SXSW 2016 Bands

7.DEXStrings (1)


Music runs in the blood of all the members of DEXSTRINGs, whose singer Aisa is the daughter of Iwasawa Satsuya of influential rock duo Bread & Butter while guitarist Taka is the son of beloved Japanese guitarist Dr.K. The quintet play alt-country and bluegrass-tinged numbers, and have a flare for live performances.


4.jungles!!Jungles!!! from Red Bacteria Vacuum  (All girl band from Japan)

 Hailing from Osaka, jungles!!! features three members of the band Red Bacteria Vacuum, a high-energy rock outfit who are no strangers to SXSW either. This new project played Elysium in 2014, and their ferocious guitar playing had the packed floor bopping around madly.



5. Kaos 2KAO=S, (Art Rock)

 KAO=S was founded in April 2011 by Kaori Kawabuchi (vocal/sword dance), Shuji Yamagiri (acoustic guitar/vocal) and Jack (Tsugaru-Shamisen). KAO=S return to Austin, bringing their combination of traditional Japanese music and modern rock with a dash of theatrics – and sword dances – with them.

They’ve toured Europe, including a stop at Paris’ Japan Expo, and have also been written about by CNN.


2. reatmo_mainREATMO, ( Human Beat Box)

REATMO is Tokyo-based Human Beatboxer / multivocalist gaining a reputation for his dynamic live presence. While running Ableton Live, Lemur app on iPad, and a Korg MIDI controller, he can loop and manipulate sounds made entirely by his mouth.Reatmo won the Beatbox Battle Championship in Boston at the age of 19, and he hasn’t looked back since. After years of perfecting skills and incorporating new technology for a live setup, Reatmo is ready to bring you a unique audio-visual experience. Recent highlights include a performance at MIHARAYASUHIRO AW15-16 runway in Paris, and connecting with Maroon 5 who reached out after listening to Reatmo’s cover versions.



6. ReiRei, (Guitar Girl, folk, blues)

Rei started playing guitar at age four, and one year later fell for blues music, which has informed her fidgety guitar rock ever since. Yet she has absorbed all sorts of styles along the way, taking cues from artists such as Johnny Winter, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Beck among others. Rei released two mini-albums in 2015, and also played raucous sets at Fuji Rock Festival, Rising Sun Rock Festival and celebrated Japanese radio personality Peter Barakan’s Live Magic event, wowing audiences with her mix of finger picking, thumb picking, and ad libbing.



Tempalay, (Low-Fi Rock Trio)

Tokyo trio Tempalay has been making waves in the capital’s live music community over the last year, filling up venues across the city thanks to their woozy psychedelic sound with tropical touches. Formed in 2014, the band soon earned a spot at one of Japan’s most celebrated summer music festivals (Fuji Rock Festival) and released their debut album From Japan this January. Tempalay have become one of the outfits heading up an emerging lo-fi rock boom in their home country, and their shows as part of Japan Nite mark their first trip abroad.