| Nov 19, 2010

Carlos Gibbs

DJ and producer Carlos Gibbs, creator of Skinnipants and the Redbox Project, opens up his record bag for The Japan Times. Golden oldie: Fluke — “Slid (Modwheel Remix)” (Circa Records). This tune was one of the tracks in that era of megaclubs in the ...

Nov 12, 2010

JILA to make debut in Osaka

This November, the Japan International League of Artists (JILA) will be raising the curtain for the first time in Osaka. JILA has been supporting Japan’s music community for 17 years and organized musical contests such as the Tokyo International Competition for Chamber Music. JILA ...

Nov 12, 2010

Cirque puts Xmas spin on show

With halloween now a thing of the past, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas, and Cirque du Soleil is way ahead of you. The famed Canadian circus troupe will be getting into the spirit of the season this month by wreathing the Cirque ...

Nov 5, 2010

DJ Kentaro spins the wheels of solid steel for Ninja Tune XX

“It’s astonishing to think that I was in elementary school when they started up as a label,” remarks DJ Kentaro, in the runup to this weekend’s Ninja Tune XX, an event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the famed Ninja Tune label. Two decades down ...

Tokimonsta serves up 'future beats' on her post-hip-hop menu

Oct 29, 2010

Tokimonsta serves up 'future beats' on her post-hip-hop menu

DJ and producer Jennifer Lee, better known as Tokimonsta, is in the business of “future beats.” Lee describes the beats with words like “soulful” and “experimental.” She draws on a wide-ranging musical palette to demolish the barriers of genre and create a sound that ...

Microbrew fest a treat for beer lovers

Oct 22, 2010

Microbrew fest a treat for beer lovers

With Oktoberfest now over, beer lovers are likely pining for more pints. Fortunately, this Halloween we are in for more treats than tricks. The Nippon Craft Beer Festival, organized by Japan Craft Beer Support (JCBS) and the Brewers’ Club, will feature a wide selection ...

Kurosawa's creative canvas

Oct 1, 2010

Kurosawa's creative canvas

Little-known fact: Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa meticulously painted more than 2,000 storyboards in his lifetime. Masterpieces in their own right, a selection of around 150 will be displayed at an exhibition in Ebisu, accompanied by screenings of his movies “The Quiet Duel,” “Rashomon,” “Ran” ...

Donato Dozzy finds groove at Labyrinth

Sep 24, 2010

Donato Dozzy finds groove at Labyrinth

Italian DJ Donato Dozzy wowed disciples of dance music at The Labyrinth, a three-day dance-music festival, in Naeba, Niigata Prefecture, last weekend. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the event also included A Guy Called Gerald, Function and So. Advance tickets are always strictly ...

Festival celebrates 20 years of documentaries

Sep 17, 2010

Festival celebrates 20 years of documentaries

Once an independent film leaves cinemas, it can sometimes be difficult to track down at your local Tsutaya video store. Well, a film festival from Yamagata Prefecture is about to give indie fans a second shot at seeing some real gems. For 20 years, ...