The Album Leaf at Metamorphose

| Jun 19, 2008

The Album Leaf at Metamorphose

by Jeff Hammond

Although The Album Leaf started in 1998 as a side project to Jimmy LaValle’s work in another band (San Diego’s Tristeza), his postrock power-pop solo venture has since evolved into his main gig. The band’s lineup often changes — multi-instrumentalist LaValle even performed as ...

Egberto Gismonti at Tokyo Summer Festival

| Jun 19, 2008

Egberto Gismonti at Tokyo Summer Festival

by Philip Brasor

The theme of the 24th annual Tokyo Summer Festival, which runs from July 3 to 31 at venues throughout the city, is Forest Echoes/Desert Voices. Representing the former is pianist and guitarist Egberto Gismonti, who studied classical music in Paris only to return to ...

Perfume at Rock in Japan

| Jun 19, 2008

Perfume at Rock in Japan

by Daniel Robson

Pop trio Perfume will appear at Rock in Japan in what is likely to be the most thrilling spectacle of the weekend — while making the festival’s name seem utterly inappropriate. Expect idiosyncratic dance routines, are-they-aren’t-they miming debates, and a whole parkful of tech-tastic ...

Kiyoshiro Imawano at Fuji Rock Festival

| Jun 19, 2008

Kiyoshiro Imawano at Fuji Rock Festival

by Simon Bartz

Legendary rip-roaring rocker Kiyoshiro Imawano — who bears the soul of Otis Redding and the flamboyance of Marc Bolan — hasn’t had the best of times over the last few years. The keen cyclist first had his bicycle stolen, which seemed a threat to ...

Detroit 7: Playing at SXSW is killer!

| Mar 27, 2008

Detroit 7: Playing at SXSW is killer!

by Daniel Robson

Detroit 7 are one of Tokyo’s most explosive bands, a tight trio blasting out raw, Iggy Pop-inspired garage punk and dripping with showmanship. At their performance at South by Southwest’s Japan Nite on March 14, singer Tomomi Nabana drawled her lyrics in a deep ...

Soundtrack of the summer: Seiji Ozawa

| Jun 21, 2007

Soundtrack of the summer: Seiji Ozawa

by Benjamin Woodward

Under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, some of Japan’s top classical musicians gather each year for roughly a month of opera and orchestral concerts. The Saito Kinen Festival showcases an opera, usually something a little offbeat, and this year it’s Tchaikovsky’s “Pikovaya Dama” (“The ...

Soundtrack of the summer: Pet Shop Boys

| Jun 21, 2007

Soundtrack of the summer: Pet Shop Boys

by Philip Brasor

Neil Tennant’s genteel vocals were once the perfect ironic comment on the stylistic assertiveness of commercial pop, but as he’s entered middle age and his themes have become more wistful (but only a little less ironic) he’s turned into the Noel Coward of English ...