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City pop revival is literally a trend in name only

Music Jul 5, 2015

City pop revival is literally a trend in name only

by Ryotaro Aoki

City pop is the latest trend to hit Japan's indie-music scene. Well, not the musical style, just the words. The term was originally used to describe an offshoot of the emerging Western-influenced "new music" of the 1970s and '80s. "City pop" referred to the likes ...

Two weddings and a 'Funeral' at Fuji

Music Jul 29, 2014

Two weddings and a 'Funeral' at Fuji

by Mike Sunda

It's hard to know what the organizers at Fuji Rock Festival were thinking when they decided to have Jack Johnson headline the main stage on the event's last day. Not the infectious cheer and endearingly kitsch theatricality of The Flaming Lips, who performed directly ...

Indie band The fin. is just getting started

Music Apr 29, 2014

Indie band The fin. is just getting started

by Ryotaro Aoki

"There's this idea (among Japanese bands) that you have to make something different from the Western music you listen to," says Yuto Uchino, singer for indie rock band The fin. "I was really trying hard to write in Japanese, but it was awkward. The ...