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Rock in China: An Insider’s Journey

Over the past 30 years, many a foreigner has headed into the middle kingdom to find fortune in the brisk economy of a rapidly changing nation. When Jonathan Campbell went to China over a decade ago, he was searching for the...

Pierced Fans, Stiff Cadres and Hip Rock

China’s biggest rock festival, the Midi Music Festival, won the blessing of local officials this year, the New York Times reports: The incongruity of security agents facilitating the sale of cannabis-themed merchandise was...

Buyi and the Beijing Rock Scene

CNN’s Talk Asia explores the Chinese rock scene: It’s China’s political and cultural capital — but in Beijing, this is what we won’t here on the radio. Today, Talk Asia heads underground, exploring...

I’m Listening to Chinese Rock

As James Anthony writes on the Guardian blog, China’s bands are inspired by their Western counterparts but have a definite sound of their own. Hear them for yourself here. The element of studiousness (similarly present in...

Song: She Lost Faith by PK14

The last time I saw PK14 in Beijing was the summer of 2006 before I came to Berkeley. I was chatting with the band’s singer, Yang Haisong (杨海崧), in front of the bar Two Good Friends (两个好朋友酒吧) at the auto cinema on Xiaoyun...

Indie Rock: Made in China – Flick

Two years ago in Beijing at the Nameless Highland bar, as I was holding my Tsingtao beer and listening to a live show of the band Rebuilding The Rights of Statues/重塑高尚的权利, I knew they had passion. Now they have an EP and a new...

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