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For Mark Birtles's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Ziyoou-vachi bring the heat to summer festival gigs

Aug 4, 2011

Ziyoou-vachi bring the heat to summer festival gigs

Seeing a performance by Ziyoou-vachi (Queen Bee) is to see a performance in every sense of the word. The four-piece formed in Kobe in 2009 and played a high-energy theatrical set at last year’s Fuji Rock Festival. Building on that success, the band released ...

Dec 31, 2010

Best Japanese/overseas albums of 2010: Tokyo Indie

The Brixton Academy — “Vivid” Obsessive-compulsives for the 1980s sound, it’s hard to argue that The Brixton Academy (TBA) and their debut album “Vivid” are anything original. What sets “Vivid” apart, however, is an honesty and craft not seen in the ’80s-influenced music of ...