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Macmanaman step up to bat for the live show

May 13, 2014

Macmanaman step up to bat for the live show

by Ian Martin

“Instrumental post-rock” is probably the worst way to introduce a band, and by this point 90 percent of this article’s readers will have probably fled to the sports section. Many of the most celebrated Japanese instrumental post-rock bands have carved a niche for themselves ...

May 9, 2014

Prince blasts beach-loving music bosses

by New York

U.S. pop icon Prince fueled his long-running feud with music industry bosses this past week, slamming them for being “always at the beach,” while hard-working artists make fortunes for them. The 55-year-old, who only weeks ago agreed a new deal with Warner Bros. Records ...

the Hiatus 'Keeper of the Flame'

| May 8, 2014

the Hiatus "Keeper of the Flame"

by Daisuke Kikuchi

With fourth album “Keeper of the Flame,” the Hiatus chose to emphasize digital production, moving away from the more organic style of natural instrumentation found on its previous release, the “Horse Riding” EP. The change comes alongside a reshuffle in the band’s membership and ...

Indie band The fin. is just getting started

Apr 29, 2014

Indie band The fin. is just getting started

by Ryotaro Aoki

“There’s this idea (among Japanese bands) that you have to make something different from the Western music you listen to,” says Yuto Uchino, singer for indie rock band The fin. “I was really trying hard to write in Japanese, but it was awkward. The ...

Review: TM Network at Fuchu no Mori Art Theater

Apr 29, 2014

Review: TM Network at Fuchu no Mori Art Theater

by Ena Okamoto

The fanks were out in full force on Saturday as J-pop trio TM Network launched its “the beginning of the end” tour. “Fanks” is a term coined to denote the band’s fans and is loosely made up of the words “fan,” “funk” and “punks.” ...

'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 ...