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| Oct 23, 2016

Guests shine on Utada's return album

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Utada Hikaru “Fantome” (Universal Music Japan) Earlier this month, my colleague Ryotaro Aoki wrote that he hoped pop star Hikaru Utada’s highly anticipated return to the music scene via her album “Fantome” would “save” the Japanese music scene. But did it really need saving? ...

X Japan superstar Yoshiki looks at what could have been

Oct 21, 2016

X Japan superstar Yoshiki looks at what could have been

X Japan would have been hard-pressed to imagine a more impassioned following in its heyday, with the symphonic metal group’s 1997 breakup in Tokyo taking on an air of national mourning. But could X Japan have been far bigger on the world stage? In ...

Japanese fans cheer Bob Dylan's Nobel win

Oct 17, 2016

Japanese fans cheer Bob Dylan's Nobel win

Japanese fans of American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan gathered at Tokyo bars that play his music last week, in celebration of his surprise winning of this year’s Nobel Prize in literature. At Polka Dots, a bar in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district run by Tokyo Bob, who ...

A hive of sonic activity stirs on Kafka's Ibiki release

Oct 9, 2016

A hive of sonic activity stirs on Kafka's Ibiki release

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There’s something curious happening on “Nemutte,” the sophomore album by Tokyo-based instrumental trio Kafka’s Ibiki. When it performs live, the group specializes in long, patiently evolving improvisations that occupy a liminal zone between jazz, ambient, minimalism and experimental rock. One such performance, at SuperDeluxe ...