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Tokyo indie hepcats drop their new Takarajima

Tokyo quartet the Siamese Cats seem to draw their main inspiration from the loose, rangy approach of 90s US indies titans like Pavement or Dinosaur Jr.—frontman Tomoyuki Natsume’s sweet but deliberately tuneless singing, the squalls of guitar feedback, it’s all there. Yet the group’s new Takarajima (“Treasure Island”) offers something for just about every kind...

Nov 30, 2012 | No Comments | 1,414 views
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Oct 26, 2012 | 2 Comments | 4,480 views
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Jun 21, 2012 | No Comments | 1,774 views
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May 23, 2012 | One Comment | 2,064 views
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Mar 8, 2012 | No Comments | 1,253 views
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Mar 6, 2012 | No Comments | 1,570 views
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Shouty raps, slashing beats—and a bottle of wine

Feb 3, 2012 | No Comments | 1,251 views
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