Steve has exclusive coverage of Anime Expo 2013's idol guests Carat and Ikeda Aya's first US appearances.
Steve is a contributor and resident music nerd for Selective Hearing, specializing in Japanese idol industry commentary and coverage. A lifetime musician, film lover, journalist, video game fanatic, philosophy enthusiast, and idol aficionado. A dweller of the idol scene since the late 1990s, he loves to discuss industry trends and ideas, past or present.
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Indie idol group Starmarie visits Los Angeles for multiple appearances and gives us a closer look at what they're all about.
Last week, NMB48 released their new single, predictably crushing all their opponents. Are the songs worthy of these staggering sales numbers?
The new release from metal-idols BABYMETAL drops this week. Does their attempt at mixing traditional Japanese music and heavy metal actually sound good?
Idoling!!! "golden idol" Rurika releases her debut single this week. Steve takes a closer look at the song, PV, and release.
Last month, two wonderful idol groups came together for a battle of epic proportions, and to play badminton with each other! Steve reviews the recent "Hajiminton" episodes of the Idoling!!! TV show.
One of Akihabara's up-and-coming idol groups has a new single releasing this week and Steve gives an analysis of the upcoming release.
Are you a Hello!Project or AKB48 fan? Have you ever heard or seen the name “Idoling!!!” on various websites or forums and wondered what it was all about? Steve gives a short introduction to the most contemporary media-driven idol group in the industry today.