JAY-Z: Summer Sonic

| Jul 2, 2010

JAY-Z: Summer Sonic

by Philip Brasor

Japan’s urban rock festival gets more urban every year, at least musically. Headliner Jay-Z, husband of last year’s headliner, Beyonce, and the richest rapper in the world, hasn’t visited Japan often, especially since he came out of retirement in 2006. He and Stevie Wonder ...

YUI: Rock In Japan

| Jul 2, 2010

YUI: Rock In Japan

by Shawn Despres

Fukuoka’s Yui has been turning out chart-toppers since releasing her 2006 major-label debut, “From Me to You,” while still in her teens. The Avril Lavigne-esque songwriter’s new disc, “Holidays in the Sun,” will drop July 14 and she’ll showcase it at Rock in Japan. ...

PLASTICS: Rising Sun Rock Festival

| Jul 2, 2010

PLASTICS: Rising Sun Rock Festival

by Daniel Robson

With their rudimentary synths, wiry guitar hooks, dazzling fashion and the insane barked vocals of Chica Sato and Hajime Tachibana, Plastics were Japan’s quintessential late 1970s new-wave band, finding fans in contemporaries Devo and The B-52′s. Their re-formation comes as neo wave and nu ...

MOGWAI: Metamorphose

| Jul 2, 2010

MOGWAI: Metamorphose

by Richard Smart

If you had told Glaswegian band Mogwai when they formed in the mid-1990s that they would end up headlining a dance music festival, they would have laughed in your face. But over the years Metamorphose has evolved from a festival representing electronic music that ...