Category Archive: Interview

Dec 15

[interview] YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz Won’t Forget

Pop quiz: What are YELLOW FRIED CHICKENZ? a) The Colonel’s new yet somehow original recipe. b) Mega-triple threat GACKT’s slightly satirical project. c) A surprisingly sensitive band that just wants to instill some charitable thoughts in their audience’s brains. If you answered b) and c), you’re correct. When I sat down with GACKT and the …

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Nov 17

[review + interview] From Scientist to Songstress: In Mio Soul's Skin

Tokyo-born songwriter Mio Soul makes her debut with In My Skin.  The EP contains the heavy drum beats and smooth melodies of contemporary R&B with flavors of pop, dance, and jazz.  Simple yet candid, the lyrics are in English, except for the rap in “Let’s Party” where Mio effortlessly flows in and out of her …

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Oct 24

[interview] BORN to Rock Nekocon 2011

Almost three years after they first performed at Onicon in Texas, BORN is back in North America for Virginia’s Nekocon. With a new single, “Psycho Diva,” BORN continues to mix up pop choruses with thrashy metal riffs and growling counter vocals. Nekocon 2011 will take place on November 4th-6th at the Hampton Roads Convention Center …

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Oct 23

[interview] Mix Speaker's Incorporated

Not all dogs go to heaven. Sometimes they come back after a particularly sad death. In Mix Land they come back as zombies and are hired by Manager X to perform in the circus. Since 2007, Mix Speaker’s Inc. has brought together music, costume and an engaging stage performance to create a unique experience in …

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Jul 21

CHEMISTRY 101: Intro to Japanese R&B Science

R&B is a fickle genre. For the past few decades it’s been a chimera of all things popular music needs to be:  technical skill, voice, good looks, attitude, and just plain luck. Now the kings of Japanese R&B are about to show convention-goers at Otakon how they not only rule the charts, but bring their …

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