Which Beijing band is right for you?

From rock to hip hop, the Beijing bands you need to know

From guitar folk to hip hop, with plenty of post-rock along the way, Beijing's music scene has plenty of different genres and bands to offer.  

Dig into Beijing’s music scene by finding local bands to fit your musical tastes. Take a shortcut with our handy recommender of Beijing music acts, including Omnipotent Youth Society, Ak47, re-TROS, Carsick Cars, Da Bang and more. Think of it as your very own Last.fm.
If you like... Singing-songwriting troubadours
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If you like... Singing-songwriting troubadours

You may like:
Spooky crooner Zhou Yunpeng; electro-folk pop songstress Wang Shengnan; expansive big-band prog folk from Su & The Paramecia (pictured); unplugged delicacies from alt-rock godmother Zhang Qianqian; urban folk troubadours like Suyang or Wan Xiaoli; the soulful folk rock of Buyi or Low Wormwood.

If you like... Dancing to indie and synth pop
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If you like... Dancing to indie and synth pop

You may like: 
Yeah Yeah Yeahs-style dance punk outfits Queen Sea Big Shark (pictured) and Da Bang; indie pop bands Hedgehog or Mr Graceless; the darkwave pop of Nova Heart; the mathy, Foals-inspired Future Orients; surf vibes from Backspace.

If you like... Soundtracking your dystopian nightmares to post-punk ditties
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If you like... Soundtracking your dystopian nightmares to post-punk ditties

You may like:
The ever more industrial veterans Re-TROS (pictured); scene godfathers PK14’s driving rock and apocalyptic poetry; the minimalist, Joy Division-type anthems of Snapline; excellently lively, and excellent live noise rock from Lonely Leary; FAZI's jittering energy.

If you like... Pumping your fist to three-chord punk anthems
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If you like... Pumping your fist to three-chord punk anthems

You may like: 
Gum Bleed’s Cock Sparrer-style street punk; fingers-up street punks Demerit; Riot Grrrls Free Sex Shop (pictured); punchy power-pop trio The Sino Hearts; straightforward rock ‘n’ rollers Elenore; the pleasingly simple Duff Beer.

If you like... Headbanging to sweet metal solos
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If you like... Headbanging to sweet metal solos

You may like:
The Obituary-style thrash metal of Suffocated; Yaksa’s Slipknot-esque nu-metal; unrelenting thrash from TumourBoy; melodic heavy metal from Dream Spirit; stoner vibes from Sabbath-like Never Before (pictured).

If you like... Zoning out to electronic sounds of the future
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If you like... Zoning out to electronic sounds of the future

You may like:
White+’s sparkling Krautrock compositions; mellow folktronica from Me:Mo; Howie Lee, Jason Hou, Guzz (pictured) and the Do Hits gang; GameBoy-wielding, 8-bit madness of 4 Channels Club; thruoutin's mix of ambience, samples and Chinese pipa

If you like... Freaking out your neighbours with experimental music
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If you like... Freaking out your neighbours with experimental music

You may like: 
The godfather of Chinese experimental music, Yan Jun; sonic explorations from solo axeman Li Jianhong; Not in Catalog's spacious sax-trilling jams; the noisy-as-sold Noise Arcade; bizarro performance duo Guiguisuisui (pictured).

If you like... Beijing a citizen of world music
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If you like... Beijing a citizen of world music

You may like: 
Mamer & IZ’s industrial Xinjiang folk; Tulegur Gangzi’s soulful, throat-singing folk; Inner Mongolian power folk from Hanggai (pictured); the rippin' Uighur band that play at Bayi Laoye restaurant; 32 albums a year from Djang San.

If you like... Delving into the wordplay of Beijing-style hip-hop
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If you like... Delving into the wordplay of Beijing-style hip-hop

You may like:
Nasty Ray’s popping, rapid-fire flow; hip-hop pioneers Yin Ts‘ang; In3’s irreverent (and banned) pop culture-referencing raps; the low-key ballad rhymes of Long Jing; alternative beats and cheeky bars from Do Hits collaborator Bloodzboi (pictured); Saber's gritty grovels; suit-and-tie performance rap by MC Dawei.

If you like... Getting artsy-fartsy to some '80s-style noise rock
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If you like... Getting artsy-fartsy to some '80s-style noise rock

You may like: 
Carsick Cars’ Sonic Youth-style guitar anthems; the dense sound experiments of Shanghai’s Duck Fight Goose; Birdstriking’s (pictured) wails and transcendent walls of sound; Chui Wan’s discordant psych grooves.

If you like... Alt-rock with Chinese characteristics
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If you like... Alt-rock with Chinese characteristics

You may like:
Miserable Faith’s ’90s-style ballads; the genre-spanning, maverick rock of Zuoxiao Zuzhou; Secondhand Rose’s mix of traditional Chinese music and grunge rock; the finely crafted, folk-infused alt-rock of Omnipotent Youth Society.

If you like... Slackery, reverb-heavy indie music
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If you like... Slackery, reverb-heavy indie music

You may like:

Heady, melodic shoegaze from Default and Last Goodbye; 808-backed lo-fi from TOW; The Dice's pysch-shoegaze jams; the ever more ambient Alpine Decline (pictured).

If you like... Tearing it up to some hardcore sounds
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If you like... Tearing it up to some hardcore sounds

You may like:

'Brutally fun hardcore' from Struggle Session (pictured); d-beat, crust punk from D-Crash; fuming aggro hardcore from Unregenerate Blood and Return the Truth.

If you like... The dreaded feelings of reggae
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If you like... The dreaded feelings of reggae

You may like:

Classic syncopations with Chinese characteristics from Long Shen Dao (pictured); party-starting ska punks Underdog.

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