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Cyndi Lauper is having a great year

Aug 7, 2013

Cyndi Lauper is having a great year

Cyndi Lauper is at a loss for words. The musical icon, who turned 60 in June, has just been faced with the suggestion that her career is now hotter than it’s ever been. “I don’t know …” she says in her thick Queens, New ...

Linkin Park returns to Summer Sonic

Aug 1, 2013

Linkin Park returns to Summer Sonic

Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park always starts his trips to Tokyo the same way. Jet-lagged and unable to sleep on the first night, the band’s founding member has made a ritual of hitting up the Tsukiji fish market around 4 a.m. for sushi and ...

Vampire Weekend to go 'Modern' at Fuji Rock

Jul 18, 2013

Vampire Weekend to go 'Modern' at Fuji Rock

Over the course of three albums, Vampire Weekend has cultivated a unique sound from a wide spectrum of influences, including experimental rock musician Keigo Oyamada (aka Cornelius). Vampire Weekend lead singer and songwriter Ezra Koenig has a fond memory of the musician, often described ...

Japan's influence on Grimes grows deeper

Mar 21, 2013

Japan's influence on Grimes grows deeper

Grimes has never been shy to acknowledge the influence of Japan on her work. The Canadian electronic pop artist, born Claire Boucher, credits a wide and various list of Japanese inspirations, including Yayoi Kusama, Geinoh Yamashirogumi, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, “Akira,” “The Legend of Zelda” ...