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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 Festival), held under the auspices of ...

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 ...

Review: X Japan at Yokohama Arena

Oct 9, 2014

Review: X Japan at Yokohama Arena

by Ryotaro Aoki

X Japan performed its first show in Japan in over three years on Sept. 30 at Yokohama Arena. One of the biggest Japanese rock bands ever, X Japan are responsible for spearheading the visual-kei movement in the early 1990s. The band is known for ...

DJ Krush taps into tradition for RBMA

Oct 9, 2014

DJ Krush taps into tradition for RBMA

by James Hadfield

This month, artists from 34 countries will congregate in Tokyo for the latest edition of the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA), a caffeine-fueled creative hothouse organized by the world’s most ubiquitous energy drink brand. For participants, the event offers a chance to attend closed-door ...