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Red Hot Chili Peppers return for 20th anniversary of Fuji Rock

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Los Angeles alternative rock outfit Red Hot Chili Peppers and Icelandic post-rock trio Sigur Ros were among acts named Friday to perform at the 20th anniversary of Fuji Rock Festival in July. The lineup for the three-day festival also includes electronic duo Disclosure, math rockers Battles, singer-songwriter Ben Harper and ...

Founder Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire dies at 74

Feb 5, 2016

Founder Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire dies at 74

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like “September,” “Shining Star” and “Boogie Wonderland,” died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother, Verdine, said. White, who was 74, suffered from ...

Straight Outta Beijing: Xi slogan gets the hip-hop treatment

Feb 5, 2016

Straight Outta Beijing: Xi slogan gets the hip-hop treatment

China’s official news agency has released a cartoon featuring an animated bald man with waistcoat tucked into his trousers disco-dancing and rapping President Xi Jinping’s signature “Four Comprehensives” ideological slogan. The catchphrase, premiered by Xi in 2014 and since plastered across newspapers, banners and ...

Ningen Isu explores death, lust on new album

Jan 31, 2016

Ningen Isu explores death, lust on new album

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When the members of hard rock band Ningen Isu left the stage at Ozzfest Japan in 2013, they thought that was it for their Ozzfest experience. Little did the “Japanese Black Sabbath” know, Ozzy Osbourne himself would soon be calling them back for an ...

Kyary ride does its part for 'Cool Japan'

Jan 31, 2016

Kyary ride does its part for 'Cool Japan'

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“Cool Japan Heats Up” declares a sign welcoming visitors to an area of Universal Studios Japan (USJ) devoted to the country’s hottest pop culture exports. Now in its second year, USJ’s “Universal Cool Japan” event features special attractions that run until June 26. It ...

Fukushima youth drum troupe to play U.S.

Jan 29, 2016

Fukushima youth drum troupe to play U.S.

A taiko drum ensemble of young performers from disaster-stricken Fukushima Prefecture are busy sharpening their thunderous drumbeats as they prepare for their upcoming performance scheduled for March 22 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Almost five years after the catastrophe, members of the Yamakiya Taiko group ...

Kantner, counterculture icon with Jefferson Airplane, dead at 74

Jan 29, 2016

Kantner, counterculture icon with Jefferson Airplane, dead at 74

Paul Kantner, co-founder of the group Jefferson Airplane, whose psychedelic sound and free-spirited mindset helped define 1960s counterculture, died Thursday at age 74, media in his native San Francisco said. With hits such as “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit,” Jefferson Airplane wrote anthems ...

Opera Theater Konnyakuza perfects a union of stage and song

Jan 28, 2016

Opera Theater Konnyakuza perfects a union of stage and song

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The world of opera has always found inspiration in the works of William Shakespeare, but adapting them for the stage requires flexibility. Kyoko Hagi, a composer who serves as the representative of Opera Theater Konnyakuza, points out that Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi transformed “Macbeth” ...

South Korea unveils pop band with infinite members

Jan 28, 2016

South Korea unveils pop band with infinite members

The company that pioneered South Korea’s all-conquering K-pop industry unveiled its new boy-band concept on Wednesday — a group with limitless members, singing in multiple languages and based in cities from Asia to Latin America. SM Entertainment, which handles some of the biggest names ...

Fukushima-themed opera staged in Germany

Jan 27, 2016

Fukushima-themed opera staged in Germany

An opera about Japan’s disaster-devastated Fukushima Prefecture has received its world premiere at an opera house in the northern German city of Hamburg. Composed by Japanese musician Toshio Hosokawa and directed by the writer of its original story, Oriza Hirata, “Umi, Shizukana Umi” (“Stilles ...

Radiohead set to play new material at Summer Sonic

Jan 27, 2016

Radiohead set to play new material at Summer Sonic

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Following the announcement of a new album in the works, Radiohead has been confirmed as one of this year’s Summer Sonic headliners. Creativeman Productions made the announcement yesterday via the festival’s official website and joining the band will be Underworld, Sakanaction, Fergie, Weezer, Two ...