show Friday night.

The Shelter, 50 RMB

5 Yongfu Lu,
Xuhui
near Fuxing Lu, Metro Line 1 Changshu Lu Station
永福路5号
近复兴路, 地铁1号线常熟路站

It might even be getting the coveted Editor’s Pick of the Week of it weren’t for this…

Saturday, February 27th

Independent China in Stereo, 8 PM

Carsick Cars, AV Okubo (Layabozi Darlings), Guai Li, and Birdstriking. The first two are majors and the second two are up and comers. AV Okubo’s long-awaited new album Greed of Man will be on sale on the premises. Dan Shapiro has a preview of the show and a review of the new album, here. Once I get a hold of it I will be reviewing its pants off, also. So stay tuned.

MAO Livehouse, 60 RMB presale, 100 at the door

570 Huaihai Xi Lu
near Hongqiao Lu
淮海西路570号
近虹桥路

One Hit Killing Night, 9PM

I feel obligated to hype this show because I think it will be a fun night. The biggies are Dragon Pizza (awesome name), 5-Pointed Star (a nu metal band, a genre that the Mushrooms often get lumped into, also), and Forget and Forgive (emo Kungfuology Darlings who also play the PETA show). I hope they have a good crowd, although they are going against another terrific show just down the way.

YuYinTang, 40 RMB

1731 Yan’an Xi Lu,
Changning
Entrance at Kaixuan Lu
延安西路1731号
入口在凯旋路

Sunday, February 28th

Anar Jam Session, 9ish

I get John’s manic text messages for this event every week and usually I don’t go (you know, it requires pants and everything), but I did attend a couple weeks ago. It’s a fun time for a Sunday night and you can always check out the action on the rest of the street. Bring an instrument, just your voice, or something, anything. Maybe John will even wrap you up in one of his big, sweaty man-hugs. Now that is an experience.

And, with that, the Picks are complete for this week, but make sure to check out the Self-Improvement links under the picture.

Who doesn’t love to surf the Internet and learn interesting skills? This week’s list of links is devoted to Self Improvement. Improve your proficiencies in:

and, finally,

  • Computer Hacking here
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