City pop revival helps Suchmos at just the right time

Music Feb 28, 2016

City pop revival helps Suchmos at just the right time

by Patrick St. Michel

Walk into a Tower Records store in Shibuya or Shinjuku and you'll eventually come across the apparel section. The current fashion aesthetic here leans retro: Hoodies and T-shirts come emblazoned with text highlighting throwback music signifiers, from equipment ("cassette tape," "analog") to genres ("surf ...

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 ...