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Seiho Met Maxo and The Hair Kid in Brooklyn, and it was Everything We Hoped it Would Be

As the laboratory for electronic music moves from the club to the Internet, the distance between physical places seems to matter less and less when …

SuG’s New Music Video Includes Footage From Euro-tour

You gotta love this classic. Oh wait, that’s “teen spirit.”Rock outfit SuG’s music video for their tune “Smells Like Virgin Spirit” is now up on …

flumpool Add ‘What About Eggs?’ Asia Tour Dates

This popular J-rock outfit is reaching new heights with their latest full-length. And their taking it on the road.Additional shows have been …

VIDEO: Suiyoubi no Campanella Pumps Pink Red Bull Through Her Veins

Everyone nestles an inner craziness — and it may just easily be activated by ingesting a little more caffeine than usual, say, with a sip of some …

Manga Nirvana Anime Japan 2016 Attracts Massive International Fanbase

Time flies fast at an anime convention. Writing down the physical layout of Anime Japan 2016 makes it sound not particularly intimidating – two …

Perfume 2016 Tour Website is Up in All its Cosmic Glory

The website of Perfume’s upcoming live tour “Perfume 6th Tour 2016 ‘COSMIC EXPLORER’” is now up and running.The upcoming tour will be showcasing …

Europe, Get Ready for ONE OK ROCK’s Upcoming Tour

This band of rockers has already established a strong international following. And this year, they take on the European continent.Super-band ONE OK …

Music Festivals

Megahit Anime Gintama Takes Over Tokyo’s Hallowed Kokugikan Arena

The Kokugikan arena in the Ryogoku district of Tokyo is the undisputed hallowed home of sumo. The impressive structure has been host to one of …

Get a Sneak Peak at Queen of Kawaii Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Greatest Hits Album and World Tour Dates

This J-pop icon is set for another big year. Another world tour and a “first” greatest hits full length.Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has revealed details of her …

Japanese Culture

VIDEO: Bye for now: A Farewell to N’Shukugawa Boys

Together for 9 years, the ever-charismatic trio outfit that’s thrilled our rock ‘n’ roll souls, N’ Shukugawa Boys is calling it quits — at least for …

Rockers coldrain Set for Massive Europe Tour in May

Watch out Europe, yet another J-rock outfit is heading your way this spring.Five-member coldrain’s (imaginatively named) live tour “MAY EUROPEAN …

Sounds of Japan Vol. 4: Kyoto’s Imperial Sonic History

In recent decades, Tokyo has become the center of Japan in many people’s minds. And as unfair as that might seem to the rest of the country, it is …

Japan

Five More Shows Including ‘Download Fes’ Added to BABYMETAL World Tour Roster

We are in constant awe of these girls’ international sonic presence.As we’ve previously mentioned, three-member kawaii metal unit BABYMETAL will be …

Japanese Culture

VIDEO: Tracing Back to Square One With WHITE ASH

Now being a band that’s got their albums lined up in record stores while touring nationwide, the studio they inhabited as a band trying to make it …

WHITE ASH

WHITE ASH is an indie alternative band formed in 2008. Drawing influences from foreign bands circa 2000s and raising Arctic Monkeys as their primary …

VIDEO: WHITE ASH - “Blaze”

WHITE ASH is definitely making the speakers blaze with their latest track.With an undeniably catchy and up-tempo drive, this fiery track hooks you …

GYZE Set to Perform at ‘Summer Breeze Open Air’ Heavy Metal Fest in Germany

Joining the list of Japanese rock bands that are set for the international touring circuit is this gang of three from Sapporo.Three-member metal …

The MTV 81 Guide to Osaka’s Rich Record Store Scene

It’s barely five minutes since I get off the airport express at Namba Station in downtown Osaka when I stumble across a small record store. It’s a …

Japan

Kyoto’s Otoboke Beaver Set for UK Tour

This powerful band of girls from Kyoto is taking their wall of sound to international shores.Otoboke Beaver has confirmed a U.K. tour, scheduled for …

Japanese Culture

5 Must-have (Free!) Japanese Smartphone Apps

Want to learn how to make onigiri, beautify your photos or get in shape for beach season? It’s all so easy now with just a few quick taps on the …

Japanese Culture

The World Standard (Wa-suta)’s Major Debut Full-length Set for Worldwide Release

What a way to enter the international music circuit. The World Standard (Wa-suta) will release their major label debut album “The World Standard” on …

Watch BRAHMAN’s New Music Video for ‘Tembaku Wo Yuku,’ and the ‘BRAHMAN’ Movie While You’re at it

This band of rockers has been around for two decades now, so they’ve done what a lot of other sonic legends have done in the past – make a …

WHITE ASH Celebrate ‘Spade 3’ Release With a Gig at Red Bull Studios Tokyo, and You’re Invited

Photo: Tasuku AmadaThe team at Red Bull Japan has been busy. Last year, they worked on sonic collaborations with Kaisoku Tokyo, Aklo & MJ116 and …

VIDEO: AKASICK Glows Wild With Danger at Album Pre-Release Gig

Welcome AKASICK, a 3-piece band turned 5-piece band, for a catchy performance preceding their first major album release!Led by Yokohama-born Rihi on …

6 Japanese Super Groups That are Changing J-music History

The concept of the “super group” has long tickled the fancy of music fans all over the world. The idea of established and hyper-talented musicians …

Japanese Culture

Math Rock Outfit LITE Set for Five-city China Tour

Our fave math rock band is heading to Chinese shores this spring.LITE will have their first live tour in China this April – a sequel to the Asia tour …

Ling Tosite Sigure Drummer Pierre Nakano to Hold Drum Clinic Tour in Taiwan and Hong Kong

Aspiring drummer? J-rock aficionado? Read ahead for the sonic educational chance of a lifetime.Pierre Nakano, drummer of seminal band Ling Tosite …

Hong Kong

The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Music at SXSW 2016

The South By Southwest (SXSW) music conference and festival stands as one of the best places to catch Japanese artists in North America. The five-day …

Japanese Culture

MILLEA and w-inds. Announce Performances at 6th Hong Kong Asian-Pop Music Festival

With strong followings in the Asian continent, what better acts than these two to repp Japan at the upcoming Hong Kong Asian-Pop Music Festival …

Watch SAND’s Full Performance from ‘This Is Hardcore Fest’ Music Festival

For a music fan that couldn’t get his or hands on the tickets, there’s nothing better than being able to watch the full thing at home after the …