| Nov 19, 2010

Joan of Arc takes center stage

by Tomoko Otake

Though widely known in the West, St. Joan of Arc is an obscure historical figure for many people in Japan. Maki Horikita, who portrays the 15th-century French war heroine in the upcoming TBS stage production “Jeanne d’Arc,” rises to the challenge of making Joan’s ...

| Nov 12, 2010

Preaching to the converted

by Shaun Curran

Nicky Wire is reminiscing. For the self-professed “nerdy historian” of Manic Street Preachers, the wistfulness is not misplaced. New album “Postcards From a Young Man” is Manic Street Preachers’ 10th: a landmark under any criterion, but Wire is keen to accentuate what a milestone ...

Here be Vampires

| Oct 22, 2010

Here be Vampires

by Shaun Curran

V ampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio exudes a happy demeanor, albeit a slightly weary one. Weary thanks to an unyielding touring schedule that finds him traveling to San Diego midway through an extensive tour of the United States; happy because there can be no ...