Fairley tries to avoid spoilers but it's all part of the game

Jul 30, 2013

Fairley tries to avoid spoilers but it's all part of the game

The standard opening line when speaking to someone about the TV series “Game of Thrones” basically amounts to a spoiler alert. It’s no different when talking to actress Michelle Fairley, who plays Catelyn Stark in the popular HBO cable series. “I’ve seen Season 3 ...

In the record bag: Mark Birtles

| Jun 20, 2013

In the record bag: Mark Birtles

Born in Nottingham, England, Mark Birtles began DJing in Leeds before coming to Japan in 2008. He is one half of the Tokyo Indie events team, which has hosted DJ gigs with touring bands such as My Bloody Valentine, Metronomy, Mystery Jets and Yeah ...

Pianist Onishi to come out of retirement

May 2, 2013

Pianist Onishi to come out of retirement

Pianist Junko Onishi will come out of retirement to perform one more time, at the finale of this year’s Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture. According to a statement released Friday, the 46-year-old musician was convinced to come back to the stage by ...

Japanese acts play music ambassadors at Canadian Music Week

Mar 28, 2013

Japanese acts play music ambassadors at Canadian Music Week

After rock group Jake Stone Garage hit the final chord of one of their powerful guitar-heavy songs, the crowd let out a few hoots and applauded politely. For a Western band this may have seemed a bit unreceptive, but luckily Jake Stone Garage are ...

My Bloody Valentine hit the decks in Shibuya

Feb 14, 2013

My Bloody Valentine hit the decks in Shibuya

My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe manned the decks for a rare DJ set at a Tokyo Indie event in Tokyo on Friday. The acclaimed alt-rock band was in Japan to play sold-out shows in Osaka and Tokyo in support of its new album ...

Nov 29, 2012

2.5D wants to change how you see Japan

A crowd much smaller than solo-guitarist Miyavi is accustomed to has gathered to hear an intimate set at the 2.5D studio in Shibuya’s Parco Part 1 building. About a third of the 80 or so people have gathered around the stage so close that ...

A Taut Line

| May 17, 2012

A Taut Line

Tokyo-based British DJ/producer Matt Lyne, aka A Taut Line, coruns the record label Diskotopia, with Brian Durr, aka BD1982. A Taut Line’s melodic broken house, garage and techno productions are just as influenced by the Chicago jazz and postrock scenes as by the 1980s ...