LUNA SEA Celebrate 25th Anniversary With Star-studded LUNATIC FEST.
The final weekend of June was a historic moment for J-rock. One of the country’s most legendary band of rockers, LUNA SEA, threw the two-day ...
July 31, 2015
Bounce Up Brings R3LL and Jersey Club to Tokyo
The world felt a whole lot smaller at Tokyo’s Bounce Up party on Friday, June 26. The event, held at the cozy Batica venue in ...
July 29, 2015
Crash These Music Fests and Complete Your J-summer Experience
Summer is the season for the great, sweaty outdoors. Swim, spark up the barbeque or just swig on a cold beer. But hey, who can ...
July 24, 2015
Sound Cruising Takes Over Tokyo’s Shimokitazawa for a Day (and Night) of J-indies
On a sunny weekend just before Japan’s dreaded annual rainy season, Sound Cruising temporarily moved into most of the major live houses in the Shimokitazawa ...
July 21, 2015
Sasaru the World Vol. 6: Hong Kong Sasaru, Eva and Skyscrapers
Kozee here. I’m in the big city – Hong Kong! Hong Kong’s as urban as I’d imagined – the buildings soar so high up that ...
July 10, 2015
Go to These 6 Traditional Festivals (or Matsuri) for Your Summer J-fix
In recent decades, the Japanese have gone all-aboard for music festivals, such as the massive Fuji Rock Festival and Summer Sonic bashes, or the Japan-artist-only ...
July 8, 2015
Tonofon Festival 2015 is a Gem Among J-fests
It can safely be said that the music festival is the dominant form of live music in Japan. The big players – long-running events such ...
July 6, 2015
What’s the Deal With Enka?
Japan has cultivated an image of a country hurtling into the future, all robots and fancy cellphones and heated toilet seats. Yet the past remains ...
June 30, 2015
Taico Club 2015: Japan’s Best Mini-fest Shines Once Again
When it comes to music festivals, you generally have your single-stage mini-fests, or you have your Glastonbury-scale multi-stage spectacles. Taico Club is the perfect balance ...
June 26, 2015
Natsume Mito Reps Kansai With Short Bangs, and Beats by Superproducer Yasutaka Nakata
About midway through our interview, something changes in the way Natsume Mito talks. Up until this point, the model-turned-singer has been relatively formal, speaking in ...
June 19, 2015