Noodles stir up instant indie rock on latest album

Sep 17, 2010

Noodles stir up instant indie rock on latest album

“In the beginning, I had no interest in touring abroad,” says Yoko, guitarist and vocalist with indie-rock outfit Noodles, who have toured the United States nine times over the last seven years. “Then in 2003, we opened for The Breeders in Osaka, and they ...

Web series taps comedy, drama of <em>eikaiwa</em>

| Sep 14, 2010

Web series taps comedy, drama of eikaiwa

Teaching English is hilarious! At least, it is now: A new Web TV show starting Thursday will attempt to show the lighter side of eikaiwa, as Japan newbie Tom Kellerman (Jonathan Sherr) finds his feet in the world of “English Teachers.” “It’s part drama, ...

Hokkaido festival Rising Sun keeps its cool all night

Aug 20, 2010

Hokkaido festival Rising Sun keeps its cool all night

Could this be the most chilled music festival on Earth? At Rising Sun Rock Festival in Otaru, Hokkaido, no one seems to mind about the mud, the result of typhoon rains that drenched the festival site just hours before kickoff. The staff look like ...

Rising Sun Rock from the fans' point of view

Aug 20, 2010

Rising Sun Rock from the fans' point of view

Hiromi and Naoto, from Saitama, Friday afternoon: Who did you come to see? Naoto: I’m not really sure! I haven’t even looked at the timetable yet. Hiromi: We came without even looking at who was playing. We wanted to come to Hokkaido anyway. N: ...

Boss The MC gives local take on Rising Sun

Aug 20, 2010

Boss The MC gives local take on Rising Sun

Formed in 1997, Sapporo-based trio Tha Blue Herb are one of Japan’s premier hip-hop acts, with a hard sound and political edge that provide a refreshing alternative to the commercial sheen of many of their peers. Speaking the night after their storming two-man set ...

Members of Hurts, The Drums on Summer Sonic and Japan

Aug 13, 2010

Members of Hurts, The Drums on Summer Sonic and Japan

Adam Anderson, Theo Hutchcraft, Hurts Hailing from Manchester, Hurts came prepared on Saturday with some college-level Japanese phrases to pepper their set of dense, luscious electronic pop. Was today’s show your first in Japan? Theo: First ever time. We arrived on Thursday, and it’s ...

Masudore to take postrock melodies to Rock In Japan

Aug 6, 2010

Masudore to take postrock melodies to Rock In Japan

Formed in Kobe in 2002, Mass Of The Fermenting Dregs are a postrock band with a difference: melody. Oh sure, the trio’s brutal live shows leave packed audiences around Japan with jaws agape — but they’re also one of those precious few hard-edged live ...