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Space Shower TV, the homegrown version of music television, has been instrumental in promoting what might be best called Japanese pop, as opposed to J-pop. These groups may not make the upper reaches of the chart — they are either too raw or too offbeat — but they are also too accessible or too popular to be called indie anymore.

Space Shower’s “Sweet Love Shower 2001” — a six-hour-long concert broadcast live on television — is a primer for what is bubbling in this stratum of music, between J-pop’s saccharine sounds and the sonic tumult of the underground.

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