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In mid-March, as spring began uncoiling anew, the world’s music industry once again turned its eyes to Austin, Texas, the self-styled “live-music capital of the world,” for the annual South by Southwest industry conference and festival. Planes disgorged thousands of band members, record-label bigwigs, promoters, producers, journalists, music fans and more, all of whom converged on the city’s tiny downtown district for a week of live music, seminars and schmoozing.

A particular highlight of the festival is Japan Nite. A SXSW staple since 1996, last year’s Japan Nite launched the Stateside career of Osaka’s Oreskaband, who went on to join the massive Warped Tour and star in a forthcoming Hollywood movie, “Lock and Roll Forever,” and is undoubtedly the prime event for any Japanese artist hoping to crack the West.

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