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Music firm brings Chinese indie rock groups to U.S. audiences
Music firm brings Chinese indie rock groups to U.S. audiences

In a country where the vast majority of pop music acts still seem prepackaged for the karaoke machine and syrupy anthems dominate the airwaves, China's three-day Strawberry Music Festival and smaller Modern Sky Festival are can't-miss affairs for mainland hipsters. The festivals, featuring indie artists playing such genres as death metal and pop, have become a "rite of passage" since they started seven years ago, says Archie Hamilton of the Chinese music promotion agency company Split Works. For the hundreds of thousands of hip Chinese youths who attended the festivals last year, "it's something you're supposed to do." The events are just two of 20...

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