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...

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