City pop revival is literally a trend in name only

Music Jul 5, 2015

City pop revival is literally a trend in name only

by Ryotaro Aoki

City pop is the latest trend to hit Japan's indie-music scene. Well, not the musical style, just the words. The term was originally used to describe an offshoot of the emerging Western-influenced "new music" of the 1970s and '80s. "City pop" referred to the likes ...

Awesome City joins a major club

Music Apr 24, 2015

Awesome City joins a major club

by Ryotaro Aoki

Bassist Takumi Matsuzaka had a clear plan in mind when he launched his band, Awesome City Club, in early 2013. "From the start I knew I wanted it to be two girls and three guys, and we'd play the songs at slower, danceable tempos," he ...