Category Music

The Japan Times: Opinion – Pretty Good Year: Gesu No Kiwami Otome

Publications such as Oricon Japan are touting a “band boom” — a term thrown around the Japanese pop culture lexicon occasionally, signifying a surging popularity of rock bands — on the horizon for a new generation, with Gesu No Kiwami Otome. as one of the premier acts. While it remains to be seen whether a […]

The Japan Times: X Japan Live Review

Indeed, it has been a very long time since we’ve had an X Japan album. But to fans, even the delays are part of the mythos — one full of hardship, success, tragedy and resurrection. This time, however, it looks certain that a comeback is going to happen. Read the full article at The Japan […]

The Japan Times: “We Are Perfume — World Tour 3rd Document” Review

On the other hand, the film finds the trio during their downtime at the Merlion in Singapore, ordering at In-N-Out Burger in Los Angeles and shopping at Uniqlo in New York. This overseas aspect seems overtly tailor-made for a Japanese audience — at times I wondered if the film was just a glorified kaigai(overseas) photo […]

Red Bull: Red Bull Thre3style World Championships Report

After a week-long battle featuring 18 DJs from 17 different countries duking it out in clubs across Tokyo, the Red Bull Thre3style world final came down to six DJs competing for the title of the world’s ultimate party-rocking DJ. Read the full article at Red Bull.com.

The Japan Times: Inoran (Luna Sea) Interview

Kiyonobu Inoue, more commonly known as Inoran, is a very busy man. Aside from his day job, in which he plays to sold out arenas as a guitarist for rock band Luna Sea, he juggles being a producer, playing in a handful of other projects and managing a solo career. He admits life wasn’t always […]

The Japan Times: Godflesh (Live Preview)

The former Napalm Death guitarist and his companion, bassist Ben “G.C.” Green should feel right at home on a roster that includes Japanese acts Boris and Cohol. The label has been chiefly responsible for introducing them to a Japanese audience, while also introducing what metal fans in the West have known for years now; that […]

The Japan Times: Opinion – The City Pop Revival

What was originally used to refer to as “urban music made by people in cities” in the pop scene, now seems to be more of a simplified indie buzzword used to induce feelings of sophistication, fashionableness and nostalgia. And while it’s easy to dismiss the term as a generalized, convenient marketing gimmick to sell records […]

The Japan Times: Pirokalpin Interview

Getting signed to a major label is a goal many bands aspire to, but what happens when your contract ends halfway through the making of your sophomore LP? You start your own label and put it out yourself. That is what guitar pop band Pirokalpin did with its new album, “A New Philosophy.” Released through […]

Red Bull Studios: Lite Interview

After an appearance at SXSW and their first US East Coast tour as headliners, Japanese instrumental post-rock band Lite released a new EP, ‘Approaches 4’, as a free download. The six track EP consists of live sessions conducted at the newly opened Red Bull Studios Tokyo back, which was also broadcast live via webstream. With […]

Red Bull Studios: LITEインタビュー

4人組インストルメンタルロック・バンドLITEが、3月にRed Bull Studios Tokyoで行ったスタジオライブを無料配信音源『APPROACHES 4』として発表した。期間限定(2015年 5月19日 22:30 – 6月30日)の音源は未発表の新曲「Balloon」を含む全6曲。常に前へ走り続ける彼らは今回の音源のリリース記念として、6月に東京・大阪でのワンマンと、その後8月にはパリとロンドンでワンマン公演を行うことを発表。 そんな多方面でますます活動を極めて行く彼らに話を伺った。ギターの武田信幸とギター・シンセの楠本構造をRed Bull Japanのオフィスに迎え、スタジオライブ、アメリカツアー、そして6月から予定されているワンマンツアーについて語ってもらった。 Red Bull Studiosのホームページにて掲載。