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Kenta Koie and Crossfaith earn some rock cred overseas

Jun 3, 2014

Kenta Koie and Crossfaith earn some rock cred overseas

by Shawn Despres

In February, Osaka electro-infused metalcore act Crossfaith toured Britain with Limp Bizkit. Sharing stages and hanging out with the 1990s rap-metal act and its celebrity frontman Fred Durst reinforced the importance of not letting success go to their heads. “That was the biggest tour ...

<em>Gaijin</em> band scene welcomes music fans of all kinds

May 27, 2014

Gaijin band scene welcomes music fans of all kinds

by Laurier Tiernan

A large multicultural crowd gathered at Club Edge in Tokyo’s Roppongi district in March, socializing and laughing boisterously before watching three bands. They remained pretty boisterous throughout the performances. Japanese audiences have a reputation for being quiet during concerts, taking in every single note ...

SKST 4seasons aren't posing when it comes to rock

May 27, 2014

SKST 4seasons aren't posing when it comes to rock

by Aaron Krall

Tomo Nakamura had already decided before walking through the door that this audition would be his last. He’d already been in a half dozen bands that had never taken off. He was prepared to give up on dreams of being a musician, but fortunately ...

Macklemore apologizes for offensive costume

May 20, 2014

Macklemore apologizes for offensive costume

by Chris Talbott

Rapper Macklemore posted an apology on his website late Monday, saying he didn’t mean to mock Jewish people by wearing a costume that some say was anti-Semitic during a show in Seattle last week. Macklemore wrote that he randomly chose the pieces of the ...

Qrion reaches for softer EDM

| May 20, 2014

Qrion reaches for softer EDM

by Patrick ST. Michel

Qrion “Sink” (SenSe) There’s no shortage of electronic artists in Japan making maximalist music that centers on neck-snapping bass freakouts. Sapporo’s Qrion, though, creates songs that speak a private, softer language. The 19-year-old producer turns vocal samples into unfamiliar streaks of sound, and where ...

Jackson hologram performs on stage

May 20, 2014

Jackson hologram performs on stage

The late King of Pop Michael Jackson was back on stage — as a hologram — performing at the Billboard 2014 Music Award event Sunday in Las Vegas. Jackson, or rather his hologram, sang and moonwalked to “A Slave to the Rhythm” dressed in ...