Ghent's Das Pop goes overground

Jan 8, 2010

Ghent's Das Pop goes overground

His upbringing pretty much ensured that the thought of being in a band was the farthest thing from Bent Van Looy’s young mind. Luckily, the front man for burgeoning pop rockers Das Pop had pals with more lenient guardians who opened a whole new ...

BBQ Chickens 'Good Bye To Your Punk Rock'

Dec 25, 2009

BBQ Chickens "Good Bye To Your Punk Rock"

I was new to the country and eager to experience some Japanese bands back in 2002. Following an entertainment rag’s recommendation, I went to see BBQ Chickens at Shinjuku ACB. After four hours of searching I finally found the punk dive, but disappointingly discovered ...

Mono

Dec 11, 2009

Mono

Considered one of Asia’s top postrock acts since their 2001 “Under the Pipal Tree” debut and now a decade into their career, Tokyo’s Mono are listed alongside the global leaders in their genre. Taking full advantage of their continually growing stature, the instrumental quartet ...

PanicSmile 'A Girl Supernova'

Dec 4, 2009

PanicSmile "A Girl Supernova"

Girl Supernova” is the seventh full-length studio effort from Tokyo-based underground stalwarts PanicSmile. Founded in Fukuoka in the early 1990s, the seminal quartet share 14 new tracks filled with the off-kilter art punk that has established them a small global following and earned them ...

Nov 20, 2009

Superchunk

Dubbed the 19th best single of the 1990s by American mainstream rock rag Spin, the fuzzed-out, power pop anthem “Slack Motherf*cker” from Superchunk’s 1990 eponymous debut helped push them to the forefront of the U.S. underground music scene. With A&R reps scrambling to unearth ...

Superchunk

Nov 20, 2009

Superchunk

Dubbed the 19th best single of the 1990s by American mainstream rock rag Spin, the fuzzed-out, power pop anthem “Slack Motherf*cker” from Superchunk’s 1990 eponymous debut helped push them to the forefront of the U.S. underground music scene. With A&R reps scrambling to unearth ...

Nov 13, 2009

Yukie Sato

An active player in Japan’s underground rock scene from his teens (he performed alongside Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Ryuichi Sakamoto on TV while in high school), Tokyo-born guitarist Yukie Sato began to tire of his beloved genre in his 30s. His passion was renewed in ...

Yukie Sato

Nov 13, 2009

Yukie Sato

An active player in Japan’s underground rock scene from his teens (he performed alongside Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Ryuichi Sakamoto on TV while in high school), Tokyo-born guitarist Yukie Sato began to tire of his beloved genre in his 30s. His passion was renewed in ...

The Shapeshifters

Nov 6, 2009

The Shapeshifters

One of the world’s premier house-music labels, the U.K.-based Defected Records, brings its famed global “Defected In The House” shindig to Tokyo on Nov. 6. Headlining the event are The Shapeshifters. The London DJ and production duo of Simon Marlin and Max Reich (known ...

Ling Tosite Sigure

Oct 30, 2009

Ling Tosite Sigure

After selling out seven of their 11 “Just a Moment” CD release gigs in May and June, it came as little surprise that posthardcore act Ling Tosite Sigure’s upcoming “Tornado Z” solo trek would be an anticipated affair. Performing at Japan’s six Zepp music ...