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Friday Song: Carsick Cars — Zhong Nan Hai

Before delving into a brief history of one of the “most admired Chinese bands in the…

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Friday Song: Na Ying, the singing legend, and her unforgettable swan song

“Sadness” (默 Mò), released in 2015 by Na Ying 那英, is not as much a song as it is an atmosphere…

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Friday Song: Panic Worm — Chicken Spit

Wuhan might be more famous for SMZB (that punk band with the bagpipes) or the hangout Wuhan Prison,…

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Friday Song: Beijing punk band Demerit: Sink or Swim?

Independent record label Maybe Mars has been trendsetters of the Chinese underground music scene since 2007. On January 1, it…

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Friday Song: A Beijing New Year’s Eve tradition with Macondø

By definition, tradition is “an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior,” and this year, Beijing’s Temple…

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Friday Song: The Orphan of Asia, by the ‘idols’ idol’ Lo Ta-yu

Taiwanese singer-songwriter Lo Ta-yu (罗大佑 Luō Dàyòu) is known as the idols’ idol in the Mandopop scene. Among many…

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Friday Song: ‘Boys (Chinese version)’ by Charli XCX

The simple addition of (Chinese version) to Charli XCX’s smash hit pop song “Boys” doesn’t really do this remix…

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Friday Song: ‘Made in China’ by Higher Brothers is the anthem Chinese rap needs

“Rap music? China? What are they even saying?” So opens the valley-girl drawl at the start of “Made in China,”…

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Friday Song: EXO treks well-covered boy band territory in ‘Growl’

EXO is an extremely popular Chinese-South Korean boy band formed in 2011. They’ve managed to gain broad appeal in…

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Kris Wu, amid sales controversy, finds peace in ‘Tian Di’

In “Tian Di,” Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu 吴亦凡 (Wú Yìfán) finds peace amid his hectic life through tradition….

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Friday Song: Taiwanese pop star Jolin Tsai satirizes pop culture in ‘Play’

Although the title of Jolin Tsai’s 蔡依林 (cài yīlín) 2014 pop jam is “Play,” the accompanying lyrics and video…

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Friday Song: The songs, dreams, and worlds inspired by Jin Yong

I kissed the wind and rain, and I buried the sun in the desert, but I never…

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Friday Song: German electronic act C.O.W. 牛

We’re going European electronic tonight with the German outfit C.O.W. 牛, founded in December 2015, with some very apparent…

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Friday Song: Teresa Teng — ‘What Do You Have To Say’

Western audiences may recognize Teresa Teng (邓丽君 dèng lìjūn) for her song “The Moon Represents My Heart” (月亮代表我的心 yuèliàng…

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Friday Song: MC HotDog’s ode to Beijing’s Fifth Ring Road

In this song from the 2015 superhero parody film Jianbing Man (煎饼侠 jiānbing xiá), Taiwanese rapper MC HotDog and…

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