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Mods and Rockers, Trash a Go-Go

IT'LL be a rock-and-roll weekend of Mods and Rockers at Lune and Trash a Go-Go at Yuyintang Livehouse.

On Saturday at Lune, Brian Offenther, known as DJ B.O., will play a special Mods and Rockers set with band Beat Bandits and other performers.

Fans are encouraged to dress like Mods and Rockers, two teen and young adult subcultures that clashed in the mid- to late 1960s in the UK.

The Rockers admired 1950s American rock-and-roll heroes such as Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and the early Elvis Presley.

The Mods were more sophisticated and admired UK contemporary sounds, such as The Who, The Yardbirds and The Rolling Stones, plus soul and reggae from the US and Jamaica.

"Mods were generally middle class and wore suits with nifty skinny ties. They were generally working class and wore lots of leather and jeans," says DJ B.O. "We hope everyone dresses up in their best Mod/Rocker outfits and is ready to boogie down when I play music."

He will alternately play an hour of Mod, then an hour of Rocker. A video of the times will play throughout the night.

"I rebel against those who DJ just because they are afraid to dance in public. I will personally sing and dance," adds DJ B.O., who calls himself "somewhere between vaudeville and Warhol."

Joining DJ B.O. is Beat Bandits who usually plays Garage rock, a raw form of rock and roll first popular in the US and Canada from 1963 to 1967. In Shanghai the band also plays party music.

On Sunday night, the Yuyintang Livehouse presents the punk band Mohani, from Mongolia, who will make their debut in a Trash A Go-Go evening.

"Trash a Go-Go" is a monthly club event paying tribute to various vintages of rock and roll. It has presented bands from Australia, France and Japan, among other countries and regions. Hailing from Ulaanbaatar, Mohanik was honored Best Alternative/Punk Band at the 2009 Mongolian Underground Music Awards.

In Shanghai, they will be supported by local hardcore punk band Instigation and rock band The Fever Machine. DJ B.O. will also spin between sets and after the show.

The upcoming two performances at both Lune and Yuyintang will also feature Toshihiro Kanamaki, a 29-year-old Japanese bassist, performing with three Shanghai bands, Instigation, Beat Bandits and Upnavala Groove.

Two weeks ago Kanamaki, who arrived in Shanghai in 2000, played with Instigation and Beat Bandits in a charity show at Lune for victims of the earthquake disaster in Japan. The show raised 14,800 yuan (US$2,240) for relief efforts.

Instigation usually plays hardcore punk, combined with reggae and other styles. Almost all of its compositions are original.

"I write the melodies," Kanamaki says, "and I get inspiration everywhere and create music at any time, on the way to work or braking at home.

He says music is his dream and makes his life meaningful.

"For me, music is the most straightforward thing in art. Without a common cultural background or common language, you can feel my feelings from my music and give me feedback," he adds. "That's exciting."

? Mods and Rockers

Date: April 2, 10pm

Venue: Lune, 218 Xinle Rd

Tickets: 20 yuan

? Trash a Go-Go

Date: April 3, 11:59pm

Venue: Yuyintang, 851 Kaixuan Rd

Tickets: Free


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