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Shizuoka set for a rock fest with local flare

Dec 2, 2014

Shizuoka set for a rock fest with local flare

by Thomas Hall

A raucous bassist shouting at the top of his lungs, a guitarist who models himself on AC/DC’s Angus Young and a drummer dressed in nothing but a fundoshi (loincloth) — meet The Wemmer. The Shizuoka-based band is typical of the energy of punk, hard ...

Flipping through rock's baby pictures

Dec 2, 2014

Flipping through rock's baby pictures

by Dexter Thomas

In the mid-1960s, a young Mike Nogami picked up a camera and started taking pictures of things around him — dogs, his neighborhood, friends playing guitar. Some of those friends were in a band called Happy End, the group that Haruomi Hosono played bass ...

Industrial band raises ghosts of World War I

Nov 25, 2014

Industrial band raises ghosts of World War I

by Stephen Brown

The metallic clank and screech of cult German industrial band Einstuerzende Neubauten’s homemade instruments are chillingly appropriate for “Lament,” its idiosyncratic performance for the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Since bursting onto the Berlin punk scene in the early 1980s, ...

| Nov 18, 2014

Sumi surprises with impressive debut

by Patrick ST. Michel

Sumi “Resurrect My Independence” (Self-released) Sumiko Yamazaki, who records as Sumi, grew up in Japan, but moved to the United States in 2004 and now resides in New York. On her recently released debut album, “Resurrect My Independence,” she reflects on her experience existing ...

Bastian Baker hits the clubs and karaoke

Nov 18, 2014

Bastian Baker hits the clubs and karaoke

by Catherina Depaz

Being an ambassador has its perks. Sure there’s a ton of diplomacy to weave through, but the work must be worth it if you get to hold concerts at your house. Last Friday, Swiss Ambassador Urs Bucher invited a small group over to see ...

Hokuo Night brings Kalevi in from afar

Nov 18, 2014

Hokuo Night brings Kalevi in from afar

by Madeline Barbush

Discovering Jaakko Eino Kalevi’s music feels like finding a hidden gem, and with music so freely available on the Internet these days this isn’t a far-fetched notion. The Helsinki-based artist hasn’t been hiding, though, he has been releasing his self-described brand of experimental, pseudo-pop ...

Sound is no barrier for 'world's fastest pianist'

Nov 16, 2014

Sound is no barrier for 'world's fastest pianist'

A composer who claims to be the world’s fastest pianist says tickling the ivories quicker than the human ear can hear is a surefire route to nirvana. Ukrainian Lubomyr Melnyk is working his fingers at a dizzying 19.5 notes per second, and reckons the ...