Editor's Picks May 13-16

Thursday and Friday:

Both of these shows are on both nights.

Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Thelonious Monk Institute

One of the greatest pianists of the 20th Century performs with the students of the famous jazz finishing school, the Thelonious Monk Institute, and the great vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, who might be familiar to you from the 2009 JZ Festival. Unfortunately the US Pavilion hasn’t done a great job in publicizing the details of the show, but my research suggests that you go to the Entertainment Hall in Zone D on the Puxi side, and just wait in line to get in, no tickets needed except to get into the Expo site. Some have suggested that the show is in the US pavilion, however. In any event, there better be some keytar.

The Expo somewhere

8:00 start

Expo night tickets 90 RMB

Café Tacvba

Resident Latin music expert Mache says:

“Cafe Tacvba is one of the biggest bands of Latin rock. They are from Mexico, and they made it to the rest of Latin America in 1994 with their second album Re, A great rock album, that took traditional sounds of mexican folk (rancheras, tonadas) and mixed them with rock, hard rock, and hip hop. Re became probably the most important album of Mexican Rock and one of the most relevant in Latin rock history. Cafe Tacvba are a must-listen-to band if you want to know latin rock, or just good rock.”


Also, good work Mexican bros who put this together, you definitely crushed the US organizationally. It’s the same thing as Herbie, where you just need to get into the expo site and get to the venue early enough. I’m not really sure how early that has to be.

Exposition Square, also Zone D it looks like

8:00 start

Expo night ticket 90 RMB


Frank Turner

UK folk-punk dude, brought to you by Splitworks, with Break for Borneo opening. Earnest. Myspace.

YuYinTang, 851 Kaixuan Lu near Yan’an Xi Lu

10:00 start

40 RMB

Hanggai and Song Yuzhe

Eternal pick and Mongolian drunk rockers return on this two shows in one night at the same time Splitworks thing. They rule. Song Yuzhe plays some folk before that.

MAO Livehouse, 570 Huaihai Xi Lu near Hongqiao Lu

9:00 start

60 RMB cover


Antidote at The Shelter

You know what this is right? Straight Bangin’:

“DJ Heatwolves! + MC Evil Einsteins + VJ Maculate DJ Cavia + MC icenine + VJ Olivepixel

Music: Nihilistic Disco Funk vs. Not Your Mama’s Hip Hop Dress: Hip Hopapocalypse vs. Hip Hopopotamus”

There you have it.

The Shelter, 5 Yongfu Lu near Fuxing Xi Lu

9:00 start

30 RMB cover


Catherine Legardh

The Norwegian jazz singer comes to JZ to do standards, Nordic tunes, and her originals, which I guess could also be classified as Nordic tunes. With Jakob Dinesen (tenor sax), Francesco Calí (piano/accordion), and Hugo Rasmussen (bass). I love the accordion.

JZ Club, 46 Fuxing Xi Lu near Yongfu Lu

10:00 start

No cover

Gravity’s Rainbow feat. Maze and X is Y

This should be a good show. Maze is an experimental, post-rock-type outfit from Beijing. X is Y is a French group living here in Shanghai. They play entrancing and moody rock music with guitar, drums, and sometimes bass. The drummer happens to be Fabien of Rogue Transmission, The Fever Machine, and like 50 other bands around town. I caught them at LOgO with The Beat Bandits and Break for Borneo, but it will be nice to see them on a decent sound system. Check this one out! On Friday, Layabozi will release an interview with the band so look for that one, also. By the way, this one has originally been listed as a Saturday night gig, but the band has informed us it has been moved to Sunday for sure.

696 Livehouse, Room 115, A Block Lane 188, JiangWan Dong Lu

9:00 start

30 RMB at the door, all beers are buy 2, get 1 free.

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