Speaking of websites promoting events, the 0093 compilation CD
release will be held under the banner of BBS forum Rock Shanghai. You can read
about the CD itself here
and the night should feature several (if not all) of the
bands on the record. Top Floor Circus, Pinkberry and Bang Bang Tang are all confirmed
at least, which makes it a great line-up already. The gig will be taking place at
MAO, not at Yuyintang as I stated previously, on November 28th.
The week before, on November 20th, MAO will be holding their opening party.
I know, I know, they're already open, but that was just their soft opening period, as is
often the way here in China
They're now ready to harden up, as it were, and that night will feature Jason Falkner,
The Mushrooms, BIZ and, interestingly, a return for Crystal Butterfly.
Crystal Butterfly, who have also just set up a Douban page
part of the older generation of bands who were formed in the late '90s. They emerged
following the split of Lunar Eclipse, other members of whom went on to form The
Honeys (playing tomorrow with Yuguo at YYT incidentally). Crystal Butterfly are
fronted by Pang Pang - one of the main guys behind Soma and consequently MAO itself.
Since 2005, when they released their Magical Mystery Tour album,
the band's appearances have been a bit sporadic (they've had a bunch of trouble with their
former record company too) but I imagine being in a band and seeing what the MAO
stage is capable of is a hard mix to ignore for Pang Pang. Maybe this is the start
of a comeback?
Finally, the gun-toting Dan Shapiro
has started doing regular previews of forthcoming gigs
over on CW, giving you a more in-depth overview of where to spend your weekend, but while I'm mentioning some upcoming shows, here's a few others I'm looking forward to in the next couple of months:
Oct 31 - 24 Hours release their new album at YYT
Nov 6 - Pet Conspiracy (craziness from the capital) at MAO
Nov 7 - Hanggai (Mongolian folk outfit) at the Dream Factory
Nov 21 - Boojii, Duck Fight Goose, Boys Climbing Ropes, Resist Resist, Triple Smash rock for Roots & Shoots at YYT
Nov 29 - Zhi Wang and Xian (Shanxi duo) at 696 Live Bar
Dec 5 - ReTROS promise some new songs at MAO