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The best live music in Shanghai this week

Your guide to the best gigs in Shanghai this week

American pop-rock, jazzyish J-pop, and an Iranian-born former basketball pro-turned-self-made odd-pop icon are all in town this week.

Read on for all of our gig highlights for the coming days and remember that you can find even more live music shows in Shanghai right here. Also be sure to check out our guide to this spring's forthcoming music festivals, as the season approaches.

Daily until Sunday 25

Veronica Swift Quintet

American singer Veronica Swift brings her 'Next Generation Songbook' to Shanghai, mashing up classic jazz with modern approaches. Additional shows at 9.45pm are available Friday and Saturday, and the Sunday show starts at 6.30pm.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai , 4/F, 139 Nanjing Dong Lu, near Jiangxi Zhong Lu( 南京东路139号4楼, 近江西中路) Huangpu Shanghai Shanghai 21-25 Mar Buy tickets

Friday 23

Los Crasher

Beijing band Los Crasher, whose repertoire once included a glam rock version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme, play Yuyintang as part of their Highway Star tour.

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Yuyintang , 851 Kaixuan Lu 23 Mar


Critics' pick

Iranian-born, Netherlands-based former basketball pro Sevdaliza's sensual, quirky pop and RnB sound sees her pick up comparisons to the likes of Björk, Fatima Al Qadiri, and FKA Twigs. Her debut album ISON – released just two years after she switched shooting hoops for making beats – is a remarkable blend of swirling strings, trip hop beats, and ethereal vocals.

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Youth in the Modern Russia

Get a film screening plus two live bands as part of this Russian rock night featuring Adaen and Cloud Maze. The venue is Youying House, on the seventh floor at 1013 Beijing Xi Lu.

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TBA 23 Mar

Saturday 25


Critics' pick

Katsuhiko Maeda's classical and electronic-inspired post-rock outfit World's End Girlfriend join leading Hong Kong post-rockers tfvsjs as headliners for this instrumental rock feast. That would make for a pretty impressive bill as it was, but they'll be joined by Guangzhou's Zhaoze, Macau's WhyOceans and Shanghai's own 21 Grams.

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Sunday 25

We Lost the Sea

Australian progressive post-rock act We Lost the Sea come to Shanghai as part of an eight stop China tour organised by New Noise. According to the press blurb, the band's 'live shows are an aural journey packed with emotion, tension, drifting highs and intense, crushing lows that treads an unexpected path. These mind blowing artists create something that is so unique and yet has induced a tsunami of emotions oozing out of every pore of your soul.' Sounds intense. 

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MAO Livehouse , 308 Chongqing Nan Lu 25 Mar

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