There's a whole crapload of good music stuff going on this holiday and plenty of newsworthy events too - starting with Mao's opening tonight, going via the Modern Sky Festival (maybe Festivals?) in Beijing and also including a bunch of high profile gigs in Shanghai. And I'm not going to cover any of it I'm afraid. At least, not directly. I'm heading off travelling for those two weeks on the other side of the country from Shanghai (note to thieves: I have nothing of value in my flat. Seriously, nothing. I wish I did). I'll try and post some stuff if I get the time/there's something worth posting on from t'internet, but I won't be catching any gigs in Shanghai for a little while. Just thought I'd let you know.
In the meantime, if you haven't added China Music Radar, SmartShanghai, CW's The Beat and Shanghaiist to your RSS/reader already, you might want to do so now. Not saying that me not blogging for a couple of weeks is going to leave a gaping hole in your life or anything, just that those sites are worth checking regularly anyway for music news etc.
Before I go, here's a few bits and bobs and links and whatnot:
Speaking of stuff to listen to, Loudspeaker have also added a few tracks recently to their Douban page - go check them out here. Double Control Where have put up an instrumental track here as well.
You can check out some excellent photos from the Bigger Bang! gig last weekend by Tim Franco by clicking right here and you can also watch a video of them performing here.
Though I mentioned his blog up above as well, I also just want to specifically draw attention to Dan Shapiro's guide to being a DIY indie band in Shanghai. Go check it out. Not quite so worthy of a read (but I'm going to stick a link in to it anyway) is my regular music page in Chengdu's finest magazine, CGrooves. The rest of the magazine is definitely worthy of a read of course - check out the September issue here, while there's still a few days of that month left. If you're struggling to get ahold of the LOS album that I review there and frequently bang on about to anyone who'll listen, you can download it by going here. You'll have to fork out for it, but it's worth it believe me.
Oh, and remember how I mentioned the other day that Bang Bang Tang might be coming back? They are. Should be some gigs after the October holidays.