Tag Archive: Indies

Jun 10

[vault review] Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her: Dying for Seagulls!

Faced with daunting musical options, we music fans need some guideposts to help us narrow down our listening choices. Intriguing band names help, and few are more eye- and ear-catching than Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her. Bandleader Aiha Higurashi had the good taste to adopt the bizarre phrase from an XTC song. She and …

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Feb 26

[live report] Polysics at Blender Theater (The Gramercy), Feb. 13

I had never seen Polysics live before Feb. 13 but had wanted to for years. I’d heard the hyper new wave-revival band was incredible in concert and wanted to see for myself before keyboardist Kayo quits in March. The hype was valid–Polysics’s show had all the raw energy and audience interaction that makes indie rock …

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Oct 05

[live report] Far East to East Showcase (Gelatine, Echostream, Swinging Popsicle, Kokusyoku Sumire)

When pop group AKB48 ran across the stage waving at their fans during their debut American concert, the members were in perfect sync. When Fujishima Mineko of Swinging Popsicle ran across the stage high-fiving the audience at the Far East to East Showcase, she nearly hit her head on a speaker. The New York Anime …

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Mar 29

[Interview] Mukai Shutoku: Here in a New York Minute

While other Japanese artists tour the United States, Zazen Boys leader Mukai Shutoku is making the New York-New Jersey area his own. His acclaimed avant-garde rock group, the successor to his legendary hard rock band Number Girl, played two shows here last fall (with one detour to Maryland) and another three in March, and they …

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Mar 29

[Concert report] Zazen Boys at Pianos, New York

At the start of “Riff Man,” Peelander Yellow, who was watching the concert with his bandmates from Peelander-Z, spit his drink into the audience. Sure, that’s usually what the band onstage does, but it was a gesture appropriate for the mood of the show—wild, edgy and totally rock ‘n’ roll. Besides, Zazen Boys were too …

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