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The joyous dread of Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa's "Savage Imagination"

The joyous dread of Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa's "Savage Imagination"

Guitarist Dustin Wong is still getting a handle on how Japan is affecting his music. Born in Hawaii, he grew up in Tokyo and moved back a little more than two years ago after a decade in Baltimore, where he started his fertile, exploratory music career. He’s a guitarist who takes blues finger-picking’s painterly control and surf rock’s shimmer and pushes them into melodic clouds. It’s a sound he forged among the communities of young DIY artists in postindustrial Baltimore’s warehouses. Now he’s living in a tomorrow-land megacity whose metropolitan population tops 13 million.

 He’s even speaking from the future; an 8 p.m. E.S.T. Skype...

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