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First female conductor at NNTT performs 'Madama Butterfly'

Feb 4, 2014

First female conductor at NNTT performs 'Madama Butterfly'

by Chiho Iuchi

Japanese audiences, especially women, may have mixed feelings about Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly.” However, they may become intrigued when they learn that a new production, which tells the story of a geisha abandoned by her U.S. Navy officer husband, is being staged under ...

Eadonmm's beats prove black is back

Feb 4, 2014

Eadonmm's beats prove black is back

by Mike Sunda

“Black is the new black” always seems like a safe motto when it comes to picking clothes, but in an electronic-music world that is constantly churning out micro-genre ephemera, some would argue that black has gone out of fashion. Witch house might have been ...

Ten years on, Hyperdub finds that it pays to be weird

Jan 28, 2014

Ten years on, Hyperdub finds that it pays to be weird

by James Hadfield

Most journalists hope to get a few decent quotes from an interview. Steve Goodman ended up getting a record label. It was 2003 when the Glasgow-born DJ, producer and sometime music writer interviewed fellow bass enthusiast Kevin Martin for XLR8R magazine. The latter was ...

Violinist Goto wins Grammy award

Jan 27, 2014

Violinist Goto wins Grammy award

An album featuring Japanese violinist Midori Goto on Sunday won the Best Classical Compendium award at the Grammys. Goto, 42, is a soloist in the violin concerto on “Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik,” under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach. The album, in which Germany’s ...

Jan 21, 2014

Ventla, i-fls and the road out of the Web

by Patrick ST. Michel

Tokyo bedroom producer Ventla has one goal and one goal only. “Ventla is in the process of releasing 100 digital albums for free over the coming years,” he declares on his website. So far, the relatively anonymous music maker has achieved a quarter of ...

Blue Hawaii surfs Net to an Asia tour

Jan 14, 2014

Blue Hawaii surfs Net to an Asia tour

by James Hadfield

Though they hail from the same Montreal music scene that spawned crossover electronica star Grimes, the members of Blue Hawaii don’t have any illusions about where they rank in the popularity stakes. “I come home for Christmas, and my family’s like, ‘Woah, you’re going ...

Girls' Generation 'Love & Peace'

Jan 14, 2014

Girls' Generation "Love & Peace"

by Patrick ST. Michel

K-pop’s golden days in Japan are over. The time when Korean groups could top the Oricon charts and (more importantly) monopolize media coverage is now a memory, in part due to an oversaturation of new acts. K-pop remains a strong niche market, though, even ...

Metoronori 'Veil'

Jan 14, 2014

Metoronori "Veil"

by Patrick ST. Michel

Time will tell whether “Veil” sounds good come warmer months, but right now it’s the perfect album for winter. Tokyo artist Metoronori’s third full-length album appeared online in the middle of last week, when the wind blew especially cold. With the heat cranked up ...

Chili Peppers to join Mars at Super Bowl

Jan 14, 2014

Chili Peppers to join Mars at Super Bowl

Bruno Mars will have help from the Red Hot Chili Peppers when he performs at the Super Bowl next month. Mars announced Saturday that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will join him as part of his halftime show at the National Football ...