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For Aaron Krall's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Rock, J-pop and dance: Albums we liked in 2014

Dec 16, 2014

Rock, J-pop and dance: Albums we liked in 2014

The year-end album charts in Japan have a tendency to prop up the same acts year after year: Exile, anything that ends in a “48,” and almost every group from the Johnny & Associates stable of boy bands. Writers at The Japan Times, however, ...

Getting a glimpse of Tokyo's metal underbelly

Oct 14, 2014

Getting a glimpse of Tokyo's metal underbelly

Loud Park will go down this weekend at Saitama Super Arena, drawing fans excited to see mainstream metal acts such as Manowar, Dream Theater and veteran Japanese group Loudness, who was the first heavy metal band from this country signed to an American label ...

SKST 4seasons aren't posing when it comes to rock

May 27, 2014

SKST 4seasons aren't posing when it comes to rock

Tomo Nakamura had already decided before walking through the door that this audition would be his last. He’d already been in a half dozen bands that had never taken off. He was prepared to give up on dreams of being a musician, but fortunately ...

Vegan metalheads go to the Extreme

Feb 18, 2014

Vegan metalheads go to the Extreme

A little-known part of the music scene will be celebrated next week at Tokyo’s Asakusa Kurawood venue, far from the candy-pop quirk of Harajuku. Obscene Extreme Festival (OEF) promises to be confrontational and dark and — yes, the capital letters are insisted upon — ...