Selected by Dan Grunebaum

Big Night Out

Big Night Out
Mr Blonde

Independent Tokyo-based expat music production outfit UK Sound continues to gather force, with a strong lineup of Big Night Out events matching the best in Australian indie rock with bands and DJs from Tokyo' fertile expat music scene. For the upcoming April 14 installment, Something for Kate and Mr Blonde from down under will be paired with a diversity of local bands, DJs, and a fashion show featuring young independent designers, in an epic all-nighter taking maximum advantage of regular venue Shinjuku Loft's two stages.

Currently touring on the strength of their second album, last year's Beautiful Sharks, Something for Kate possesses one of Australia's finest songwriting talents in the form of lead singer and guitarist, Paul Dempsey. Signed to Murmur Records in 1996, the band debuted with the aggressive ...the Answer to Both Your Questions EP, following it up with Elsewhere for Eight Minutes in 1997. Ranging from beautifully crafted melodic ballads to fully blown rock and roll, SFK offer, says UK Sound, "an impressive live show with Paul's voice standing tall above the precise drum rhythms and complex bass lines."

Formed six years ago, Sydney-based Mr Blonde are finally gaining the attention they deserve with the release of their debut album, Blow Up, jam-packed with incredible guitar-based tunes which showcase the band's ability to write amazingly catchy songs. "It is advised to see these guys playing live while you can still see them in a small, intimate environment," concludes UK Sound.

Why the focus on Aussie bands? "Right now, Australian rock bands seem to be innovating and pushing out into the world," says UK Sound's Gareth Monteath. "They are keen on playing in Japan, so their interests, our interests, and our audience's interests coincide."

The night will also double as a CD release party for Tokyo-based dance-rock unit Orangey's debut CD. Other UK Sound/Global Vision Music releases include: UK SOUND: MOVEMENT, MosquitoKiss' Sweet, Beautiful Losers' Freshly Squeezed Melancholy, Red Away Tops' Satellite TV and Velocity Boy's Velocity Boy.

UK Sound events organizer John Lynch also says stay tuned for a huge two-day festival UK Sound is planning for October 14-15 in Odaiba, tentatively titled UK Sound Festival 2000.

Big Night Out takes place at Shinjuku Loft on April 14.

Concert Listings
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana