Review: X Japan at Yokohama Arena

Music Dec 3, 2015

Review: X Japan at Yokohama Arena

X Japan kicked off its Japan tour on Tuesday night in front of a packed crowd at Yokohama Arena. And the show was a welcome return to form. After disbanding in 1997 and returning to the stage in 2008, the band has played one-off ...

Guitarist Inoran gets personal on 'Beautiful Now'

Music Aug 27, 2015

Guitarist Inoran gets personal on 'Beautiful Now'

Kiyonobu Inoue, more commonly known as Inoran, is a very busy man. Aside from his day job, in which he plays to sold out arenas as a guitarist for rock band Luna Sea, he juggles being a producer, playing in a handful of other ...

Industrial-metal act Godflesh teams up with Daymare for tour

Music Jul 14, 2015

Industrial-metal act Godflesh teams up with Daymare for tour

Often cited as influencing acts such as Ministry and Nine Inch Nails, as well as post-metal bands from the 2000s like Isis and Pelican, industrial metal band Godflesh are coming to Japan for a three-city tour from this Friday. The shows are being staged by ...

City pop revival is literally a trend in name only

Music Jul 5, 2015

City pop revival is literally a trend in name only

City pop is the latest trend to hit Japan's indie-music scene. Well, not the musical style, just the words. The term was originally used to describe an offshoot of the emerging Western-influenced "new music" of the 1970s and '80s. "City pop" referred to the likes ...

Pirokalpin gets a taste of the majors and opts for indie

Music May 29, 2015

Pirokalpin gets a taste of the majors and opts for indie

Getting signed to a major label is a goal many bands aspire to, but what happens when your contract ends halfway through the making of your sophomore LP? You start your own label and put it out yourself. That is what guitar pop band Pirokalpin ...

Awesome City joins a major club

Music Apr 24, 2015

Awesome City joins a major club

Bassist Takumi Matsuzaka had a clear plan in mind when he launched his band, Awesome City Club, in early 2013. "From the start I knew I wanted it to be two girls and three guys, and we'd play the songs at slower, danceable tempos," he ...

CQ will take you to the world's end

Music Apr 3, 2015

CQ will take you to the world's end

Music genres can sometimes be helpful guidelines for a band, but they can also end up being an albatross around a musician's neck, especially if they're part of your group's moniker. Just ask Hiroshi Sasabuchi, drummer for rock band CQ and formerly of Tokyo Shoegazer. ...