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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 ...

Dorian Concept to try new live set at RBMA

Oct 7, 2014

Dorian Concept to try new live set at RBMA

by James Hadfield

Each year, thousands of budding musicians and producers vie for a place in the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA), a globe-trotting workshop sponsored by a company better known for peddling buzz-inducing energy drinks. Over the years, the event has helped nudge a variety of ...

Vibraphonist Locke to hit all the right notes

Oct 7, 2014

Vibraphonist Locke to hit all the right notes

by Frank Spignese

The vibraphone is one of the more unique instruments to infiltrate jazz. A holy mash-up of the piano and the percussive, it’s the duck-billed platypus of musical instrumentation. In terms of cool, it’s unfairly lodged somewhere between the tuba and the clarinet. Its old-school ...