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'Jazz mecca' Osaka to host star-studded global concert

Apr 22, 2014

'Jazz mecca' Osaka to host star-studded global concert

by Steve McClure

What comes to mind when you think of Osaka? Maybe takoyaki (octopus dumplings), the Hanshin Tigers, Universal Studios Japan, wacky comedy and down-to-earth, unpretentious people. Osaka wants to add jazz to that list. The city has scored a coup by being chosen by UNESCO ...

London mayor backs the buskers

Apr 21, 2014

London mayor backs the buskers

by Remi Banet

Concerned that London’s seasoned street musicians are being silenced by excessive regulation, Mayor Boris Johnson is leading calls for the buskers’ voices, and guitars, to be heard again. Camden Town in North London, with its punks and a high street bristling with “alternative” shops, ...

E-Girls 'Colorful Pop'

Apr 15, 2014

E-Girls "Colorful Pop"

by Patrick ST. Michel

E-Girls are a 28-member-strong idol pop collective constructed by Avex. The “E” stands for “Exile,” as in this is the female version of greased-up R&B doofs Exile. The songwriters and producers making the songs on their second album, “Colorful Pop,” boast backgrounds making mediocre ...

Yoshino Yoshikawa 'Yumetatsu Glider'

| Apr 15, 2014

Yoshino Yoshikawa "Yumetatsu Glider"

by Patrick ST. Michel

Tokyo producer Yoshino Yoshikawa has often described his work as “ultrapop,” and for a while that term made perfect sense. Yoshikawa created busy, buzzing songs in the mold of Yasutaka Nakata. With names such as “Kawaii Candy,” they were a colorful rush of synthesizers ...

Record Store Day finds its groove in Japan

Apr 15, 2014

Record Store Day finds its groove in Japan

by Patrick ST. Michel

It won’t be business as usual at Big Love Records this Saturday, April 19. The store, one of the best places to shop for records in Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku neighborhood, will be selling limited-edition music from various artists, including film director David Lynch. Meanwhile, ...

Seiji Ozawa takes to the stage for Mozart opera

Apr 8, 2014

Seiji Ozawa takes to the stage for Mozart opera

by Chiho Iuchi

It is certainly good to see Maestro Seiji Ozawa back at the podium again. Japan’s most celebrated conductor made a triumphant return to the Saito Kinen Festival last summer after having taken two years off due to bad health. He took a rest after ...