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Radiohead triumphs at Summer Sonic

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Few bands can draw a massive round of applause for 15 minutes of ambient music, but that’s just what Radiohead received at the start of its Sunday night headlining set at this year’s Tokyo leg of Summer Sonic. The crowd at the main Marine Stage in QVC Marine Field was ...

Sahra Halgan sings recognition for Somaliland

Aug 21, 2016

Sahra Halgan sings recognition for Somaliland

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We in the West are used to thinking of music mainly as entertainment. On occasion, it can fulfill a religious function, or be deployed to argue one political point or another. But for Sahra Halgan, the purpose of her music is to bring recognition ...

Sydney Opera House to get an acoustic upgrade

Aug 11, 2016

Sydney Opera House to get an acoustic upgrade

The Sydney Opera House is set to undergo a multimillion-dollar overhaul, with an emphasis on improving its acoustics, which have been described as worse than an aircraft hangar, officials said Thursday. The 247 million Australian dollar ($190 million) revamp is the biggest since Australia’s ...

Okinawa's snakeskin banjo stands test of time

Aug 9, 2016

Okinawa's snakeskin banjo stands test of time

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Enormous python skins hang from a wire inside the sweltering workshop where Seibun Nakamine sculpts a piece of Okinawa’s musical identity. They are essential for the wiry 69-year-old craftsman who has spent nearly half a century making the three-stringed sanshin. The snakeskin-covered instrument, similar ...

Injecting a little music into Japanese politics

Aug 7, 2016

Injecting a little music into Japanese politics

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“Let’s not put politics into music.” This seemingly innocent phrase rose to prominence in June as a lightning rod for social media protest against the appearance of student political leader Aki Okuda at the Fuji Rock music festival. It also taps into a popular ...