Category Archives: Music

The 2015 Backlog


CarcassMAO Livehouse, October 9

After spending two months home, I am back in Shanghai, typing this post in a window-less temporary abode, in a far-flung location, where it was dead quiet during the Chinese New Year festivities, I had to squint from the building rooftop to see fireworks from miles, miles away.

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SH Music Festivals 2015: @JAM KAWAII POP FES

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Photo source from the official event site here.

@JAM was a Japanese idol event held last June 28, at the QSW Culture Center, where I had zero chance to take out the camera and shoot the concert.

So, why am I going at all?

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BORIS / tricot / How To Count One To Ten / December


BORISQSW Culture Center, March 13

Five Japanese rock music events this year in Shanghai, makes it less compelling to really to plan for a trip to the music’s country of origin, really. It should happen, but I’ve seen most of who I wanted to see in this lifetime. I will make an unquestionable exception for them, though.

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Emilie Simon / This Will Destroy You / Low

Emilie Simon

Emilie Simon – QSW Culture Center, March 19

I first heard Emilie Simon almost a decade ago from a lovely French-Chinese girl I met at a rock festival in Shanghai. I had the chance to watch a gig of hers back home some years after, but it didn’t get enough press, and I found out only the day after the event. I think she performed here last year, but it was one of those gigs I’ve inexplicably missed (like, oh, Behemoth, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, DJ Shadow), and greatly regretted not going.

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Swans was not a band I would brag about knowing before I’ve seen them. There was a mention of the band online somewhere, and my curiosity wasn’t triggered. They had a reputation for being loud and immense-sounding, and that they still live up to that reputation in their current performances as well. So, news came up they had a gig here in Shanghai. Snatched a ticket since it was the usual price the organizers would charge for other foreign acts anyway.


We were provided 3M earplugs before entering the venue. Neat.

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