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Music, Classical Import: How Yoshiki Went From Stadiums to Concert Halls

Classical Import: How Yoshiki Went From Stadiums to Concert Halls

Yoshiki Hayashi, the drummer, pianist, and principal composer of X Japan, is a genuine rarity: a flashy rock star who's also a classically trained pianist with serious chops and the ability to shift seamlessly between genres. Arguably the most influential…
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Music, All Shook Down Johnny Marr on Making a Solo Album and Not Caring About His Age

Johnny Marr on Making a Solo Album and Not Caring About His Age

It's been more than 25 years since the Smiths broke up. Why did it take guitarist Johnny Marr so long to finally come out with a solo album, this year's The Messenger ? Well, he's been a bit busy. Not…
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Music, All Shook Down Peter Hook on Joy Division, New Order, and His New Book, <i>Unknown Pleasures</i>

Peter Hook on Joy Division, New Order, and His New Book, Unknown Pleasures

There are few bands that have generated as much mythology about their origins and eventual destruction as Joy Division. But most of the discussion around this pioneering Manchester punk outfit has come from the perspective of an outsider looking in.…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday: Peter Hook and the Light Tackle Joy Division's <i>Closer</i>

Saturday: Peter Hook and the Light Tackle Joy Division's Closer

Peter Hook and The Light performing Closer September 17, 2011 Mezzanine Better than: Sitting at home listening to old records by yourself "That was fucking intense" Peter Hook said, right at the beginning of the encore. He wasn't kidding.…
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Music, All Shook Down While New Order Members Bicker, Peter Hook Comes to Play Joy Division at Mezzanine

While New Order Members Bicker, Peter Hook Comes to Play Joy Division at Mezzanine

Looks like Joy Division and New Order fans now have something of a dilemma on their hands. The story goes all the way back to the beginning, really -- band members Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner have always had…
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Music, All Shook Down Interpol Holds a Mass Celebration of Ennui at the Warfield

Interpol Holds a Mass Celebration of Ennui at the Warfield

Interpol School of Seven Bells January 30, 2011 @ The Warfield Better than: Your average rock band's light show. So, how did everyone enjoy their night at the Planetarium with Interpol? Not that Interpol is a bad band. In fact…
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Music, All Shook Down Tricky Makes Friends with Everyone at the Independent

Tricky Makes Friends with Everyone at the Independent

Tricky Odd Nosdam Jel December 21, 2010 @ The Independent Better than: Sitting around, listening to the albums at home. Despite the crappy weather, the familiar inconvenience of attempting to find parking near The Independent, and the fact that it…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday Night: Joy Division's Peter Hook Performs <i>Unknown Pleasures</i> at Mezzanine

Friday Night: Joy Division's Peter Hook Performs Unknown Pleasures at Mezzanine

Peter Hook and The Light perform Unknown Pleasures December 10, 2010 @ Mezzanine Better than: You'd expect a nostalgia-themed show to be. There aren't many live performers that can make even the most cynical, jaded reporter a bit misty eyed.…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday Night: Electric Six Incites <i>Girls Gone Wild</i> Behavior at the Independent

Saturday Night: Electric Six Incites Girls Gone Wild Behavior at the Independent

Electric SixOctober 23, 2010@ The Independent Better than: Anything else you could have found to do on a rainy Saturday night. Some of the best bands never get the kind of recognition they deserve. Detroit rock band Electric Six gave the crowd…
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Music, All Shook Down X Japan's Sugizo Wants to Save the Whales

X Japan's Sugizo Wants to Save the Whales

Sugizo​Following up on an interview we did a couple of years ago when he was here with Juno Reactor, we sat down with new X Japan guitarist Sugizo backstage after the band's recent show at the Fox Theater. Always an…
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Music, All Shook Down X Japan's Yoshiki on Touring the U.S., the Loss of Hide, and the Future of the Band

X Japan's Yoshiki on Touring the U.S., the Loss of Hide, and the Future of the Band

Shortly after X Japan's historic show at the Fox Theater last Tuesday, we got the chance to sit down with drummer, pianist, and band leader Yoshiki as he relaxed in his dressing room. A genuinely charming man, Yoshiki was…
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Music, All Shook Down Reunited X Japan Finally Comes to the States, Thrills Fox Theater

Reunited X Japan Finally Comes to the States, Thrills Fox Theater

X JapanSeptember 28, 2010@ The Fox Theater, OaklandBetter than: A band that's been out of the business for most of the last decade has any right to be. After the parade of former protégés who've hit American shores over the…
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Music, All Shook Down Dir en grey's Kaoru: 'We Don't Particularly Wish for All the Japanese Bands to Make It in the U.S.'

Dir en grey's Kaoru: 'We Don't Particularly Wish for All the Japanese Bands to Make It in the U.S.'

We sat down backstage at the Regency Ballroom with Kaoru, the guitarist and main composer for the Japanese metal band Dir en grey, during the brief gap between the band's meet and greet with fans and the start of its…
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Music, All Shook Down Apocalyptica, Dir en grey, and Evaline at Regency Ballroom

Apocalyptica, Dir en grey, and Evaline at Regency Ballroom

ApocalypticaDir en grey Evaline @ Regency BallroomSeptember 9, 2010  Better than: You remember the cello sounding when you practiced it as a kid.It's a rare and beautiful thing when bands that are part of the same touring bill really fit in a…
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Music, All Shook Down Over the Weekend: The Pillows at Slims

Over the Weekend: The Pillows at Slims

The Pillows May 24, 2010 Slims The Pillows were all kinds of fun. They played to a packed house at Slims, an always cool, intimate venue in which to see a band that tends to attract lots of long-term fans…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Polysics at Bottom of the Hill

Last Night: Polysics at Bottom of the Hill

Polysics Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 Bottom of the Hill Better Than: Anything I've seen at Bottom of the Hill for a while. In person, Polysics turned out to be a lot more punk and a lot less electronic than anticipated.…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Glay at the Fillmore

Last Night: Glay at the Fillmore

Glay Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 The FillmoreBetter than: Flying all the way to Japan to see them like fans would have had to do a few years ago. It doesn't seem like a year since Glay last played The Fillmore.…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday Opening: Japantown's New People World Center

Saturday Opening: Japantown's New People World Center

The New People World center, which just opened with much fanfare in Japantown this last weekend, is a monument to the increasing American interest in Japanese pop culture. This modernistic glass and steel structure houses two clothing boutiques, a shoe…
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Music, All Shook Down Sunday Night: Japan Nite Special Girls Rock Explosion

Sunday Night: Japan Nite Special Girls Rock Explosion

Japan Nite Special Girls Rock Explosion! 
 August 16, 2009  at Yoshi's 
Better Than: The previous day's outdoor performance by the same bands. By a long shot. 
 Sunday night's invasion by the The Japan Nite Special: Girls Rock Explosion…
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Music, All Shook Down Q&A with VAMPS' Hyde and K.A.Z.

Q&A with VAMPS' Hyde and K.A.Z.

VAMPS may well be the world's most unassuming supergroup. They consist of L'Arc En Ciel singer Hyde and guitarist K.A.Z, formerly of the (awesome, in my opinion) late 90s/early 2000s rockers Oblivion Dust. A superstar in Asia whose distinctive voice…
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