Editor's Picks Sept. 24-27



SmartShanghai asserts that this is the last Antidote at C’s, though there’s nothing about that on the Antidote site. In any event, it is their Four-Year Anniversary, and those parties are always fun even if the sound system leaves something to be desired. Travel back to an older time when dive bars really were shitty. As always, don’t forget to pop next door into Sus2, who bought my eternal allegiance for the cheap price of two pitchers and a t-shirt, for some live jams. The Antidote DJs, most of whom are involved in a variety of other projects at this point, are Ozone, MHP, Shanghai_Ultra, Drunk Monk, and B6.

C’s Bar, 685 Dingxi Lu between Fahuazhen Lu and Yan’an Xi Lu

9:00 start

No cover


JZ Latin Band

Head on back to your old friends the JZ Latin band. A Chinese friend recently told me that salsa dance is sexy, and I can’t deny that. Also, the band is killing, sometimes almost literally in the case of certain memebers. It’s always a slammin’ party and if you can’t dance (like me), you also can’t beat the combination of drinking, listening to awesome tunes, and participating in the particularly rewarding from of people watching that is dancer watching. Xinjiang Flamenco outfit Kuzu open things up.

JZ Club, 46 Fuxing Xi Lu near Yong Fu Lu,

10:00 start

They might be charging a 30RMB cover, but I’m not positive. Funny about cover charges. They charge the most on the nights where they make the most money, which are, however, also the nights where they’re in the best position to ask for a cover. They might lose money on a Tuesday but they’d for sure lose more if they asked people to pay to get in.

Hifana: KEIZOmachine!

KEIZOmachine! indeed. Quality Control presents a live set from this Okinawan breakbeat duo. If this is breakbeat, I’d like to hear a lot more. Hifana use a variety of tools for their live shows, including an MPC, electronic drums, real drums, and turntables. Should be really awesome.

The Shelter, 5 Yongfu Lu near Fuxing Xi Lu

10:00 start

50RMB cover


Mao Live House Grand Opening, with Sonnet, MOMO, and The Life Journey

Beijing’s famous venue is finally opening a Shanghai branch where WTF used to be, and will celebrate it with a free show from the three above-mentioned bands. Jake Newby had a look at the place already. I read somewhere that it will also be sonnet’s last performance for a little while while they work on new material, so check that out if you’re a fan of theirs.

Mao Livehouse, Bldg. 32, 570 Huaihai Xi Lu between Kaixuan Lu and Panyu Lu


No cover (but limited to 800 people. Probably won’t be a problem)

Dâm Funk

The circumflex means that you pronounce it like dame, but you don’t suggest the DJ is a woman or anything. He’s bringing his “modern funk” from LA to Shelter to make your booties bounce. It has been rumored that he will bop you with his bop gun, though that remains to be seen. The pictures on his Myspace are incredible and the tracks are pretty extraterrestrial. He’s on Stones Throw so you know he’s for real. With Alan Shanyinde, Drunk Monk, and Deville supporting.

The Shelter, 5 Yongfu Lu near Fuxing Xi Lu

10:00 start

50 RMB cover


Global Battle of the Bands

Despite some pullouts due to the fact that you have to pay to enter, a battle of the bands is always fun. Cheer! Jeer! Okay, so when they say ALL GENRES you know that’s not exactly true. I mean, maybe they wouldn’t disallow an avant-garde percussionist duo from entering (anybody using pre-recorded music, soloists and bands of more than eight people are disallowed), but when they say two songs lasting 8 minutes, you know they’re probably talking more or less about pop/rock bands. Audience votes count for 25% and the winner gets flown to Hong Kong for the China final. Anyway, like I said: cheer and jeer! Vote (!) We all know music isn’t about competitions but they’re fun to argue about.

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


50RMB to enter or to watch

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