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Boris sums up its sonic spectrum with 'Noise'

Jun 10, 2014

Boris sums up its sonic spectrum with 'Noise'

by Ryotaro Aoki

Trying to define the sound of Tokyo-based experimental trio Boris is like asking someone their favorite kind of music. It’s everything, it’s nothing in particular … it’s definitely not country. “I think our music is built on top of an American rock legacy, but ...

Jun 9, 2014

Psy goes from 'Gangnam' to hip-hop style in new song

Psy, who set off a global sensation with “Gangnam Style,” tried out a fresh sound this week as he released a hip-hop tale of drunken debauchery co-starring rapper Snoop Dogg. Titled “Hangover,” the South Korean star’s new song returns to the “Gangnam Style” theme ...

Kenta Koie and Crossfaith earn some rock cred overseas

Jun 3, 2014

Kenta Koie and Crossfaith earn some rock cred overseas

by Shawn Despres

In February, Osaka electro-infused metalcore act Crossfaith toured Britain with Limp Bizkit. Sharing stages and hanging out with the 1990s rap-metal act and its celebrity frontman Fred Durst reinforced the importance of not letting success go to their heads. “That was the biggest tour ...

<em>Gaijin</em> band scene welcomes music fans of all kinds

May 27, 2014

Gaijin band scene welcomes music fans of all kinds

by Laurier Tiernan

A large multicultural crowd gathered at Club Edge in Tokyo’s Roppongi district in March, socializing and laughing boisterously before watching three bands. They remained pretty boisterous throughout the performances. Japanese audiences have a reputation for being quiet during concerts, taking in every single note ...

SKST 4seasons aren't posing when it comes to rock

May 27, 2014

SKST 4seasons aren't posing when it comes to rock

by Aaron Krall

Tomo Nakamura had already decided before walking through the door that this audition would be his last. He’d already been in a half dozen bands that had never taken off. He was prepared to give up on dreams of being a musician, but fortunately ...