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Delving into a century of Japanese sound

Music Aug 27, 2019

Delving into a century of Japanese sound

by Katherine Whatley

Robert Millis has been playing guitar, making music from field recordings and old records, and making compilations of music from all around Asia for decades. The musician and sound artist has also written books and made movies and sound installations about music and old recordings. ...

The spirit of Satchmo survives in Tokyo

Music Aug 20, 2019

The spirit of Satchmo survives in Tokyo

by William Archambeault

Yoshio Toyama and his wife, Keiko, have spent most of their lives as unofficial musical ambassadors between Japan and the American city of New Orleans. In New Orleans, Toyama, a trumpeter and singer, is known as the "Satchmo of Japan" for his skillful ability to ...

Foals: Summer Sonic's storm before the calm

Music Aug 15, 2019

Foals: Summer Sonic's storm before the calm

by Oscar Boyd

"My knees are fine, my knees are fine. Yeah, no problem there. I'm actually jumping off even higher things these days," says Yannis Philippakis, lead singer of the British band Foals. Philippakis is referring to his raucous live performances, which display a commitment to aerobatics ...

Trade spat sees K-pop caught in the middle

Music Aug 14, 2019

Trade spat sees K-pop caught in the middle

by Patrick St. Michel

The Japanese debut performance of Korean pop group Stray Kids planned for next month should be an unquestionably good thing. The fledgling male outfit has been gaining steam since emerging in 2017, with its nine members having already played shows in Southeast Asia, Australia, ...