Music Jun 16, 2016

Summer Sonic unveils domestic collaborative acts

by Chinatsu Yajima

Summer Sonic on Thursday unveiled nine new domestic acts and a solo artist from China for its upcoming 2016 edition, including indie trio Cero and singer-songwriter Kazumi Nikaido, who is performing with the Gentle Forest Jazz Band. Chinese solo artist Leah Dou has also been ...

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 ...