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

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 ...

Glasgow's Chvrches score a hit with debvt albvm

Feb 4, 2014

Glasgow's Chvrches score a hit with debvt albvm

Scratch beneath the surface just a little and Chvrches’ electro-pop becomes something of real substance. The Glasgow trio’s songs, which recall that genre’s golden era in the 1980s reimagined through meticulously modern production, initially appear throwaway in the truest sense but later reveal themselves ...

Franz Ferdinand gets it right on latest album

Nov 7, 2013

Franz Ferdinand gets it right on latest album

When I speak to Paul Thomson, drummer with Scottish art-poppers Franz Ferdinand, it is just over 36 hours since James Blake’s second album, “Overgrown,” was announced as the surprise winner of this year’s Mercury Prize, the award for the best record to come out ...

Suede plays it anew with 'Bloodsports' album

Sep 26, 2013

Suede plays it anew with 'Bloodsports' album

Ten years ago, Suede was in the process of fizzling out to a backdrop of apathy. For a band whose initial brilliance inadvertently help kick-start Britpop in the 1990s, it all seemed unedifying.

Marr's new message

Aug 8, 2013

Marr's new message

“What I’ve done is revert to type. I’ve gone back to my nature.” It has taken 26 years, but Johnny Marr is finally ready to embrace his past. It is a legacy of immense weight: The five years he spent as guitarist and co-songwriter ...

Tame Impala

| Jul 31, 2013

Tame Impala

You’ve been to Japan as visitors before, how does this trip compare? Kevin Parker (vocals, guitar): It was pretty similar to this, just being overloaded by visual stimulation and generally wowing at all the things in the culture. Japanese audiences are … whenever you ...

Toro y Moi

| Jul 31, 2013

Toro y Moi

You’ve played Japan before, were they festivals? Chaz Bundick: The first two times were at festivals. We haven’t done club shows in Tokyo yet, that’s pretty hard. I’m not really sure about what goes into it, but I imagine it’s difficult with us being ...