Over the last few years, a new generation, nurtured on everything from European techno to American indie rock, have been transforming Bangkok’s music scene. Indie labels such as Small Room and Hualampong Riddim have blossomed — and nestled among the hostess bars and karaoke clubs that litter Bangkok’s small lanes (called soi), dance clubs and live venues are thriving. The Soi Bangkok-Tokyo Music Festival, in its second year, brings this new Bangkok sound out of the back alleys and into Tokyo’s clubs.

The Bangkok-Tokyo connection may seem obscure, but there has always been a fair bit of cross-pollination. The festival organizers have encouraged this cultural exchange by sponsoring a festival in Bangkok earlier this year with Japanese artists Cornelius and Spank Happy. Several Japanese bands, including Buffalo Daughter, will also play at the Tokyo festival.

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