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The best live music in Shanghai this week

Your guide to the best gigs in Shanghai this week

Damo Suzuki (photo: Auto Magzan, courtesy D Force)
Woah. Wo. Ah. Vince Staples and CAN's Damo Suzuki in the same weekend? That's what we're looking at Shanghai. Have at it:

Thursday 18

Thursdays I Don't Care About You

Critics' pick

Garagey punks Dirty Fingers join unpredictable but always brilliant producer and saxophonist Gao Jiafeng plus local rockers Never Passenger at the new Neo Bar, which is about 50m away from the old Neo Bar. Forget about work the next day.

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Neo Bar , 333 Guoding Lu 18 Oct

Friday 19

Club 8

Make some (new) noise for Swedish indie band Club 8, who will be stopping in Shanghai on 19 October as part of their China Tour. One of Europe's most beloved indie bands, Club 8 has been standing on the foreground of Scandinavian’s indie scene and have 10 groundbreaking records under their ...

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MAO Livehouse , 308 Chongqing Nan Lu 19 Oct

Vince Staples

Critics' pick

Odd Future and ScHoolboy Q collaborator and a rapper responsible for one of the best albums of last year in Big Fish Theory, Vince Staples hits Shanghai for a shoe brand-backed spot at Arkham. Expect this to be packed, even with the annoying ticket process.

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Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Future House , 179 Yichang Lu, near Jiangning Lu (宜昌路179号, 近江宁路) Putuo Shanghai Shanghai 19 Oct

Saturday 20

Damo Suzuki

Critics' pick

Legendary avant-rock act CAN's second lead singer and one of the few Asian faces on the Krautrock scene in the '70s, Damo Suzuki comes to China for a series of shows, including this date at YYT Park. He'll be joined by Red Scarf, a Chinese act whose members contributed to the King Crimson and ...

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Yuyintang Park , 1398 Yuyuan Lu 20 Oct

Sunday 21


Concrete Grass Festival organisers Split Works get back into the gig groove with this show from Japanese trio Cero, a name which stands for 'Contemporary Exotica Rock Orchestra' dontchaknow? In practice that means indie rock, jazz, hip hop and a little funk all mixed together with a big ...

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LOFAS , 230 Ruiping Lu 21 Oct

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