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Punk rock and heavy metal in Pakistan stays defiantly underground, starved of venues and lacking fans

Pakistan’s hardcore punk and heavy metal bands lack places to play in, and fans to hear their music, as big corporations dominate the country’s music scene. ‘The whole idea of independent music is gone,’ says one musician.

12 Nov 2019 - 10:29AM

Pakistan’s hardcore punk and heavy metal bands lack places to play in, and fans to hear their music, as big corporations dominate the country’s music scene. ‘The whole idea of independent music is gone,’ says one musician.

Punk rock and heavy metal in Pakistan stays defiantly underground, starved of venues and lacking fans
How Penang’s art scene was killed by Instagram tourists and gentrification, sparked by a single mural

A street art revolution transformed the Malaysian island into a celebrated artistic hub in the early 2010s. But its art scene became a victim of its own success, now catering to the whims of Instagram tourists and hipsters.

23 Oct 2019 - 10:09AM

A street art revolution transformed the Malaysian island into a celebrated artistic hub in the early 2010s. But its art scene became a victim of its own success, now catering to the whims of Instagram tourists and hipsters.

How Penang’s art scene was killed by Instagram tourists and gentrification, sparked by a single mural
What’s behind ‘Malay power’ music – ethnic-Malay neo-Nazis playing punk and metal with a dark message

Malaysia was an early follower of heavy metal, and some underground bands, apeing a notorious British white-power band, adopted national-socialist icons and preach racial supremacy in their lyrics.

26 Jul 2019 - 10:39AM

Malaysia was an early follower of heavy metal, and some underground bands, apeing a notorious British white-power band, adopted national-socialist icons and preach racial supremacy in their lyrics.

What’s behind ‘Malay power’ music – ethnic-Malay neo-Nazis playing punk and metal with a dark message