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12 great gigs to check out this week

East Asian shoegaze, Menba minority-inspired tunes and a healthy helping of quality local music are all on offer from this week's shows.

See our gig highlights for the week are below.

Wednesday 16

Tom Odell

British singer-songwriter – who picked up the critics' choice award at the Brits back in 2012 – brings his poppy tunes to Shanghai once more.

Bandai Namco Shanghai Base 179 Yichang Lu, near Jiangning Lu. 8pm. 480RMB.

Thursday 17


Indie pop act who mix elements of funk and rock into their sound play a showcase at Bandai Namco. The promoters claim that they are 'one of the best domestic pop bands of recent years'.

Bandai Namco Shanghai Base 179 Yichang Lu, near Jiangning Lu. 8pm. 100RMB; 80RMB (presale). 

Friday 18

For A Minor Reflection

Icelandic post-rockers kick off their China tour with a date at the venue formerly known as Qianshuiwan Creative Arts Centre.

Bandai Namco Shanghai Base 179 Yichang Lu, near Jiangning Lu. 8.30pm. 160RMB; 120RMB (presale).

The Fourth East Asia Shoegaze Festival

Japanese outfits The Taupe, Dive and (the brilliantly-named) Cruyff In The Bedroom, join Taiwanese act U.Ta and locals Rubur and Tiny Enigma for a stacked night of top regional shoegaze.

Yuyintang 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yanan Xi Lu. 7pm. 200RMB.

Yunggie Ma

Menba minority artist Yunggiema peforms songs inspired by her ancestors, who traversed from Bhutan to southern Tibet 300 years ago, backed by minimal instrumentation as well as more modern beats.

Modern Sky Lab Third floor, Ruihong Tiandi, 188 Ruihong Lu. 8.30pm. 120RMB (ground floor); 220RMB (ground and second floor pass).

Playful Warrior Records Showcase

OVE and Pray For Awakening head up a night of Chinese metal from this local heavy music collective, with Fighting Back and Jiangxi's Forbidden Fruit also joining.

MAO Livehouse 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu. 9pm. 100RMB; 80RMB (presale).

The Fallen Souls

A strong quartet of local metal acts tear it up at Inferno, with OVE, The Naraka, Blackness and Prajna Seashore on the bill.

Inferno Unit 6-103, Ground Floor, 658 Longhua Dong Lu, near Kaiping Lu. 9pm. 40RMB (includes one drink).

Saturday 19

Bai Yu Album Release

Shanghai-based folk singer-songwriter Bai Yu releases his fourth album, Beautiful New World. The venue is Wutong Bookshop, which you'll find on the third floor of the Huabao Building.

Wutong Bookshop Huabao Building, 265 Fangbang Zhong Lu. 7.30pm. 70RMB; 50RMB (presale).

Future of the LEFT Showcase

Three of our favourite bands in town - Mirrors, Foster Parents and Lao Ayi - are joined by Hangzhou's Qie for an night of excellent China-based psych-rock, math-rock, post-punk and more.

Yuyintang 851 Kaixuan Lu, near Yanan Xi Lu. 8.30pm. 80RMB; 60RMB (presale).    

Goose Island BooshKaBaash Festival Offical Pre-Party

BooshKaBaash is back for 2017, once again taking over a stage beside the pavement outside of Shanghai Centre with a host of locally-based performers. In the run up to the actual festival later in the month, they're doing a series of warm-up shows. The final pre-show sees party band Studio 188 hitting the stage. 

Shanghai Centre 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Tongren Lu. 5pm. Free.

Pu Shu

Chinese pop-rocker Pu Shu has become a huge star in recent years, headlining festivals and now touring arenas. This show is a rearranged date and the final details are still yet to be announced (even the date may still be subject to change), but expect tickets to go fast for this one when they do go on sale.

Mercedez-Benz Arena 1200 Expo Avenue, near Gaoke Xi Lu. 7.30pm. Price tba.

Sunday 20

The Life Journey

Chinese pop-rock outfit with a big following The Life Journey bring their latest tour – entitled Always There – to Shanghai.

MAO Livehouse 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu. 8.30pm. 150RMB; 120RMB (presale).

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