The Subs at Shuffle

Brad of Shanghai Streets has organized a concert for this Saturday night at Shuffle Music Bar (next to where Tanghui used to be). Despite Dan’s assertion that it’s an inconvenient location, I find it extremely convenient. Not everyone lives in that part of town.

The headlining band is The Subs, a punk band from Beijing. I’m glad that foreigner indie band Living Thin will also be playing (I’ve only seen them once before), and Slit is always interesting.

All you people who complain about Shanghai’s live music scene need to get out to this show! This is part of a constructive effort to build upon the scene. So I’ll be there, and I think Micah will be too. See you there!

Update: It was a great show! I think Brad broke the record for number of people packed into Shuffle for one event (90% of them foreign). My favorite performance was The Living Thin‘s. Congrats to Brad for doing such a good job on the first concert he organized.


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. Man…that’s so cool. I would totally go that show if I were in Shanghai. And I would totally go to Windows Too afterward.

  2. Let me know what you think of the Subs. I’ve liked what I heard of them, but I think a live performance is the best way to appreciate them.

  3. Roy,

    I saw them last time they came to Shanghai. I give them a solid “not bad.”

  4. The Shuffle site looks sweet – do you do all the graphic design? It looks flash inspired photoshop? – Wilson

  5. The Subs are fun, though I don’t know what all the hype is about. I’ve seen them a couple of times now, and they put on a good show, but don’t really blow me away.

    Roy – you’ll be in Beijing over Christmas, yes? If you can stretch that to New Year’s Eve, there are generally mega-shows at the rock venues, so you’ll have a pretty good shot at catching them.

  6. See ya guys there.

  7. 爱晚 2 ride my 百死卡

  8. Hehe, I was outside reading the paper during Living Thin. The SUBS, though, rocked.

    To each his own.

  9. Micah,

    How can you compare the Subs’ performance to that of the Living Thin if you didn’t even listen to both?

    I think the lead singer of the Subs puts on a good show, and for that reason they’re pretty entertaining to watch. (I also noticed the lead singer of Slit studying her closely during her perfomance.) I don’t find the music itself very remarkable, though.

    I thought the music of the Living Thin was much more interesting. No, it may not be totally groundbreaking or anything like that, but I felt their music had more substance instead of mainly just energy.

    Obviously, it’s all just personal opinion, but your views couldn’t possibly be influenced by reverse discrimination, now could they? 🙂

  10. I never said Shuffle’s location was inconvenient. It’s very easy to hop in a taxi and get there. I meant that it is not close to many other popular nighttime hangouts. That, I think, is a true statement. Whether it will affect Shuffle or not, I have no clue. Seems that they have shown they pull in a crowd. And I hope they continue to do so — I like Shuffle.

  11. Could be 🙂

    I just thought Living Thin was a little bland. A little Bella Fleck, a little shaggy-haired indie rock. Meh.

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