A cool annual event is happening in Toronto this weekend; Next Music From Tokyo will take over the Rivoli and Lee’s Palace Friday and Saturday nights. The festival is organized by Steve Tanaka, a doctor that flies over Tokyo’s most promising indie bands once a year for a Canadian tour. The best part? He pays for all expenses out of pocket. He is so committed to showcasing Tokyo’s talent that he loses up to 40K a year doing it! Now that’s passion. Here are a few bands from Japan worth checking out:
An OG in Japan’s music scene, Cornelius is a jaw-dropping producer who has influenced Beck, The Beastie Boys, Stereolab and countless other American Indie acts.
My band Russian Futurists played with this band a few years ago here in Toronto and I can’t think of another band that I was more worried to follow on stage. Their live show is beyond explosive, it’s destructive, chaotic…everything a good rock should be.
This up and coming dream-pop act will be playing this year’s showcase and I can’t wait to see them live. Their crushing guitars matched with ethereal boy/girl vocals make for a wicked contrast. If you’re going to see one band at NMFT, this would be the one to check out.