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What's in a name? Just ask Cairophenomenons

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When a band changes its name, it sometimes signifies a switch in artistic direction. For indie band Cairophenomenons — previously known as Cairo — the decision was far more practical, even if the new moniker is a bit of a mouthful. “Our band didn’t show up in any searches on ...

| Feb 26, 2017

Music venue Three tries to up its numbers

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Tokyo’s independent live music scene has always been somewhat dysfunctional. Complaints from performers about the prevalence of the ubiquitous pay-to-play ticket quota system — in which bands need to guarantee a minimum number of customers — have gone way past outrage and into the ...

Artists 'persist' and 'resist' as Grammys get political

Feb 13, 2017

Artists 'persist' and 'resist' as Grammys get political

A giant video projection of the U.S. Constitution loomed over the stage at this year’s Grammys, making the music industry’s top awards show one of the most overtly political yet. The document that defines America and famously begins with “We the People” provoked a ...

Katy Perry starts global disco ball scavenger hunt with new song

Feb 9, 2017

Katy Perry starts global disco ball scavenger hunt with new song

Pop superstar Katy Perry on Wednesday unleashed a worldwide scavenger hunt among her millions of online followers, electrifying her “Katycats” as she previewed a new song. In teasingly cryptic social media postings, the singer showed a video of a disco ball being dragged by ...

Passion rules in Japan's amateur orchestras

Feb 5, 2017

Passion rules in Japan's amateur orchestras

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Classical music has always been a big part of Ikuo Nakajima’s life. He never became a professional trumpeter, opting instead to become a managing engineer, but that hasn’t stopped him from performing. “There’s an excitement that only an amateur orchestra can create,” says the ...