The Metaphor is a thrash metal band of the likes of Slayer from Beijing. The lead singer is Chinese and a Catholic, which leads to some interesting contradictions.

The Sound Stage (音你而乐 in Chinese) is a documentary series about independent music in China. Each episode features a local Chinese band or solo musician with an interview, providing you with a snapshot into the life and music of the subject, as well as a performance of one or two of their original songs. Over 60 episodes now and counting. Episodes do not need to be viewed in sequential order, and when viewed as a whole, the entire series is a collage of the contemporary music scene in mainland China. The series is presented with both simplified Chinese and English subtitles.

The Sound Stage has also had a radio format since August 2013, broadcasting on FM stations across mainland China every Saturday night from 6:05 to 7 pm, during which I play about seven or eight tracks of Chinese independent and underground music. There is no and has never been another radio show in the country like this, and probably not one even in the whole world! If you want to listen, I have uploaded all the episodes to Bandcamp:

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