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SXSW's Japan Nite celebrates 20 lively years

by Patrick ST. Michel

For the past two decades, the Japan Nite showcase has been one of the most celebrated events at the South By Southwest (SXSW) music conference and festival, a gathering where industry types, everyday music fans and performers from all over the world descend on Texas’ capital. The music component of ...

LLLL stays 'Faithful' to honest approach

Mar 17, 2015

LLLL stays 'Faithful' to honest approach

by Kat Dominguez

Despite his elusive online persona, Kazuto Okawa, aka LLLL (pronounced “four-el”), is strikingly open and honest about his views in person. Speaking in a small Koenji cafe, he discusses his sophomore album, “Faithful,” released this week via Tokyo label Progressive Form, with a critical ...

Negoto's 'Vision' sees beyond genres

Mar 17, 2015

Negoto's 'Vision' sees beyond genres

by Ryotaro Aoki

It’s an origin story that sounds like something out of a coming-of-age film: On a whim, four friends decide to enter a battle of the bands-style competition; not necessarily to get signed or to “make it,” but to have something fun to do together ...

Jay Z lays blueprint for streaming success

Mar 17, 2015

Jay Z lays blueprint for streaming success

by Mike Sunda

Hip-hop megastar Jay Z, real name Shawn Carter, has fulfilled all the conditions to complete a takeover of Swedish technology company Aspiro, after shareholders gave the necessary approval to his offer. The Roc-A-Fella boss will hope that success is beyond reasonable doubt for Aspiro, ...

Mar 10, 2015

Carnegie Hall debut show canceled over Nazi anthem

by Shaun Tandon

A debut at Carnegie Hall meant to showcase a young composer was abruptly canceled after management realized it featured a snippet of a Nazi German anthem. The New York Youth Symphony was set to premiere the orchestral work on Sunday at the prestigious concert ...

Former Supergrass front man Gaz Coombes is bullish on 'Matador'

Mar 10, 2015

Former Supergrass front man Gaz Coombes is bullish on 'Matador'

by Shaun Curran

Gaz Coombes has grown up, but he hasn’t grown old. The carefree effervescence that characterized his band Supergrass, Britpop’s cheeky monkeys, has vanished, but five years into a solo career the band’s erstwhile frontman refuses to settle into the traditional post-split career trajectory. “I ...

Momus honors music's eccentrics on 'Turpsycore'

Mar 10, 2015

Momus honors music's eccentrics on 'Turpsycore'

by Devon Fisher

Twenty years ago the Shibuya-kei music scene was in full swing. The charts were filled with some of the most daring, artistic pop music this country had ever heard, courtesy of artists such as Cornelius, Pizzicato Five, Original Love and Kahimi Karie. Among these ...

Bjork won't stream breakup album online

Mar 3, 2015

Bjork won't stream breakup album online

Bjork has become the latest among a small number of pop stars to refuse to stream an album, saying it was a matter of “respect” for artists. Bjork Gudmundsdottir, who goes by her first name, surprised fans when she suddenly put a digital version ...

Music industry to move global album releases to Friday

Feb 27, 2015

Music industry to move global album releases to Friday

by Shaun Tandon

The music industry has announced an agreement to release albums globally on Fridays, ending divergences among regions that have fueled piracy in an age of instant music. Key groups representing music retailers, record companies and artists said that they would coordinate album releases to ...