block.81 ☆Taku Takahashi’s Overground and Underground of Dance Music in 2013
Hey guys, ☆Taku Takahashi here. I’m half of Avex hip-hop and dance music duo m-flo, and head Japan’s only electronic-music radio station, block.fm. As the ...
December 2, 2013
Yone's Kawaii BiS: The Anti Idol
“Idols you can meet.” That’s the motto of Japan’s top idol unit, AKB48. By having their own theater in Akihabara, AKB opened up the doors ...
November 29, 2013
The Ani-revolution Continues at Anime Festival Asia 2013
No matter where in the world you go, everybody loves anime. So understandably, for many countries and cultures, anime (and their theme songs) are the ...
November 22, 2013
7 Most Memorable J-cover Songs of 2013
Covering a track is an art – when done right, it can equal, and even sometimes outshine the original. The past 12 months have seen ...
November 19, 2013
Group A Gets Naked and Makes Some Noise
Notorious for their earsplitting, pounding sound as well as their nude live-painting onstage antics, Tokyo-based industrial punk duo Group A have swept all before them ...
November 14, 2013
Kawasaki Halloween Delivers More Style Than Scares
Japan may not fully know the culture behind Halloween, but that definitely doesn’t mean they don’t know how to celebrate it. With the costumes, seasonal ...
November 8, 2013
HARAJUKU KAWAii!! 2013 Trend Report
Harajuku’s fashion scene is ever-evolving and leads the nation’s most forward-thinking youth trends. Celebrating all things kawaii, the twice-yearly HARAJUKU KAWAii!! Fes 2013 was complete ...
November 7, 2013
With Fetch, Is the World Finally Ready for Melt-Banana’s Noise?
The lead-up to the release of Tokyo outfit Melt-Banana’s new album, fetch, has involved a lot of talk about the duo’s sound changing. SPIN magazine ...
November 2, 2013
MTV 81 Puts J-Culture in the Frame at this Year’s Tokyo International Film Fest
Computer monitors, television screens and smartphone displays – normally these portals to entertainment function as one-way mirrors. But there are architects seeking new ways to ...
October 31, 2013
6 Horrifying Tunes for Your Halloween Soundtrack
What’s the best kind of music to play during Halloween? The immediate thought that pops to mind is “scary” music, songs that will make you ...
October 30, 2013