Here's how November looks
So we woke up on Monday morning to a brave new world. A world without an Expo. Where were the hordes of people at Madang Lu metro station who have made my commute to work a pain in the arse for the last six months? Where was that American guy shouting 'And now the daily update from the Expo site' at the metro station? And where were the students dressed in Expo garb sleeping at the Expo volunteer stall? Gone, who knows where, but definitely gone. I don't about you, but I spent most of the day standing on the wrong side of the escalator, barging my way onto the metro and spitting everywhere amongst the pollution - it's great to be back to normal.
Someone else is planning an in-depth piece on post-Expo-ness and its impact upon the live music scene here, so I'm not going to get into it much, but what I do want to get into is what's coming up this month gig-wise. After the Olympics, the music scene here came back with a bang and we had a run of incredible gigs. The impact of the Expo has been much harsher and more far-reaching than that, but there are some good gigs coming up this month. I'm not saying it's the same as post-Olympics - not by a long shot - but I am saying that these should all be dates for your diaries. Feast your eyes on this lot (which I've pulled from the listings of a certain local magazine, ahem):
Friday 5 - Queen Sea Big Shark release their new dancey, poppy album at MAO Livehouse
Saturday 6 - White Eyes go nuts at Yuyintang
Sunday 7 - Beijingers Buyi hit up MAO Livehouse
Thursday 11 - The Wang Wen boys bring their post rock to MAO Livehouse
Saturday 13 - Bit of a face-off here: in the red corner, Omnipotent Youth Hotel with support from Ho-Tom the Conqueror at YYT; in the blue corner, The Gar playing for the first time in yonks, at LUNE
Sunday 14 - Raveonettes at MAO Livehouse
Friday 19 - Goggle A with Fever Machine and Beat Bandits at YYT
Saturday 20 - Dead Elvis at YYT
Sunday 21 - IDH with Boys Climbing Ropes at YYT
Wednesday 24 - Xiao He and Zhou Yunpeng at MAO Livehouse
Thursday 25 - Boys Climbing Ropes, Duck Fight Goose, Rainbow Danger Club and Friend or Foe at LUNE for charidee
Not bad for starters. Interestingly though, except for that last one, these are all non-Shanghai acts coming in. Where are the locals in all this? Maybe that's a discussion for another day...
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