The Shanghai Arts Review Blog

Here you’ll find all the diverse events we’ve been to and enjoyed along with reviews of art-related releases by Shanghai based artists

2222 by Hogchoker New Album Review

Beth Rollins reviews the eclectic band’s latest release. Like weather patterns in this era of catastrophic climate change, Hogchoker’s 2222 is unpredictable, and vaguely frightening. But rather than deepen your Existential Dread, this album will help alleviate it, giving you some feeble hope that great champions still exist and that maybe – just maybe – […]

脏手指 Dirty Fingers Live at Modern Sky Lab 9/10/21

Dirty Fingers 脏手指 live at Modern Sky was quite a home-coming show Having first seen them 8 years ago in raw form and with a tiny crowd, it is more than clear that Dirty Fingers have moved onto bigger and greater things … and their audience… where have they come from? 20 has become 2000. […]

Little Wizard and 21 Grams live at YYT (5/9/21)

Little Wizard, touring their new album Little Wizard III, stopped by Shanghai’s YYT Kaixuan 5th September with support from 21 grams, bringing garage-based post-rock to a full house. Watching Little Wizard was a journey through melodic segues and heavier full rock-out moments. This was a much anticipated show and a drew out a packed audience […]

Shanghai Calling Summer Music Festival

Yuyintang Kaixuan, 5th June 2021 An eclectic grouping of bands came together to put on a day-night festival in the first incarnation of Shanghai Calling. The Shanghai music community put on a show that took a direct snapshot of the gigging bands on the current scene with a tendency towards rock, ska, punk and indie. […]

Rolling Bowling live at YYT park 4th April

Rockabilly delight with some ska-punk vibes thrown in… This evening Yu Yin Tang Park threw out a reggae/ska/rockabilly vibe to put a smile firmly on the faces of the fans. The vibe started with Wuhan based Skyking Jack who played an eclectic set of slower reggae beats, some upbeat ska and even some klezmer breakdowns. […]

Death by Metal Vol 2: Chimera Cult Live at Yu Yin Tang Friday 5th March

Shanghai metal band Chimera Cult put on an action-inspiring, soulful performance at YYT’s Death by Metal Vol 2 last weekend. Bring on Volume 3… Entitled ‘Death by Metal Vol 2’, there were four metal bands letting loose at YYT on a night to be in noise cauldron (i.e. rainy and chilly out). The writer only […]

Roll Up Album Review – Barry Greenwood

Just when you fear the Hammer horror roller coaster ride you are strapped to is about to become even darker, the party starts, the mood lightens and the dance hall fire doors are kicked open. Now it’s all skinny jackets and Rayban wrap rounds – it’s post ska, ska time baby, step inside! ‘Roll Up […]


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