Eastern Youth 'Hohaba to Taiyou'

Aug 14, 2009

Eastern Youth "Hohaba to Taiyou"

Formed in Sapporo in 1988, last year marked Tokyo trio Eastern Youth’s 20th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion they issued two retrospective discs and performed for the first time on Fuji Rock’s Green Stage, the renowned festival’s largest performance area. The newly released “Hohaba ...

Bleach 'Bleach Stone'

Jul 10, 2009

Bleach "Bleach Stone"

Citing the old standby, “artistic differences,” on June 10, all-girl Okinawa hard-rock trio Bleach (who used the modified moniker Bleach03 overseas) announced they had disbanded. Formed in 1998, they gigged extensively throughout Japan and toured the United States 11 times, establishing a small cult ...

Acid Mothers Temple vs. Kinski Japan Tour 2009

Jun 26, 2009

Acid Mothers Temple vs. Kinski Japan Tour 2009

A pub debate between a few rummies and a bartender over analog and digital recording techniques ended with the involved parties forming a band together called Kinski in 1998. After issuing their debut, 1999′s now out-of-print “Space Launch for Frenchie,” the Seattle postrock act ...

De De Mouse

Jun 19, 2009

De De Mouse

Here’s some unsolicited advice for De De Mouse — whatever you’ve done to capture the ears of promoters, keep on doing it. In the past eight months, Japanese concert promoter Smash has invited the Tokyo electronic artist to perform at 2008′s Asagiri Jam and ...

South Korean festivals suffer a setback

Jun 19, 2009

South Korean festivals suffer a setback

In 2006, South Korean promoters I-Yescom Entertainment and Yellow9 launched the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival to coincide with the Fuji Rock Festival in the hope of capitalizing on the amount of foreign acts touring Japan every July. Showcasing a mix of international and Korean ...

Kool Keith & 54-71 'Idea of a Master Piece'

Jun 12, 2009

Kool Keith & 54-71 "Idea of a Master Piece"

There’s no harm in asking, right? Tokyo indie rock quartet 54-71 can attest to this. Big fans of seminal New York MC Kool Keith, they e-mailed him to inquire about collaborating. Receiving a somewhat surprising “yes” reply, 54-71 flew to the U.S. in April ...

A Flood of Circle 'Buffalo Soul'

May 22, 2009

A Flood of Circle "Buffalo Soul"

The strength of A Flood of Circle’s 2007 debut eponymous EP helped the Tokyo quartet secure a coveted spot on the rookie stage at that summer’s Fuji Rock Festival. A clear sign of bigger things to come, with the release of their first full-length ...

Deerhunter

May 15, 2009

Deerhunter

Bradford Cox, frontman for Atlanta, Georgia’s, self-styled “ambient punks” Deerhunter, tends to attract attention. Standing at 193 cm tall, the waiflike, gaunt musician has a genetic disorder known as Marfan syndrome that is characterized by abnormally long limbs. Early in his musical career, his ...

May 15, 2009

Qomolangma Tomato "Camouflage"

Qomolangma Tomato came together in Yokohama in 2003 while all four of its members were in their early 20s. Influenced by posthardcore, math rock and punk, their early material earned the band invites to perform on Summer Sonic’s Tokyo stages in 2006 and 2007. ...

The Bawdies

May 8, 2009

The Bawdies

More than 25 years ago, ZZ Top sang, “They come running just as fast as they can, because every girl’s crazy about a sharp-dressed man.” Looking quite dapper in matching suits and ties, The Bawdies will see if this still holds true as the ...