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The Top 10 Shanghai Bands List

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Not understanding Mandarin, I didn’t let that hinder my coverage of the local Shanghai rock scene. Wait. Good scene coverage usually means there is aim to be comprehensive, and no, I just trust my ears and gut feel every time I’d see some gig ad, and set foot in a live music venue.

In no order:

Math Lotus
Math Lotus
All it took was a pair of 7 string Ibanez guitars, and a 6 string Yamaha bass, along with a blend of ferocious instrumental Dream Theater-type metal. I don’t even like Dream Theater.
http://site.douban.com/mathlotus/

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March 27th, 2014 at 9:53 pm

2014

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No new photos? None. Unless you check my Instagram stream, where the photo-curation has a lot to be desired.

I bothered to blog today since it is the second day of the lunar new year, and feet don’t like the outside today. Also, it is oddly warm in this city this week, that the Spring Festival season actually lives up to its name. Last year, there was snowfall.

So, what is up with me?

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February 1st, 2014 at 8:24 pm

SH Dispatch #30 – October Mega-Post

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Japandroids
Japandroids

The Japandroids gig at Yuyintang happened way back August, and I have never been out for my usual haunts since then. Burned out? Probably. Just this week, black metal outfit Behemoth, and rock veterans Amorphis played here, and I just decided to keep myself warm from the fall weather at my new place in the far-away-from-most-things district of Baoshan.

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October 24th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

SH Dispatch #29: May – July Gig Photo Digest

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Skinner'sWhiteMouse
Skinner’sWhiteMouse

NOIShanghai LIX cum EarAgainstTheAmp vol.1
696 Live Bar
May 31, 2013

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August 4th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

SH Dispatch #28: Wye Oak & This Will Destroy You

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The peak season of Shanghai’s music festivals is over, and though I did go to one, none of the photos I took are worth posting. Two gigs just recently happened though: one with Wye Oak, an NPR music and critic favorite, and This Will Destroy You, a name all too familiar from when I was still heavily into post-rock more than half a decade ago.

Wye Oak
Wye Oak

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May 26th, 2013 at 8:03 pm