Former SMAP stars find freedom online

| Nov 9, 2017

Former SMAP stars find freedom online

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When a wrecking ball fell on and destroyed a car, I was hooked on a 72-hour live stream starring three former members of pop group SMAP. Airing last weekend on the online streaming site AbemaTV, this program found Goro Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and Shingo Katori ...

AmPm's Spotify strategy bears fruit

| Oct 5, 2017

AmPm's Spotify strategy bears fruit

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Japan's biggest breakout musical act of 2017 wear polar bear masks. The duo AmPm debuted this past spring, cloaked in fuzzy headgear and withholding all biographical information. In just over six months, the pair have had their easy-breezy electronic music released via Dutch label ...

Politics and pop: a perfect pairing

| May 4, 2017

Politics and pop: a perfect pairing

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It's official: You can't escape politics in America. On a recent trip to Seattle, everyone I spoke to wanted to talk about President Donald Trump. Fittingly, the 2017 edition of the Museum of Pop Culture's Pop Conference, which I was invited to speak at, ...

Where Japan's club culture needs to go in 2017

| Jan 8, 2017

Where Japan's club culture needs to go in 2017

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Last month, I was invited to speak at the inaugural Tokyo Dance Music Event — a conference consisting of workshops and talks, loosely modeled on long-running international equivalents like the Amsterdam Dance Event. On the first morning of the two-day program, I was asked to ...