Kanye West cancels Fuji Rock headline spot

Music Apr 3, 2014

Kanye West cancels Fuji Rock headline spot

Kanye West has canceled his headline appearance at this year's Fuji Rock Festival "due to artist circumstances," according to festival organizers. The news came as West's camp also announced the 36-year-old hip-hop star would postpone his tour in Australia next month until September, citing "unexpected ...

Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation

Books / Reviews Oct 19, 2013

Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation

There are some genres of music that Japan excels in. Recently, acts here have been appropriating the dance music styles of dubstep and juke to create a sound that feels like a real contribution to the global music scene. Before all this, though, there ...

Loco in Yokohama

Books / Reviews Oct 19, 2013

Loco in Yokohama

I remember heading to the pub years ago, after teaching English at a high school, to swap horror stories with my peers. Baye McNeil's "Loco in Yokohama" is, in that sense, a trip down memory lane. After receiving good reviews from his self-published debut, "Hi! ...

Fairley tries to avoid spoilers but it's all part of the game

TV Jul 30, 2013

Fairley tries to avoid spoilers but it's all part of the game

The standard opening line when speaking to someone about the TV series "Game of Thrones" basically amounts to a spoiler alert. It's no different when talking to actress Michelle Fairley, who plays Catelyn Stark in the popular HBO cable series. "I've seen Season 3 and I've ...

In the record bag: Mark Birtles

Music | IN THE RECORD Jun 20, 2013

In the record bag: Mark Birtles

Born in Nottingham, England, Mark Birtles began DJing in Leeds before coming to Japan in 2008. He is one half of the Tokyo Indie events team, which has hosted DJ gigs with touring bands such as My Bloody Valentine, Metronomy, Mystery Jets and Yeah ...

Pianist Onishi to come out of retirement

Music May 2, 2013

Pianist Onishi to come out of retirement

Pianist Junko Onishi will come out of retirement to perform one more time, at the finale of this year's Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture. According to a statement released Friday, the 46-year-old musician was convinced to come back to the stage by overtures ...

Japanese acts play music ambassadors at Canadian Music Week

Music Mar 28, 2013

Japanese acts play music ambassadors at Canadian Music Week

After rock group Jake Stone Garage hit the final chord of one of their powerful guitar-heavy songs, the crowd let out a few hoots and applauded politely. For a Western band this may have seemed a bit unreceptive, but luckily Jake Stone Garage are from ...