Blonde Redhead gets comfortable with past records

Jun 17, 2014

Blonde Redhead gets comfortable with past records

Formed in 1993 by Japanese singer Kazu Makino and Italian twins Simone and Amedeo Pace, and forged in the noisy underbelly of the New York alternative scene, Blonde Redhead has charted a path that has taken it from screeching underground noise rock to fragile, ...

Macmanaman step up to bat for the live show

May 13, 2014

Macmanaman step up to bat for the live show

“Instrumental post-rock” is probably the worst way to introduce a band, and by this point 90 percent of this article’s readers will have probably fled to the sports section. Many of the most celebrated Japanese instrumental post-rock bands have carved a niche for themselves ...

Finding Japan's hidden punk scenes in their natural environments

Mar 27, 2014

Finding Japan's hidden punk scenes in their natural environments

Finding music in Japan can be a nightmare, and the live-music scene in particular is notoriously difficult to penetrate. Tucked away in the basements and upper floors of anonymous buildings, often in seedy parts of town, where the neighbors will be less likely to ...

Babymetal aren't the latest chapter in the 'wacky Japan' story

Mar 25, 2014

Babymetal aren't the latest chapter in the 'wacky Japan' story

The British are mad, aren’t they? That Kate Bush with her crazy gyrating around a cello in the video for “Babushka,” that daft loon Robbie Williams with his funky skeleton costume, those kerrr-azy Tellytubbies with their wacky dance routines — what is it about ...

Crunch's debut mini-album aims for a 'sense of minority'

Mar 4, 2014

Crunch's debut mini-album aims for a 'sense of minority'

In a music scene where the border between underground and mainstream can be incredibly difficult to traverse, it’s not surprising that many bands trapped in the indie-sphere bemoan their lot. What you hear less of is how that sense of exclusion, fostered by a ...

Jesus Weekend will keep your family pet from a pit of despair

Feb 25, 2014

Jesus Weekend will keep your family pet from a pit of despair

“Animals don’t commit suicide, but this song is so sad that even animals would want to kill themselves.” Seira Nishigami, vocalist, guitarist and synth player from Osaka-based lo-fi indie trio Jesus Weekend, is trying to explain the feeling behind her group’s evocatively titled “Animal ...