Where are the best places to hear live music in Shanghai?

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When you want to hear live music in Shanghai, the place to go is MAO Livehouse Shanghai. Some of the most cutting-edge acts from around the world perform in this large French Concession venue. The crowd tends to be an eclectic mix of locals and foreigners, all of whom share a love of loud music. This place rocks out three or four nights a week, so come ready to rage. Yuyintang in the Zhongshan Park area features a similar hodgepodge of rock 'n' roll artists and DJ crossovers and is quickly cementing itself as the epicenter of Shanghai's live local music scene.

If you prefer your tunes slow and soulful, head over to Cotton Club, JZ Club or House of Blues and Jazz to hear seasoned musicians play all sorts of jazz. All three of these clubs are known for booking top-shelf international acts and have the intimate interiors to set the mood right.

For something a bit off the beaten path, try the Wooden Box. The cozy, wood-filled small bar and café in the Jing'an neighborhood frequently hosts a slew of musical acts, including up-and-coming jazz musicians and alternative soft-rockers.

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