Scene Reports

Scene Reports

Salvador's Multi-Generation Axé Scene Spreads Black Brazilian Pride

From newer artists like Luedji Luna and Xênia França to veterans, we dive into the west African-inspired genre that won't be whitewashed.
Tarisai Ngangura
12.1.18
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The 7 Rappers Turning Chengdu into China's Unlikely Hip-Hop Hotspot

Beyond the Higher Brothers, these artists are helping shape the future of rap music in China.
Lauren Teixeira
10.29.18
Scene Reports

Five Musicians Building a New World in the Face of Estonia's Isolated Past

The fall of the Soviet Union and homecomputing changed the face of music in the eastern European country, which now is full of musicians looking to the past to build the future.
Lottie Brazier
10.20.18
Scene Reports

These LA Artists Are Keeping Jazz Raw as Hell

Kamasi Washington and Thundercat are making jazz cool again, but they're far from the only Angelenos helping LA reclaim its status as a boundary-pushing jazz city.
Ben Grenrock
8.7.18
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A New Generation of South Africans Are Reviving 90s Genre Kwaito

As the country recovers from decades of white supremacist rule, a cohort of artists in Joburg and Cape Town are reinterpreting a classic genre.
Rofhiwa Maneta
7.7.18
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Turkey's Death Metal Scene Thrives Despite Government Repression

With an authoritarian strongman in office and music venues scarce, brutal bands like Engulfed and Hellsodomy are still keeping the faith in Ankara and Istanbul.
Paul Benjamin Osterlund
6.6.18
Hip-Hop

From Moscow with Flow: How Rap Became Russia's Most Important Genre

Relying on DIY methods and a "fuck the major labels" attitude, homegrown rappers are bringing a fresh, global sound to the Russian underground.
Johann Voigt
3.23.18
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Myanmar's Metal Scene Stands Strong in the Midst of Political Upheaval

Metalcore is still king in capital city Yangon, but black and death metal are gaining ground in this troubled Southeast Asian political hotbed.
Joe Henley
2.5.18
Scene Reports

In Havana, Heavy Metal Is a Struggle

Despite a lack of resources and endless bureaucratic red tape, the Cuban extreme metal scene is flourishing.
Joe Henley
10.25.17
Scene Reports

Tel Aviv's Metal Scene Brings Hellish Noise to the Holy Land

Led by bands like Mortuus Umbra, Sonne Adam, and Dukatalon, the extreme metal scene in Israel's second-largest city is thriving.
Tzvi Gluckin
6.6.17
Scene Reports

Taipei’s Extreme Metal Scene Provides an Unlikely Home for Its Misfits

In Taiwan, choosing a life in the underground punk and metal scene means going against everything the dominant culture holds dear.
Joe Henley
4.17.17
Scene Reports

Meet The Underground Artists Soundtracking Post-Soviet Russia

The underground scene is helping change Russian attitudes towards local music.
Danny Venzin
3.15.17
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