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Crzkny unites artists against nuclear power

Aug 12, 2014

Crzkny unites artists against nuclear power

by Patrick ST. Michel

Electronic-music producer Kenji Takikawa’s work took a major detour following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. “Like many Japanese people, I feel angry about the way March 11 and the consequent events that followed regarding nuclear power was handled,” says the Hiroshima native ...

Chi-na aims to win fans over one step at a time

Aug 12, 2014

Chi-na aims to win fans over one step at a time

by Ian Martin

For many musicians, dreams of success take the form of a big break: perhaps a major label record contract, a lucrative tour deal or a barnstorming festival set. However, a quick fix isn’t the style of Tokyo indie quintet Chi-na, who is gradually growing ...

Ninety-year-old musicians go strong

Aug 12, 2014

Ninety-year-old musicians go strong

by Mesfin Fekadu

There’s an upcoming concert at Baruch College, but it has nothing to do with students. The performers are in their 90s, and one is even older than the Manhattan school founded in 1919. Pianist and composer Irving Fields, who turned 99 last week, was ...

'All About That Bass' gives singer breakthrough

Aug 12, 2014

'All About That Bass' gives singer breakthrough

by Mesfin Fekadu

Not everyone was initially “All About That Bass.” Meghan Trainor, the 20-year-old who is having a pop culture moment with the song about body acceptance, said she initially wrote the track and pitched it to other artists, but was turned away. “Labels were like, ...

Two weddings and a 'Funeral' at Fuji

Jul 29, 2014

Two weddings and a 'Funeral' at Fuji

by Mike Sunda

It’s hard to know what the organizers at Fuji Rock Festival were thinking when they decided to have Jack Johnson headline the main stage on the event’s last day. Not the infectious cheer and endearingly kitsch theatricality of The Flaming Lips, who performed directly ...