7 Best Live Music Shows in Shanghai This Week

By Erica Martin, May 16, 2018

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best events of the month:


May 17: Tove Lo

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Nicknamed "the saddest girl in Sweden" for her poignant confessional pop songs, Tove Lo comes to Shanghai for the first time in support of her latest album, 2017's Blue Lips. Her gritty and unique take on mainstream pop is apparent from her heartbreaking first single "Habits (Stay High)" to last year's fabulously raunchy dance track "Disco Tits." Don't miss her Shanghai debut at Bandai Namco.
May 17, 8pm, RMB380 presale, RMB460 door. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base, see event listing, buy tickets.


May 17: The Album Leaf

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The Album Leaf is a project from San Diego songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jimmy LaValle. Known for their ambient, hip-hop inflected electronic music, the band is touring through China in support of their first full-length album, Between Waves. Catch their Shanghai stop at MAO Livehouse.  
May 17, 8.30pm, RMB150 presale, RMB200 door. MAO Livehouse, see event listing.


May 18: Sin Fang, Sóley and Örvar Smárason China Tour

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New Noise offers up a China tour for three acclaimed Icelandic musicians at the newly opened Yuyintang Zhongshan Park. Sin Fang, Sóley and Örvar Smárason of band mum and FM Belfast are touring in support of their collaborative album, Team Dreams, which blends their folk sensibilities with futuristic pop melodies.
May 18, 9pm, RMB100 presale, RMB120 door. Yuyintang Zhongshan Park, see event listing.


May 19: A Nano World Tour

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Xie Yugang, frontman of longstanding and well-respected Dalian post-rock group Wang Wen, teamed up with renowned French guitarist Serge Teyssot-Gay for a compilation album called A Nano World.  The atmospheric record is lovely, ominous and otherworldly. Check out our interview with the two musicians here, and then catch them at Yuyintang as part of their China tour to promote the album.
May 19, 9pm. Yuyintang, see event listing.


May 20: Nils Frahm

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A highly regarded composer and producer based in Berlin, Nils Frahm has a devoted following thanks to his innovative blending of classical piano and electronic music. He’s had an ongoing collaboration with Olafur Arnalds, and has released several acclaimed albums including 2012’s Stare and 2015’s Trance Frendz. Catch his Contemporale show at Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall.
May 20, 8pm. Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, see event listing, buy tickets.


May 20: Iron & Wine

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This acclaimed folk musician from South Carolina with a major following comes to Shanghai for an exclusive China show off the back of his sixth album, the Grammy-nominated Beast Epic. The record sees him return the more simple melodies and stripped-down folk that first made him famous, after experimenting with different sounds on previous albums.
May 20, 9pm, RMB280 presale, RMB350 door. MAO Livehouse, see event listingbuy tickets.


Ongoing: Rainbow Trio

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Start your evening off right with a dynamic new entertainment series at the Golden Tulip Hotel from talented Filipino trio Rainbow, whose music combines elements of jazz, rock, pop and more. Enjoy great drinks and food with exciting music nightly, except Mondays.
Tuesday-Sunday, 7.30-10.30pm. Golden Tulip, see event listing.


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