X Japan superstar Yoshiki looks at what could have been

Oct 21, 2016

X Japan superstar Yoshiki looks at what could have been

X Japan would have been hard-pressed to imagine a more impassioned following in its heyday, with the symphonic metal group’s 1997 breakup in Tokyo taking on an air of national mourning. But could X Japan have been far bigger on the world stage? In ...

Lifehouse finds unexpected fans in Brazil

May 8, 2015

Lifehouse finds unexpected fans in Brazil

Rockers Lifehouse have gone indie for their latest album. That means a lot more work for the band — but also discovering fans in unexpected places. Developing a social media presence for the band’s upcoming album, the Los Angeles-based group found, to its surprise, ...

British blues, rock legend Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer

Dec 23, 2014

British blues, rock legend Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer

British blues and rock legend Joe Cocker, whose hits included “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong,” and whose contortionist style of performance was memorably parodied by John Belushi on “Saturday Night Live,” has died. He was 70. His London-based agent, Barrie ...

Jul 15, 2014

Boowy vocalist Himuro announces plans for a hiatus

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Singer Kyosuke Himuro, a veteran from the world of Japanese rock, announced Sunday he’ll be taking a break from stage performances. The announcement came during a performance at the Shunan City Bunka Kaikan in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Sankei Shimbun reports that the decision to take ...

Bugg scores with working-class familiarities

May 9, 2013

Bugg scores with working-class familiarities

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“I hadn’t been anywhere before last year, I’d hardly left England. And now I’m going to Japan. I never thought I’d be going to a place like that. I think it is going to blow my mind.” Jake Bugg is getting used to going ...

Extruders have a rock epiphany

Apr 18, 2013

Extruders have a rock epiphany

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“Before the gig, we were quite intimidated: a lowly rock band performing in front of a god. After, we found we could do it, and that was the turning point for us.” Going back to at least when Paul the Apostle saw the light ...