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Get ready for a music marathon

A barrage of rock music will be shaking the foundations of the recently renovated Yuyintang, one of the most popular live venues for local bands in Shanghai, over the next couple of weekends.

On Saturday, the venue plays host to Pic Nic, a 24-hour festival featuring four bands, nine DJs and a non-stop BBQ. Many of the biggest names from Shanghai's music scene will be involved, including DJs such as Acid Pony Club, Bajo Tempo, Ben Huang and Ben Thriller, and bands Break for Borneo, Duck Fight Goose, Rainbow Danger Club and Boys Climbing Ropes.

"It is a pretty ambitious event," says Zhang Haisheng, the owner of Yuyintang, "Kuluska Spanish restaurant and Yuyintang team up for this all-day, all-night BBQ, DJ and bands thing."

The event will also serve as the CD launch party for Break for Borneo's debut album. The funk, rock and reggae group blends the voices and harmonies of Adam Crossley and Becca Smith, while Zack Smith takes care of drumming duties and also throws in the occasional rap.

With Brad Masoni's solid bass grooves holding the whole thing together, Break for Borneo are a band with a unique and fun energy. Sprinkle in a ukulele, the occasional harmonica and enjoy the twists and turns of an infectious sound that the band term as "trock" (tropical rock).

"Guests will receive their new CD 'Life Gets in the Way'," Zhang adds.

One of the supporting bands, Duck Fight Goose, are currently very active on the live circuit. Formed in 2009 by its members Duck, Goose, Panda and Dragon, they blend traditional rock, experimental rock and electronic music to create a swinging and swaggering yet psychedelic experience.

And more scorching punk rock is scheduled for Yuyintang next Friday. Australian band Digger & The Pussycats are true warriors of the road, having played all over Europe and America, headlining their own shows or opening for groups such as The's.

Blending musical styles ranging from 1960s garage-punk right through to blues and party rock'n'roll, they have won over audiences in both hemispheres through relentless touring and their prolific catalog of releases.

Digger & The Pussycats was formed by Andy Moore and Sam Agostino in Melbourne in 2006.

"Some of the world's greatest bands have been two pieces and we love them all: Wham!, Simon & Garfunkel, Jan & Dean, Zager & Evans, The Carpenters, Mel & Kim, Milli Vanilli, The Righteous Brothers, The Eurythmics and Roxette," says the duo hoping to add to the list. The band are regarded by some as new rock heroes.

"Sometimes a band comes hurtling out of the primordial ooze with such teeth-gnashing force and insurgent brilliance it knocks you in the chest like some kind of rock'n'roll one-inch punch," commented Australian music critic Clem Bastow.

Digger & The Pussycats' China tour begins in the capital with a performance at Mao Livehouse in Beijing next Wednesday. Their show in Shanghai at Yuyintang will be supported by the Pairs, The Instigation and the Beat Bandits, acts the local audience should already be familiar with.

Pairs are a twosome that lean more toward Suicide, the US synthesizer/vocal duo from the 1970s, than contemporary rock duos. "Wailing guitars and vocals will make this the loudest band of the night," says the band.

Meanwhile, The Instigation describe their sound as "rock'n'roll but not for the bleat-hearted." In the hardcore act's stage performance each song is a synchronized explosion, with lead singer Simon Cochrane peppering his roaring vocal delivery with a hint of the UK hip-hop subgenre, grime.

Finally, the Beat Bandits, local favorites with their take on the surf-swing of Dick Dale and The Champs, will let their listeners hang-ten over bouncy basslines and jumpy keyboards.

? Pic Nic

Date: April 9, DJs start at 3pm and bands at 9pm

Tickets: 50 yuan until midnight; 70 yuan after

? Digger & The Pussycats

Date: April 15, 10pm onward

Tickets: 40 yuan (30 yuan for students)

Venue: Yuyintang, 851 Kaixuan Rd

Job Fair for Expatriates

Organized by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, the job fair, an annual event held in the past five years, will bring under one roof the eastern China's top hiring companies, schools and employment resources.

At the fair in 2010, more than 1,000 expatriates visited the event to look for jobs while more than 50 exhibitors from around China participated for recruitment.

Date: April 9, 9am-4pm

Venue: Davos Hall & Zurich Hall, Swissotel Grand Shanghai, Jing'an District, Shanghai

Address: 1 Yuyuan Rd

Tel: 010-6894 4607


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