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Next Music from Tokyo vol 14

Bands: Stereogirl / TAMTAM / Kougou no Goraiko-z / imai / Koutei Camera Girl Drei

Venue: Rivoli

Date: May 17, 2019 (Fri)

doors open: 8:00pm

show starts: 9:00pm

tickets: $15 (advance) $25 (door)

Advance tickets available are available online:

and at local record stores Soundscapes and Rotate This.

Next Music from Tokyo (NMFT) is an annual tour that introduces Canadians to the most creative and skilled bands from Japan's indie and underground music scenes. The tour began in 2010 and brings a different group of Japanese bands to Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver each year.

Stereogirl is a five-piece band with a pop/punk/shoegaze sound influenced by US/UK indie acts such as Pavement, The Smiths, and Stone Roses. They also have a fiercely emotional style that reminds of early and awesome Kinoko Teikoku. Still university students, Stereogirl have room to grow as musicians but they're writing incredibly catchy, heartfelt songs and are light years ahead of most bands in terms of stage presence.

TAMTAM is a fantastic five-piece band that started in 2008 playing dub/reggae. Over the decade they have reinvented themselves changing to post-rock/shoegaze and then to folk/neo-soul but always retaining a bit of their dub roots. Currently TAMTAM have an impassioned funk sound akin to Thundercat but with female vocals. They are easily the most soothing, sexy and soulful band NMFT has invited to Canada.

Kougou no Goraiko-z describe themselves as Fishmans meets Number Girl. They combine funky yet tranquil dub reggae rhythms with beautifully lush guitar tones that explode into the most gloriously chaotic punk/noise when you least expect it. Darkhouse choice to become one of the best bands invited to NMFT… ever!

imai is the beatsmith of the famed electro-hip hop duo group_inou. Even fans of rock music who hate EDM may fall hard for the ultra-melodic, emo/punk-charged, noisy brilliance of imai's unique brand of electronic beats. With group_inou on hiatus imai welcomes the challenge of creating instrumentals strong enough to shine without his partner cp's vocals-so far he's absolutely killing it.

Koutei Camera Girl Drei is a three-piece female idol group making their third appearance with NMFT. Their sound involves rapped lyrics over EDM instrumentals but it's the soulfulness, creativity and supreme attention to detail in production coupled with the heartfelt, raw-as-punk ebullience of the girls' on-stage performance that makes KCG Drei one of the most captivating acts in Tokyo's underground music scene.

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Next Music from Tokyo vol 14

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