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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How Yoshiki Went From Stadiums to Concert Halls

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 10:48 AM

click to enlarge Yoshiki at the piano.
  • Yoshiki at the piano.

From the latest SF Weekly:

Shlohmo: "Everyone's so mad at me," says Henry Laufer, better known as Shlohmo, from his couch in L.A. "Everyone tweets at me all the time: 'Did you forget about the record?' And it's like, 'Nope, I'm listening to the masters everyday."

Laufer has a problem many would envy: His fans are grumbling about the long-promised release of a new EP with Jeremih, the Chicago warbler behind such sensual fare as "Fuck You All the Time" and "Birthday Sex." And they don't understand why it's taking so long.

We have, after all, become used to a certain immediacy with Laufer and his ilk in the web-connected world of electronic music: Someone makes something, they quickly post it to SoundCloud, the fans like it, the blogs blog it, the commenters go, "Damn, this is dope." Then we all move on to the next thing. Occasionally, though, a sizable part of the ecosystem gets hung up on one song: Disclosure's "White Noise," say, or (more obscurely) Jon Hopkins' "Open Eye Signal." The track circulates and recirculates, fueling demand for more like it. And if the Internet maw even has time to register want for a product, it's already late... [continue reading]

Yoshiki: 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 rock group in Japanese history, X Japan took heavy metal mainstream and sold out the massive Tokyo Dome 13 times prior to disbanding in 1997. (It subsequently reformed in 2007.) With a performance at Davies Symphony Hall coming up next week, we spoke with Hayashi -- known publicly as Yoshiki -- about what audiences might expect from his first full classical tour... [continue reading]

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and lows from the week in S.F. music.

Hidden Agenda: Small shows and unusual events to check out this week.

Also, we recommend shows!

Modern Kicks at Hemlock Tavern on Thursday, April 24!

Skerik's Bandalabra at Boom Boom Room on Saturday, April 26!

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra at Great American Music Hall on Monday, April 28!

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