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 ...

80kidz 'This is my Sh-t'

Apr 17, 2009

80kidz "This is my Sh-t"

During their two-year existence, Tokyo-based DJ trio 80kidz have shared stages with famed electronic acts Justice and Boys Noize, and have also remixed American underground rockers Black Kids, Brazilian dance punks CSS and J-pop star Ayumi Hamasaki. The unit’s rapidly rising status was recently ...

Flogging Molly and Civet

Apr 3, 2009

Flogging Molly and Civet

On March 17 every year, millions toast Ireland and its patron saint at St. Patrick’s Day festivities around the globe — but few do it with the same ardor as Celtic punk band Flogging Molly. For five years running, the Los Angeles and Ireland-based ...

Cocobat 'Searching for Change'

Apr 3, 2009

Cocobat "Searching for Change"

Compared early in their career by U.K. rock rag Kerrang! with U.S. metal heavyweights Pantera, Tokyo quartet Cocobat attempt to once again ascend the ranks of the local aggressive-music scene with the release of “Searching For Change,” their first album in five years. Recorded ...

Mar 27, 2009

Asakusa Jinta "Setsuna"

“Setsuna” is the third album proper from Asakusa Jinta, the self-dubbed “Asianican Hard Marching Band.” Having performed under the moniker since 2004, the Tokyo sextet first refined their mix of modern Western-inspired sounds and vintage Japanese pop and enka at tiny local live houses ...