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Concert Reviews

Concert Review: Summer Is Good, But U Have To Lose Weight

Produced in partnership with LiveChinaMusic

Where: Yuyintang Park 育音堂音乐公园, Shanghai China
When: 21 Jun 2020
William Griffith

Sunday nights at Yuyintang Park are becoming my routine as it gives me a chance to scratch off bands new to my ear off my list, mainly the slew of Shanghai bands I need to familiarize myself with.

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Temple of Exile 流亡寺

First up on the bill tonight were the urban pop outfit of Temple of Exile 流亡寺 - not exactly my cup of tea but there’s a guitar-driven folksy charm to the way the band approaches what is at the end of the day pop music.

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Sisyphe 西西弗

Following them were Sisyphe 西西弗, veterans I’m told of the scene, who lean harder into electro-pop territory, albeit with bursts of funk and post-rock musicality that threw me off. Lots of diehard fans for these cats, but again not my cup of tea. 

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Dahlia Rosea

Now if said cup of tea was of the herbal variety, perhaps some zesty chai tea, then I might be persuaded. That’s where Dahlia Rosea comes in, whose old-school 90s alt-rock fused with classic psychedelic tones continues to impress. They had a whole catalogue of new songs on hand, and while they may need to be workshopped a bit more, I’m liking what I’m hearing from them and expect good things down the road. 

SummerIsGood

So there you have it - Sunday nights at Yuyintang Park! Keep em coming! 

Radio 13 would like to thank and credit William Griffith from LiveChinaMusic.com for all the photos featured in this article. 

Written By: William Griffith William Griffith is a photographer, videographer, writer, and music promoter living in Beijing/Shanghai for over ten years. He’s the founder of LiveChinaMusic - a site dedicated to China's evolving underground music scene - and a co-founder of Subtropical Asia - a platform that promotes creatives around Asia through film. You can usually find him with a camera and a beer at a gig.