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Far from the glorious cacophony blasted out by the majority of the Japanese acts at South by Southwest, Osaka’s Maki Rinka plays a coquettish, kitsch pastiche of 1950s and ’60s jazz and good old Hollywood glamour. At the first of her two SXSW shows, at The Rio on March 12, she took the stage dressed as a retro-futuristic air stewardess, dazzling the crowd with her warm, playful voice and authentic, skilled backing band.

Before the show, a half made-up, giggly Rinka, pondered the night ahead as her band members quietly noodled away on their guitars backstage.

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