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SonarSound Tokyo

Apr 1, 2011

SonarSound Tokyo

by Felicity Hughes

Six years ago at a party in Brighton, England, a hooded Japanese man entered the room and proceeded to tear up the place using only a Game Boy and a megaphone. Sofa cushions were flying all over the place as the crowd at this ...

Crazy T 'in to you'

Mar 18, 2011

Crazy T "in to you"

by Mariko Lochridge

Japan-based American rapper Travis Tewes, who performs under the moniker Crazy T, originally planned to use kanji on the cover of his sophmore album. However, since so few young Japanese could actually read the kanji, he decided at the last minute to spell out ...

Kaisoku Tokyo

Mar 11, 2011

Kaisoku Tokyo

by Felicity Hughes

Kaisoku Tokyo pride themselves on blazing through their setlist so fast that you can almost see smoke rising off their instruments when they’re done. Combining the terse punk power of Melt-Banana with the bounciness of Polysics, their supercharged performances last around 15 minutes (with ...

Ke$ha

Mar 4, 2011

Ke$ha

by Philip Brasor

When she emerged in 2009 fully developed as a club-kid pop diva, Kesha Rose Sebert was seen as a trashier version of whatever it is Lady Gaga is supposed to represent. But if you have to resort to comparison for the sake of description, ...

Best Coast / Wavves

Feb 18, 2011

Best Coast / Wavves

by Shawn Despres

Early in his career, Wavves’ Nathan Williams earned almost as much attention for his erratic behavior as he did for his lo-fi, noisy pop and punk songs. In 2009, the guitarist for the California trio infamously had an onstage meltdown during a performance at ...

Akihiro Namba

Feb 11, 2011

Akihiro Namba

by Shawn Despres

Last year’s Fuji Rock was the place to be for fans of 1990s punk act Hi-Standard. The event boasted separate sets from former guitarist Ken Yokoyama and bassist Akihiro Namba. If ex-drummer Akira Tsuneoka had been on the bill, Naeba very well could have ...

Cro-Magnon and Gagle

Feb 4, 2011

Cro-Magnon and Gagle

by Mariko Lochridge

Thanks to a solid base of Japanese fans, acid jazz will probably never go out of style. However, that doesn’t mean it won’t evolve. Lesser known than acts such as the late Nujabes, Cro-Magnon is a part of that genre’s evolution. The band is ...

Mogwai

Jan 21, 2011

Mogwai

by Shawn Despres

Since making their first live appearances in Japan in 1999, Mogwai have returned to tour the country a dozen times. With this in mind, it is unsurprising that the Scottish postrock quintet played only two gigs last year, and one of them was in ...

Deerhunter / Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

Jan 14, 2011

Deerhunter / Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

by Shawn Despres

Organized by concert promoter Contrarede, 4AD Evening will unite three of the more prominent acts from the renowned, long-running 4AD imprint’s current roster — Blonde Redhead, Deerhunter and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti — for Osaka and Tokyo shows. Although it’s a mouth- watering bill ...

Hurts

Jan 7, 2011

Hurts

When Hurts took the stage at the Chiba leg of 2010′s Summer Sonic for their first ever Japan show, they surely could not have predicted the reception that awaited them. With their debut album still under wraps and nary a note yet released in ...

Sleigh Bells

Dec 24, 2010

Sleigh Bells

by Shaun Curran

Few bands defined 2010 like New York girl/boy noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells. Residing in uber-trendy Brooklyn, championed by both the blogosphere and M.I.A. (who signed the pair to her NEET label), and oozing the sort of elegantly wasted glamour they would sell by the ...

Countdown Japan 10/11

Dec 17, 2010

Countdown Japan 10/11

by Shawn Despres

The eighth annual Countdown Japan festival will close out 2010 with performances by nearly 160 of the nation’s top acts. While the event took place in both Chiba and Osaka from 2006-2008, like last year, the current edition of Countdown Japan will only be ...