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Taico Club

Music / Concert Previews May 22, 2009

Taico Club

Although it's gearing up to be a bonanza year for Japan's two main outdoor summer showcases, with Fuji Rock looking set to bounce back triumphantly after last year's lineup fiasco, where Primal Scream ended up playing two nights on the mainstage, and Summer Sonic ...

British Anthems

Music / Concert Previews Mar 6, 2009

British Anthems

The cultural difference between Britain and Japan may be even greater than the 9,000 km separating them on a map, but that's no disputing the ties between the countries when it comes to their shared love of music. As evidence of this there's the ...

Music / Concert Previews Mar 6, 2009

British Anthems

The cultural difference between Britain and Japan may be even greater than the 9,000 km separating them on a map, but that's no disputing the ties between the countries when it comes to their shared love of music. As evidence of this there's the ...

Mystery Jets ditch the quirky and turn up the pop

Music Dec 19, 2008

Mystery Jets ditch the quirky and turn up the pop

They formed their group when they were only 8 years old, but after years of playpen antics it wasn't until 2006 that Mystery Jets made it into the public eye with their debut album "Making Dens." Back then, their eccentric wonky-prog ramblings were met ...

Music / CD Reviews Nov 14, 2008

Beyonce "I am . . . Sasha Fierce"

A two-disc concept album charting the sense of detachment Beyonce Knowles feels between her stage presence and the "real her"? The record industry must really be in turmoil for Sony to have let her get away with releasing this — everyone knows double albums ...

Music / CD Reviews Nov 14, 2008

Asian Kung-Fu Generation "Surf Bungaku Kamakura"

To Japanese music fans, Yokohama indie-punk four-piece Asian Kung-Fu Generation need little in the way of an introduction, with their colorful sixth album, "Surf Bungaku Kamakura," being released onto an existing backdrop of widespread commercial success and critical favor. With previous albums flying straight ...

No more riots — Kaiser Chiefs get serious

Music Nov 7, 2008

No more riots — Kaiser Chiefs get serious

In a few short years, Kaiser Chiefs, the cheeky indie-pop five-piece from Leeds in northern England, have seen their success on home turf swell from zero (as pre-Kaiser incarnation Parva) to their rebirth as stadium-ready, worldwide superstars. For this they can thank a string ...

Music / CD Reviews Oct 17, 2008

Squarepusher "Just a Souvenir"

British avante-garde electronica artisan Squarepusher's latest recorded effort is representative of the bigger picture into which it has been painted. Having overseen an experimental electronic renaissance throughout the 1990s, the Warp label spearheaded a new pinnacle of synthetic symphonists, giving us the likes of ...

Music / CD Reviews Oct 10, 2008

Queen + Paul Rodgers "The Cosmos Rocks"

Ever since Freddie Mercury left us for a better place, guitarist-come- scientist Brian May has taken it upon himself to throw his weight around as the new demigod leader of Queen in all its myriad bastardized forms. And who can blame him — if ...