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Controversial rockers Laibach to be first to tour North Korea

Jul 15, 2015

Controversial rockers Laibach to be first to tour North Korea

Slovenian retro-avantgarde rock group Laibach has said it will become the first foreign rock outfit to perform in North Korea this August, as the nation marks 70 years since liberation from Japanese colonial rule. Founded in 1980 in former Yugoslavia, Slovenia’s best-known music export ...

X Japan announces first album in 20 years

Jul 7, 2015

X Japan announces first album in 20 years

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X Japan leader Yoshiki Hayashi announced Saturday that the group will be releasing its first album in 20 years. The drummer, who goes by Yoshiki, made the official announcement on Saturday at the 16th Japan Expo in Paris. It will be the group’s first ...

City pop revival is literally a trend in name only

Jul 5, 2015

City pop revival is literally a trend in name only

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City pop is the latest trend to hit Japan’s indie-music scene. Well, not the musical style, just the words. The term was originally used to describe an offshoot of the emerging Western-influenced “new music” of the 1970s and ’80s. “City pop” referred to the ...

Keep up the hunger to find new music

Jun 28, 2015

Keep up the hunger to find new music

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Have you heard or had this conversation recently? “Hey, long time no see! How are you? Are there any cool new bands where you are?” (Pained expression) “Not really, no.” Exchanges like this are going on between touring musicians and local indie scene faces ...

OMSB counts his blessings on 'Think Good'

Jun 26, 2015

OMSB counts his blessings on 'Think Good'

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Rapper and producer Brandon Katou (aka OMSB) is an artist that, while humble, exhibits a sense of pride in his work atypical of Japanese artists. In recent interviews he’s done for his new album, he’s compared himself to big-name acts like Kendrick Lamar and ...