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Hiroto Kudo 'Omoid'

Mar 18, 2014

Hiroto Kudo "Omoid"

by Russell Thomas

The musical subgenre glitch reflects our modern relationship to digital sounds, something Hiroto Kudo has picked up on for his new EP, “Omoid.” Glitch is often associated with early video-game music, implying a paradoxical nostalgia for a bygone age — the embryonic beginnings of ...

Babymetal 'Babymetal'

Mar 18, 2014

Babymetal "Babymetal"

by Patrick ST. Michel

It’s not surprising that Babymetal has gone viral. The trio, bringing the seemingly disparate worlds of idol pop and heavy metal together, is a visually striking project perfect for the “weird Japan” fans on the Internet. What’s surprising, however, is seeing Babymetal’s eponymous debut ...

Ueno Park to welcome springtime with a song

Mar 13, 2014

Ueno Park to welcome springtime with a song

by Chiho Iuchi

The cherry trees of Ueno Park are inspirational in full bloom. Come early spring and Tokyoites head to the area early to snag spots beneath the pink blossoms, which inspire romance, revelry and perhaps more than a few visionary ideas. More than a decade ...

Owarikara takes its fans to the edge with 'Saihate Songs'

Mar 4, 2014

Owarikara takes its fans to the edge with 'Saihate Songs'

by Ryotaro Aoki

The band name Owarikara loosely translates into English as “starting from the end.” However, singer and guitarist Hyouri Takahashi gives a much more specific interpretation. “The suffix ‘-kara‘ (from) and the word ‘owari‘ (end) are both part of the name,” he says. “It’s about ...

Tim Deluxe makes 'Radicle' move to get healthy

Mar 4, 2014

Tim Deluxe makes 'Radicle' move to get healthy

by Mike Sunda

We’ve all been there before. Sometimes it’s a New Year’s resolution, sometimes it’s the realization that you’re out of breath just running up the stairs to catch your last train — but at one point or another, we’ve all decided to try and get ...

Quattro's Yuichi Ushioda hits the sea for a solo album

Feb 25, 2014

Quattro's Yuichi Ushioda hits the sea for a solo album

by Ryotaro Aoki

“The philosopher Shunsuke Tsurumi said in an interview that, when you see something like a rainbow and feel moved by it, that moment is eternity,” singer-songwriter Yuichi Ushioda tells me at the 3rd Stone Cafe in Tokyo’s Shimokitazawa area. “I want to be able ...

Jesus Weekend will keep your family pet from a pit of despair

Feb 25, 2014

Jesus Weekend will keep your family pet from a pit of despair

by Ian Martin

“Animals don’t commit suicide, but this song is so sad that even animals would want to kill themselves.” Seira Nishigami, vocalist, guitarist and synth player from Osaka-based lo-fi indie trio Jesus Weekend, is trying to explain the feeling behind her group’s evocatively titled “Animal ...