Japan

たゆたう。 (Tayutau.)

たゆたう。 (Tayutau.)

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(…)

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Techno Break

Techno Break

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.

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Aburajoe (アブラジョー)

Aburajoe (アブラジョー)

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).

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Hanato Chiruran (花ト散るらん)

Hanato Chiruran (花ト散るらん)

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(…)

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inspire:tion

inspire:tion

Members: 瀬木 ヤコー (Yako Segi) – vocals, guitar, programming 中越 亮佑 (Ryosuke Nakagoshi) – bass, programming ゆうこさん (Yuko-san) – vocals It all started in the 90s when 瀬木 ヤコー (Yako Segi) and decided to start a band called snooze. They both were fans of bands as Radiohead and Nirvana and wanted to become musicians themselves,(…)

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The Dawn

The Dawn

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).

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BADDHIST

BADDHIST

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.

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The April Fish

The April Fish

The April Fish is a melodic groove-rock band from Tokyo, Japan — This four piece rock unit consists of vocalist Yuichiro Aoyagi, guitar player Toshiyuki Takahashi, bassist Narumi Kawabata and drummer Tetsuo Kishi. All the members of The April Fish were born in April; highlighting on this coincidence the band took its name from “Poisson(…)

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APRIL FOOL

APRIL FOOL

Formed in 2009, April Fool is a pure punk five piece from Saitama Prefecture, Japan. The band recently released their 2nd demo, and were included on I Hate Smoke Records recent compilation album Dig Up the New Underground. Since 2012, April Fool’s current lineup includes Oyama Burori (Bass), Tanmachi Yuya (Guitar), Suzuki Hikari (Vocals), Kato(…)

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Ailiph Doepa

Ailiph Doepa

Formed in 2010, Ailiph Doepa tongue in cheek live performances are delivered with a hard rock edge, and headbanging melodies. This stage band, makes their brand of metal effortless and fun, but their true gift is their unique arrangements and vocal interpretations in songs that will make you come back again and again. Ailiph Doepa(…)

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HAGGIS

HAGGIS

Irish! Scottish! Japanese! Punk!! HAGGIS is a punk band with a unique voice – taking their sub-genre, mastering it, and spinning out an energy that is infectious and punk as f-ck! HAGGIS are Yumeho (Vocals, Bagpipe, Banjo), Hiroki (Mandolin, Vocals) , TAT$ULOW (Guitar, Chorus), Kouhei (Bass, Chorus) and YASU (Drums).

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99RadioService

99RadioService

Formed in July 2007, this five-piece is inspired by The Beatles, Buddy Holly, The Hollies, and The Byrds. 99RadioService (pronounced nine-nine-radio-service and not nintey-nine) takes those rock influences refining them and creating a modern pop experience. 99RadioService are Ko-hey (Vocals, Guitar), Ko-ta (Guitar, Chorus), Katsu (Bass), Ne-gi (Drums), Go-i (Keyboard).

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Keytalk

Keytalk

This foursome blends 4-on-the-floor dance rock, punk, guitar pop, jazz and fusion into a futuristic fresh sound that attacks like a tsunami. In 2009, former band “REAL” changed their name to Keytalk — members are Yuu Nakatomo (vocal, guitar), Yagi Yuuki (drum), Ono Takemasa (guitar) and Sudou Yoshikatsu (bass, chorus).

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LISA=OFFREE (リサ=オフリー)

LISA=OFFREE  (リサ=オフリー)

Formed in January 2006, リサ=オフリー (LISA=OFFREE) take post-rock’s grandeur amplifying it to garage-rock excess, creating an unpredictable, accessible, groovy pop-rock concoction that seems a lot like post-rock-meets-pop. リサ=オフリー (LISA=OFFREE) members are frontman Nakajima Naoto, guitarist Kubo Taishi, bass player Fujinami Daisuke and drummer Yamanaka Tadasi.

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The Valentine

The Valentine

The Valentine are a melodic punk rock four-piece from Tokyo, Japan. The band’s fusion of punk rock with pop music elements could be described as a “Ellegarden” influence. The Valentine members are Muramatsu Toshihiko (vocal, guitar), Nakamura Kajin (bass, chorus), Bikomo Ken (guitar, chorus) and Kawashima Yusuke (drums, chorus).

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アナログフィッシュ [Analogfish]

アナログフィッシュ [Analogfish]

members: Sasaki Kentaro Bass, Vocals Shimooka Akira Guitar, Vocals Saito Syuichiro Drums, Vocals The rock trio Analogfish consists of one drum kit, one guitar, and one bass. What they lack in physical stage presence is more than made up in their instrumental talents and three part vocals. Though Kentaro Sasaki’s voice is predominant. Akira Shimooka’s(…)

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Jeepta

Jeepta

Jeepta is an emo-rock foursome; Who’s alternative sound has drawn a lot of attention from critics and fans alike. Jeepta recently released their second album 花鏡 (Hana Kyo) on 2013.01.09. The band is comprised of Ishi Taku (vocals, guitar), Choro (guitar), Ogasawara Taigo (drums) and Sato Hiroyuki (bass).

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Junky Waltz

Junky Waltz

Junky Waltz’s music has revived the spirit of the great acts of ’70s hard rock Black Sabbath & Motorhead — While, channeling it into a fresh and modern Junky Waltz style. Formed in Gifu, Japan, the band’s motto displayed proudly on their splash page is: Drink Beer, Fuck Fear since 2001. Junky Waltz members are:(…)

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Ar (アル)

Ar (アル)

Ar (アル) is a four piece formed in 2003, their music runs the gambit of electronica, rock and folk. Ar (アル) members are Atsushi Kubo (Vocal), Yoshitaka Fujimoto (Bass), Murakami Fumitaka (Drums) and Tsubasa Ohta (Guitar). I would suggest you listen to their sampler, before you try anything else.

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