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Tokyo Jazz Festival impresses again

| Sep 9, 2014

Tokyo Jazz Festival impresses again

by Sean Smith

Sitting in a muddy field is taken as par for the course, and possibly even part of the attraction, at major summer festivals like Fuji Rock. But rain would certainly have put a damper on any jazz festival set in the heart of the ...

Music acts look to Groupon, LivingSocial for help

Sep 8, 2014

Music acts look to Groupon, LivingSocial for help

by Mesfin Fekadu

Websites like Groupon have become the go-to place for folks looking for that half-off deal on a manicure, a two-for-one offer for a fancy dinner or that all-inclusive trip that won’t break the bank. But increasingly, it’s also becoming the place for music fans ...

Jaga Jazzist brings the sound of Oslo to Tokyo Jazz Festival

Sep 4, 2014

Jaga Jazzist brings the sound of Oslo to Tokyo Jazz Festival

by Sean Smith

Trying to slot artists into specific trends, genres and an ever-expanding number of subgenres is a constant obsession for meticulous music fans looking to define what they’re listening to. Journalists categorize, sometimes to the dismay of the bands they’re covering, to make things simpler ...

Startline hopes to tap into Japan's punk love

Sep 2, 2014

Startline hopes to tap into Japan's punk love

by Shawn Despres

In the 2000s, Gumx was one of South Korea’s top-tier punk acts. With that band on indefinite hiatus, though, Gumx drummer Gun Choi is now looking to achieve similar success with Startline, a punk trio he formed in March of last year. “With Startline ...

Review: Lisa Loeb at Billboard Live

| Sep 2, 2014

Review: Lisa Loeb at Billboard Live

by Thomas Hall

Everyone has probably heard at least one Lisa Loeb song, and most likely it was her debut single “Stay (I Missed You)” — a worldwide hit exactly 20 years ago. Loeb remains thrilled with the song’s continued success. “I love when people tell me ...