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Awesome City joins a major club

Apr 24, 2015

Awesome City joins a major club

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Bassist Takumi Matsuzaka had a clear plan in mind when he launched his band, Awesome City Club, in early 2013. “From the start I knew I wanted it to be two girls and three guys, and we’d play the songs at slower, danceable tempos,” ...

Young Juvenile Youth courts clubs and charts

Apr 24, 2015

Young Juvenile Youth courts clubs and charts

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Whether it’s younger stars like Sam Smith and Charli XCX whose pasts have seen collaborations with producers such as Disclosure, Alex Metric and Starkey, or established names like Bjork delving into the underground to work with Arca and The Haxan Cloak, the trajectories of ...

Miyavi explores his 'Others' side on new album

Apr 17, 2015

Miyavi explores his 'Others' side on new album

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Playing a sadistic real-life villain in the Angelina Jolie film “Unbroken” clearly took its toll on Takamasa Ishihara, who admits he wept and threw up as he prepared for his final scene. Now back in a more familiar role as the enigmatic musician Miyavi, ...

Spotify, Pandora help slow decline in record sales

Apr 17, 2015

Spotify, Pandora help slow decline in record sales

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The decline in worldwide recorded-music revenues slowed last year as more people subscribed to online services. The proportion of sales from digital destinations equaled those from physical formats for the first time. Global revenue for the industry, whose best-selling album was the movie soundtrack ...

Southern All Stars 'Budou'

| Apr 17, 2015

Southern All Stars "Budou"

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Southern All Stars “Budou” (Victor / Taishita) Southern All Stars don’t need to try. Japan’s music media and industry decided the rock quartet was historically important long ago. A 2003 poll by retailer HMV named them the most influential Japanese group ever, and plenty ...

Tenkiame 'So Sad About Us'

| Apr 17, 2015

Tenkiame "So Sad About Us"

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Tenkiame “So Sad About Us” (Independent) Tokyo’s Azusa Suga is a busy man. For the past four years he has been managing online label Canata Records, recorded woozy electronic pop under the name Shortcake Collage Tape and played in indie-pop band For Tracy Hyde, ...

Cuushe dreams of perfect pop on 'Night Lines'

Apr 12, 2015

Cuushe dreams of perfect pop on 'Night Lines'

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Where Japanese musicians used to move to Tokyo for a shot at the big time, these days it feels like increasing numbers of them are heading to Berlin instead. Mayuko Hitotsuyanagi, better known by her dream-pop alias Cuushe, was one of them. In 2012, ...

British filmmaker sounds out Japan

Apr 12, 2015

British filmmaker sounds out Japan

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In 1996, the Environment Ministry unveiled a list of designated places and traditions around the country that demanded appreciation not for how they looked, but how they sounded. The selections in “100 Soundscapes of Japan” may not have been terribly adventurous — bird songs, ...