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Reshaping the sound of Neo-Tokyo for 'Akira'

Jul 13, 2018

Reshaping the sound of Neo-Tokyo for 'Akira'

by Matt Schley

If you were watching anime in English in the 1990s and 2000s, chances are you've heard a dub recorded by Les Claypool III. Some of the films and series that passed through Claypool's studio, Magnitude 8 Post, include "Macross Plus," "Ghost in the Shell" ...

Review: Gorillaz at Zepp DiverCity

Jun 24, 2018

Review: Gorillaz at Zepp DiverCity

by Oscar Boyd

The most successful moments in Gorillaz' enviable five-studio-album career have always come as eclectic pairings with the greats of the music world. Such collaborations have included Bobby Womack's back-from-the-R&B-graveyard performance on "Stylo," Ibrahim Ferrer's Cuban-crooning on "Latin Simone," the juxtaposition of Roots Manuva and Martina ...

Gorillaz to premiere new album at Tokyo show

Jun 14, 2018

Gorillaz to premiere new album at Tokyo show

by Oscar Boyd

Gorillaz, the self-proclaimed "world's most successful virtual act," will grace Tokyo with a pair of concerts next week that will include the world premiere of new album "The Now Now," which comes out June 29. The brainchild of Blur frontman Damon Albarn and artist Jamie ...

The two-sister circus of Charan-Po-Rantan

Jun 5, 2018

The two-sister circus of Charan-Po-Rantan

by Alex Martin

Koharu Matsunaga used to be a fixture on Tokyo's busking circuit, belting out tunes on her button accordion with her gypsy brass band at popular tourist stops like Ueno Park. The main songwriter and the older half of the sister duo Charan-Po-Rantan rarely performs on ...

1980s pop star Nick Heyward set to whistle back into Japan

May 17, 2018

1980s pop star Nick Heyward set to whistle back into Japan

by Gus Fielding

English singer-songwriter Nick Heyward, probably best known as the frontman of early 1980s pop band Haircut 100, has for two decades resisted the urge to milk the nostalgia circuit, in Japan at least. The affable 56-year-old from Beckenham, southeast London, who has also penned and ...