ZZZ's hone skills abroad and have some chance encounters

Feb 7, 2013

ZZZ's hone skills abroad and have some chance encounters

The highlight of 2012 for experimental postpunk trio ZZZ’s was meeting Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore in Miami. It turns out the feeling was mutual. American record label Matador Records posted their artists’ and employees’ favorite things from the past 12 months online recently ...

Chatmonchy 'Henshin'

Nov 1, 2012

Chatmonchy "Henshin"

Since making their major label debut in 2005, Chatmonchy has established itself as one of the country’s most popular female rock bands. As a trio, they released several chart-topping discs and sold out gigs at the iconic Nippon Budokan. In 2010, the band played ...

Fact welcomes a new face to the fold

Aug 30, 2012

Fact welcomes a new face to the fold

In September, Fact will embark on a monthlong Japan trek in support of their fourth full-length effort, January’s “Burundanga.” The gigs will be the Chiba posthardcore act’s first domestic concerts since performing last December at the popular annual Countdown Japan yearend music festival. They ...

Crying Nut and Yellow Monsters

Aug 23, 2012

Crying Nut and Yellow Monsters

As K-pop continues its rise in stature, South Korea’s small but prolific indie scenes are beginning to gain some recognition abroad as well. K-punk, which mixes American-style punk sounds with soju-fueled attitude and shenigans, looks to get an extra boost with Crying Nut and ...

Fuji Rock embraces Kilimanjaro blend

Jul 19, 2012

Fuji Rock embraces Kilimanjaro blend

It may be tough to tell from both acts’ music and sense of style, but without the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Saitama funk sextet Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro would be a very different band. Although it sounds nothing like the alt-rock heavyweights, Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro ...

Mudy on the Sakuban 'Zyacalanda'

Jun 28, 2012

Mudy on the Sakuban "Zyacalanda"

Nagoya five-piece instrumental rock band Mudy on the Sakuban’s “Zyacalanda” EP is their fifth release in as many years. The eight-track effort was produced by Yoshimitsu Taki, the guitarist for local emo/post-hardcore act 9mm Parabellum Bullet. Impressed with Mudy on the Sakuban’s output on ...

To Uhnellys, anything more than two is a crowd

Jun 14, 2012

To Uhnellys, anything more than two is a crowd

Uhnellys’ Naoki Kaneko (who goes by the stage name “Kim”) says journalists often ask him the same question in interviews: “Do you ever plan on adding more members?” “I’ve got a set answer I use now,” laughs Kim. “I say that if we decide ...

Zoobombs 'The Sweet Passion'

Jun 7, 2012

Zoobombs "The Sweet Passion"

Although their 2009 “Nightfriend of Zoobombs” album featured a dozen of Zoobombs’ “greatest hits” completely rearranged and rerecorded, “The Sweet Passion” is the quartet’s first proper studio full-length since 2006′s “B*B*B.” The Tokyo rock stalwarts recorded “The Sweet Passion” in Oakland, California, with producer ...

Andymori 'Hikari'

May 17, 2012

Andymori "Hikari"

Tokyo rock trio Andymori formed in the fall of 2007. The following summer — before the group had released any music — it earned an invite to perform at the Fuji Rock Festival. In 2009, Andymori issued its eponymous debut and appeared at Summer ...

group_inou

May 10, 2012

group_inou

Tokyo-based duo group_inou are one of those acts that seems like a perfect fit for the Fuji Rock Festival, which is held annually in Naeba, Niigata Prefecture. This summer will mark the band’s third time at the event. The act first showcased its hip-hop/electronica ...