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For Shaun Curran's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Bruce Foxton on breaking up and moving on after The Jam

Music Mar 7, 2018

Bruce Foxton on breaking up and moving on after The Jam

Bruce Foxton pauses for thought. "How would I describe what I'm doing? I suppose I'm flying the flag for those great songs." Foxton was bassist in The Jam, the mod revivalists who, spearheaded by Paul Weller, became one of the biggest bands to ever come ...

Three's never a crowd for Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Music Jan 16, 2018

Three's never a crowd for Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

British sibling trio Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are discussing why their fourth album "Superscope" is their most upbeat yet. "I think you just get bored of moaning all the time, don't you?" says Daisy, 29. "Going on about love and 'poor old me,' that ...

Beck: 'I wanted to put out a giant positive wave of sound'

Music Oct 19, 2017

Beck: 'I wanted to put out a giant positive wave of sound'

"It's actually surreal that it's finally out," Beck Hansen says of his 13th album, "Colors." "It's the longest time from inception to release I've ever had. It's been like a rebirth." Beck knows a thing or two about renewals. As alternative rock's shape-shifting outlier, the ...

Elvis Costello: 'Don't just stick to one way of doing things'

Music Sep 4, 2016

Elvis Costello: 'Don't just stick to one way of doing things'

I've just mentioned to Elvis Costello the publicity stunt he pulled on his first trip to Japan in 1978. "Ah, our attempt to get ourselves in the papers," Costello recalls over the phone from his Vancouver home. It had seemed like such a fiendishly provocative ...

Underworld: 'We've become inseparable now, and it's really great'

Music Aug 18, 2016

Underworld: 'We've become inseparable now, and it's really great'

Two years ago, Underworld duo Karl Hyde and Rick Smith had an epiphany. After more than three decades of working together — through some unremittingly lean early years; an epoch-defining, mega-selling turn in the 1990s; soundtracking the London Olympics opening ceremony, and a fractured ...

Jamie xx: The archaeologist of U.K. rave culture

Music Jan 3, 2016

Jamie xx: The archaeologist of U.K. rave culture

Sitting in his favorite East London cafe, Jamie Smith is nervous. Tonight, he will headline his biggest ever show as Jamie xx at Brixton Academy. "I'm enjoying playing live on my own," he says, "but it’s stressful. People are there to watch to me as ...