• Praying Mantis

    Praying Mantis

    In the UK in the late 70s early 80s, there were a number of bands labeled the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and one of those bands was Praying Mantis

    By Phillip Jackson

  • Pretty Maids

    Pretty Maids

    Formed in 1981 by friends Ken Hammer and Ronnie Atkins in Horsens, Denmark, Pretty Maids was originally a cover band

    By Phillip Jackson

  • Level 42

    Level 42

    British fusion-pop band Level 42 started out with its 1981 self-titled debut album and had a run of hits including Lessons In Love and Something About You.

    By Phillip Jackson

  • Gus G

    Gus G

    Metal guitarist Konstantinos Karamitroudis is better known as Ozzy Osbourne and Firewind axeman Gus

    By Phillip Jackson

  • The Stick Men

    The Stick Men

    Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, and Marcus Reuter make up The Stick Men

    By Phillip Jackson

  • Deerhoof

    Deerhoof

    The band Deerhoof has been together in one form or another since

    By Phillip Jackson

  • Heron

    Heron

    Heron is an English folk group founded in 1967 featuring Roy Apps, Gerald Moore, Tony Pook, and Steve Jones. Coming together at a folk club in Maidenhead, England all those years ago, the band is eventually making its first trip to play in Japan where their first two albums have been re-released. KS spoke with [&hellip

    By Phillip Jackson

  • Soul Asylum

    Soul Asylum

    Debuting with the 1984 album Say What You Will…Everything Can Happen, frontman David Pirner still leads the US four-piece Soul Asylum, and with a new album, Change Of Fortune, KS caught up with David to find out about the new release and his thoughts on playing in Japan

    By Phillip Jackson

  • Ben Watt Band ft. Bernard Butler

    Ben Watt Band ft. Bernard Butler

    British musician, singer, songwriter, author, DJ, and radio presenter Ben Watt is probably best known to many as one half of the duo Everything but the Girl

    By Phillip Jackson

  • New Century Jazz Quintet

    New Century Jazz Quintet

    Consisting of trumpeter Benny Benack, alto saxophonist Tim Green, pianist Takeshi Ohbayashi, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer Ulysses Owens, New Century Jazz Quintet are lighting up the jazz scene with original compositions and jazz roots with five of the top young musicians at the moment from America and Japan. KS caught up with trumpeter Benny [&hellip

    By Phillip Jackson

  • Eddie Reader

    Eddie Reader

    KS caught up with Scottish singer-songwriter and ex-Fairground Attraction vocalist Eddi Reader prior to her return to Japan

    By Phillip Jackson

  • Doug Smith

    Doug Smith

    Doug Smith is a Grammy-award-winning guitarist and champion finger picker combining folk, classical, and jazz influences, praised by Billboard magazine as producing “inviting melodies” and “stunning finger picking.”

    By kansaiscene

Interview

  • Praying Mantis

    By: Phillip Jackson • In: Interview • On: Jun 01, 2017

    Praying Mantis

    In the UK in the late 70s early 80s, there were a number of bands labeled the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and one of those bands was Praying Mantis

    Read More »
  • Pretty Maids

    By: Phillip Jackson • In: Articles, Interview • On: May 12, 2017

    Pretty Maids

    Formed in 1981 by friends Ken Hammer and Ronnie Atkins in Horsens, Denmark, Pretty Maids was originally a cover band

    Read More »
  • Level 42

    By: Phillip Jackson • In: Interview • On: Apr 01, 2017

    Level 42

    British fusion-pop band Level 42 started out with its 1981 self-titled debut album and had a run of hits including Lessons In Love and Something About You.

    Read More »
  • Gus G

    By: Phillip Jackson • In: Interview • On: Mar 01, 2017

    Gus G

    Metal guitarist Konstantinos Karamitroudis is better known as Ozzy Osbourne and Firewind axeman Gus

    Read More »
  • The Stick Men

    By: Phillip Jackson • In: Interview • On: Feb 10, 2017

    The Stick Men

    Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, and Marcus Reuter make up The Stick Men

    Read More »
  • Deerhoof

    By: Phillip Jackson • In: Interview • On: Dec 06, 2016

    Deerhoof

    The band Deerhoof has been together in one form or another since

    Read More »
  • Heron

    By: Phillip Jackson • In: Interview • On: Nov 04, 2016

    Heron

    Heron is an English folk group founded in 1967 featuring Roy Apps, Gerald Moore, Tony Pook, and Steve Jones. Coming together at a folk club in Maidenhead, England all those years ago, the band is eventually making its first trip to play in Japan where their first two albums have been re-released. KS spoke with Steve Jones to find out about the upcoming trip and also a little about their unusual early recording experiences. The two albums Heron and Twice as Nice and Half The Price are being re-released to coincide with Heron’s first visit

    Read More »
  • Soul Asylum

    By: Phillip Jackson • In: Interview • On: Oct 07, 2016

    Soul Asylum

    Debuting with the 1984 album Say What You Will…Everything Can Happen, frontman David Pirner still leads the US four-piece Soul Asylum, and with a new album, Change Of Fortune, KS caught up with David to find out about the new release and his thoughts on playing in Japan

    Read More »
  • Ben Watt Band ft. Bernard Butler

    By: Phillip Jackson • In: Articles, Interview • On: Sep 08, 2016

    Ben Watt Band ft. Bernard Butler

    British musician, singer, songwriter, author, DJ, and radio presenter Ben Watt is probably best known to many as one half of the duo Everything but the Girl

    Read More »
  • New Century Jazz Quintet

    By: Phillip Jackson • In: Interview • On: Aug 05, 2016

    New Century Jazz Quintet

    Consisting of trumpeter Benny Benack, alto saxophonist Tim Green, pianist Takeshi Ohbayashi, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer Ulysses Owens, New Century Jazz Quintet are lighting up the jazz scene with original compositions and jazz roots with five of the top young musicians at the moment from America and Japan. KS caught up with trumpeter Benny Benack to find out more about the upcoming Japan dates. Tell us a little about the band and how it came together. NCJQ is unique in that it has two co-leaders: Ulysses & Takeshi. They performed together in Japan as

    Read More »
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