Old and new mingle sweetly at Summer Sonic

Aug 19, 2014

Old and new mingle sweetly at Summer Sonic

by Patrick ST. Michel

After Queen finished “Another One Bites The Dust” — 10 minutes before 8 p.m. on the Sunday of this year’s Summer Sonic in Chiba — hundreds of fans darted for the exits of QVC Marine Field Stadium. Security guards and staff with megaphones tried ...

Seiho to take Summer Sonic into the night

Aug 14, 2014

Seiho to take Summer Sonic into the night

by Patrick ST. Michel

Three years ago, Seiho Hayakawa could often be found playing shows at basement venues around Osaka. Today, he’s all over the map. In the past year, Hayakawa has toured the United States, opened for Disclosure in Tokyo and now divides his time between Kanto ...

Hard rock, J-pop rule Summer Sonic

Aug 14, 2013

Hard rock, J-pop rule Summer Sonic

by Patrick ST. Michel

Veteran Japanese rockers Mr. Children attracted so many fans to this year’s edition of the Summer Sonic music festival that they made Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman Billy Corgan upset. “Thank-you for the warm reception,” he said sarcastically in Osaka on Saturday, in response to the ...

Marr's new message

Aug 8, 2013

Marr's new message

by Shaun Curran

“What I’ve done is revert to type. I’ve gone back to my nature.” It has taken 26 years, but Johnny Marr is finally ready to embrace his past. It is a legacy of immense weight: The five years he spent as guitarist and co-songwriter ...

Cyndi Lauper is having a great year

Aug 7, 2013

Cyndi Lauper is having a great year

by Jason Richards

Cyndi Lauper is at a loss for words. The musical icon, who turned 60 in June, has just been faced with the suggestion that her career is now hotter than it’s ever been. “I don’t know …” she says in her thick Queens, New ...

Linkin Park returns to Summer Sonic

Aug 1, 2013

Linkin Park returns to Summer Sonic

by Jason Richards

Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park always starts his trips to Tokyo the same way. Jet-lagged and unable to sleep on the first night, the band’s founding member has made a ritual of hitting up the Tsukiji fish market around 4 a.m. for sushi and ...

From Björk to Kyary, festival season has arrived

Jun 7, 2013

From Björk to Kyary, festival season has arrived

by Mike Sunda

Summer means a lot of things in Japan: stifling heat and humidity, fireworks and the Bon holidays, nagashi-sōmen noodles and chilled barley tea. For music fans though, the season brings a different kind of to-do list: booking cheap train tickets in advance, stocking up ...

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 ...

Girls have all the fun

Aug 17, 2007

Girls have all the fun

by James Hadfield, Philip Brasor, and Daniel Robson

If there was a festival anthem to this year’s Summer Sonic, it was “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” The overflowing crowd at Cyndi Lauper’s Sunday set on the Sonic Stage was mostly made up of women who mouthed every word to her string of ...