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.
We spoke with festival organizer Steve Tanaka on The Morning After, take a listen: