Live report and interview from the first Idol Matsuri convention with Sendai-based idols Aither
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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An interview with Beckii Cruel from the first Idol Matsuri convention in Washington, USA. We talk about her career thus far and the future of Beckii
That’s My Jam is a weekly feature where one person from the Selective Hearing staff goes to wax poetic about music that is pivotal to their musical tastes. Whether that would be an album, a song, or anything in-between. We all had to start somewhere. This week: Jellyfish's "Spilt Milk" album.
Interview with Jpop songstress Ayane [彩音] and coverage from Chicago Japan Festival 2014, where Ayane and human beatbox Daichi appeared for a joint concert
Exclusive coverage of the live performances, appearances, and an interview with hybrid anime/live-action idol group Wake Up Girls! from Anime Central in Chicago
Coverage of J-rock band angela at Anime Central 2014 in Chicago
Live coverage of Japanese comic-punk superstars Peelander-Z in Chicago
Steve takes a look at the history as well as the current state of vocal production in Japanese idol music.
Japan Nite 2014 tour in Chicago featured four very unique groups of musicians from Japan and made for a great experience. Here's some highlights from the show.