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Idol-pop act Necronomidol is taken to the dark side

Oct 28, 2014

Idol-pop act Necronomidol is taken to the dark side

by David Kracker

It’s a week until Necronomidol’s big show and, practicing at a dance studio in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward, the four members make a decision to change one line from “We’ve come to bring about the Apocalypse” to “We’ve come to enact Armageddon.” Manager Ricky Wilson ...

Ena treads a fine line in the DJ booth

Oct 28, 2014

Ena treads a fine line in the DJ booth

by James Hadfield

When the people at the Berlin-based Samurai Horo label asked Yu Asaeda to contribute to a compilation they were putting out, they got more than they’d bargained for. “I must have sent them about 20 or 30 tracks in total,” says the Tokyo-based producer. ...

Taylor Swift goes pop for giant release

Oct 28, 2014

Taylor Swift goes pop for giant release

by Shaun Tandon

Moving more decisively away from her country roots, Taylor Swift on Monday released a danceable pop album that the beleaguered record industry hopes will be the year’s top-seller. Called “1989,” the year the soon-to-be 25-year-old US music phenomenon was born, Swift’s fifth album is ...

Review: DJ Krush at the Tokyo National Museum

Oct 23, 2014

Review: DJ Krush at the Tokyo National Museum

by James Hadfield

It’s all in the location. For his sold-out Red Bull Music Academy show on Monday night, DJ Krush traded his regular clubland haunts for something a little fancier: the courtyard of the Yoshio Taniguchi-designed Gallery of Horyuji Treasures at Tokyo National Museum in Ueno. ...

EMAF packs a lot onto its musical menu

Oct 21, 2014

EMAF packs a lot onto its musical menu

by James Hadfield

In its first week, the Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo has treated local audiences to a wide gamut of sounds, from hip-hop to deep house to noise, while keeping the capital’s billboards comprehensively smothered in advertising. The two-day EMAF Tokyo (Electronic Music of Art ...

Getting a glimpse of Tokyo's metal underbelly

Oct 14, 2014

Getting a glimpse of Tokyo's metal underbelly

by Aaron Krall

Loud Park will go down this weekend at Saitama Super Arena, drawing fans excited to see mainstream metal acts such as Manowar, Dream Theater and veteran Japanese group Loudness, who was the first heavy metal band from this country signed to an American label ...