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Next Music From TOKYO Vol 11 live show – A double dose of awesomeness

In what I believe is a first, two shows were scheduled instead of one for the Montreal stop of the Next Music From Tokyo tour. The Sunday one was initially the only one planned and ended up having a decent sized crowd. But some of the bands wanted to do a Monday show too, which predictably ended up with a small crowd (the rain certainly didn’t help) and featured less bands than the Sunday show since a couple of them didn’t want to do 4 shows in 4 nights (Toronto shows were on Friday & Saturday). Naturally you would think that you wouldn’t be missing anything by skipping the Monday show. If you skipped the show based on that thought well let me say that you were totally wrong and you should repent for your sins. In fact, the Monday show ended up being more exciting and memorable than the Sunday one (which was still great). What the small crowd lacked in size, they made up for with ferocious loudness and a willingness to let go all inhibition while dancing, jumping and even moshing at one point.

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Next Music from TOKYO Vol 11 concert – Oct 8 & 9 @ Le Divan Orange

Steven Tanaka is organizing a second tour of Next Music From Tokyo this year after a very successful vol 10 last May. Montrealers are in for a nice surprise this year because there will actually be two shows in Montreal although they won’t be exactly the same. The first will be on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Le Divan Orange (4234 St. Laurent) in Montreal and the show starts at 8pm (doors 7pm) and will feature all the acts. There will be a second (mini) show on Monday, October 9, 2017 with only four of the acts but they will play longer sets and it will be followed by some sort of after party. The Montreal stop is after Toronto and before Vancouver. The lineup of six Japanese indie/underground bands are: Jyocho, Nuito, 午前3時と退屈 (Gozen Sanji To Taikutsu / 3 A.M. and Bored), O’ Summer Vacation & Koutei Camera Girl Drei + opening act: Ame To Kanmuri. Tickets are $14. Hard copy tickets can be purchased at Cheap Thrills or you can buy them online.

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Next Music From TOKYO Vol 10 live show sells out!

Steven Tanaka and all his helpers have organized face-melting, ass-kicking Next Music From Tokyo shows across Canada for many years and volume 10 continues the trend. The Montreal show sold out and I’m not sure how often that’s happened in the past. I admit I did not unequivocally like all five bands this time around but all of them put on crazy and energetic performances with lots of crowd surfing.

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Next Music from TOKYO Vol 10 concert – May 22 @ Le Divan Orange

Next Music From Tokyo vol 10, the totally awesome Japanese underground music concert tour (organized by Steven Tanaka), will be on Monday, May 22 at Le Divan Orange in Montreal starting at 8pm. Tickets are only $14 in advance or $20 at the door. This show is between the Toronto and Vancouver shows. The bands for this edition are The Taupe, ゆくえしれずつれづれ(Yukueshirezutsurezure), 指先ノハク(Yubisaki Nohaku), Bakyun the everyday百蚊(hyacca/Hyakka).

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Next Music from TOKYO Vol 9 live show

This is the second Next Music from Tokyo show I’ve attended. This time I specifically took time off work so I could stay up late for it. That’s how great I thought the last show was. Now, of course, it’s all different bands this time but having looked up their youtube videos, they all sounded pretty good. I also got ear plugs which I forgot to bring, of course. Here are my thoughts on the show.

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Next Music from TOKYO Vol 9 concert – Oct 5 @ Le Divan Orange

Next Music from Tokyo is a concert series featuring indie bands from Japan. It’s run by Steven Tanaka with shows in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. I only discovered it recently when I attended volume 8 last minute (which was in May earlier this year). I’m very excited that we don’t have to wait a whole year for vol 9, which kicks off its tour in Montreal on October 5, 2016 at Le Divan Orange. The lineup has been finalized and the bands are Maison Book GirlThis is JapanJizueToranoko Rammy, and Hitsuji Bungaku. Here’s the facebook event page.

Sep 17 update: trailer!

Based on videos online, the bands sound great and this should be another amazing show. Advance tickets available August 17. Here are some music videos of the acts.

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Next Music From TOKYO Vol 8 live show

I wish I had discovered Next Music From TOKYO earlier. I’m not a super dedicated music listener but I definitely feel like I’ve totally been missing out all these years. It’s a DIY music tour that was started by Asian Canadian, Steven Tanaka and he’s been organizing these shows since 2010 after having discovered a plethora of hidden talent in Japan’s indie and underground music scene. Without knowing anything about doing a show, he started flying these bands from Japan to perform in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. It was a learning experience for him but he’s become a pro at it after so many years. He used to be pretty much a one man show and still does most of the heavy lifting in regards to financing, booking and scouting but has attracted some dedicated volunteers. He spends a lot of money (over $40,000) and does the exact opposite of making a profit. The ticket price for the Montreal show was a ridiculously low $10 in advance or $15 at the door. That’s to see five super talented bands. Seriously, Mr. Tanaka could charge much more than that for a ticket.

This year’s show was on Monday, May 23 (Victoria Day) at le Divan Orange, it’s a small, intimate venue with a bar along one side and a fussball table. I’m bad at estimating how many people can fit in a space but I’d guesstimate less than 200 for a standing audience. All five bands performed with lots of energy and passion. The choice of bands was diverse with each having their own distinct sound. It was hard to choose a favorite.

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