• Elephant Gym-nastics: Heavy jazz rock vibes

    Heavy Math Rock Lifting at Elephant Gym


    Screen Shot 2022-05-02 at 11.12.30 AMTaiwan’s Elephant Gym are a perplexing mix of false labels and mischaracterizations.  Going by their name and band photo alone, one might conjure up an ephemeral “twee” band playing light harmonies with vocal duets. In reality, just a few notes into their latest Youtube single instantly reveals the band as jazz-rock trio with just a little math rock influence from Japan.

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  • Unearth some gems at the Rookie a Go-Go stage

    Tomorrow’s Stars at Rookie a Go-Go

    • April 29, 2022 ● Bands

    Unearth some gems at the Rookie a Go-Go stage

    Unearth some gems at the Rookie a Go-Go stage

    Folks may come for the massive headliners, but there are plenty of rising stars to be seen at Fuji Rock as well!

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    Fuji Rock ’22 Announces Vampire Weekend as Opening Day Headliner – New International Artists Added to the Lineup

    • April 27, 2022 ● Bands

    After a three year hiatus, international acts return to join Fuji Rock once again. Jack White and Halsey were previously announced as Saturday and Sunday’s headliners, and just this week, Vampire Weekend was announced as Friday’s headlining act. 

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    Susumu Hirasawa and EJIN – Mad Science and Melody

    • August 18, 2021 ● Bands

    Hirasawa Susumu is perhaps best known to the west as the man behind the brilliant soundtrack to the 2006 animated film Paprika, but he is oh-so-much more than just that.

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    Shintaro Sakamoto – Steel Guitars and Phantoms


    Shintaro Sakamoto is a true artist. And unlike many artists entering their 4th decade of performing, he shows no signs of slowing down creatively. His Friday Fuji Rock performance will no doubt prove him an artist still in his prime.

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    The Rising Star “4s4ki” Makes her Fuji Rock Debut!


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    Having started producing her own music at an astonishingly early age (in grade five or grade six, by her recollection) 4s4ki released her first full album in 2020, and makes her Fuji Rock debut this year. I caught up with her via Zoom, to get a feel for where she is headed. READ MORE

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    Number Girl – Big, Bold and Back for More

    • August 8, 2021 ● Bands

    Number Girl was, and is again, one of the best bands in the Japanese rock scene.

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    Any Predictions for Possible Fuji Rock 2020 Acts?!

    • February 7, 2020 ● Bands

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    It’s always fun to make guesses about the upcoming lineup announcements. In the past, we at Fujirockers English have had a casual beer pool based on our predictions vs. which bands were officially announced to appear. Though we won’t be doing that this year, I still had a little fun speculating who might be added to the lineup this time around.

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    ZOO Interview: Get Ready for a Catalonian Block Party!


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    The Latin-ska-hip-hop band Zoo comes from Valencia, Spain, and though it’s their first time at Fuji Rock, several Zoo band members have played the festival before. The bands Obrint Pas and La Grossa Sorda are well remembered for rocking the damn house with wild Spanish horn-fueled punk at both the White Stage and super fun late-night parties at the Crystal Palace Tent. Zoo is a contemporary evolution of these sounds. Imagine a merging a ska band with, hip hop MCs, and a raging Barcelona dance club, and that’s pretty much what you get with Zoo. When they play in Europe, it’s a giant Latin house party and audiences are in the thousands. Now they’re coming to Fuji Rock 2019 for sets at the White Stage and Crystal Palace, and also to the Tokyo Wednesday night pre-event on July 24, Radical Music Network. We caught up with band leader and MC Panxo for an email interview to learn a bit more about the band. From the sounds of it, the message is: Fujirockers! Put your hands up! And get ready to dance!

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    Banda Bassotti’s Japanese Romance: An interview with Luca Fornasier, aka DJ Goldfinger Selecta


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    Italian group Banda Bassotti have been likened to the Clash for mixing ska, punk and a fight for social equality, especially in the 1980s and 1990s. They also rock the house in a very major way, so expect them to whip the crowd into a frenzy when they play on Fuji Rock’s White Stage on Sunday, July 28. This is Banda Bassotti’s third visit to Fuji Rock, though the last time they were were here was 14 years ago in 2005. A lot has happened since then: In 2006 the group released a song called “Fuji Rock” on their album Vecchi Cani Bastardi. Last year, founding member and vocalist Angelo Conti passed away, with tributes stretching from Rome to Japan. We caught up with the band’s manager Luca Fornasier to talk about Banda Bassotti, two decades of coming to Japan, and his own upcoming DJ sets as Goldfinger Selecta at both Fuji Rock and at the Tokyo pre-fest party, Radical Music Network.

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