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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.
  • Kill (or at Least Sweat) For Metal

    (All photos by Frank Hamilton) Our dirty little secret: We did not make it through all 33 bands spread across all three days of this year's Maryland Deathfest at Sonar. With only slices of pizza and $3 Cokes on site for sustenance, our live report had...

    Today's DEATHFEST LOGOS Update

    Rhhhaaaaahhh!!!! Norway's ZYKLON going with a completely sans-serif font. Dunno if we appreciate this trend, but we'll wait and see. Big ups to Wisconsin's FOETOPSY, for most unrecognisable but still palpably disgusting, not to mention reminding the world...

    Zazen Boys Land in America With a Solid Thump

    Zazen Boys | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam International music publicists have a bizarre talent for landing press releases in the in boxes of even the most occasional freelance music journalists; last time (for me), it was an agent hyping Iranian pop-...

    Sweating Out the Station North Spring Music Festival

    Big In Japan | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam The Station North Spring Music Festival had the good fortune to fall on Saturday, during the first truly warm weekend of the season. In fact, it was more like summer than spring, so I opted to wait until later...