In pandemic year two, streaming in China builds underground electronic music community

With community radio and online features, the metaverse in cities like Chengdu and Shanghai continues to be a conduit for community. Efforts by independent community streamers could serve as an example to the rest of us figuring out our post-pandemic world.

Keep the faith: bangers for Bandcamp Friday, even without the dancefloor

For every person cut off from their vocation, their livelihood, their reason to go to work, in any industry – it’s been a tough year. But if you need some dancefloor sounds to remind you what those can sound like, today there’s a surprising bumper crop of releases.

Peter Kirn - March 5, 2021

Artists have joined an urgent, epic-length compilation for Myanmar

Independently, musicians are proving capable of banding together and exchanging networks, artist to artist. For the second time in a year, the Syrphe platform is hosting a rapid-response compilation call to action – this time for Myanmar.

Peter Kirn - March 2, 2021

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