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Craig Exton

Craig Exton is a music-obsessed Australian who has been living in Tokyo since 2002. He runs the website Tokyo Gig Guide, writes, plays music, takes photos and makes films.

For Craig Exton's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Yucca 'Our Journey''

Dec 27, 2012

Yucca "Our Journey''

Six long years after their first two enjoyable albums, Tokyo band Yucca made a welcome return in June 2012 with the even more impressive “Our Journey (to anywhere we want).” It may not be the most innovative album of 2012, but because of its ...

Mamadrive 'Mousou Tengoku'

Oct 18, 2012

Mamadrive "Mousou Tengoku"

On their first full-length album, Kobe’s Mamadrive prove pretty good at capturing the energy and power of their live shows. Masako Shibuya’s strong voice leads the songs and her distorted bass lines work with Maika Sasakawa’s guitar riffs to weave counter-melodies around the vocal ...

Chairlift taps childhood memories of Japan for inspiration

Oct 4, 2012

Chairlift taps childhood memories of Japan for inspiration

Next week will mark Brooklyn, New York-based synth-pop duo Chairlift’s first gig in Japan, but it won’t be the first time here for Caroline Polachek. The singer and synthesizer player lived in Japan in her early childhood and says the experience had a lasting ...

Dec 31, 2010

Best Japanese/overseas albums of 2010: Tokyo Gig Guide

Lemon’s Chair — “[I Hate? I Hope?]” I saw Osaka’s Lemon’s Chair at one of the excellent Total Feedback gigs at High in Tokyo’s Koenji neighborhood and was mesmerized by their loud waves of sonic guitar. This year’s album “[I Hate? I Hope?]” captured ...