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 ...

Corgan hails Summer Sonic's '90s vibe

| Aug 6, 2010

Corgan hails Summer Sonic's '90s vibe

“The positive reaction to what we’re doing right now musically and the emotion coming off the stage has just lit a fire back up,” says Billy Corgan — guitarist, vocalist and sole remaining original member of alternative titans The Smashing Pumpkins. “I haven’t seen ...

The Brilliant Green are back in bloom

Jul 2, 2010

The Brilliant Green are back in bloom

“The wonderful thing about being solo is that you can do whatever you like, without asking anyone’s opinion — that’s fun. But as a band there’s camaraderie and you share a common goal. I never get fed up because I can do both.” So ...

PLASTICS: Rising Sun Rock Festival

| Jul 2, 2010

PLASTICS: Rising Sun Rock Festival

With their rudimentary synths, wiry guitar hooks, dazzling fashion and the insane barked vocals of Chica Sato and Hajime Tachibana, Plastics were Japan’s quintessential late 1970s new-wave band, finding fans in contemporaries Devo and The B-52′s. Their re-formation comes as neo wave and nu ...

Midori grow up, but kids still love 'em

Jun 11, 2010

Midori grow up, but kids still love 'em

Parents beware: Hardcore jazz-punk three-piece Midori are back, and this time they’re after your children. “There’s loads of them in the band — more than in Midori — and they’re just screaming and screaming!” says keyboardist Hajime Kato. Nineteen months after our last interview, ...

Soutaiseiriron: 'Synchroniciteen'

May 14, 2010

Soutaiseiriron: "Synchroniciteen"

In a world of information overload,in which we know what the members of our favorite bands had for breakfast thanks to an endless and unwelcome barrage of mundane information on Twitter, Facebook and a million fetid blogs, thank golly for Soutaiseiriron. The Tokyo four-piece’s ...