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Mitsume play the indie game, but are winning the mainstream

Feb 11, 2014

Mitsume play the indie game, but are winning the mainstream

by Patrick ST. Michel

Mitsume subscribes to an easy-to-get-behind ethos regularly found in indie-rock communities: “Since our first album, we’ve been under nobody’s control but our own,” says lead vocalist Moto Kawabe. “We prefer to do whatever we can ourselves.” Accordingly, the Tokyo-based quartet has released all its ...

Composer scandal a blow to classical industry parched of hits

Feb 6, 2014

Composer scandal a blow to classical industry parched of hits

The revelation that composer Mamoru Samuragochi hired someone else to pen his most popular pieces has led to the withdrawal of his CDs from sale and cancelation of his concert tours, but this may be just the first of wider consequences for the classical-music ...

Glasgow's Chvrches score a hit with debvt albvm

Feb 4, 2014

Glasgow's Chvrches score a hit with debvt albvm

by Shaun Curran

Scratch beneath the surface just a little and Chvrches’ electro-pop becomes something of real substance. The Glasgow trio’s songs, which recall that genre’s golden era in the 1980s reimagined through meticulously modern production, initially appear throwaway in the truest sense but later reveal themselves ...

First female conductor at NNTT performs 'Madama Butterfly'

Feb 4, 2014

First female conductor at NNTT performs 'Madama Butterfly'

by Chiho Iuchi

Japanese audiences, especially women, may have mixed feelings about Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly.” However, they may become intrigued when they learn that a new production, which tells the story of a geisha abandoned by her U.S. Navy officer husband, is being staged under ...

Eadonmm's beats prove black is back

Feb 4, 2014

Eadonmm's beats prove black is back

by Mike Sunda

“Black is the new black” always seems like a safe motto when it comes to picking clothes, but in an electronic-music world that is constantly churning out micro-genre ephemera, some would argue that black has gone out of fashion. Witch house might have been ...

Ten years on, Hyperdub finds that it pays to be weird

Jan 28, 2014

Ten years on, Hyperdub finds that it pays to be weird

by James Hadfield

Most journalists hope to get a few decent quotes from an interview. Steve Goodman ended up getting a record label. It was 2003 when the Glasgow-born DJ, producer and sometime music writer interviewed fellow bass enthusiast Kevin Martin for XLR8R magazine. The latter was ...

Violinist Goto wins Grammy award

Jan 27, 2014

Violinist Goto wins Grammy award

An album featuring Japanese violinist Midori Goto on Sunday won the Best Classical Compendium award at the Grammys. Goto, 42, is a soloist in the violin concerto on “Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik,” under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach. The album, in which Germany’s ...

Jan 21, 2014

Ventla, i-fls and the road out of the Web

by Patrick ST. Michel

Tokyo bedroom producer Ventla has one goal and one goal only. “Ventla is in the process of releasing 100 digital albums for free over the coming years,” he declares on his website. So far, the relatively anonymous music maker has achieved a quarter of ...