The Shapeshifters

Nov 6, 2009

The Shapeshifters

One of the world’s premier house-music labels, the U.K.-based Defected Records, brings its famed global “Defected In The House” shindig to Tokyo on Nov. 6. Headlining the event are The Shapeshifters. The London DJ and production duo of Simon Marlin and Max Reich (known ...

Ling Tosite Sigure

Oct 30, 2009

Ling Tosite Sigure

After selling out seven of their 11 “Just a Moment” CD release gigs in May and June, it came as little surprise that posthardcore act Ling Tosite Sigure’s upcoming “Tornado Z” solo trek would be an anticipated affair. Performing at Japan’s six Zepp music ...

Oct 23, 2009

Parms "Parms"

Formed in February 2008, in the short span of eight months Tokyo trio Parms penned their debut eponymous effort and traveled to Louisville, Ky., to record its 13 tracks with producer Kevin Ratterman, the ex-drummer for American emo act Elliot. The album was issued ...

Ogre embrace their inner nerds

Oct 16, 2009

Ogre embrace their inner nerds

“I’m not sure. I guess it is because of our name.” This is the simple answer offered by guitarist and vocalist Manabu Deto when asked why his band, the Nagano-bred postpunkers Ogre You Asshole, have gigged alongside more than three dozen foreign underground and ...

Limited Express (has gone?): 'LTD'

Oct 9, 2009

Limited Express (has gone?): "LTD"

Formed in Kyoto in 1998, Tokyo-based trio Limited Express (has gone?) issued two full-length discs (the first of which surfaced on American avant-garde composer John Zorn’s well-respected Tzadik Records) and gigged overseas in Australia, Europe and North America before breaking up on New Year’s ...

Metric

Oct 2, 2009

Metric

Sure it is always an honor to be nominated, but at this point Metric have got to be jonesing for a win. One of Canada’s top alt-rock acts, the quartet’s fourth full-length, “Fantasies,” was shortlisted for this year’s Polaris Music Prize (Canada’s version of ...

Asagiri Jam

Sep 25, 2009

Asagiri Jam

The last major outdoor music festival of the year, Asagiri Jam has been dubbed “the real Fuji Rock Festival” due to its very scenic location at the foot of Mount Fuji in Shizuoka. The two-day concert was established in 2001 and inspired by the ...

Pastels / Tenniscoats 'Two Sunsets'

Sep 18, 2009

Pastels / Tenniscoats "Two Sunsets"

“Two Sunsets” is a collaboration between Tokyo’s Tenniscoats and seminal Scottish guitar-pop act Pastels. Recorded over a few years in Glasgow during time off from Tenniscoats’ European tours, the album joins the growing list of joint projects by the Japanese avant-pop duo. They teamed ...

Vivian Girls

Sep 11, 2009

Vivian Girls

Issued domestically by Tokyo record imprint Yacca at the beginning of September, “Everything Goes Wrong” is the sophomore effort from Vivian Girls. While the Brooklyn ladies are free to name their albums whatever they bloody well like, the title “Everything Goes Right” would provide ...

Dälek and DJ Baku

Sep 4, 2009

Dälek and DJ Baku

To promote their “DJ Baku Vs Dälek” CD, Tokyo turntablist DJ Baku and American hip-hop group Dälek (pronounced Die-a-leck) are teaming up for some shows. DJ Baku opened for Dälek during their first Japan visit in 2005. Both acts developed a mutual appreciation for ...