Various artists: 'GO!GO! A GO!GO! — GO!GO!7188 Tribute'

Apr 8, 2011

Various artists: "GO!GO! A GO!GO! — GO!GO!7188 Tribute"

Though they’ve never quite gone supernova, Tokyo trio GO!GO!7188 have always fared better than should be expected of such an unusual band, frequently loitering in the higher echelons of the charts with their curious blend of reverb-soaked rockabilly guitar, beefy beats, genre-busting tunes and ...

Jett, Currie return to Runaways era

Mar 11, 2011

Jett, Currie return to Runaways era

Back in the late 1970s, they changed everything. And then they disappeared. One of the very first all-girl rock bands to achieve success, teenage five-piece The Runaways paved the way for decades of female musicians to come — and more importantly, they totally rocked. ...

Punk icon Lydon shows fondness for Japan in book

Mar 4, 2011

Punk icon Lydon shows fondness for Japan in book

“The best night I’ve ever had was to be accused of being a bad Johnny Rotten in Kyoto,” laughs John Lydon, frontman of punk pioneers The Sex Pistols and groundbreaking postpunk band Public Image Ltd. Speaking on the phone from his adopted home of ...

Kuriyama trades her blades for a song

Mar 4, 2011

Kuriyama trades her blades for a song

She’s died on screen almost as many times as she’s killed. Western movie fans will know her as Gogo Yubari, the spiked-ball-and-chain-wielding schoolgirl who disembowels men for fun before crying tears of blood in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill: Vol. 1.” In Japan, she’s been ...

Bluesy rock duo oh sunshine set for an early rise

Feb 4, 2011

Bluesy rock duo oh sunshine set for an early rise

“I grew up watching anime, and I thought, ‘Wow, that’s a really cool language!’ ” says Emily Connor, four-year Tokyo resident and singer with new pop duo oh sunshine. “So it became my goal to be able to watch this one-hour film without subtitles. ...

Dec 24, 2010

Kamattechan release major-label debut alongside darker indie LP

Shinsei Kamattechan frontman Noko is missing. His three bandmates, chatting with The Japan Times in an eerily silent karaoke booth in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, reckon he’s ignoring his phone deliberately because he doesn’t like interviews unless they’re one on one. You might say he’s ...

'Virtua Tennis 4' moves into the next dimension

| Nov 24, 2010

'Virtua Tennis 4' moves into the next dimension

Another motion controller, another sports game. It didn’t take game developers long to follow the lead set by Nintendo’s Wii and create games for the new PlayStation 3 Move and Xbox 360 Kinect add-ons that revolve around throwing, batting, putting or lobbing things. And ...

Nov 21, 2010

Sapporo's warm welcome

With its wide roads laid out in a neat grid, an abundance of greenery and its sleek, modern subway system, Sapporo at first feels more like somewhere in America than in Japan. The capital of Hokkaido and the nation’s fifth-largest city, northerly Sapporo is ...