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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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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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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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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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2L8

2L8

Avant-garde 2L8 is post punk, pop, rock, hardcore, post rock and at the same time nothing like that — 2L8 is the project of K the Clown and a team of collaborators and musicians based in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece. Their music is rewarding, challenging and lurches deftly between emotional intimacy, ambition and uncompromising experimentation.

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Maps & Atlases

Maps & Atlases

Dave Davison (guitar, vocals) Shiraz Dada (bass) Erin Elders (guitar) Chris Hainey (drums) Maps & Atlases is a rock group from Chicago, Illinois USA. Equally influenced by folk and experimental music they have often been labeled as a math rock band though their music has developed a slightly more pop-oriented style over time.

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Hyogen (表現)

Hyogen (表現)

Hyogen (表現) sound is an exploration of a pop band from it’s darkest most primitive depths. This alternative, acoustic folk pop band will take you where you never thought you would go, and be happy to ask for more. Members: Mayu Gonto (vocals, accordion), Kimiya Sato (vocals, violin), Kuya Sonoda (bass),and Baku Furukawa (vocals, guitar).

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Asai Kenichi (浅井健一)

Asai Kenichi (浅井健一)

With over 50 albums, Asai Kenichi is perhaps Japan’s most original and prolific artist, and leader of bands Sherbets, JUDE, Ajico, Asai Kenichi solo, and 1990s legends Blankey Jet City. Combined with his artwork on album covers, books, posters and clothing, his contribution to modern Japanese creative culture is comparable with that of film director(…)

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Art-School

Art-School

It’s taken ten years for the rest of the world to catch up with the musical vision of the band Art-School, but then, even the band itself has meandered from that vision from time to time. Art-School’s melodies and indie-rock sound takes on the minimal feel of pop today, while seasoning it with just enough(…)

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Power Soul

Power Soul

Formed in 1996, Power Soul plays a cool mix of groove-oriented jazz and pop funk. This 8-piece band from Japan, consists of Kimmie (Vocals), Kuro (Bass), Iizuka Naoto (Guitar), Kikuchi “Bario” Takeshi (Baritone Saxaphone), Gotanda Yasushi (Trumpet), Kobayashi Minoru (Trombone), Shimizu Younosuke (Tenor Saxaphone) and Ohno Takashi (Drums). Power Soul’s compelling mix of funk and(…)

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United Soul Reunion

United Soul Reunion

A South Korean of Japanese birth Mototaka Koto is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. He has been known to be in 4 bands at the same time: Misty Blue (Rock), Sunrise Stone (Pop), Plastic Arrow (grunge) and United Soul Reunion (Rock, Funk, Blues). The later, the title of this recommendation. Taking inspiration from such artists(…)

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The OLDTONES

The OLDTONES

Back in 1985, The Deltones (an almost all female ska/reggae band from the UK) would have never guessed some 20 years after they disbanded and a world away, that they would inspire The OLDTONES of Japan, to take up the ska-punk revival and put a modern hip pop-rock spin on it. The Oldtones are a(…)

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Fabbit

Fabbit

Inspired by jazz and funk, Fabbit’s sound is a refreshingly honest coalescence of pop and innovation. Their music and vocals present a diverse sonic palette, yet is always anchored by assured and evocative song-craft. Formed in 2008, this Tokyo, Japan based three piece are Chikiko (vocals), Ryuuki (bass) and Yosshii (drums).

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Tanuki Project (ザ・狸プロジェクト)

Tanuki Project (ザ・狸プロジェクト)

Tanuki Project (ザ・狸プロジェクト) is an electro art-rock visual band founded by Legyl (machines, bass, art direction) and Nady (voice, synth, production), including New York drummer David Duclos, video director Etienne Tallard and VJ BlindMan. Tanuki Project’s name is influenced by the manga Pompoko, the members being huge fans of Japanese culture.

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Melodramus

Melodramus

Let me introduce to you Melodramus – alternative progressive metal band from Salt Lake City, Utah. Band makes the best use of different genres in their music, and pop melodies skillful combine with metal riffs. They released 2 albums, and first album you can download free from their bandcamp. And certainly you can see how(…)

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Fancy Trip

Fancy Trip

Naming such bands as The Cardigans, The Beatles, Carpenters, the band apart, ACIDMAN, ASPARAGUS, and 奥田民生 (Ookuda Tamio) as their influences – Fancy Trip take a little from each crafting lyrical pop melodies and delivering a rockin’ live performance. Fancy Trip are Hokuto (Guitar, Vocals), Kazu (Bass, Chorus), and Ma (Drums, Chorus).

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Zwei

Zwei

Zwei is a female pop/rock duet from Japan. Band was formed in 2002, when one day bassist Megumi invited in new band vocalist Ayumu.  But their debut was just in 2004 after releasing of their first single “Movie Star”. Zwei is an interesting mix of light pop melodies with a classical hard and a little(…)

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The Grip Weeds

The Grip Weeds

Named for the fictional character “Musketeer Gripweed,” played by John Lennon in Richard Lester’s 1967, motion picture How I Won The War — The Grip Weeds‘ retro-psychedelic pop lives and breathes their ’60s rock idols. Formed in 1988, in New Jersey by brothers Rick Reil (guitar) and Kurt Reil (drums), The Grip Weeds‘ lineup is(…)

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The Boat People

The Boat People

Described as the “masters of perfectly unconventional pop” (Inpress), The Boat People – also called The Boaties, are an Australian four-piece indie pop band. The Brisbane based group consists of James O’Brien (vocal, bass), Robin Waters (voacl, keyboard), Charles Dugan (vocal, guitar) and Tony Garrett (drums).

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