Scene Reports

Scene Reports

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
10.19.18
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
8.6.18
Scene Reports

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
6.5.18
Johannesburg Report

How Johannesburg's Young Black Artists Are Shaping The Future They Want

Twenty-four years after Mandela’s election, South Africa’s first post-apartheid generation is now coming of age.
Lawrence Burney
5.7.18
Scene Reports

Utrecht’s Black Metal Scene Exposes Its Progressive Character

With a DIY mentality and a diverse and robust musical output, the Dutch city's black meal scene is steadily growing in stature, and rightly so.
Luís Peña Pires
4.18.18
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
3.22.18
Scene Reports

Switzerland's Metal Scene Is Its Best-Kept Secret

From Celtic Frost and Coroner to Zeal & Ardor, Eluveitie, and Schammasch, the Swiss metal scene is chock full of intriguing, technical talent.
Catherine Fearns
2.26.18
Scene Reports

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
10.23.17
Scene Reports

The Punk Scene in Springfield Takes Its DIY Culture Seriously (with Some Goofiness)

In rural Illinois lies a vibrant scene that is constantly finding new ways to stay fun.
Sean Neumann
8.21.17
Scene Reports

The Denver Doom Scene Brings Darkness to the Mile High City

Bands like Khemmis, In the Company of Serpents, Dreadnought, and more balance out the sunshine and stoned hippies with heavy riffs and misery.
Addison Herron-Wheeler
8.7.17