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For Shaun Curran's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Charli XCX hits her J-pop groove

Apr 9, 2015

Charli XCX hits her J-pop groove

“I’ve tried to immerse myself in Japanese culture,” says Charli XCX, international hit maker and Britain’s next big pop-star-in-waiting. Of course, that’s the sort of comment you might expect the 22-year-old to make on the eve of her first headline shows in the country ...

Former Supergrass front man Gaz Coombes is bullish on 'Matador'

Mar 10, 2015

Former Supergrass front man Gaz Coombes is bullish on 'Matador'

Gaz Coombes has grown up, but he hasn’t grown old. The carefree effervescence that characterized his band Supergrass, Britpop’s cheeky monkeys, has vanished, but five years into a solo career the band’s erstwhile frontman refuses to settle into the traditional post-split career trajectory. “I ...

Gruff Rhys follows ancestor's path on 'American Interior'

Feb 26, 2015

Gruff Rhys follows ancestor's path on 'American Interior'

For his fourth solo album, “American Interior,” Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys went the extra mile. Or more accurately, the extra 1,800 miles. Following in the footsteps of his distant relative, 18th-century Welsh explorer John Evans, Rhys precisely retraced the long journey taken ...

Royal Blood reigns over British rock

Jan 13, 2015

Royal Blood reigns over British rock

The dressing room of Camden’s Electric Ballroom in London is hardly the most glamorous of settings at the best of times, and for Royal Blood it is the early evening after the night before. The previous night, the blues rock duo played its biggest ...

Britain's alt-j finds inspiration in Miley Cyrus and Nara

Jan 6, 2015

Britain's alt-j finds inspiration in Miley Cyrus and Nara

An un-Googleable delta symbol name (∆), genre-hopping, challenging sounds and esoteric lyrics inspired by Japanese deer are not the usual recipe for surefire pop success. Yet when alt-j arrives in Japan for its debut headline show — catapulted by 1 million album sales, a ...

Pixies to bring 'Indie Cindy' to Summer Sonic

Aug 14, 2014

Pixies to bring 'Indie Cindy' to Summer Sonic

Sat on the upper deck of his band’s tour bus, Pixies frontman Black Francis shrugs his shoulders and screws up his face. This is, I’ve come to realize, how the man born Charles Thompson IV tends to field questions before, if and when the ...