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Jamie xx: The archaeologist of U.K. rave culture

Jan 3, 2016

Jamie xx: The archaeologist of U.K. rave culture

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Sitting in his favorite East London cafe, Jamie Smith is nervous. Tonight, he will headline his biggest ever show as Jamie xx at Brixton Academy. “I’m enjoying playing live on my own,” he says, “but it’s stressful. People are there to watch to me ...

The Specials drummer Bradbury dies age 62

Dec 30, 2015

The Specials drummer Bradbury dies age 62

John Bradbury, the drummer of British ska band The Specials, has died at age 62, his family said Tuesday. Bradbury joined the group in 1979 and played on their biggest hits, “Too Much Too Young” (1980), “Ghost Town (1981) and “Free Nelson Mandela” (1984). ...

Heavy metal band Motorhead's frontman dies of cancer at age 70

Dec 29, 2015

Heavy metal band Motorhead's frontman dies of cancer at age 70

Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, the hell-raising frontman of iconic British heavy metal band Motorhead, has died at age 70 of cancer, the group said Tuesday. The veteran musician, one of rock ‘n’ roll’s great survivors despite his hard-partying lifestyle, was diagnosed with cancer on Saturday. ...

The best Japanese indie albums of 2015

| Dec 27, 2015

The best Japanese indie albums of 2015

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While it remains this column’s firm conviction that J-pop is trapped in a self-perpetuating dark age, the indie and underground music scenes provide a far livelier picture of Japan’s musical landscape. In 2015, there was such a flow of fascinating new releases arriving from ...

Stranglehold on music copyrights is loosening in Japan

Dec 27, 2015

Stranglehold on music copyrights is loosening in Japan

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Pop music agency Avex Group Holdings, known for managing artists such as Exile, Namie Amuro and Tokyo Girls’ Style, announced in October that they plan to transfer the copyright administration of up to 100,000 songs from the current holder, JASRAC (Japanese Society for Rights ...

Beatles end streaming boycott in time for Christmas

Dec 24, 2015

Beatles end streaming boycott in time for Christmas

The Beatles, the top-selling band in musical history yet a persistent holdout on new distribution technology, announced Wednesday they would end a boycott of streaming in time for Christmas. The Fab Four’s full catalog will be available on all major services including leader Spotify, ...