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The best live music in Shanghai this week

Your guide to the best gigs in Shanghai this week

Miss Ko hits Modern Sky Lab this weekend
It's too darn hot. But there are still some shows worth getting a little sweaty over in the coming days - this weekend features the story of Motown at Shake, Taiwanese rapper Miss Ko at Modern Sky Lab and, as ever, some solid heavy offerings from Inferno.

For those of you counting the days down to the various festivals we have headed our way, know that JZ Festival's early-bird tickets are on sale now. Summer Sonic and Ultra have apparently sold out their own early-bird passes (within a few hours in both cases, supposedly) but pre-sales are now available for the former and are 'coming soon' for the latter. We're still probably a couple of weeks away from Concrete and Grass tickets being released, but we'll keep you posted on those.

But back to the here and now, and you'll find our gig highlights for the week below and find lots more live music shows in Shanghai right here.

Friday 21

I Love Summer Nights

Critics' pick

Hot town, summer in the city... Modern Sky Lab comes over all tropical as they host Shanghai post-rock stalwarts 21 Grams, one of the city's best new bands Lao Ayi plus Something Against Y and Heimu (he of Non-Plus of Color fame) for a night of post-punk, experimental psych-rock and more.

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Modern Sky Lab , 188 Ruihong Lu 21 Jul

The Warbly Jets

LA-based quartet bring their Americanised Brit-rock to Shanghai as part of a China-wide tour with Sony-signed Beijing indie rockers Next Door Band.

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Yuyintang , 851 Kaixuan Lu 21 Jul

Friday 21-Saturday 22

Motown Night

Critics' pick

Shake hosts two nights of classic soul hits with this 'story of Motown' show produced by guitarist Ben Misterka. Also on stage will be Tarra Conner Jones, Redic, Hazel Gould and Smokey.

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Shake , 120 Jinxian Lu 21-22 Jul

Saturday 22

Dying Tonight

Kunming-based post-hardcore act Dying Tonight hit Inferno as part of a China-wide tour. Fighting Back and Pray For Awakening provide support.

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Inferno , 658 Longhua Dong Lu 22 Jul

Flow Up

Critics' pick

Award-winning Taiwanese rapper Miss Ko, who recently took to the stage at Glastonbury Festival, is joined by Japanese hip-hop duo Yurufawa Gang at Modern Sky Lab. Dazzy, Kin J and Tone Twxsted are in support.

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Modern Sky Lab , 188 Ruihong Lu 22 Jul Buy tickets

Sunday 23

SoundScape CD Release Party

After around seven years on the Shanghai scene, world music collective SoundScape are calling it a day and releasing a CD in the same show. Expect a mix of Tibetan and Indian singing, harmonium, didjeridoo, Algoza triple flutes from Pakistan, Moroccan guembri, Chinese erhu and various percussion from around the world.

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Yuyintang , 851 Kaixuan Lu 23 Jul

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