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    Korean Reggae! Interview with NST & The Soul Sauce


    Or should that be the “Seoul” Sauce?

    Japan has had a strong reggae and ska scene for decades, and Fuji Rock has always been one of it’s major showcases. But Korean reggae? Yes, it exists. And now Fuji Rock has that too.

     

    NST & The Soul Sauce is an eight-piece band based in Seoul, South Korea, will make their first visit to Fuji Rock this year, playing on Saturday 7/23 at the Cafe de Paris (1pm) and Crystal Palace tent (3:15am).  Though the band was formed last year as a recording project for Korean recording industry veteran — and a man with a silky smooth voice — Noh Seon Teck, the sound they came up with had so much style and swagger they couldn’t just call it a day. So they kept going, gigging around Korea, and now making their first visit to Naeba. To find more about the band, the Korean reggae scene, and the state of Rastifarianism on the Korean peninsula, I caught up with the guys over email for this interview.

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    Jimmy’s Jazzy Sunday


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    Allow me to kick off the start of a (possible) day curating series here at Fujirockers. Let us plan your day for you. We know the festival is massive and the lineup is daunting. Planning a day is often confusing and the lineup often conflicts. So, let us do the dirty work for you. This (possible) series is a way for us experienced Fujirockers to guide you through a day, taking you through which bands to see when and why.

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    Rookie Round-up Day 1


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    This year’s Rookie A Go-Go bands have been announced so to take the hard work out of deciding who to go catch in action, we’ve done it for you.  Scroll down to grab a quick look at the young band’s vying for your votes at this year’s festival on Friday night.

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    Chatting with Cellos


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    When thinking about which bands to check out at Japan’s premiere rock festival this summer, a pair of classically trained cellists might not be at the top of your list, but they should be. 2Cellos are no ordinary cellists and their main stage set Sunday should be a sight to behold.  This pair of young men hailing from Zagreb, Croatia are taking the cello places no one ever thought possible. They’re bringing the instrument out from behind the stuffy, often pretentious atmosphere of the orchestra setting and showcasing it on the main stage, attracting millions through the Internet and rocking summer festivals around the world. READ MORE

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    Fujirockers talk to The Internet


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    This group of west coast neo hip-hop, soul-funkers is finally getting its dues and is making waves both at home and here in Japan. The Internet started some 5 years ago when founding members Syd Tha Kyd and Matt Martians started making tunes together through the internet. After putting in work in the underground scene collaborating with L.A. based alt. hip-hop collective Odd future they finally found mainstream success with the release of 2015’s Ego Death. Their third studio album peaked at number 9 on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and was nominated for a Grammy in the best urban contemporary category. READ MORE

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    Where will Wilco play?


    I’m giddily anticipating the return of Wilco, a band  the New Yorker billed as standard bearer of American music for the past two decades (read it here). And judging by this short video, Wilco seems equally psyched about returning to Fuji Rock. Getting Wilco to perform is no simple task as the band is so popular + profitable they don’t need to do much international touring, though you would never know this based upon frontman Jeff Tweedy’s rumpled attire. So Wilco will be back, but where will they be playing? This question has been killing me because scheduling dictates how long of a set a band can play. And if you’re a mega fan like me, you want to savor every single minute of their set. READ MORE

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    7th line-up announcement is here!


    As summer draws ever closer in Japan and the warm weather teases us with thoughts of beautiful days up in the mountains, 15 more artists joined have joined this year’s line-up.

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    Jump With Joey Talk Ska, Japan and Fuji Rock 2016


    After announcing their appearance at this year’s Fuji Rock we wanted to find out a little bit more about LA ska-band Jump With Joey, who are reforming especially for the fest after a 17-year hiatus.  Luckily, we caught up with Joey Altruda and Willie McNeil in Tokyo a few weeks ago to talk about the band’s beginnings, their Japan-connection, and what they’re looking forward to at this year’s Fuji Rock festival.

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    Babymetal to play Fuji Rock

    • March 25, 2016 ● Bands

    All powerful kawaii-kowaii (scary-cute) Babymetal, who are a bit like Marmite or natto amongst some metallers, have been announced as new additions to the Fuji Rock line-up. READ MORE

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    Putting the rock into Fuji Rock – more bands announced!

    • March 14, 2016 ● Bands

    Japanese bands Man With A Mission, Wanima, and Ken Yokohama have been announced today, along with London-based  Bo Ningen, adding to what is looking to be a weekend that puts the “rock” in Fuji Rock.

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