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

Jamie xx: The archaeologist of U.K. rave culture

Jan 3, 2016

Jamie xx: The archaeologist of U.K. rave culture

Sitting in his favorite East London cafe, Jamie Smith is nervous. Tonight, he will headline his biggest ever show as Jamie xx at Brixton Academy. “I’m enjoying playing live on my own,” he says, “but it’s stressful. People are there to watch to me ...

Mercury Rev comes back from disaster to see the light

Nov 27, 2015

Mercury Rev comes back from disaster to see the light

“Sometimes years go by, it seems,” Jonathan Donahue sings within seconds of Mercury Rev’s ninth album, “The Light in You,” giving the first snapshot into the mental state of a band that has returned from the brink. Seven years, in fact, had passed since ...

Nile Rodgers, Chic set to tour a legacy

Nov 26, 2015

Nile Rodgers, Chic set to tour a legacy

‘Music gives people hope.” Nile Rodgers understands this statement better than most. The 63-year-old grew up the son of drug-addicted parents, dragged from pillar to post across the East Coast of the United States, but it was his love of jazz and rhythm and ...

Ride's long road back to the stage

Nov 20, 2015

Ride's long road back to the stage

‘I’d never seen anything like it!” says Ride frontman Mark Gardener as he recalls the first time the recently reformed shoegaze pioneers stepped foot on Japanese soil. “We touched down at the airport and there were 300 people there, all with daffodils, chocolates, toys ...

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 ...