Category Archives: Live Music Preview

Tokyo venues thinking outside the box

“Each member of the audience is provided a champagne tasting and a pair of headphones.”

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Tokyo venues thinking outside the box

“Each member of the audience is provided a champagne tasting and a pair of headphones.”

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Latin lovers

“These bands frequently mix traditional musical elements with punk ethos or political predilections. Sometimes both.”

Latin lovers

“These bands frequently mix traditional musical elements with punk ethos or political predilections. Sometimes both.”

Interview: Grandmaster Flash

“The Japan Times says you don’t know who I am,” he bellowed to the crowd, “So let’s tell them: WHO AM I?”

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Interview: Grandmaster Flash

“The Japan Times says you don’t know who I am,” he bellowed to the crowd, “So let’s tell them: WHO AM I?”

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Interview: Masa Hidaka

“Joe [Strummer] called and said: ‘Masa, I’m coming. Is there anything you want me to bring?’ And I said: ‘Bring wood.'”

Interview: Masa Hidaka

“Joe [Strummer] called and said: ‘Masa, I’m coming. Is there anything you want me to bring?’ And I said: ‘Bring wood.'”

Interview: Deerhoof

“I wouldn’t call it compromise, but maybe I’m having a knee-jerk reaction to that word.”

Interview: Deerhoof

“I wouldn’t call it compromise, but maybe I’m having a knee-jerk reaction to that word.”

Interview: M.I.A.

“I have to learn how to make gasoline out of coconut oil…”

Interview: M.I.A.

“I have to learn how to make gasoline out of coconut oil…”

Interview: The Go! Team

“…I did want it to sound action-packed…”

Interview: The Go! Team

“…I did want it to sound action-packed…”

Interview: Yo La Tengo

“The tone of the questions really freaked me out. They were all in past tense. I felt like I was already dead.”

Interview: Yo La Tengo

“The tone of the questions really freaked me out. They were all in past tense. I felt like I was already dead.”

Interview: Broken Social Scene & Stars

“It’s like you’re making a painting and someone comes along and throws a blue splotch in the corner and you’re like, ‘Why the f**k did you put that blue splotch there?’…”

Interview: Broken Social Scene & Stars

“It’s like you’re making a painting and someone comes along and throws a blue splotch in the corner and you’re like, ‘Why the f**k did you put that blue splotch there?’…”

Live Music Preview: LCD Sound System

“…like a drum machine fighting off a mosh pit with a shovel…”

Live Music Preview: LCD Sound System

“…like a drum machine fighting off a mosh pit with a shovel…”

Interview: Scissor Sisters

“We didn’t grow up in the days of rock ‘n’ roll vs. disco and we don’t really care.”

Interview: Scissor Sisters

“We didn’t grow up in the days of rock ‘n’ roll vs. disco and we don’t really care.”

Live Music Preview: Death From Above 1979

“…sure to scrape the walls and shatter furniture — that is, if you can fit it through the door”

Live Music Preview: Death From Above 1979

“…sure to scrape the walls and shatter furniture — that is, if you can fit it through the door”

Interview: Interpol

“Journalists,” he says, searching for the words, “don’t . . . often . . . portray you in the way you thought you came out in an interview.”

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Interview: Interpol

“Journalists,” he says, searching for the words, “don’t . . . often . . . portray you in the way you thought you came out in an interview.”

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Interview: Diplo

“…there were all these ridiculous people screaming Portuguese lyrics and hard drums, samples of Morrissey, cartoon sounds. It was loud and punk rock and hardcore dance music.”

Interview: Diplo

“…there were all these ridiculous people screaming Portuguese lyrics and hard drums, samples of Morrissey, cartoon sounds. It was loud and punk rock and hardcore dance music.”

Live Music Preview/Interview: The Faint

“Chunky, growling basslines now compete with synth frequencies that could cut glass and curdle milk.”

Live Music Preview/Interview: The Faint

“Chunky, growling basslines now compete with synth frequencies that could cut glass and curdle milk.”

Live Music Preview: Kodo

“Dancers, drummers, traditional instrumentalists and stagehands moving massive drums — some weighing nearly 400 kg. — alter the aural and visual landscape with almost superhuman alacrity.”

Live Music Preview: Kodo

“Dancers, drummers, traditional instrumentalists and stagehands moving massive drums — some weighing nearly 400 kg. — alter the aural and visual landscape with almost superhuman alacrity.”

Interview: Luna

“Earnest, to me, is a bad word.”

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Interview: Luna

“Earnest, to me, is a bad word.”

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Interview: Los Lobos

“…how many bands create challenging music for 30 years? Most just play their hits for the millionth time . . .”

Interview: Los Lobos

“…how many bands create challenging music for 30 years? Most just play their hits for the millionth time . . .”

Shaking it up on Sado

“Roughly six hours away from Tokyo by shinkansen and ferry, Ogi’s remoteness, he says, is both physical and psychological.”

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Shaking it up on Sado

“Roughly six hours away from Tokyo by shinkansen and ferry, Ogi’s remoteness, he says, is both physical and psychological.”

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Live Music preview: Think of One

“If Lonely Planet ever opens a club, this should be the house band.”

Live Music preview: Think of One

“If Lonely Planet ever opens a club, this should be the house band.”

Shake it, baby, shake it

“If your lower extremities didn’t gyrate instinctively to last year’s album, ‘Kish Kash,’ make an appointment with a cognitive therapist.”

Shake it, baby, shake it

“If your lower extremities didn’t gyrate instinctively to last year’s album, ‘Kish Kash,’ make an appointment with a cognitive therapist.”

Interview: DMX Krew

“Do you prefer eating or drinking?”

Interview: DMX Krew

“Do you prefer eating or drinking?”

Live Music Preview: Junior Senior

“…toast of pop-culture intelligentsia they ain’t, but [they] have a knack for making booties bounce.”

Live Music Preview: Junior Senior

“…toast of pop-culture intelligentsia they ain’t, but [they] have a knack for making booties bounce.”

Interview: Lightning Bolt

“We had some surprise visits from building inspectors,” he says, chuckling, “and the whole area was condemned.”

Interview: Lightning Bolt

“We had some surprise visits from building inspectors,” he says, chuckling, “and the whole area was condemned.”

Interview: Ben Harper

“That’s what’s pushed [my voice] to where it is.”

Interview: Ben Harper

“That’s what’s pushed [my voice] to where it is.”

Live Music Preview: Bob Log III

“…his three favorite things: scotch, women and, um, women…”

Live Music Preview: Bob Log III

“…his three favorite things: scotch, women and, um, women…”

Live Music Preview: Robert Randolph

“…these riffs are searing, unadulterated joy — too hot for heaven and too sweet for hell.”

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Live Music Preview: Robert Randolph

“…these riffs are searing, unadulterated joy — too hot for heaven and too sweet for hell.”

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Live Music Preview: The Mooney Suzuki

“TMS sling around keyboard soul and late ’60s power chords like a pair of 50-pound hammers.”

Live Music Preview: The Mooney Suzuki

“TMS sling around keyboard soul and late ’60s power chords like a pair of 50-pound hammers.”

Live Music Preview: Yeah Yeah Yeahs

“Oh, the joy of being the ‘it’ band…”

Live Music Preview: Yeah Yeah Yeahs

“Oh, the joy of being the ‘it’ band…”

Mutated beats for postmod grooving

“Somebody has to use their brain to play the note or push the button.”

Mutated beats for postmod grooving

“Somebody has to use their brain to play the note or push the button.”

Fuji’s hipper hop

“…beats as thick, dark and sticky as the back of your stove.”

Fuji’s hipper hop

“…beats as thick, dark and sticky as the back of your stove.”

Interview: Asylum Street Spankers

“Everywhere we go there’ll be some kid with a Mohawk and black fingernail polish who’s brought his grandparents.”

Interview: Asylum Street Spankers

“Everywhere we go there’ll be some kid with a Mohawk and black fingernail polish who’s brought his grandparents.”

Concert Preview: Q & not U

“… pushing power-punk to the dance floor for a drunken pirouette.”

Concert Preview: Q & not U

“… pushing power-punk to the dance floor for a drunken pirouette.”

Interview: The Breeders

“Do you love them? Yeah. Do they make you insane sometimes? Yeah. “

Interview: The Breeders

“Do you love them? Yeah. Do they make you insane sometimes? Yeah. “

Concert Preview: Massive Attack

“Their collages of seductive vocals and slow, fleshy beats appears to activate all the appropriate hormones and makes that itch — to dance or something more intimate — all the more crucial to scratch.”

Concert Preview: Massive Attack

“Their collages of seductive vocals and slow, fleshy beats appears to activate all the appropriate hormones and makes that itch — to dance or something more intimate — all the more crucial to scratch.”

Concert Preview: The Sea and Cake

“Post-rock seems to have been born a genre already approaching middle age. “

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Concert Preview: The Sea and Cake

“Post-rock seems to have been born a genre already approaching middle age. “

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Concert Preview: Doves

“…gloom-free effects and soaring optimism search for silver linings in the murkiest Mancunian skies.”

Concert Preview: Doves

“…gloom-free effects and soaring optimism search for silver linings in the murkiest Mancunian skies.”

Interview: Janet Klein

“I am not a songwriter, I am a treasure hunter. “

Interview: Janet Klein

“I am not a songwriter, I am a treasure hunter. “

Concert Preview: The Music

“Bass and drums soon step in, laying down powder-keg rhythms. Then it is vocalist Robert Harvey, The Music’s centerpiece, who lights the match.”

Concert Preview: The Music

“Bass and drums soon step in, laying down powder-keg rhythms. Then it is vocalist Robert Harvey, The Music’s centerpiece, who lights the match.”

Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra

“What better place to capture that uninhibited elation they create than at Buddy’s, where the crowd has swarmed so thick and sweaty that people have very literally hung from the rafters to see them?”

Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra

“What better place to capture that uninhibited elation they create than at Buddy’s, where the crowd has swarmed so thick and sweaty that people have very literally hung from the rafters to see them?”

Live Music Preview: Money Mark

“More accustomed to playing in basements than at center-stage, it took time for him to adjust to the spotlight. He once called live shows ‘a tug-of-war without a rope.'”

Live Music Preview: Money Mark

“More accustomed to playing in basements than at center-stage, it took time for him to adjust to the spotlight. He once called live shows ‘a tug-of-war without a rope.'”

The Rebirth of Cool

“We are not trying to re-create anything,” he says. “We have taken what we have observed and put it together to create something new.”

The Rebirth of Cool

“We are not trying to re-create anything,” he says. “We have taken what we have observed and put it together to create something new.”