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For James Hadfield's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Rock, J-pop and dance: Albums we liked in 2014

Dec 16, 2014

Rock, J-pop and dance: Albums we liked in 2014

The year-end album charts in Japan have a tendency to prop up the same acts year after year: Exile, anything that ends in a “48,” and almost every group from the Johnny & Associates stable of boy bands. Writers at The Japan Times, however, ...

What's beneath all that latex, fabric and plastic?

Dec 6, 2014

What's beneath all that latex, fabric and plastic?

In 1910, a man named Otto James was arrested for parading down a busy street in Tacoma, Washington, wearing fancy dress. The charge of “public masquerading” — so quaint to modern ears — was itself nothing new, but the choice of costume was notable: ...

Review: Chaos Conductor at Shinseiki Dance Hall in Tokyo

Nov 14, 2014

Review: Chaos Conductor at Shinseiki Dance Hall in Tokyo

The events organized in the course of the monthlong Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo have run the gamut from tired to inspired. This breezy, entertaining evening of improvised music at the Showa-era Shinseiki dance hall in Uguisudani slotted happily into the latter category, while ...

New Zealand's Fat Freddy’s Drop puts its foot down on jamming

Nov 4, 2014

New Zealand's Fat Freddy’s Drop puts its foot down on jamming

Not long ago, the members of groove-surfing New Zealand seven-piece Fat Freddy’s Drop set themselves a strict new rule: No more jamming. Currently working on a follow-up to last year’s “Blackbird” album, the group had discovered that there’s such a thing as being too ...

Ena treads a fine line in the DJ booth

Oct 28, 2014

Ena treads a fine line in the DJ booth

When the people at the Berlin-based Samurai Horo label asked Yu Asaeda to contribute to a compilation they were putting out, they got more than they’d bargained for. “I must have sent them about 20 or 30 tracks in total,” says the Tokyo-based producer. ...

Review: DJ Krush at the Tokyo National Museum

Oct 23, 2014

Review: DJ Krush at the Tokyo National Museum

It’s all in the location. For his sold-out Red Bull Music Academy show on Monday night, DJ Krush traded his regular clubland haunts for something a little fancier: the courtyard of the Yoshio Taniguchi-designed Gallery of Horyuji Treasures at Tokyo National Museum in Ueno. ...

EMAF packs a lot onto its musical menu

Oct 21, 2014

EMAF packs a lot onto its musical menu

In its first week, the Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo has treated local audiences to a wide gamut of sounds, from hip-hop to deep house to noise, while keeping the capital’s billboards comprehensively smothered in advertising. The two-day EMAF Tokyo (Electronic Music of Art ...

Review: Wails to Whispers at SuperDeluxe, Tokyo

Oct 20, 2014

Review: Wails to Whispers at SuperDeluxe, Tokyo

Visitors to Roppongi’s SuperDeluxe last Friday arrived to find the basement venue decked out with tatami mats and a polite sign at the door asking them to remove their shoes on the way in. This was the setting for Wails to Whispers, one of ...

DJ Krush taps into tradition for RBMA

Oct 9, 2014

DJ Krush taps into tradition for RBMA

This month, artists from 34 countries will congregate in Tokyo for the latest edition of the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA), a caffeine-fueled creative hothouse organized by the world’s most ubiquitous energy drink brand. For participants, the event offers a chance to attend closed-door ...