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MUSIC

Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Feb 14, 2013
My Bloody Valentine hit the decks in Shibuya
My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe manned the decks for a rare DJ set at a Tokyo Indie event in Tokyo on Friday.
CULTURE / Music / JAZZ NOTES
Feb 14, 2013
Jazz acts must embrace some new standards
Drop by your local jazz club and on an average night there's a fair chance the band will at some point play a rendition of "Autumn Leaves," "My Favorite Things" or " 'Round Midnight" — or maybe all three. You might hear an inspired rendition of a time-honored classic, but more likely you'll have...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Feb 7, 2013
Hotel Mexico's pop aims at the heart
It's tough to figure out where to take your band when you get some buzz in the media right out the gate. After getting noticed for its fuzzed-out pop jams from highly regarded online music outlets such as Pitchfork, Noisey and Gorilla vs. Bear, Kyoto's Hotel Mexico knew early on that it would need to...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Feb 7, 2013
ZZZ's hone skills abroad and have some chance encounters
The highlight of 2012 for experimental postpunk trio ZZZ's was meeting Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore in Miami. It turns out the feeling was mutual. American record label Matador Records posted their artists' and employees' favorite things from the past 12 months online recently and Hyogo Prefecture's...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Feb 7, 2013
Dirty Beaches draws from Serbian film on new album
Alex Zhang Hungtai is constantly in motion. The Taiwanese-born artist, who performs under the name Dirty Beaches, has said in interviews the idea of "home" doesn't mean much to him. He's lived in Taipei, Honolulu, Shanghai and Montreal, and is an avid traveler on top of that. This feeling of always being...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music / STRANGE BOUTIQUE
Jan 31, 2013
Diamond cries 'murder' on the dancefloor
In its Jan. 12 edition, the Japanese business magazine Diamond Weekly decided to ring in the new year with a 10-page feature titled, "Who's Killing Music?" It was the topic of much discussion and reaction in the music business, and the article even made the agenda during a meeting of the Japanese music...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Jan 31, 2013
February: My Bloody Valentine returns
January featured a ton of great concerts across Japan, but February might be even better — hope your wallet isn't too thin this month.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Jan 23, 2013
Miho Hazama starts a journey
It's believed that time spent living abroad can be a journey of self-discovery, and for Miho Hazama that has certainly been the case. Moving to New York to study for a master's degree in jazz composition at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) was an experience that led to the recording of her debut,...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Jan 23, 2013
Alabama Shakes tap the roots of Southern blues-rock
Here's a question: what do Russell Crowe, Robert Plant, Jack White and David Byrne all have in common?
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / VIEWS FROM THE STREET
Jan 22, 2013
Tokyo: What do you think of AKB48's no-love-life clause?
I can understand their handlers want to keep the girls potentially available, just as I'm sure they want their stable to concentrate on their performances, not boys. It works to prevent any scandals too, while maintaining a pure image in a very Japanese way, where the puppet masters keep a very tight rein.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jan 17, 2013
'Furasshubakku Memorizu 3D (Flashback Memories 3D)'
Music documentaries nearly all feature nonmusical moments, such as Bob Dylan sardonically jousting with journalists in 'Dont Look Back.' 'Furasshubakku Memorizu 3D (Flashback Memories 3D),' a documentary of didgeridoo player Goma offers no such moments.
Japan Times
Events / Events In Tokyo
Jan 17, 2013
Tango orchestra to tour country
A renowned Argentine tango orchestra and dancers will bring their passion for the art to audiences in more than 30 cities across Japan through March.
Events / Events In Tokyo
Jan 17, 2013
'Driftwood' duet to be the first of its kind
The first duets on two "driftwood" violins are being performed in Japan by leading Mexican violinist Adrian Justus and his teacher, Yuriko Kuronuma, a Mexico-based Japanese violinist.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Jan 17, 2013
Patti Smith hopes 2013 is about rebuilding
By the time you read this, Patti Smith will have been in Japan for nearly a week. The iconic poet, author, painter and "Godmother of Punk" hasn't yet played a gig with her band; that will come later. First, Smith is reconnecting with a country with which her affinity runs deep.
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Jul 24, 2012
Today's J-blip: A song for Ichiro Suzuki
'Don't you know, he beats the throw!' Ben Gibbard's indie-pop tribute to Ichiro.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art / Japan Pulse
May 15, 2012
Rediscovering Japan's 'lost generation' and Tokyo Beatles
LIFE.com unearths photos of pill-popping hipsters, doing the hippie hippie shake, back in the day.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art / Japan Pulse
Mar 7, 2012
15th Japan Media Arts Festival
Creators of interactive technology and cutting-edge eye candy get their week in the spotlight.
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 5, 2011
Japan in a European club?
Hitherto unknown and self-styled "loach" Yoshihiko Noda must learn to swim in an ocean of problems as Japan's new prime minister of the year. He has more than a plateful of domestic issues, but he should also realize, as his predecessors forgot, that Japan needs to re-engage the world if it is to find...
Features
May 22, 2011
Collector's 'labor of love' is a wonder to behold
From the outside it's just another concrete building rising up nine or 10 stories on a downtown Tokyo street. Inside, it's no more impressive — until Shinichiro Tatsumi opens the well-secured door to his own, private Bob Dylan heaven.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Mar 31, 2011
Post-quake aid on a musical note
Music industries of the world — both mainstream and indie, both domestic and overseas — find different ways to get relief money into quake-hit Japan.

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