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Record Store Day finds its groove in Japan

by Patrick ST. Michel

It won’t be business as usual at Big Love Records this Saturday, April 19. The store, one of the best places to shop for records in Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku neighborhood, will be selling limited-edition music from various artists, including film director David Lynch. Meanwhile, shadowy beatmaker Sapphire Slows will perform ...

Yoshino Yoshikawa 'Yumetatsu Glider'

| Apr 15, 2014

Yoshino Yoshikawa "Yumetatsu Glider"

by Patrick ST. Michel

Tokyo producer Yoshino Yoshikawa has often described his work as “ultrapop,” and for a while that term made perfect sense. Yoshikawa created busy, buzzing songs in the mold of Yasutaka Nakata. With names such as “Kawaii Candy,” they were a colorful rush of synthesizers ...

Seiji Ozawa takes to the stage for Mozart opera

Apr 8, 2014

Seiji Ozawa takes to the stage for Mozart opera

by Chiho Iuchi

It is certainly good to see Maestro Seiji Ozawa back at the podium again. Japan’s most celebrated conductor made a triumphant return to the Saito Kinen Festival last summer after having taken two years off due to bad health. He took a rest after ...

Apr 3, 2014

Review: Bob Dylan at Zepp DiverCity, Tokyo

by Andrew Kershaw

Just 123 days after tumultuous applause engulfed the waning strains of “Blowin’ In The Wind” to bring Bob Dylan’s last concert to an end at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Nov. 28, a similar cacophony awaited him at Tokyo’s Zepp DiverCity on ...

Kanye West cancels Fuji Rock headline spot

Apr 3, 2014

Kanye West cancels Fuji Rock headline spot

by Shaun Mckenna

Kanye West has canceled his headline appearance at this year’s Fuji Rock Festival “due to artist circumstances,” according to festival organizers. The news came as West’s camp also announced the 36-year-old hip-hop star would postpone his tour in Australia next month until September, citing ...

LA lifestyle gives starRo a new take on making music

Apr 1, 2014

LA lifestyle gives starRo a new take on making music

by Mike Sunda

Video-chatting with Los Angeles resident Shinya Mizoguchi toward the tail end of a particularly testing Tokyo winter, it’s hard not to feel a twinge of jealousy. I deliberately avoid defaulting to my typically British weather-related opening gambit of small talk, but it’s not long ...