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Bow down: Beyonce owns the MTV Video Music Awards

Aug 25, 2014

Bow down: Beyonce owns the MTV Video Music Awards

by Mesfin Fekadu

Beyonce closed the MTV Video Music Awards with an epic nearly 20-minute performance, and tears streamed down her face as she was joined onstage by her beaming husband and daughter. Beyonce sang and danced Sunday in a metallic leotard while Blue Ivy and Jay ...

Old and new mingle sweetly at Summer Sonic

Aug 19, 2014

Old and new mingle sweetly at Summer Sonic

by Patrick ST. Michel

After Queen finished “Another One Bites The Dust” — 10 minutes before 8 p.m. on the Sunday of this year’s Summer Sonic in Chiba — hundreds of fans darted for the exits of QVC Marine Field Stadium. Security guards and staff with megaphones tried ...

Pixies to bring 'Indie Cindy' to Summer Sonic

Aug 14, 2014

Pixies to bring 'Indie Cindy' to Summer Sonic

by Shaun Curran

Sat on the upper deck of his band’s tour bus, Pixies frontman Black Francis shrugs his shoulders and screws up his face. This is, I’ve come to realize, how the man born Charles Thompson IV tends to field questions before, if and when the ...

Seiho to take Summer Sonic into the night

Aug 14, 2014

Seiho to take Summer Sonic into the night

by Patrick ST. Michel

Three years ago, Seiho Hayakawa could often be found playing shows at basement venues around Osaka. Today, he’s all over the map. In the past year, Hayakawa has toured the United States, opened for Disclosure in Tokyo and now divides his time between Kanto ...

Crzkny unites artists against nuclear power

Aug 12, 2014

Crzkny unites artists against nuclear power

by Patrick ST. Michel

Electronic-music producer Kenji Takikawa’s work took a major detour following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. “Like many Japanese people, I feel angry about the way March 11 and the consequent events that followed regarding nuclear power was handled,” says the Hiroshima native ...

Chi-na aims to win fans over one step at a time

Aug 12, 2014

Chi-na aims to win fans over one step at a time

by Ian Martin

For many musicians, dreams of success take the form of a big break: perhaps a major label record contract, a lucrative tour deal or a barnstorming festival set. However, a quick fix isn’t the style of Tokyo indie quintet Chi-na, who is gradually growing ...