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Dempagumi.inc mew-ves into the world of Hello Kitty

Jun 8, 2015

Dempagumi.inc mew-ves into the world of Hello Kitty

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Anti-itch cream and Hello Kitty may seem like an unlikely pairing, but these days it seems that cat can sell anything. This time, however, she has enlisted Akihabara-based idol group Dempagumi.inc to help. The group, PokeMuhi Motta Dempagumi.inc to Hello Kitty (Dempagumi.inc that has ...

Florence and the Machine finds uplift in heartache

Jun 8, 2015

Florence and the Machine finds uplift in heartache

Florence and the Machine delves into the intense emotional terrain of heartbreak for the band’s highly anticipated new album but, with an audience, it feels like a spiritual revival. The group, led by gusty-voiced show-woman Florence Welch, offered an initial live interpretation Friday of ...

Old Lacy Bed and a legacy left by Vivian Girls

Jun 7, 2015

Old Lacy Bed and a legacy left by Vivian Girls

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“Share the Joy,” the 2011 album by Brooklyn trio Vivian Girls, starts off with the distinctive rumble of a drone strike in progress before suddenly veering into a lollygagging eighth-note groove for beginner musicians. Over the opener, “The Other Girls,” drifts Cassie Ramone’s pre-emptive ...

American blues capital Memphis is losing its luster

Jun 7, 2015

American blues capital Memphis is losing its luster

It was once the cradle of blues and rock for America and synonymous with the magic of B.B. King. But Memphis is not the musical beacon it used to be. With the death of the legendary blues guitarist King last month, the city has ...

Taicoclub gets bigger with new stages

May 28, 2015

Taicoclub gets bigger with new stages

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Taicoclub, the electronic-music event that unofficially marks the beginning of Japan’s music festival season, is expanding this year to include a stage sponsored by Red Bull Music Academy. The two-day event presents a mix of genres with a primary focus on electronic music. This ...