Scene Reports

5.14.19

Berlin’s Porn Scene Is Open, Experimental, and Endlessly Fun

Cheap rent and sex-positive laws have attracted adult filmmakers from around the world to the German capital.

2.4.19

The New Generation of LA Rap Is Changing Everything

A group of rappers and producers are reimagining not just the sound of Los Angeles, but its slang, its fashion sense, and the cultural divide between blacks and latinos.

1.15.19

Watch 'Noisey Brampton,' Our New Film on the Rise of DIY Hip-Hop Beyond Toronto

The documentary follows Noyz, Aiona, and the WayCool collective around the eclectic suburb as they fight to expand the town's rap scene.

10.29.18

The 7 Rappers Turning Chengdu into China's Unlikely Hip-Hop Hotspot

Beyond the Higher Brothers, these artists are shaping the future of rap music in China.

7.9.18

A Radical Black Arts Renaissance Is Reshaping Post-Ferguson St. Louis

You ought to be paying attention.

6.5.18

Turkey's Death Metal Scene Thrives Despite Government Repression

With an authoritarian strongman in office and music venues scarce, brutal bands like Engulfed and Hellsodomy are still keeping the faith in Ankara and Istanbul.

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4.18.18

Utrecht’s Black Metal Scene Exposes Its Progressive Character

With a DIY mentality and a diverse and robust musical output, the Dutch city's black meal scene is steadily growing in stature, and rightly so.

3.22.18

From Moscow with Flow: How Rap Became Russia's Most Important Genre

Relying on DIY methods and a "fuck the major labels" attitude, homegrown rappers are bringing a fresh, global sound to the Russian underground.

2.27.18

Switzerland's Metal Scene Is Its Best-Kept Secret

From Celtic Frost and Coroner to Zeal & Ardor, Eluveitie, and Schammasch, the Swiss metal scene is chock full of intriguing, technical talent.

2.6.18

Myanmar's Metal Scene Stands Strong in the Midst of Political Upheaval

Metalcore is still king in capital city Yangon, but black and death metal are gaining ground in this troubled Southeast Asian political hotbed.

10.23.17

In Havana, Heavy Metal Is a Struggle

Despite a lack of resources and endless bureaucratic red tape, the Cuban extreme metal scene is flourishing.

8.21.17

The Punk Scene in Springfield Takes Its DIY Culture Seriously (with Some Goofiness)

In rural Illinois lies a vibrant scene that is constantly finding new ways to stay fun.

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