Loose Canon

Nurtured by a growing number of live venues, ever decreasing barriers to recording and a broadening disenchantment with Cantopop — the city's dominant music form to date — Hong Kong's independent-music scene has suddenly become crowded. As you would expect, a great number of the bands that comprise it are vehicles for the subpar songwriting and cack-handed guitar playing of solemn undergraduates, chubby expats and the sort of people that have fabulous haircuts but dreadful day jobs. But a handful of ensembles are worth crossing the street to see. And a very few — perhaps no more than two...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!