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The best of Japanese indie in 2016

| Dec 25, 2016

The best of Japanese indie in 2016

by Ian Martin

While the J-pop mainstream seemed in 2016 to have finally and irreversibly consummated the awkward courtship of streaming technology, the year was business as usual for the basement-dwellers of the indie and underground scenes. And as usual, the result was a raft of terrific ...

The dream of the '90s is alive in Kansai

| May 29, 2016

The dream of the '90s is alive in Kansai

by Ian Martin

A big part of Japanese music's wild overseas image is defined by groundbreaking artists from the Kansai area. Encompassing Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe, as well as nearby Nara and Wakayama, Kansai's scene has exerted a powerful influence over international perceptions of Japanese music, particularly ...