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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 ...

Clarinetist Pete Fountain dead at 86

Aug 7, 2016

Clarinetist Pete Fountain dead at 86

Clarinetist Pete Fountain, whose Dixieland jazz virtuosity and irrepressible wit endeared him to his native New Orleans and earned him decades of national television fame, died Saturday of heart failure. He was 86. Benny Harrell, Fountain’s son-in-law and manager, said Fountain was in hospice ...

Bombon fuses equal rights themes and a surf rock sound

Aug 5, 2016

Bombon fuses equal rights themes and a surf rock sound

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A bit of Southern California cool hits Tokyo this week when Bombon — an all-female surf rock outfit comprised of guitarist Angela Ramos, bassist Paloma Banuelos and drummer Jerico Campbell — arrives in Japan for its first overseas tour. The group plays several shows ...

The fun we had at Fuji Rock 2016

Jul 31, 2016

The fun we had at Fuji Rock 2016

One of Japan’s oldest large-scale rock festivals celebrated 20 years of operation this July. Here’s a curated collection of the fun that was had in the mountains of Niigata. [View the story “Fuji Rock Festival 2016” on Storify]

Review: Birdy at Billboard Live Tokyo

Jul 24, 2016

Review: Birdy at Billboard Live Tokyo

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Jasmine van den Bogaerde, better known by her stage name, Birdy, kicked off her Beautiful Lies tour of Asia on July 20 at Billboard Live Tokyo. The British musician wore a blue, full-length glittered gown, and I’m still not sure which was more eye ...

20th Fuji Rock kicks off with a bang

Jul 23, 2016

20th Fuji Rock kicks off with a bang

Day one of Fuji Rock Festival 2016 is finished. The weather was great, and so were the two main acts on the Green Stage, Sigur Ros and James Blake. Beck and Wilco play tonight and it looks like clear skies again. Follow the Japan ...

Fuji Rock Festival celebrates 20 years

Jul 21, 2016

Fuji Rock Festival celebrates 20 years

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Who doesn’t love an anniversary? For couples it’s about rekindling moments of first love, for many nations it’s about marking a significant moment in history. Anniversaries are, for the most part, true celebrations. “I hate anniversaries,” says Masahiro Hidaka, the president of Smash Japan ...

Babymetal is having a really good year

Jul 17, 2016

Babymetal is having a really good year

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In the run-up to Fuji Rock Festival, the event’s digital team will post video messages on YouTube from performers that are slated to play at the three-day gathering in the mountains of Niigata Prefecture. They tend to get, on average, around 1,000 views. This ...