A year of tough choices at Fuji

Music | FUJI ROCK 2013 Jul 31, 2013

A year of tough choices at Fuji

by Mike Sunda

Wandering around on the opening day of this year's Fuji Rock, I got the impression that numbers were down on previous years. Of course, anyone who has ever been stuck in the event's seemingly never-ending lines for the portable toilets — or who's been ...

Purity Ring's secret? Start your morning right

Music | FUJI ROCKERS Aug 2, 2012

Purity Ring's secret? Start your morning right

by Mark Jarnes

How does Fuji Rock compare with other festivals around the world? Megan James (vocals): It's huge! Everything's really tight and relaxed. Corin Roddick (instrumentals): It's so streamlined. Like they have people taking care of everything. As soon as we stopped playing like 25 people rushed on ...

Mono wants you to give your parents a hug

Music | FUJI ROCKERS Aug 2, 2012

Mono wants you to give your parents a hug

by Mark Jarnes

Great gig! Yasunori Takada (drums): We feel great. We're thankful to everyone who put the show together and to the people that came to watch us. And of course, the orchestra. What made you decide to add the orchestra to your recordings and performances? Takaakira Goto (lead ...

Commentary / World Aug 24, 2011

1991 USSR coup attempt's steep cost

by Mikhail Gorbachev

Twenty years ago this weekend, a group of Communist Party Politburo members and Soviet government officials attempted a coup d'état. They created an unconstitutional "committee on the state of emergency," isolated the Soviet president and removed him from power. The events of that August were ...

Lesser lights shine amid Fuji Rock rains

Music Aug 4, 2011

Lesser lights shine amid Fuji Rock rains

by Mike Sunda

When U.S. act Washed Out hit the Red Marquee stage on Friday night, that's when the Fuji Rock Festival 2011 really began to get going. Coming off a drab performance at May's Freaks Festival that left many disappointed, singer Ernest Greene was determined to prove ...

Vaccines bring shot of rock to Fuji

Music Jul 28, 2011

Vaccines bring shot of rock to Fuji

by Shaun Curran

Even before the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake caused concert cancellations en masse, The Vaccines had to start pulling out of overseas tour commitments due to singer Justin Young's throat operation. Now "100 percent better," the band will show the audience at this ...