Acid Mothers Temple (Photo courtesy Space Agency)
Washington DC and Japan have a long and colorful history of cultural exchange.
In 1912, Tokyo mayor Yukio Ozaki gifted DC with Japanese cherry trees. Since then, several cultural exchange programs and initiatives have been institutionalized. This solidifying friendship is commemorated yearly via the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Japanese bands have also been performing in the US capital, with some of the country’s best bands performing here. From Japanese rock and heavy metal to the more contemporary Japanese pop or J-pop, Washington DC has bore witness to the changing trends and patterns of Japan’s eclectic music industry. Here are four of the best Japanese bands that already graced the city’s venues.
Helado Negro (Photo courtesy of RVNG Intl.)
What does black ice cream taste like? If you’re Roberto Carlos Lange, you may say it’s a combination of flavors that inexplicably vary with every lick. The producer and singer-songwriter, better known as Helado Negro (“black ice cream” in Spanish), served up an eclectic mix of synth-pop, electro-folk, and Latin music during a recent performance at DC’s U Street Music Hall.
Helado Negro (Photo courtesy RVN Int.)
Helado Negro, born Roberto Carlos Lange, released This Is How You Smile, his sixth studio album, in March via RVNG Int. The prolific experimental artist drops by U Street Music Hall for a show on Friday, June 28.
Com Truise performs at Union Stage on April 12, 2019. (Photo by Paivi)
Com Truise will release Persuasion System, his fourth full-length album, on May 17 via Ghostly International. Along the way, he recently appeared at Union Stage to present some of his new electronic numbers, and Paivi Salonen caught him in action.
Nils Frahm (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
Electronic composer Nils Frahm released All Melody, his ninth studio album, in 2018 via Erased Tapes Records. He’s on tour with a stop at 9:30 Club on Sunday, March 24, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC!
Lindsey Stirling (Photo courtesy Concord Music)
In 2017, electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling released Warmer in the Winter, her first holiday album, via Lindseystomp Music/Concord Records. This year, Lindsey followed that up with a deluxe edition of the album with five new songs. Once again, Lindsey has embarked on The Wanderland Tour over the holidays, and she performs at The Anthem on Friday, Dec. 14.
Mura Masa performs at 9:30 Club on Aug. 17, 2018. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)
Alex Crosson: musician and producer better known as Mura Masa, played a sold-out show at the 9:30 Club, last week, and it was pure energy all around. Showcasing music from his self-titled album and other singles, Mura Masa and special guest Fliss played like no other.