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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 ...

Against Me! singer on transition, new album

Apr 1, 2014

Against Me! singer on transition, new album

by Mesfin Fekadu

Laura Jane Grace, who came out as transgender two years ago, says she’s able to sing in a new, liberated voice on her band’s latest album because she’s no longer hiding. Grace, 33, came out as transgender in 2012. She was born Tom Gabel ...

Japan acts rock on at this year's SXSW

Mar 18, 2014

Japan acts rock on at this year's SXSW

by Patrick ST. Michel

After somersaulting through a shallow puddle, the lead singer of Osaka’s Vampillia stared intently at a nearby taco truck. As his band plowed through a noisy, violin-assisted song on the third afternoon of the South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference And Festival, he scaled ...