Summer's best festivals are off the beaten path

| Jun 27, 2013

Summer's best festivals are off the beaten path

For the past 10-15 years, Japan’s festival season has been dominated by four main events: Fuji Rock, Summer Sonic, Rock in Japan and Rising Sun. Of these, Fuji Rock is by far the best, with its mountain setting in Niigata Prefecture, and dependable lineup ...

Momoiro Clover Z '5th Dimension'

May 16, 2013

Momoiro Clover Z "5th Dimension"

There were some curious rumors flying around prior to the release of “5th Dimension,” the second album by idol quintet Momoiro Clover Z, some of them intriguing (“It’s going to be a concept album”) and some worrying (longtime producer Kenichi “Hyadain” Maeyamada reportedly called ...

Extruders have a rock epiphany

Apr 18, 2013

Extruders have a rock epiphany

“Before the gig, we were quite intimidated: a lowly rock band performing in front of a god. After, we found we could do it, and that was the turning point for us.” Going back to at least when Paul the Apostle saw the light ...

MBV inspires Japan to keep staring at its feet

| Feb 28, 2013

MBV inspires Japan to keep staring at its feet

In February 2013, there were three events that shook the world: the resignation of the pope, North Korea’s successful test of a nuclear bomb, and the release of Irish/British rock band My Bloody Valentine’s first new album in 22 years. Dispatched with less frequency ...

Diamond cries 'murder' on the dancefloor

| Jan 31, 2013

Diamond cries 'murder' on the dancefloor

In its Jan. 12 edition, the Japanese business magazine Diamond Weekly decided to ring in the new year with a 10-page feature titled, “Who’s Killing Music?” It was the topic of much discussion and reaction in the music business, and the article even made ...