The best Japanese albums of 2013: Sapphire Slows, 'Allegoria'

Dec 17, 2013

The best Japanese albums of 2013: Sapphire Slows, 'Allegoria'

If there’s one thing I’ve taken out of 2013, it’s that the kids are alright. Perhaps as a result of growing up Internet savvy, with easy access to decades of music and countless genres at their fingertips, Japan’s young artists have spent the year ...

A year of tough choices at Fuji

| Jul 31, 2013

A year of tough choices at Fuji

Wandering around on the opening day of this year’s Fuji Rock, I got the impression that numbers were down on previous years. Of course, anyone who has ever been stuck in the event’s seemingly never-ending lines for the portable toilets — or who’s been ...

Steruss

| Jul 31, 2013

Steruss

You’re performing on the Red Marquee this year as a result of winning the Rookie A Go-Go competition at last year’s festival, how does that feel? crime6 (MC): Last year we didn’t expect to win at all. There were so many great bands — ...

Jamie xx

| Jul 31, 2013

Jamie xx

This is your third time at Fuji Rock, you must like it? Jamie Smith: I do like it. It’s really nice out in the actual festival; backstage … not so nice! It’s a really good vibe out there, which is what really matters. You ...

Jesse Ruins take cinematic inspiration for debut full-length

Jul 10, 2013

Jesse Ruins take cinematic inspiration for debut full-length

Although many Japanese indie bands find it a struggle breaking into overseas markets, Tokyo’s Jesse Ruins have always seemed to strike a chord among both international and domestic listeners alike. The trio’s distinctive brand of dreamy pop — laden with sentimental synth melodies and ...

From Björk to Kyary, festival season has arrived

Jun 7, 2013

From Björk to Kyary, festival season has arrived

Summer means a lot of things in Japan: stifling heat and humidity, fireworks and the Bon holidays, nagashi-sōmen noodles and chilled barley tea. For music fans though, the season brings a different kind of to-do list: booking cheap train tickets in advance, stocking up ...

X Japan waxes lyrical at Madame Tussauds debut

May 21, 2013

X Japan waxes lyrical at Madame Tussauds debut

This Monday, members of the seminal metal band X Japan were in Odaiba rubbing shoulders with the likes of Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga and AKB48′s Yuko Oshima. The catch? They were all made out of wax. The life-size representations were just five of the ...

Thaemlitz's mix tackles antidancing law

May 16, 2013

Thaemlitz's mix tackles antidancing law

It’s fitting that I should be meeting Terre Thaemlitz on May 1, International Workers’ Day — she wryly refers to herself as a “feminist Marxist” before we begin our interview in proper. Thaemlitz, who produces music under her real name, the moniker DJ Sprinkles ...

Back to school for two Tokyo DJs

May 2, 2013

Back to school for two Tokyo DJs

Whether it’s an annual soapbox derby or sending a man to the edge of space just because they can, energy-drink manufacturers Red Bull have never been afraid to throw their cash at projects that range from the sublime to the ridiculous. Red Bull Music ...