PORT OF SPAIN – A Japanese woman who regularly traveled to Trinidad for carnival and played in a steel band was found strangled, the coroner’s office said Thursday. Local police said the woman was identified as Asami Nagakiya, a 30-year-old professional musician from Sapporo, Hokkaido, who entered the Caribbean country on January 7. Police are …

Ei Wada plays a series of fans mounted on overhead projectors and solar panels. Image: Mao Yamamoto Open Reel Ensemble love to make weird sounds out of outdated technology, the more distorted the better. Japanese musicians connect old tape recorders, televisions and fans to modern computers to make music. Their goal? Giving a renewed relevance …

Ladybaby, a strange three-piece band, released their first official single and have been on tour all year Meet the bizarre group – with a leader who dresses like a five year old girl. Ladybaby is a group of three pieces consisting of lead singer Ladybeard, Kaneko Rie, 17, and Kuromiya Rei, 14. And while typical …

ISLAMABAD: The Embassy of Japan hosted a musical evening on Saturday evening featuring traditional and contemporary Japanese musician Sumie Kaneko at the Pakistan National Arts Council (PNCA). Sumie Kaneko, who currently resides in New York, flew to Pakistan at the request of Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Inomata. During Kaneko’s introduction, Inomata shed some light on traditional …

Naming their latest LP, Japanese sludge legends Boris chose a track as simple and iconic as their band’s name: Noise. It suited the music – 58 minutes of swirling, psychedelic, shoegaze-tinged doom – but also spoke of something bigger. Boris was trained in Tokyo in 1992 with one goal. “The only goal we had was …

Babymetal is probably the most polarizing thing to hit heavy metal since Is-Deathcore-Metal? 2005-Ish debate. Since the Japanese vocal / dance group first sounded on the North American music radar in 2012, loud moans and gnashing of teeth have invariably filled the comment sections whenever a metal site deigned to post on the trio and …

TOKYO (AP) – Heavily popular Japanese girl pop group AKB48 canceled fan events on Monday after a saw-wielding man attacked two members and a staff member, shocking the nation and raising questions about safety. The two members of the group, Anna Iriyama, 18, and Rina Kawaei, 19, suffered hand and head injuries, and the staff …

TOKYO – The Japanese artist known as Hyadain is in demand. Popular idols commissioned songs from him, and now at the height of his popularity, he was frequently invited to appear on television variety shows. His success is typical of the time: he popularized his music through video sharing sites. Hyadain, real name Kenichi Maeyamada, …

Japanese violinist Yuzuko Horigome’s routine journey from Tokyo to Europe has become as dramatic as a Mahler symphony. Yuzuko Horigome poses with his Guarneri violin from 1741. Artist management M. Hirasa Ltd. His violin, a 1741 Guarneri valued at $ 1.2 million, was seized by German customs authorities, who are said to demand 190,000 euros …

Shortly after their successful concert in Taiwan comes to an end, NewS, a Japanese hot band from famed Johnny’s Entertainment, are set to release their new single as well as their second album on November 7th. The cover of “Weeeek” According to Johnny’s Entertainment, NewS’s new single, “Weeeek,” was written and composed by famous pop …