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 ...

May 3, 2012

Avengers in Sci-Fi "Disc 4 The Seasons"

Avengers in Sci-Fi have graced the stages of large-scale local festivals such as Fuji Rock, Summer Sonic and Rock in Japan. The band have also performed at Texas’ South by Southwest (SXSW) festival as part of the Japan Nite lineup, and earlier this year ...

The Cigavettes 'We Rolled Again'

Apr 12, 2012

The Cigavettes "We Rolled Again"

The Cigavettes have opened for the likes of British rock act 22-20s and Asian Kung-Fu Generation’s Masafumi Goto and have appeared at Osaka’s Minami Wheel festival. Originally from Fukuoka, two years ago the quintet decided to make Tokyo their home base. “We Rolled Again” ...

Moja 'Super Ultra Gold 79'

Mar 8, 2012

Moja "Super Ultra Gold 79"

Since its 2006 formation, Tokyo two-piece Moja has strived to make its mark globally by showcasing a bass-and-drums-driven brand of rock ‘n’ roll at music festivals and club gigs in the United States, Canada, England, Italy and Hong Kong. The band’s 2009 eponymous debut ...