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The electronic remains of Ursula Bogner

Jun 24, 2014

The electronic remains of Ursula Bogner

by Alisa Yamasaki

Ursula Bogner (1946-94) was a German pharmacist, wife and mother with a passion for the unfamiliar, which included electronic music. At her home studio, she layered sonic textures and her own voice to create explorative, playful pieces that have a slight outer-space feel. She ...

Luna Sea rockers Sugizo and Inoran talk life at 25

Jun 19, 2014

Luna Sea rockers Sugizo and Inoran talk life at 25

by Ryotaro Aoki

“I don’t think of this as a reunion. We didn’t break up; we just paused our activities and came back to life,” says Sugizo, guitarist and violinist of rock group Luna Sea. Sitting next to bandmate Inoran, he speaks calmly and softly, his eyes ...

Review: Luna Sea at Yoyogi National Gymnasium

Jun 19, 2014

Review: Luna Sea at Yoyogi National Gymnasium

by Ryotaro Aoki

Luna Sea celebrated its 25th anniversary by holding a special concert, “Luna Sea 25th Anniversary Live -The Unfinished Moon-,” on May 29 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium. The date marks exactly 25 years since the rock band first performed in public at a small venue ...

Blonde Redhead gets comfortable with past records

Jun 17, 2014

Blonde Redhead gets comfortable with past records

by Ian Martin

Formed in 1993 by Japanese singer Kazu Makino and Italian twins Simone and Amedeo Pace, and forged in the noisy underbelly of the New York alternative scene, Blonde Redhead has charted a path that has taken it from screeching underground noise rock to fragile, ...

'Frozen' Various artists

| Jun 17, 2014

"Frozen" Various artists

by Patrick ST. Michel

At first blush, the Japanese success of the animated film “Frozen” seems easy to explain. In a country where people pack Tokyo Disneyland on weekdays, of course a new princess-centric cartoon from Disney would succeed, but “Frozen” has been a phenomenon all its own. ...

Left Right Arms 'Scapes'

| Jun 17, 2014

Left Right Arms "Scapes"

by Patrick ST. Michel

Sleepy solitude is a frequent theme in the dream-pop songs made by Tokyo-based artist Left Right Arms. The solo artist’s first EP, self-released last year, was titled “A Sleep,” while his second EP out a few months later included delicate songs such as “Out ...

Boris sums up its sonic spectrum with 'Noise'

Jun 10, 2014

Boris sums up its sonic spectrum with 'Noise'

by Ryotaro Aoki

Trying to define the sound of Tokyo-based experimental trio Boris is like asking someone their favorite kind of music. It’s everything, it’s nothing in particular … it’s definitely not country. “I think our music is built on top of an American rock legacy, but ...

Jun 9, 2014

Psy goes from 'Gangnam' to hip-hop style in new song

Psy, who set off a global sensation with “Gangnam Style,” tried out a fresh sound this week as he released a hip-hop tale of drunken debauchery co-starring rapper Snoop Dogg. Titled “Hangover,” the South Korean star’s new song returns to the “Gangnam Style” theme ...