Savages

| Jul 31, 2013

Savages

Is there anyone you’re hoping to catch at the festival? Jehnny Beth (vocals): I don’t think we’ll have time. I mean, Bo Ningen at breakfast was amazing. (Laughs.) I just had Bo Ningen at breakfast, and that was the best breakfast I’ve ever had. ...

Yo La Tengo

| Jul 31, 2013

Yo La Tengo

They had you playing just after noon today. Do you find it’s hard to be switched on so early in the morning? Ira Kaplan (guitar, vocals): Well, luckily we’re so completely turned around: we’ve been on tour all month, working very hard, and then ...

Silence is a virtue for Tokyo's Flau

Jul 17, 2013

Silence is a virtue for Tokyo's Flau

Back when he still worked as a speech therapist and audiologist, Yasuhiko Fukuzono used to observe an interesting phenomenon. When deaf patients were fitted out with hearing aids for the first time, they complained that everything was just noise. “Even when they were at ...

Producer Yosi Horikawa goes all natural on 'Vapor'

Jun 20, 2013

Producer Yosi Horikawa goes all natural on 'Vapor'

Yosi Horikawa’s beats burble, hiss, slosh and gurgle. On his debut full-length, “Vapor,” the 34-year-old producer may wield some identifiably hip-hop rhythms, but they’re tangled in a rich, intricately detailed tapestry of field recordings, sampled percussion, snatches of tribal chants and warm, guileless synthesizers. ...

Sonar festival sounds out Japanese hopefuls

Apr 4, 2013

Sonar festival sounds out Japanese hopefuls

For two decades, it’s entertained, educated and — on more than a few occasions — polarized electronic music fans. As Barcelona’s Sonar festival enters its 20th year, it’s still as contrary as when it first started: an event with equal space in its heart ...

Artist-curated festival sets new rules

Feb 25, 2011

Artist-curated festival sets new rules

“It’s Auschwitz with good music,” jokes Nick Cave at the start of “All Tomorrow’s Parties,” a 2009 documentary released to mark the 10th anniversary of the music festival of the same name. It’s a tasteless description for an impeccably tasteful event, one that has ...

More than words: Triune Gods' rap speaks volumes

Jan 14, 2011

More than words: Triune Gods' rap speaks volumes

Five years ago, Masayuki Yoshimoto found himself rapping at a gig in a Vancouver basement. Few of the crowd had ever heard of MC Sibitt, as he likes to be known, and even fewer could understand anything he was saying, but they seemed to ...

Dec 17, 2010

Kara "Girl's Talk" ; 4Minute "Diamond"

There’s been a lot of hand-wringing this year about South Korea threatening to overtake Japan in everything from international diplomacy to technology. In pop music, though, it’s already happened. The chart-topping success of now-defunct boy band TVXQ (known as Tohoshinki in Japan) was just ...

Owen Pallett

Dec 10, 2010

Owen Pallett

At the tail end of last year, Canadian musician Owen Pallett issued a brief statement that he would be “voluntarily retiring” his stage name. For the previous five years, the songwriter and violin virtuoso had been producing ornate orchestral pop under the moniker Final ...

Hard-knock life leads to magic music

| Sep 24, 2010

Hard-knock life leads to magic music

In 2004, Renaud Barret and Florent de la Tullaye ditched their respectable jobs in France and headed to Kinshasa. In the ruined capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country just emerging from one of postcolonial Africa’s worst conflicts, they felt strangely at ...