Thank you to everyone that has ever read these pages, offered suggestions, written for Anusaya, discussed a new band, supported the site, or shared their music with me. All was appreciated. I want to walk into a concert and not think about the set list. Music is life. An adventure. A discovery of artistic visions […]
About Denise Smith
Posts by Denise Smith:
Music is timeless — bands on the other hand are a fragile collaboration of human beings sacrificed to the random choices of life. Fate can indeed be cruel; bands that should have never made it have become main-stream, even though they deserved nothing more than a demo CD forgotten in a box on the back […]
I’ve spent 10 years telling people what to listen too. Different countries. Different genres. My particular music of choice has always been punk, but the genre became stale when the sound became universal and no longer the true spirit of the music. Historical fact: Punk was a choice where bands took their musical queue from […]
From the hipper side of Shimokitazawa (下北沢) – The Volstead bring their “Rock’n’ Roll resurrection’ kicking and swinging to a new generation of fans. The group’s rocking take on Swing Rock n’ Roll make The Volstead a favorite to both hipsters and listeners alike. Band members are drummer Yusuke Nakanishi, guitarist Kubota, bass player Takami […]
Turtle Island (この世讃歌) is an orchestrational musical experience of yet unheard of rebellious Japanese Tribal Punk and traditional Ohayashi Matsuri (Japanese Carnival) Music. Mingled with elements of Ska, Rock, Reggae and World Music — Turtle Island’s sound is a conglomeration of genres and instruments on stage varying from the standard equipment of drums, guitar, base […]
members: Bill Lonero (Lead/Harmony/Rhythm Guitar) Brandon Hayes (Rhythm/Harmony Guitar) Mike McKaigg (Bass) Marco Bicca (Drums) There’s quite literally an endless amount of music genres these days, but none focuses more on the talent and melodic power of a guitar than guitarcore. A new term coined by California instrumental guitarist Bill Lonero (whose band LoNero — […]
Not to be confused with the avant-folk duo by the same name — たゆたう。 (Tayutau. – period included), was formed in 2011. This young quartet might be described as a string band with pop music sensibilities, or perhaps a melody led vocal quartet with acoustic harmonies. たゆたう。(Tayutau.) members are Hiroaki Furukawa (vocals), Dot (guitar), Konsome […]
Formed in October 2011, in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley Los Craters are a 60’s-tinged garage four piece playing a distinctly Southern California mix of coarse British Invasion and reverb-dominated surf. Available at bandcamp – The group released their first full length album Low Tide Lover through Lolipop Records on June 18, 2013. Los Craters […]
Techno Break’s music is a journey that strips away everything punk showcasing Izumi’s hauntingly gruff voice dancing with dirty blues-rock riffs in a way that’s distinctive and starkly wholesome. Techno Break members are bassist Chomesan, drummer Betty and guitarist Izumi.
Entwined between impassioned lyrical emotions and melodic vocals, Santa Rita’s (Spain) turbulent rock ’n’ roll rebellion of guitars and driven beats run the gambit of grunge, progressive and postrock. A band of sisters brought together through music; Santa Rita are guitarist Natalia Brovedanni, vocalist Cecilia Díaz Betz, drummer Laura Oliveras and bassist Martha Wood. Available […]
Widely known and respected as “The Queen of Rockabilly;” Wanda Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist who had success in the mid-1950s and 60s as one of the first popular female rockabilly singers and a pioneering rock and roll artist. Credited with being the first woman to ever record a rock and […]
Formed in Gunma Prefecture in 2013, On Any Love! Is a hard rockin’pop power house. As an all female group, they stand out from other bands, turning many first-time listeners into hard-core fans. On Any Love! members are Hitomi (vocals), Sakura (guitar), Narumi (bass) and Ruri (drums).
Drop kicking their fans back into the early days of Rock ‘N’ Roll, Danger*Cakes’ self coined “Punk-infused R&B” has a sound that is both movingly familiar yet wildly different. “They swing like Cab Calloway and rock like Wanda Jackson. Throw in the soul of Sam Cooke with the firebrand energy of the Clash” This all-female […]
This Tokyo based funky Rock n’ Roll trio plays with unbridled raw energy — Aburajoe’s catchy choruses, provogative and funny lyrics, are woven inside crunchy guitar and aggressive bass. The distinctive force behind Aburajoe’s music that’s undeniable; members Ryuuta (vocal, guitar), Gonta and (bass) Hitoshi (drums 2006).
Formed in 2008, by guitarist Kokeshi, bassist Karuta, drummer Rossi, vocalist and guitar player Yumiho — Hanato Chiruran (花ト散るらん) is a Rock ‘n’ Roll band with a Japanese twist from Tokyo. Originally collaborating with dance and hip-hop artists, the group changed their style and their name (Enishi) in 2009, becoming more eclectic — Drawing on […]
Formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2003, Heartless Bastards is a garage rock band who has shed their punkish irreverence while keeping that distinctive gritty and sparingly innocent vocal edge. Heartless Bastards originally formed as a four piece band with members Erika Wennerstrom on vocals, piano and guitar, Dave Colvin on drums, Adam McAllister on bass […]
Blending electronic music, rock beats and pop melodies; Bone Machine is a Japanese alternative rock power duo from Kyoto, Japan. Formed in 2007, by Yuya Nakamura on vocals, and guitar – In 2008 bassist Jiro Fujita joined and the lineup was complete. Bone Machine’s music is available at soundcloud, free downloads uploaded frequently.
With funky rhythms and solid beats interpreted by rich and soulful female vox — The Dawn is a four-piece taking rock-sensibilities in their own new direction. Formed in March 2008, The Dawn are Harumi Saito (Vocals), Seiya Kurauchi (Guitar), Ryota Ogasawara (Bass) and Minakawa (Drums).
Formed in August 2010, BADDHIST is a rock trio, mainly working out of Tokyo, Japan. The band’s mainly rock sound, is infused with a funk and pop edge. BADDHIST are bassist Tomotsugu Nagamatsu, drummer Takuma Koyama, and Toru Matsura on vocals and guitar.
members: Tyler Vox (Vocals, Guitars) Dangerous Dan (Guitars) Spreace Jackson (Bass Guitar) M.dogg (Drums, Percussion) When two brothers of Melbournese descent, G.I. son Spreace Jackson, and a half French drummer get together in a former pickle factory in Nuremburg, Germany to conquer the world of rock n roll, The Bulletmonks is what you get.
For a very long time The Hangmen (Northeast, UK) have been creating & developing a punk-rockabilly hybrid under the generic term of “Psychobilly.” As “industry outsiders” band members Kill’em Gillham (Drums, Vocals), Loz Firewalker (Guitar) and Rick (Bass, Vocals) have achieved an ongoing and gathering interest against the odds!