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Psy says he has 'no chance' of another 'Gangnam Style' success

Dec 4, 2015

Psy says he has 'no chance' of another 'Gangnam Style' success

‘Gangnam Style” star Psy acknowledged Monday that he could never repeat the phenomenal global success of his 2012 hit, but said he was perfectly happy being “just another” K-pop artist. The South Korean rapper was catapulted to unlikely international stardom after the “Gangnam Style” ...

Review: X Japan at Yokohama Arena

Dec 3, 2015

Review: X Japan at Yokohama Arena

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X Japan kicked off its Japan tour on Tuesday night in front of a packed crowd at Yokohama Arena. And the show was a welcome return to form. After disbanding in 1997 and returning to the stage in 2008, the band has played one-off ...

Mercury Rev comes back from disaster to see the light

Nov 27, 2015

Mercury Rev comes back from disaster to see the light

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“Sometimes years go by, it seems,” Jonathan Donahue sings within seconds of Mercury Rev’s ninth album, “The Light in You,” giving the first snapshot into the mental state of a band that has returned from the brink. Seven years, in fact, had passed since ...

NHK announces 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' lineup

Nov 27, 2015

NHK announces 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' lineup

NHK released the lineup Thursday for the 66th edition of its annual “Kohaku Uta Gassen” yearend song contest. The contest, which airs on the network from 7:15 p.m. until 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 31, is set to include a total of 51 performing acts ...

Nile Rodgers, Chic set to tour a legacy

Nov 26, 2015

Nile Rodgers, Chic set to tour a legacy

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‘Music gives people hope.” Nile Rodgers understands this statement better than most. The 63-year-old grew up the son of drug-addicted parents, dragged from pillar to post across the East Coast of the United States, but it was his love of jazz and rhythm and ...

Ride's long road back to the stage

Nov 20, 2015

Ride's long road back to the stage

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‘I’d never seen anything like it!” says Ride frontman Mark Gardener as he recalls the first time the recently reformed shoegaze pioneers stepped foot on Japanese soil. “We touched down at the airport and there were 300 people there, all with daffodils, chocolates, toys ...

Dark sounds for dark times from avant-garde group Goat

Nov 20, 2015

Dark sounds for dark times from avant-garde group Goat

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It’s at a showcase for Berlin’s Pan record label, where I first stumble on Osaka band Goat. As I walk down the concrete steps of Shinsaibashi venue Conpass, I can already hear the music. The gradually increasing reverberations of sound grow ever more tight ...

Chopin competition winner focuses on art

Nov 20, 2015

Chopin competition winner focuses on art

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These days the road to fame often starts with a viral video on YouTube, but Korean pianist Seong-jin Cho took the classic route — he won a music competition. The 21-year-old winner of the international Frederic Chopin piano competition, told the press at the ...