Other routes taken

| Mar 26, 2010

Other routes taken

by Philip Brasor

Pavement was not totally idle during the ’00s. Matador rereleased the band’s five albums, each in double-CD formats with dozens of previously unreleased tracks. However, each member was also involved in more personal endeavors, some more musical than others. Stephen Malkmus formed the Jicks, ...

Running around the many stages

| Jul 31, 2009

Running around the many stages

by James Hadfield

If you want to get a sense of the sprawling possibilities at Fuji Rock, just look at Rafven’s schedule. The former street band from Gothenburg, Sweden, managed to play no less than nine times during the festival, bringing their exuberant brand of gypsy-style revelry ...

Mad about deke-deke-deke

| Aug 7, 2008

Mad about deke-deke-deke

by Philip Brasor

The Ventures’ 1962 trip to Japan sparked the “eleki boom.” Thousands of young men bought electric guitars and taught themselves how to play. As a movement it worried their elders, who believed such distractions were an obstacle to schoolwork, or worse. It wasn’t the ...

Olodum at Earth Celebration

| Jun 19, 2008

Olodum at Earth Celebration

by Donald Eubank

After last year’s all-star lineup for Earth Celebration’s 20th birthday, this year taiko drumming troupe Kodo mark the 100th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Brazil by inviting Olodum from the Brazilian state of Bahia to headline. An Afro-Brazilian culture group, Olodum started out in ...

Fabio Luisi at the Pacific Music Festival

| Jun 19, 2008

Fabio Luisi at the Pacific Music Festival

by Chiho Iuchi

Following his appearance in 2004, Italian talent Fabio Luisi returns to the Pacific Music Festival this year as principal conductor. Luisi’s dynamic baton and the PMF Orchestra will cap the festival’s finale with a colorful and narrative program, featuring Richard Strauss’ symphonic poem “Don ...

Santogold at Summer Sonic

| Jun 19, 2008

Santogold at Summer Sonic

by Philip Brasor

Santogold has quickly eclipsed Vampire Weekend as the year’s certified hippest new indie-rock act, and for good reason. Santi White’s weird and wonderful vocal style — a sly mix of girl-group theatrics and new-wave experimentalism — complements her high-energy, ska-derived beats in such a ...