Okamoto's plot new album release before summer

Jan 21, 2011

Okamoto's plot new album release before summer

After being courted by record labels while still in high school in Tokyo, inking a deal with Sony subsidiary Ariola Japan was an easy decision for Okamoto’s. “We signed with Ariola because we thought their logo looked cool,” says vocalist Sho Okamoto. While an ...

Deerhunter / Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

Jan 14, 2011

Deerhunter / Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

Organized by concert promoter Contrarede, 4AD Evening will unite three of the more prominent acts from the renowned, long-running 4AD imprint’s current roster — Blonde Redhead, Deerhunter and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti — for Osaka and Tokyo shows. Although it’s a mouth- watering bill ...

Mo'some Tonebender

Jan 14, 2011

Mo'some Tonebender

M o’some Tonebender released their 13th studio album, “Struggle,” in December. Although their career has not been without its challenges, the disc’s title is something the popular alt-rock trio have not had to do for some time. The group formed in Fukuoka in 1997. ...

Countdown Japan 10/11

Dec 17, 2010

Countdown Japan 10/11

The eighth annual Countdown Japan festival will close out 2010 with performances by nearly 160 of the nation’s top acts. While the event took place in both Chiba and Osaka from 2006-2008, like last year, the current edition of Countdown Japan will only be ...

Nov 19, 2010

Envy take 'Recitation' out on the road again

Tokyo-based Envy issued their fifth full-length album, “Recitation,” in September. To celebrate its release, the quintet embarked on their first North American tour in four years. On this, their longest international trek, the postrock and hardcore hybrid act played 25 shows in the span ...

Nov 12, 2010

Indie breakout, 'kimchibilly' rockers bring Seoul to Japan

While K-pop continues to gain greater recognition worldwide, South Korea’s prolific, small underground-music scene is still struggling to find audiences outside of Seoul. Folk-rock group Chang Kiha and the Faces have, until now, brushed off the so-called Korea boom and focused primarily on their ...

Ryo the Skywalker's new hope

Oct 29, 2010

Ryo the Skywalker's new hope

Search the music section on social networking website Twitter and you’ll see a long list of known global megastars, including Britney Spears and Kanye West. Directly under Justin Timberlake is Japan’s only representative on the list — Ryo the Skywalker, the stage name of ...

Ling tosite sigure seek virgin fans on the road

Oct 15, 2010

Ling tosite sigure seek virgin fans on the road

Preparing to hit the road to showcase their fourth long-player, “still a Sigure virgin?,” Ling tosite sigure have only one thing on their minds: arousing new fans. Dubbed the Virgin Killer tour, during the 13-concert trek the posthardcore Saitama trio won’t be gently seducing ...

Lite

Oct 15, 2010

Lite

The music industry is like high school in a way: You become cooler and life becomes more advantageous after you make some well-connected, older pals. In 2007, Tokyo instrumental math-rock and postrock quartet Lite teamed with experimental bass and sanshin band Funanori for a ...

Band A to headline Fukuoka club crawl

Sep 24, 2010

Band A to headline Fukuoka club crawl

Fukuoka recently ranked 14th in U.K. magazine Monocle’s annual “Most Livable Cities Index.” Alt-rock duo Band A are unsurprised their city fared so well. “I love Fukuoka,” proclaims guitarist and vocalist Kouhei Hara. “It’s very easy to live a comfortable life here. People are ...