Archive for the ‘Japan Nite’ Category


Japan Nite 2013 Who’s Playing

March 13, 2013


Over the past couple of days, thousands of bands have been filing into Austin for the SXSW music festival so it’s about time I write my annual who’s playing Japan Nite this year post. Kao=S, Charan-po-rantan, Jake stone garage, Chihiro Yamazaki + Route 14 Band, Pirates Canoe, FOUR MINUTES TIL MIDNIGHT and JOSY will all playing at the regular Japan Nite show on Friday. On Thursday afternoon, they will be joined by LITE, The Mornings, SuiseiNoboAz and Teen Runnings at the free Japan Preview Show. Crossfaith, Peelander-Z, Shugo Tokumaru, The Suzan, and I’m sure more I’m forgetting will also be playing at SXSW this week.

The Japan Nite Tour starts on Sunday in Chicago and hits six more cities including a first ever visit to Canada. The bands that will be traveling with the tour are Jake stone garage, Chihiro Yamazaki + Route 14 Band, Pirates Canoe, FOUR MINUTES TIL MIDNIGHT and JOSY. Visit Japan Nite’s website for more information!


J-Rock Fridays Vol. 41: SXSW Spotlight

March 18, 2011

If you’re reading this you’re probably not down in Austin watching a ton of great bands and films. Like me. But don’t fret, this week’s J-Rock Fridays is SXSW themed. This is not a complete list of all the Japanese bands playing at SXSW. Just the ones who had their video uploaded to SXSW’s YouTube page. Plus a few I’d be remiss not to post.

Tornado Boyz- “Ich Bin Auslaender”

German rap? Really? I don’t know how foreigner Daisuke met up with this Berlin-based band but this video is endlessly amusing.

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SXSW 2008 & Japan Nite

February 13, 2008

SXSW has released it’s showcasing artists list here.  This list is subject to change.  Here are the following Japanese bands:


Avengers in Sci-Fi



Dokkebi Q

The Emeralds

Ketchup Mania

Maki Rinka

Petty Booka

the pillows

Quartz-head 02


Please click here for info on Japan Nite 2008!


The 50 Kaitenz live video

March 31, 2007

Right click–> Save target as for a 9 minute clip from punk band The 50 Kaitenz‘s Japan Nite performance courtesy The clip was taken on 2007-03-19 at The Independent in San Francisco, CA.

not enough bands wear suits these days…


Japan Nite 2007

March 2, 2007

kinda seemed natural to follow up the Oreskaband post with this.  The Japan Nite tour has been a yearly showcase to SXSW since 1996.  This year has performances from Go!Go! 7188, HY, The 50 KAITENZ, ASAKUSA JINTA, PISTOL VALVEThe Emeralds, and Oreskaband




March 2, 2007

Tofu Records and Oreskaband are hosting an ice cream social a day before their Japan Nite tour date in Austin, Texas. Oreskaband is an all female ska band who recently performed the end theme “Pinocchio” for Naruto. No word on if Tofu Records actually signed Oreskaband for America yet but it looks like a strong possibility.