Tokyo Gigs, February 2018

FEB 20-21 Gogo Penguin Blue Note Tokyo, Aoyama ¥7,800
FEB 20 Will Guthrie, Kafka's Ibiki SuperDeluxe, Roppongi ¥3,000
FEB 20 Syntax Error, Lyoma, Mitchelrock, Komatsu Contact, Shibuya ¥2,000
FEB 20 Jun Togawa with Vampillia, &c. Tsutaya O-Nest, Shibuya ¥4,000
FEB 21 King Goblin, The Dead Pan Speakers, Astro, &c. Higashi-Koenji 20,000V ¥2,000
FEB 22 Yoshimio/Lotte Anker/Ikue Mori, Michiyo Yagi, &c. SuperDeluxe, Roppongi ¥3,000
FEB 22 Inner Science, Lycoriscoris, P-Ruff, &c. Kagurane, Kagurazaka ¥500
FEB 23 Pia Fraus High, Koenji ¥5,000
FEB 23 Chai, Triplefire, Zombie-Chang, Yoshinori Sunahara (DJ) Liquidroom, Ebisu ¥3,200
FEB 23 DJ Seinfeld, Licaxxx, Pasocon Music Club, &c. Circus Tokyo, Shibuya ¥2,500
FEB 23 Nick the Record, Sisi, Yoshinori, &c. Vent, Omotesando ¥2,500
FEB 23 Gami Holla Production Development, Isao Suzuki/The Lefty, &c. Contact, Shibuya ¥3,500
FEB 24 Chawiwan Damnoen/Po Chaladnoi, Pongsapon Upani, &c. WWW, Shibuya ¥3,500
FEB 24 Kokyu, OMSB, Kuruucrew, Waikiki Champions, &c. Three, Shimokitazawa ¥2,500
FEB 24 Kuunatic, Green Milk from the Planet Orange, Hibushibire, &c. Soup, Ochiai ¥2,000
FEB 24 Elephant Noise Kashiwashi, Linekraft, Straytone, &c. Pool, Sakuradai ¥2,500
FEB 24 Aki Onda/Akio Suzuki Vacant, Harajuku ¥3,000
FEB 24 Keisuke Ohta/Michiyo Yagi Lady Jane, Shimokitazawa ¥2,700
FEB 24 DJ Nobu, Lynne, Lemna (live), &c. Unit, Daikanyama ¥2,000 before 12:30am
FEB 24 Andy Kolwes, Yoske, P-Yan, &c. Circus Tokyo, Shibuya ¥2,500 w/flyer
FEB 24 Dguru, Ffan, Shotaro Maeda, &c. Bar Bonobo, Harajuku ¥1,500
FEB 25 Aki Onda/Takashi Makino Vacant, Harajuku ¥3,000
FEB 25 Alan Bern/Mark Kovnatskiy/Cicala-Mvta Club Goodman, Akihabara ¥4,000
FEB 25 Keroppy Maeda & DJTkd, Masaki Batoh Brain Pulse Music, &c. Pool, Sakuradai ¥2,500
FEB 25 Pia Fraus, Cruyff in the Bedroom, Al Van She's Coming, &c. High, Koenji ¥3,000
FEB 25 Ena, Miclodiet, Koba, Yoshitaka Shirakura, &c. Soup, Ochiai ¥2,000
FEB 26 Yann Tomita, Cornelius Unit, Daikanyama ¥8,500
FEB 26 Migos Studio Coast, Shinkiba ¥10,000
FEB 26 Erika, Sakuma, Issyo, &c. Contact, Shibuya ¥1,500 w/flyer
FEB 27 Mogwai Studio Coast, Shinkiba ¥7,000
FEB 28 Tentenko, Maison Book Girl, Techno Wolf, &c. WWW, Shibuya ¥3,500
FEB 28 Nujabes tribute: Pase Rock, Substantial, Marcus D, &c. Vent, Omotesando ¥3,500

Prices are for advance tickets, unless otherwise stated

Tokyo Gigs, March 2018

MAR 1 Colin Stetson SuperDeluxe, Roppongi ¥4,800
MAR 1 The Taupe, Nengu, Natsunomujina, Sa Yuu Tsutaya O-Nest, Shibuya ¥2,000
MAR 1 Ty Segall, The Silence Unit, Daikanyama ¥4,800
MAR 1 Hazel English, &c. Circus Tokyo, Shibuya ¥4,300
MAR 2 Fushitsusha 1981 (Haino/Usui/Watanabe), The Silence Club Goodman, Akihabara ¥3,000
MAR 2 Hazel English, For Tracy Hyde Tsutaya O-Nest, Shibuya ¥5,000
MAR 2 Matrixxman, DJ Nobu, DSKE, &c. Contact, Shibuya ¥3,000 w/flyer
MAR 3 Afrirampo, Phew, Gotou SuperDeluxe, Roppongi ¥2,500
MAR 3 Henrytennis, Dalljub Step Club, Mononkul, &c. WWW, Shibuya ¥3,800
MAR 3 Anla Courtis, Painjerk, Tetsuo Furudate, &c. Soup, Ochiai ¥2,000
MAR 3 Pan-Pot, DJ Ishijima, Drunken Kong, &c. Contact, Shibuya ¥3,500 w/flyer
MAR 3 Svreca Vent, Omotesando ¥2,500
MAR 3 1-Drink, DJ Sakai Noriko, Guchon, &c. WWW (lounge), Shibuya Free
MAR 4 Tatsuhisa Yamamoto (solo) Lady Jane, Shimokitazawa ¥2,400
MAR 5 Kazuki Tomokawa/Hiromichi Sakamoto/Tatsuya Nakamura Showboat, Koenji ¥4,000
MAR 6 London Symphony Orchestra Percussion Tokyo Opera City, Hatsudai ¥5,000
MAR 6 Mauricio Kagel: 'Acustica' (Wilhelm Bruck, &c.) SuperDeluxe, Roppongi ¥3,000
MAR 7 Christoph Berg, Chihei Hatakeyama Nanahari, Hatchobori ¥2,300
MAR 8 Jhené Aiko Liquidroom, Ebisu ¥7,800
MAR 8 Falsettos, Tawings Tsutaya O-Nest, Shibuya ¥2,500
MAR 9 Marker Starling, Nicholas Krgovich 7th Floor, Shibuya ¥4,500
MAR 9 Asa-Chang & Junray, Open Reel Ensemble Varit, Roppongi ¥3,500
MAR 9 DJ Tennis, Monkey Timers, Omi, &c. Vent, Omotesando ¥2,500
MAR 9 Yousuke Yukimatsu, DJ Fulltono, Speedy Lee Genesis WWW (lounge), Shibuya ¥1,000
MAR 9 Phase Fatale Circus Tokyo, Shibuya ¥2,500
MAR 10 Eli Keszler, YPY, Compuma x Sugai Ken SuperDeluxe, Roppongi ¥2,500
MAR 10 Hopi, Ermhoi, Outatbero, Tamtam, &c. Kagurane, Kagurazaka ¥2,500
MAR 10 Aoki Takamasa, Claudio PRC, Wata Igarashi, &c. Unit, Daikanyama ¥2,500
MAR 11 Yuji Katsui/U-zhaan/Tabu Zombie 440, Shimokitazawa ¥2,000
MAR 11 Eiichi Hayashi (solo) Lady Jane, Shimokitazawa ¥2,400
MAR 12 Tetuzi Akiyama/Anla Courtis Apollo, Shimokitazawa ¥TBC
MAR 16 Avalon Emerson Circus Tokyo, Shibuya ¥2,500
MAR 17 Marker Starling, Nicholas Krgovich Nanahari, Hatchobori ¥4,000
MAR 17 Whales, AKBK, Killer Bug, &c. Soup, Ochiai ¥1,500
MAR 19 Yusuke Kobayashi, Taigen Kawabe 440, Shimokitazawa ¥3,300
MAR 20 Nai Palm from Hiatus Kaiyote WWW X, Shibuya ¥5,000
MAR 20 Mala, Goth-Trad, Juzu aka Moochy, &c. Unit, Daikanyama ¥3,000
MAR 21 Afro Begue, Fox Capture Plan, Tri4th, &c. Unit, Daikanyama ¥3,900
MAR 23 Lang Lee Hiratsuka Hall, Musashi-Koyama ¥3,800
MAR 23 Michiyo Yagi/Eivind Aarset/Tamaya Honda SuperDeluxe, Roppongi ¥3,000
MAR 23 Viv Corringham/Yasumune Morishige, &c. Nanahari, Hatchobori ¥2,000
MAR 23 Klein, &c. WWW (lounge), Shibuya ¥TBC
MAR 23 NHK yx Koyxe, DJ Nobu, DJ NHK fm Circus Tokyo, Shibuya ¥2,500
MAR 24 Godzilla Densetsu: Makoto Inoue, Hikashu, &c. Garden, Shimokitazawa ¥5,000
MAR 24 Nepenthes Earthdom, Shin-Okubo ¥2,000
MAR 24 Lord Echo (full band), Yossy Little Noise Weaver WWW, Shibuya ¥3,000
MAR 25 John Krausbauer, Kaori Suzuki, Hiroshi Hasegawa/Darren Moore, &c. Soup, Ochiai ¥2,000
MAR 26 Maps & Atlases Fever, Shindaita ¥4,200
MAR 27 Shuichi Chino/Chie Mukai/Cal Lyall/Marie Takahashi/&c. SuperDeluxe, Roppongi ¥2,000
MAR 27 Maps & Atlases Fever, Shindaita ¥4,200
MAR 28 DYGL, Beach Fossils Club Quattro, Shibuya ¥5,000
MAR 29 Yahyel Liquidroom, Ebisu ¥3,500
MAR 30 Flatplay, D.A.N, Ichiko Aoba WWW, Shibuya ¥3,000
MAR 30 Jun Togawa Loft, Shinjuku ¥4,000

Prices are for advance tickets, unless otherwise stated

Tokyo Gigs, April 2018

APR 1 Mani Neumeier/Kaoru Sato/Michio Kurihara, &c. UFO Club, Higashi-Koenji ¥3,000
APR 1 Envy, Downy, Hellbent, Heaven in Her Arms Unit, Daikanyama ¥3,500
APR 1 Kafka's Ibiki w/ Eivind Lønning Musicasa, Yoyogi-Uehara ¥3,500
APR 4 Shutoku Mukai, Kenta Maeno WWW, Shibuya ¥3,500
APR 6 Mount Eerie, Tenniscoats 7th Floor, Shibuya ¥4,700
APR 7 Otori, Akaikurage, Watusi Zombie, &c. UFO Club, Higashi-Koenji ¥2,500
APR 7 Shibusashirazu Orchestra, Special Others, Toe, &c. Tsutaya O-East, &c., Shibuya ¥5,800
APR 7 Shohei Amimori and Bacteria Collective, &c. SuperDeluxe, Roppongi ¥2,500
APR 9 Charlotte Gainsbourg EX Theater Roppongi ¥8,000/¥9,000
APR 9 Aiming for Enrike, Tricot Fever, Shindaita ¥3,900
APR 11 The Wedding Present, Taffy Tsutaya O-Nest, Shibuya ¥5,800
APR 12 Demierre Dörner Kocher Trio SuperDeluxe, Roppongi ¥3,000
APR 12 The Wedding Present, Bugy Craxone Tsutaya O-Nest, Shibuya ¥5,800
APR 13 Mount Eerie, Tenniscoats 7th Floor, Shibuya ¥4,700
APR 14 Storm of Void, 101A, I Love You Orchestra, Saisa Higashi-Koenji 20,000V ¥2,500
APR 17 The Notwist, Spirit Fest WWW, Shibuya ¥5,000
APR 18 Demierre Dörner Kocher Trio Apollo, Shimokitazawa ¥TBC
APR 20 Rachel Dadd with Band + Emma Gatrill/Ichi Vacant, Harajuku ¥3,500
APR 22 The Novembers, Kenta Maeno, Wonk, Lili Limit, &c. Tsutaya O-East, &c., Shibuya ¥6,000
APR 26 Brötzmann/Leigh SuperDeluxe, Roppongi ¥3,000
APR 27 Brötzmann/Leigh w/ Keiji Haino SuperDeluxe, Roppongi ¥3,000
APR 27 Four Tet Liquidroom, Ebisu ¥6,000
APR 27 Aurora Halal Circus Tokyo, Shibuya ¥2,500
APR 28 Rise from the Dead, OOIOO, Neconemuru, DMBQ WWW, Shibuya ¥3,500
APR 28 Takahiro Arai/U-zhaan Mameromantic, Daikanyama ¥3,500

Prices are for advance tickets, unless otherwise stated

Tokyo Gigs, May 2018

MAY 1 Cradle of Filth Liquidroom, Ebisu ¥7,500
MAY 4 Rovo, Shintaro Sakamoto, Goma & Jungle Rhythm Section Hibiya Open-Air Stage ¥4,800
MAY 12 Hermeto Pascoal e Grupo WWW X, Shibuya ¥8,500
MAY 19 RNA (K2/F. Kosakai/Eiko Ishibashi), Carre, Guru Host SuperDeluxe, Roppongi ¥2,300
MAY 23 Nils Frahm Liquidroom, Ebisu ¥7,500
MAY 23 Sepultura, United Duo Music Exchange, Shibuya ¥7,500
MAY 24 Composium 2018: The Music of Unsuk Chin Tokyo Opera City, Hatsudai ¥3,000
MAY 25 Jimmy Cliff Liquidroom, Ebisu ¥7,000

Prices are for advance tickets, unless otherwise stated

Best of 2017

Or... a not-top-10 of Japanese music I’ve enjoyed this year


In a break from regular programming, I thought I’d cobble together a list of the Japanese music I particularly enjoyed this year (an apparently simple task that’s ended up taking nearly a month). For the sake of argument, I’ve limited this to musicians who are based in Japan or actively involved in the music scene here. That means that Ryuichi Sakamoto and Jim O’Rourke made the cut, but some exceptionally talented Japanese musicians based overseas didn’t (to whit: Iku Sakan, WaqWaq Kingdom and Masaya Ozaki & Kaito Nakahori). Every year-end listicle I’ve read has alluded to the contrast between the outpouring of great music during 2017 and the otherwise dire state of world affairs, so I won’t dwell on that here, except to say thanks to everyone featured on this list for making life a little sweeter...