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.
Dublin’s Rising Guitar Bands Are Too Good (and Loud) to Ignore
From Fontaines D.C.'s poetic punk to bands like Just Mustard and The Murder Capital, the Irish capital (and its surrounding towns) is turned all the way up.
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.
Salvador's Multi-Generation Axé Scene Spreads Black Brazilian Pride
From newer artists like Luedji Luna and Xênia França to veterans, we dive into the west African-inspired genre that won't be whitewashed.
The 7 Rappers Turning Chengdu into China's Unlikely Hip-Hop Hotspot
Beyond the Higher Brothers, these artists are helping shape the future of rap music in China.
Five Musicians Building a New World in the Face of Estonia's Isolated Past
The fall of the Soviet Union and homecomputing changed the face of music in the eastern European country, which now is full of musicians looking to the past to build the future.
These LA Artists Are Keeping Jazz Raw as Hell
Kamasi Washington and Thundercat are making jazz cool again, but they're far from the only Angelenos helping LA reclaim its status as a boundary-pushing jazz city.
A New Generation of South Africans Are Reviving 90s Genre Kwaito
As the country recovers from decades of white supremacist rule, a cohort of artists in Joburg and Cape Town are reinterpreting a classic genre.
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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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.
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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.
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.