The best of Japanese indie in 2016

| Dec 25, 2016

The best of Japanese indie in 2016

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While the J-pop mainstream seemed in 2016 to have finally and irreversibly consummated the awkward courtship of streaming technology, the year was business as usual for the basement-dwellers of the indie and underground scenes. And as usual, the result was a raft of terrific ...

The dream of the '90s is alive in Kansai

| May 29, 2016

The dream of the '90s is alive in Kansai

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A big part of Japanese music’s wild overseas image is defined by groundbreaking artists from the Kansai area. Encompassing Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe, as well as nearby Nara and Wakayama, Kansai’s scene has exerted a powerful influence over international perceptions of Japanese music, particularly ...

Macmanaman step up to bat for the live show

May 13, 2014

Macmanaman step up to bat for the live show

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“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 ...

Indie band The fin. is just getting started

Apr 29, 2014

Indie band The fin. is just getting started

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“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 ...