Photo of the day: Xi’an Post-Punks FAZI at SXSW


This week’s photo theme is China at SXSW 2018: a visual recap of a few bands and artists that represented at the first official China showcase to be held at long-running Austin, TX music industry conference South by Southwest. I was at the event as my band SUBS was one of the featured artists, and this week I’ll share some snaps from the front row.

After a brief introduction from Li Hongjie, a Beijing music industry stalwart and founder of the relatively new MTA Festival, the first official China Night showcase at South by Southwest kicked off with a spirited performance by Xi’an post-punk quartet FAZI.

Working lads, the group took a few days off their day jobs to make it to the festival, and held court in front of a fairly packed house at downtown venue 3Ten Austin City Limits Live, playing material from their two most recent albums: Heart of Desiretheir 2017 effort for Maybe Mars Records, and Dead Sea, a more experimental-leaning, instrumental album released on the label of PK14 frontman Yang Haisong, who’s long been a champion of the band.

Stream each below, and learn more about the Chinese artists that showed up to SXSW 2018 below the streams.

Chinese Artists to Check Out at SXSW This Year


Josh Feola
Josh Feola is a US-based writer and musician, and RADII's former Culture Editor. His coverage of Chinese music and art has appeared in The Wire, Dazed, MIT Technology Review, Artsy, Bandcamp Daily and more. He's been active in China's underground music scene since 2010 via his booking platform pangbianr.com, and is a former member of Beijing bands Chui Wan, SUBS, and Vagus Nerve.
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