Music Topics

February: My Bloody Valentine returns

by Patrick ST. Michel

January featured a ton of great concerts across Japan, but February might be even better — hope your wallet isn’t too thin this month. One of Tokyo’s best shows this month also happens to be one you should get on right away. Apocalyptic rockers Swans come to the capital for ...

Matthewdavid and Anenon

Dec 6, 2012

Matthewdavid and Anenon

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Two up-and-coming electronic musicians, Matthewdavid and Anenon, are in Japan to support the local branch of Los Angeles-based, nonprofit Internet radio station Dublab and they’ll tour five cities with some of this country’s next big dance acts. Having released the album “Outmind” via the ...

Isao Tomita

Nov 22, 2012

Isao Tomita

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Turning 80 this year hasn’t interrupted Isao Tomita in his search for new musical possibilities. Known to many as the father of Japanese electronic music, the artist is about to turn his latest dream into a (virtual) reality, by collaborating with computer-generated diva Hatsune ...

Scissor Sisters

Sep 13, 2012

Scissor Sisters

by Thomas Hall

If you’re looking for a midweek party to tide you over until the weekend, a pair of Scissor Sisters gigs might be just what you’re looking for. A decade into their career, Scissor Sisters have shown themselves to be an enduring, refreshing and interesting ...

Feel the Roots

Sep 6, 2012

Feel the Roots

by Vivian Morelli

What do you get when you mix prehistoric Jomon Period ruins and free-spirited, improvised percussion and rhythm? Jomon Trance, that’s what. A genre coined by global music group RaBiRaBi, it’s a sound that “blends the ancient and the future to create a new ceremonial ...

Crying Nut and Yellow Monsters

Aug 23, 2012

Crying Nut and Yellow Monsters

by Shawn Despres

As K-pop continues its rise in stature, South Korea’s small but prolific indie scenes are beginning to gain some recognition abroad as well. K-punk, which mixes American-style punk sounds with soju-fueled attitude and shenigans, looks to get an extra boost with Crying Nut and ...

Kiwa Kiwa Festival

Jun 21, 2012

Kiwa Kiwa Festival

by Ian Martin

Emerging in March of this year promising to “challenge the limits of ‘independent,’ ” Kiwa Kiwa — a music website and promoter (and cafe, curiously) — launched in a flurry of activity including disc and live reviews as well as columns from a quartet ...

group_inou

May 10, 2012

group_inou

by Shawn Despres

Tokyo-based duo group_inou are one of those acts that seems like a perfect fit for the Fuji Rock Festival, which is held annually in Naeba, Niigata Prefecture. This summer will mark the band’s third time at the event. The act first showcased its hip-hop/electronica ...

Lenny Kravitz

Mar 29, 2012

Lenny Kravitz

by Mads Berthelsen

When Barack Obama campaigned for the presidency of the United States in 2008, the topic of race often came up in discussions about him. Obama was born to a black father and a white mother, and questions such as “Is America ready for a ...

Moja 'Super Ultra Gold 79'

Mar 8, 2012

Moja "Super Ultra Gold 79"

by Shawn Despres

Since its 2006 formation, Tokyo two-piece Moja has strived to make its mark globally by showcasing a bass-and-drums-driven brand of rock ‘n’ roll at music festivals and club gigs in the United States, Canada, England, Italy and Hong Kong. The band’s 2009 eponymous debut ...