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 ...

Springroove 09

Mar 27, 2009

Springroove 09

Spring has finally arrived. Birds are singing, cherry trees are blooming, the bass is pumping and anthemic chants of “oi” are echoing through the air. If you’re puzzled by how the latter two fit in with the change of season you’re obviously not familiar ...

AA=

Mar 13, 2009

AA=

While most young acts tend to start off in smaller venues and work their way up, AA= opted to do the opposite. The new solo project from Takeshi Ueda, bassist with apparently now-defunct tech-metal heroes The Mad Capsule Markets, played their first-ever concerts to ...

Don Matsuo 'New Stone Age'

Mar 13, 2009

Don Matsuo "New Stone Age"

“New Stone Age” is the second solo effort from Don Matsuo, the frontman for Tokyo rock ‘n’ roll stalwarts Zoobombs. His 2006 offering, “O-re-ha-si-na-i-yo?” and the bulk of Zoobombs’ output have been praised for their experimentation with different styles. Inspired by sounds from the ...

Mono 'Hymn to the Immortal Wind'

Mar 6, 2009

Mono "Hymn to the Immortal Wind"

Celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, Mono have improved with age. While the Tokyo instrumental quartet’s early work mimicked peers such as Mogwai, more recently they’ve forged their own sonic path toward top-tier status in the realm of postrock. Recorded by longtime producer Steve ...

Feb 27, 2009

F-cked Up

To promote the release of their sophomore album, last October’s blistering “The Chemistry of Common Life,” Toronto punks F-cked Up played a free gig in a New York boutique store. So what’s the big deal you’re wondering? The sextet’s performance lasted a punishing 12 ...