A tale of two paths to indie success

| Mar 29, 2012

A tale of two paths to indie success

by Ian Martin

Tokyo postpunk quartet Otori is an archetypal product of the city’s underground live-music scene. The band’s sets feature a machine-gun rattle of drums, slashes of guitar that explode in fierce climaxes, and bursts of scattershot vocals that teeter on the brink of hysteria — ...

Shibuya style with an Akihabara twist?

| Jan 26, 2012

Shibuya style with an Akihabara twist?

by Ian Martin

Shibuya-kei was one of the defining features of the music and fashion scenes of the 1990s, and it helped spawn the idea of “Cool Japan.” The genre’s sound was eclectic and openly embraced Western musical influences such as ’60s lounge music, bossa nova, French ...