Calvi sings out in a big way

Feb 16, 2012

Calvi sings out in a big way

Endorsed by Brian Eno, asked on tour by Nick Cave and doused with critical acclaim, Anna Calvi is the little woman with the big voice winning admirers at her every turn. London born Calvi’s eponymous debut, a beguiling mix taking cues from goth-pop, classical ...

Friendly Fires to indulge pop pleasures on tour

Nov 25, 2011

Friendly Fires to indulge pop pleasures on tour

Friendly Fires are happy to finally be back on home turf. It’s no wonder, the year has been predominantly spent living out the tale of their song “Hawaiian Air,” the highlight of second album “Pala” that typifies the trio’s dance-pop vision while bemoaning the ...

Chad Valley's summer project

Nov 25, 2011

Chad Valley's summer project

Extra incentive, as if any was needed, to get down to the Friendly Fires shows in Osaka and Tokyo comes in the form of opening act Chad Valley, the moniker of British solo artist Hugo Manuel. Over the last 12 months, Oxford-born Manuel has ...

Andy Bell glad to finally bring Beady Eye to Japan

Aug 12, 2011

Andy Bell glad to finally bring Beady Eye to Japan

Andy Bell may be in Stockholm but his thoughts remain focused on Japan. The guitarist’s new band, Beady Eye, consists of the former members of Oasis who were left standing following Noel Gallagher’s acrimonious departure two years ago. The quartet were in the process ...

Vaccines bring shot of rock to Fuji

Jul 28, 2011

Vaccines bring shot of rock to Fuji

Even before the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake caused concert cancellations en masse, The Vaccines had to start pulling out of overseas tour commitments due to singer Justin Young’s throat operation. Now “100 percent better,” the band will show the audience at this ...

Years in the making, Warpaint to hit Fuji

Jul 21, 2011

Years in the making, Warpaint to hit Fuji

Even when enjoying some downtime in her Los Angeles home, Jenny Lee Lindberg still feels as if she is “whirlwinding around.” But then, it has been that sort of year for the bassist in Warpaint: her band has spent 12 months carrying the “next ...

The National break past indie's borders

Mar 11, 2011

The National break past indie's borders

Formed in Brooklyn, New York, via Cincinnati, Ohio, The National have taken an equally oblique route to success. Twelve years into a career where every strand of recognition has been painstakingly hard-earned, The National’s exquisite melancholy has resonated long enough to transform any cult-status ...

Sleigh Bells

Dec 24, 2010

Sleigh Bells

Few bands defined 2010 like New York girl/boy noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells. Residing in uber-trendy Brooklyn, championed by both the blogosphere and M.I.A. (who signed the pair to her NEET label), and oozing the sort of elegantly wasted glamour they would sell by the ...

| Nov 12, 2010

Preaching to the converted

Nicky Wire is reminiscing. For the self-professed “nerdy historian” of Manic Street Preachers, the wistfulness is not misplaced. New album “Postcards From a Young Man” is Manic Street Preachers’ 10th: a landmark under any criterion, but Wire is keen to accentuate what a milestone ...

Here be Vampires

| Oct 22, 2010

Here be Vampires

V ampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio exudes a happy demeanor, albeit a slightly weary one. Weary thanks to an unyielding touring schedule that finds him traveling to San Diego midway through an extensive tour of the United States; happy because there can be no ...