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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 ...

Macklemore apologizes for offensive costume

May 20, 2014

Macklemore apologizes for offensive costume

by Chris Talbott

Rapper Macklemore posted an apology on his website late Monday, saying he didn’t mean to mock Jewish people by wearing a costume that some say was anti-Semitic during a show in Seattle last week. Macklemore wrote that he randomly chose the pieces of the ...

Qrion reaches for softer EDM

| May 20, 2014

Qrion reaches for softer EDM

by Patrick ST. Michel

Qrion “Sink” (SenSe) There’s no shortage of electronic artists in Japan making maximalist music that centers on neck-snapping bass freakouts. Sapporo’s Qrion, though, creates songs that speak a private, softer language. The 19-year-old producer turns vocal samples into unfamiliar streaks of sound, and where ...

Jackson hologram performs on stage

May 20, 2014

Jackson hologram performs on stage

The late King of Pop Michael Jackson was back on stage — as a hologram — performing at the Billboard 2014 Music Award event Sunday in Las Vegas. Jackson, or rather his hologram, sang and moonwalked to “A Slave to the Rhythm” dressed in ...

N.O.R.K. muddies the gap between indie and R&B on 'ADSR'

May 13, 2014

N.O.R.K. muddies the gap between indie and R&B on 'ADSR'

by Mike Sunda

Japan’s electronic-music scene has long seemed to suffer from a stylistic and unbridgeable gap between popular and independent music — one side characterized by overzealous polish, the other by lo-fi charm. In the case of N.O.R.K., the two sides have collided in spectacular fashion. ...

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 ...