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Owen Pallett

Dec 10, 2010

Owen Pallett

by James Hadfield

At the tail end of last year, Canadian musician Owen Pallett issued a brief statement that he would be “voluntarily retiring” his stage name. For the previous five years, the songwriter and violin virtuoso had been producing ornate orchestral pop under the moniker Final ...

Carl Craig

Dec 3, 2010

Carl Craig

by Mark Jarnes

In April 2000, Tokyo nightclub Womb opened its doors and became one of the cornerstones of Japan’s dance-music scene. This weekend, the club brings music fans the third installment of their Womb Adventure event, which adopts the theme of “expansion of reality.” Though the ...

Vincent Gallo / Tom Verlaine

Nov 26, 2010

Vincent Gallo / Tom Verlaine

by Jackie Ohno

The end of November brings gray skies and chilly air to Tokyo — and rare performances by two famous New Yorkers. The inimitable Vincent Gallo, best known for starring in and directing his films including “Buffalo66,” will perform with his band RRIICCEE at Blue ...

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Nov 19, 2010

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

by Mike Sunda

When it comes to recognizing the latest trends and artists causing a stir abroad, the Japanese club scene sometimes seems to suffer from perennial jet lag. However, fashion brand Diesel’s spinoff initiative, Diesel:U:Music, is doing its part to champion new musical talent by flying ...

Kojoe and Raye 6

Nov 12, 2010

Kojoe and Raye 6

by Mike Sunda

In a city filled to the brim with music festivals of various shapes and sizes all year round, there’s nevertheless something uniquely intriguing about Yume Fest, which takes place this Saturday in Tokyo’s Harajuku district. The festival is keen to stress its grassroots origins, ...

Pontiacs

Nov 5, 2010

Pontiacs

by Daniel Robson

Taking their name from the iconic American automobile marque that will cease production this winter after 84 years, Pontiacs have plenty of heritage under the hood. The band reunites guitar-vocalist Kenichi Asai and bassist Toshiyuki Terui of quintessential Japanese garage-rock band Blankey Jet City, ...

Real Estate and Woods

Oct 29, 2010

Real Estate and Woods

by Mike Sunda

Real Estate and Woods are two of the most exciting prospects to come out of the United States recently, and if tapes were sold on indie-cred alone they would no doubt be permanent fixtures on the top-sellers lists. Both bands have been awarded the ...

Lite

Oct 15, 2010

Lite

by Shawn Despres

The music industry is like high school in a way: You become cooler and life becomes more advantageous after you make some well-connected, older pals. In 2007, Tokyo instrumental math-rock and postrock quartet Lite teamed with experimental bass and sanshin band Funanori for a ...

Loud Park

Oct 8, 2010

Loud Park

by Daniel Robson

Now in its fifth year, Loud Park has carved out a reputation as Summer Sonic’s noisy younger sister. Arguably more “loud” than “park,” the festival amasses the heavyweights of metal over two days at Saitama Super Arena. This year the event also boasts a ...

Underworld

Oct 1, 2010

Underworld

by Richard Smart

There was a point a few years ago when many of the biggest live dance-music acts of the 1990s took the same path that many rock bands go down: They started to sell tickets to their once-seminal concerts because of music from their past ...

Ego-Wrappin'

Sep 24, 2010

Ego-Wrappin'

MARK JARNES Staff writer Festival season in Japan is sadly winding down, but festival staple Ego-Wrappin’ are just getting started. After wowing audiences at two of Japan’s biggest outdoor music events (the Fuji Rock Festival and the Rising Sun Rock Festival), the duo, comprising ...

Tokyo Boredom

Sep 17, 2010

Tokyo Boredom

by Ian Martin

Tokyo Boredom was originally a massive thank-you to indie music fans. Dedicated punters who paid at least ¥2,000 every week to get into shows were treated to a free gig when all the acts at the event pitched in to pay for it. However, ...