Rock is Not Dead in Xinxiang, China’s Former Capital of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Nearly 30 years after it hosted “China’s Woodstock,” a small central Chinese city is still home to a music culture that rocks in its own way


The Kids Who Rocked China

In “Rocking China,” Shanghai-based historian Andrew Field looks back at a momentous period of the underground music scene in Beijing


Will Singapore’s Mandopop Scene Ever Flourish Again?

Singapore artists used to be Mandopop royalty, but new acts are struggling to make a breakthrough


When Mandopop Grooves with Reggae

Musicians of various ethnic backgrounds find resonance in reggae—and in its cultural relevance


Will Online Concerts Replace Live Music in China?

Once the pandemic fades away, will China’s livestreaming music industry survive?


The Rise and Reinvention of Taiwan Music’s Influence on the Chinese Mainland

Taiwan popstars no longer dominate the mainland’s music scene; could the island’s indie bands replace them?


How a Band from China’s Industrial Heartland Captured the Emotions of a Generation

Despite an experimental sound and just two album releases in a decade, Omnipotent Youth Society has remained one of China’s most relatable rock bands since 2010


The All-Female Punk Band With a Social Conscience

TWOC sits down with all-female punk outfit Dummy Toys to talk about feminism, avoiding labels, and what music means to them


Hebe Tien’s “Time Will Tell” Rejuvenates a Pop Legend

One of China’s most influential pop singers comes of age with her first solo album since she stopped recording with girl group S.H.E.