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... Chilling out with guitar folk
1/11

If you like... Chilling out with guitar folk

You may like:
Spooky crooner Zhou Yunpeng; 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 and Da Bang; indie pop bands Hedgehog or Mr Graceless; the darkwave pop of Nova Heart

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:
Gang of Four-style veterans Re-TROS; PK14’s driving rock and apocalyptic poetry; the minimalist, Joy Division-type anthems of Snapline

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: 
Mohawked Casualties clones Demerit; Gum Bleed’s Cock Sparrer-style street punk; ’70s punk from Bedstars and The Diders

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; the heavy industrial sound of AK47

If you like... Zoning out to electronic music
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If you like... Zoning out to electronic music

You may like:
White+’s sparkling Krautrock compositions; the frenetic 8-bit music of Sulumi; Dead J’s mix of ambient and minimal techno; mellow folktronica from Me:Mo

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; Li Jianhong’s noise guitar and ‘found sound’ creations; Mafeisan’s anarchic, free improv

If you like... Pounding the bongos to some Hanggai-style world music
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If you like... Pounding the bongos to some Hanggai-style world music

You may like: 
Shanren’s Yunnan-minority fusion folk; Mamer & IZ’s industrial Xinjiang folk; Tulegar Gangzi’s soulful, throat-singing Xinjiang folk

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 Tsang; In3’s irreverent, pop culture-referencing raps; the low-key ballad rhymes of Long Jing

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 transcendent walls of sound; Chui Wan’s experimental 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 al-trock of Omnipotent Youth Society

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