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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 ...