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Artists 'persist' and 'resist' as Grammys get political

Feb 13, 2017

Artists 'persist' and 'resist' as Grammys get political

A giant video projection of the U.S. Constitution loomed over the stage at this year’s Grammys, making the music industry’s top awards show one of the most overtly political yet. The document that defines America and famously begins with “We the People” provoked a ...

Katy Perry starts global disco ball scavenger hunt with new song

Feb 9, 2017

Katy Perry starts global disco ball scavenger hunt with new song

Pop superstar Katy Perry on Wednesday unleashed a worldwide scavenger hunt among her millions of online followers, electrifying her “Katycats” as she previewed a new song. In teasingly cryptic social media postings, the singer showed a video of a disco ball being dragged by ...

Passion rules in Japan's amateur orchestras

Feb 5, 2017

Passion rules in Japan's amateur orchestras

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Classical music has always been a big part of Ikuo Nakajima’s life. He never became a professional trumpeter, opting instead to become a managing engineer, but that hasn’t stopped him from performing. “There’s an excitement that only an amateur orchestra can create,” says the ...

| Jan 29, 2017

Happier times in the era of Tetsuya Komuro

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A 58-year-old Japanese man with a dyed blond mullet in a thick, woolly sweater hunches over a series of a dozen keyboards. With a casual confidence his fingers trip through a few bright, up-tempo chords. There’s something familiar about the sound — a nostalgia ...

Quarta330 rewires his sound on 'Pixelated'

Jan 29, 2017

Quarta330 rewires his sound on 'Pixelated'

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Unlike a lot of kids growing up in the 1990s, Toru Koda didn’t have much hands-on experience with video games. “My big brother always hogged the system,” the 32-year-old, who records electronic music as Quarta330, says with a chuckle at a cafe in Tokyo’s ...