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Seiko Oomori: J-pop's reigning rule-breaker

Music Sep 26, 2018

Seiko Oomori: J-pop's reigning rule-breaker

by Patrick ST. Michel

Pop music often opts for positivity rather than confronting the uncomfortable, but Seiko Oomori has never really adhered to J-pop norms. "The bad things that happen to you can also be attractive, almost kawaii," she says from one of the upper floors at the headquarters ...

British rockers Reef make a revelatory return

Music Aug 29, 2018

British rockers Reef make a revelatory return

by Oscar Boyd

The thriving British music scene of the mid-1990s was awash with techno, Britpop and newer genres like jungle and trip-hop. When Reef burst onto the scene, the group's heavier style of rock must have felt like an actual oasis to some listeners. The band's debut ...

Are Crossfaith rock's last true believers?

Music Oct 25, 2017

Are Crossfaith rock's last true believers?

by Patrick ST. Michel

Crossfaith is experiencing an existential rock 'n' roll crisis. It's not stopping them from partying like rock stars, though. "I'm a bit hung over," vocalist Kenta Koie tells me as our interview starts. He was out drinking the night before with programmer and keyboardist Terufumi ...