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London is the place to be for Luby Sparks

Music Jan 23, 2018

London is the place to be for Luby Sparks

by James Hadfield

Some bands have all the luck. While many of their peers will probably be toiling on the live circuit for years before gaining any recognition beyond their immediate circle of friends, the college kids of Luby Sparks are already going places. Thanks to a combination ...

What's in a name? Just ask Cairophenomenons

Music Feb 26, 2017

What's in a name? Just ask Cairophenomenons

by Ryotaro Aoki

When a band changes its name, it sometimes signifies a switch in artistic direction. For indie band Cairophenomenons — previously known as Cairo — the decision was far more practical, even if the new moniker is a bit of a mouthful. "Our band didn't show ...

Music | STRANGE BOUTIQUE Feb 26, 2017

Music venue Three tries to up its numbers

by Ian Martin

Tokyo's independent live music scene has always been somewhat dysfunctional. Complaints from performers about the prevalence of the ubiquitous pay-to-play ticket quota system — in which bands need to guarantee a minimum number of customers — have gone way past outrage and into the realm ...

Paellas aim to redefine the sound of 'now'

Music Jan 15, 2017

Paellas aim to redefine the sound of 'now'

by Patrick ST. Michel

Fitting into the sound of the moment while still standing apart from it can be a tricky thing to do. Paellas guitarist Satoshi Anan says he wanted the feeling of "now" to come out on his band's newest album, "Pressure." "But I didn't want to ...