The current issue of The Fader has an article on Beijing underground rock. However, there is no direct link to the article, so you have to download the 50+ MB .pdf version. The article itself is well-written, a good introduction to the underground scene in Beijing. We're not sure if this article would be considered "ahead of the curve" or not, but for an English speaking audience it seems like decent enough music journalism. There are some nice photos, as well. Just click here to start downloading that pdf. If you want to listen to some music mentioned in the article, try their podcast, which you can download onto iTunes.