China Music Radar: Nothing Gets Under It

China Music Radar (CMR) is an essential site that one must read in order to keep up with the Chinese music scene. What are the others, you ask? Well, Kungfuology and Layabozi, of course. There are Beijing sites to watch, too, but we’ll get to those later.

The man Archie Hamilton, who also happens to run Splitworks (one of the most active music promoters in China), keeps up CMR. So, obviously, the content runs more to the industry side of things than the actual gig review and analysis side. That’s cool. It’s always good to know what’s going on behind the scenes and on the horizon.

It’s a site you should be reading. It has a small but dedicated commenting culture, which Layabozi lusts after. You can learn about festivals, artists’ viewpoints, and issues on the scene, from all sorts of sources.

Here’s the difference between Layabozi and China Music Radar: While Layabozi is granted an email interview with Helen Feng of Free the Birds and Pet Conspiracy, CMR just has a cup of coffee or a Facebook moment with her. Afterward, he sends over a homemade salve for her busted ankle. And then you read about it. Now that is access! calls it a must-read!

Your digital equivalent of a dust jacket quote.

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  1. Archie

    Thanks Zack. What very nice words. Hey, I finally finished my listening list. Took me 7 months only! Sent it to Mache. So sorry for the crazy delay…


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