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Apr 1, 2016

Quake-hit areas' students sing in U.S. to say thanks for support

Japanese high school students from areas hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami took part in a concert in New York on Tuesday to express gratitude for the reconstruction assistance given by the United States and countries around the world. The students performed Mahler’s ...

Japan's 'Masked Girls' seek fame under cover

Apr 1, 2016

Japan's 'Masked Girls' seek fame under cover

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Standing out from Japan’s many girl groups can be a daunting task, but one act, Kamen Joshi (Masked Girls), has found the answer by hiding behind masks. As many as 15,000 people flocked to a concert by the band late last year, showing how ...

Religious duel: Pastor rock vs. Buddhist monk blues

Apr 1, 2016

Religious duel: Pastor rock vs. Buddhist monk blues

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Most days, Lutheran pastor Kazuhiro Sekino preaches to his congregation in a soft voice with religious hymns playing in the background of a Tokyo church. But as night falls, he hits a smoky stage crisscrossed with whizzing strobe lights, shedding his pious day job ...

Mar 29, 2016

Youth orchestra from Fukushima makes U.S. debut

An ensemble of young Japanese musicians founded in the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster is making its U.S. debut in Boston. The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta will perform April 3 at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Senior musicians from ...

Review: Gwen Stefani at Zepp DiverCity

Mar 29, 2016

Review: Gwen Stefani at Zepp DiverCity

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It has been almost 10 years since Gwen Stefani’s last solo album, “The Sweet Escape” (December 2006). But the woman who bounded on stage to “Wind it Up” at Zepp DiverCity on March 16 exuded just as much energy as she did the last ...

Shonen Knife heads out on a new 'Adventure'

Mar 20, 2016

Shonen Knife heads out on a new 'Adventure'

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Upon being reminded that this year marks rock band Shonen Knife’s 35th anniversary, singer and guitarist Naoko Yamano just smiles and shrugs. “It has been so many years now, I can’t keep count,” she says with a laugh. “Fixating on anniversaries isn’t very rock ...