Don’t let its inconspicuous Gulou Xi
Dajie hideaway fool you – Indie Music
is a massive player in the Chinese
music industry, both inside and out of
this miniscule, vinyl-packed cupboard. Indie Music has a decent selection of genuine, imported CDs starting at a very reasonable 45RMB.
The owner’s tastes clearly stretch to the left field of indie as evidenced by a number of discs from experimental label Ninja Tunes, on the shelves plus more squirreled away at his house (ask to see a list). Beijingers who struggle to find vinyl elsewhere will be thrilled to see four cardboard boxes bulging with records covering rock, metal, hip-hop and more. There are also plenty
of mainstream tunes; we spotted the
latest T.Swift for 120RMB, but local
bands will cost you considerably less.
A prime spot for anyone looking to get
deep into the Chinese music scene,
and those already well into it. One of Beijing's best music stores