This Busker Drums To His Own Beat

This Busker Drums To His Own Beat
We've seen roadside buskers -- even drummers -- aplenty, but few are as impressive as this young man, identity unknown, who uses pots, pans and buckets to create music. This was posted on the Sina Weibo of @Ghost190 on Monday.

Ain’t No Sunshine When Xi’s Gone: The Quest To Find China’s Future President

Is Xi Jinping in Paradise City?
Presumptive Chinese president Xi Jinping has gone missing. He cancelled high-level meetings with Hillary Clinton and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong last week, and HOLY CRAP FREAK OFF PANTS OFF. Normally rational media organizations such as the Associated bleepin’ Press have published sentences such as, “More dramatically, the U.S.-based website cited an unidentified source inside Zhongnanhai as saying... Read more »

Some Asshole Poured Beer On Residence A’s Lead Singer In The Middle Of An Awesome Performance At 2 Kolegas On Saturday

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The Beijinger's New Festival Showcase at 2 Kolegas on Saturday mostly proved to be your standard gathering of drunken expats, except it produced one hell of a musical highlight: Residence A, a Beijing staple we featured in an Outro earlier this month, giving what I thought was the performance of the night around 8:30 pm. Reasonable music fans will disagree, and I admit I didn't catch every act, but the energy was noticeably different with these guys on stage, to say nothing of musical phrasing and general ability.

Too Good To Be True? Watch This Supposed Four-Year-Old On The Piano

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The website Godvine got itself a viral video recently, called "4 Year Old Boy Plays Piano Better Than Any Master - Wow," but left no information about it. Can you blame anyone for being a bit a skeptical? But this looks real to our eyes. Maybe the boy is actually older than four, but we'd just be nitpicking there. If he's playing even half those keys, I daresay he has a promising career in music in front of him. Alicia, who found this on Facebook, tells us that the father says at the very beginning in Cantonese, "Play it again..."

This: PSY’s Viral Video, Gangnam Style, Remade With Korean Girl Group 4minute’s Hyuna

Remember when Korean rapper PSY made the video for “Gangnam Style” and was thusly described in a Time headline as having the “best invisible horse-riding rap video” of the week? If you haven’t seen it yet, go here and watch (YouTube and Youku versions available). This post really was an excuse for you to go watch... Read more »

Hong Kong Singer Eason Chan Risks Mainland Reputation With “Anti-Locust” Song

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Eason Chan was never cut in the same mold as other Canto- and Mandopop stars who churn out anodyne, over-produced songs with mass appeal. He wasn't exactly a rebel, but part of his popularity lie in the fact that he was unique, with songs that at least hinted at deeper meaning. Time called his album U87, released in 2005, "a bridge between past and future, showing off a rawness rarely found in Chinese pop."

Franz Nicolay Of The Hold Steady Fame Delivers Memorable Performance At Yugong Yishan

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Allow me to categorize, in an admittedly clumsy manner, the options expats have for international music in Beijing: * Foreign bands, usually rather amateurish, that live in China. * Past-their-prime bands or solo acts that have little more than nostalgia on their side (think Ian Brown or any individual Ramone). * Super big-pop acts that no one really likes (Lil' John, Akon). * Up-and-coming bands that may eventually make it big, or may suck rather hard (Common, Owl City). For music lovers, that's not much to look forward to, so it's incumbent upon us to take chances. I hit the jackpot last night at Yugong Yishan.

Man Atop Cow Delivers Perfect Rendition Of Justin Bieber’s “Baby”

Chinese man riding cow delivers perfect rendition of Bieber's Baby
BJC contributor Alicia found this just now, and it's one of those stunning works of art that makes you want to hug the Internet. It's a man atop a cow singing Justin Bieber's "Baby." The original video, titled "I am legendary, art dream," is the only work that appears under Youku user w451119777’s page. Apparently it was published two months ago and viewed 1,830 times, a relatively small amount for such a heroic effort.