With 2016 almost in the books, I think it’s safe to say that it was one of the most unconventional years I have yet to experience....
Alibaba Music, Alibaba Group’s music division, has upgraded its music streaming business with the debut of an online platform where fans can connect with stars, merchants and others in the entertainment industry. Through the just-launched Alibaba Planet platform, music fans can use their smartphones to follow their favorite stars, participate in fan activities, purchase related merchandise and watch [...]
Summer Sonic The Summer Sonic Festival is an annual two- or three-day rock festival held at the same time in Osaka and Chiba. The majority of the bands playing in Osaka the first day go to Chiba the following day and vice versa. The line-up contains many Japanese rock musicians from both major and indie record companies, and also international acts. Fuji Rock Fuji Rock Festival is an annual rock festival [...]
For those who are not familiar with metal rock, baby metal is a Japanese band formed by three teenage girls who combine heavy metal and idol pop. Their line-up consists of Suzuka Nakamoto as “Su-metal”, Yui Mizuno as “Yuimetal”, and Moa Kikuchi as “Moametal”. Su-metal is the main vocalist, while Moametal and Yuimetal are credited with scream and dance. Their manager, now is known as Kobametal, [...]
Stone Lion is a band formed in Tianjin in the year of 2011. It is hard to define its style between hard rock and grunge at the beginning. With the constant adjustments of band’s members, the fresh blood has brought to the band more possibilities on their voice. Refusing to repeat themselves, they demonstrated a wide range of music styles including blues, noise, shoe gazing, blue grass, and their [...]
Douban.com (Chinese: 豆瓣; pinyin: Dòubàn), launched on March 6, 2005, is a Chinese SNS website allowing registered users to record information and create content related to film, books, music, and recent events and activities in Chinese cities. It can be seen as one of the most influential web 2.0 website in China. Douban also owns an internet radio station, which ranks No.1 in iOS app store as [...]
Sonic candy, a record store located in the 4th floor in a stagnant commercial center in Tianjin, China, has surprisingly survived its thirteenth years. Since the 1990s, Napster (Rhapsody) has reshaped the landscape of the music industry, facilitating music consumption beyond the traditional radio and physical record: streaming service, digital downloads, podcast, Apps, etc. Especially since streaming [...]
The 13th, September 2016, worldwide celebrated New York Jazz Club Blue Note opened in Beijing. Since its inception in 1981, Blue Note become one of the premier jazz clubs in the world and the site of pilgrimage for jazz fans. Owner and founder Danny Bensusan and current president of the Blue Note Entertainment Group Steven Bensusan presented at the opening ceremony, along with approximately thirty [...]