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A powerful flood of change threatens to wash through the Tokyo rock scene courtesy of the upcoming Rogue Wave event on May 25.

It can be difficult for smaller bands to establish themselves on the domestic music scene, as artists popularized through the Oricon music industry charts “are heavily weighed toward management-driven idols,” Rogue Wave organizer Keith Cahoon says. Although the local live-house scene is vigorous, there are “a lot of overlooked bands with real talent, but many live-house events just mix random bands that have little to do with each other, so there’s not much atmosphere.”

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