British blues, rock legend Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer

Dec 23, 2014

British blues, rock legend Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer

British blues and rock legend Joe Cocker, whose hits included “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong,” and whose contortionist style of performance was memorably parodied by John Belushi on “Saturday Night Live,” has died. He was 70. His London-based agent, Barrie ...

Jul 15, 2014

Boowy vocalist Himuro announces plans for a hiatus

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Singer Kyosuke Himuro, a veteran from the world of Japanese rock, announced Sunday he’ll be taking a break from stage performances. The announcement came during a performance at the Shunan City Bunka Kaikan in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Sankei Shimbun reports that the decision to take ...

Bugg scores with working-class familiarities

May 9, 2013

Bugg scores with working-class familiarities

by Shaun Curran

“I hadn’t been anywhere before last year, I’d hardly left England. And now I’m going to Japan. I never thought I’d be going to a place like that. I think it is going to blow my mind.” Jake Bugg is getting used to going ...

Extruders have a rock epiphany

Apr 18, 2013

Extruders have a rock epiphany

by Ian Martin

“Before the gig, we were quite intimidated: a lowly rock band performing in front of a god. After, we found we could do it, and that was the turning point for us.” Going back to at least when Paul the Apostle saw the light ...

'Mr. Children 2005-2010 <macro>'

Jan 23, 2013

“Mr. Children 2005-2010 <macro>”

by Patrick ST. Michel

My Japan Times colleague Ian Martin nailed the state of Japanese pop music when he wrote that it was “clinging on to the hoary old remains of the past.” The Oricon Chart’s top albums of 2012 list was dominated by “Best Of” compilations, with ...

Alabama Shakes tap the roots of Southern blues-rock

Jan 23, 2013

Alabama Shakes tap the roots of Southern blues-rock

by Shaun Curran

Here’s a question: what do Russell Crowe, Robert Plant, Jack White and David Byrne all have in common? Incredible talent, fame and money is the obvious response, but the answer is that all four count themselves as part of the growing legion of Alabama ...