The Bohemians

The Bohemians bring a wonderful charm to the world of guitar pop.  Their compositions are complex and full of textures.  Close your eyes and listen to the music.  You can hear the originality and playfulness of the band as they shift between soundscapes made of beautiful chords and eccentric accents. The androgynous look of the … Continue reading »The Bohemians

Hanato Chiruran

Japanese culture is quite prominent in this band. The lead singer, Yumiho, always wears a kimono in sleek Japanese traditional style. The wild cries of her vocals blend with almost samurai like band members. Kokeshi on guitar and Karuta on bass look almost anachronistic with their top knotted long hair and slender physiques. And then … Continue reading »Hanato Chiruran

Nao Yoshioka

This formidable vocalist is signed to Tokyo based label, Sweet Soul Records.  Without exaggeration I can say that she is one of the greatest singers in Japan today.  Just like the record label says the music that she creates is beautiful sweet soul.  As with any other scene in the world, the Japanese underground music … Continue reading »Nao Yoshioka

King Gnu

King Gnu can be seen in and around  the Japanese jam session scene.  In particular, members of King Gnu were regulars at the jam session, Battle of Study. This event ran  for several years.  Musicians from all over the country would get together for the biweekly event.  The session was started by Motoharu Fukuda, former saxophonists … Continue reading »King Gnu

Kyotaro & Rikuo

Sometimes the best place to find the greatest greatest underground music is on the streets of Japan. There, you can see the boldest and the coolest musicians in town. Like any place else, however, there’s also crap. Finding a good ban on the streets of Japan can be a treasure hunt but if find a … Continue reading »Kyotaro & Rikuo

INUSHIKI aka Doggy Style

“We can not predict what kind of sound will start to ring. The era moves swiftly and the message sought may have changed. However, there is no doubt that we will build a world view that removes all limits and all greed. Saying “like” or “pretty” when talking about musical nature will no longer pass. … Continue reading »INUSHIKI aka Doggy Style