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Review: Sugizo and Inoran at Zepp DiverCity

Jun 15, 2016

Review: Sugizo and Inoran at Zepp DiverCity

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From superheroes to presidential elections, 2016 seems to be a year of infighting and rivalries. It has even trickled down into Japanese rock, as Sugizo and Inoran, the two guitarists from renowned rock act Luna Sea, went toe to toe with their respective solo ...

Mitsume's long days on the road pay off

Jun 3, 2016

Mitsume's long days on the road pay off

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Over the past decade, a go-to method for older rock bands to drum up excitement for a tour is the promise of playing a classic album in its entirety. It’s a win-win proposition: Fans get to feel nostalgic while the artists themselves can coast ...

The dream of the '90s is alive in Kansai

| May 29, 2016

The dream of the '90s is alive in Kansai

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A big part of Japanese music’s wild overseas image is defined by groundbreaking artists from the Kansai area. Encompassing Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe, as well as nearby Nara and Wakayama, Kansai’s scene has exerted a powerful influence over international perceptions of Japanese music, particularly ...

Hospice choirs provide peace and comfort

May 24, 2016

Hospice choirs provide peace and comfort

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The singers enter single file, taking slow, deliberate steps as they intone a soft melody. Norman Doelling, an 85-year-old who recently suffered a stroke, is there waiting, an audience of one, eased into a recliner in the home where he has lived for decades ...