It’s time once again for the Top 3 Indies Artist Video Countdown of the Top 3 best Indies and Alternative Music artists for the week of Nov. 4, 2017!
First up is a hot new rock band from Atlanta, Georgia that has been getting airplay on my FM radio show and will again on my new, nationally broadcast FM radio show on InterFM, “The Mike Rogers Show” tomorrow morning. They are called, Starbender! Starbender’s bio says, “Hailing from Atlanta, GA, StarBenders are a half-way home for the misunderstood. Front-woman, Kimi Shelter and her gang have concocted a perfect alchemic blend of androgynous rock and roll power with “stuck in your brain” pop melodies. Imagine David Bowie playing 7 minutes in heaven with Debbie Harry.”
Here’s their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/starbenders/
#3) StarBenders – Touch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2tvPN01TA0
Next up, at #2 is a UK band from Manchester named Luxury Death. Their bio reads: “Luxury Death is the brainchild of boyfriend/girlfriend duo Ben Thompson & Meg Williams, churning out hauntingly bittersweet lofi punk and producing a series of art magazines under the same moniker.“
This is cool and, of course they have a Facebook page too: https://www.facebook.com/luxurydeath/
#2) Luxury Death – “Radiator Face” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gvcpthh6bTA
At #1 is Japan’s own the Routes. The Routes are currently heading shows in Spain and Portugal! Wow! The Routes have hit #1 on our charts several times and here they are again! Their bio reads: “Based in bowl in the mountains (Hita City, Oita prefecture), Anglo-Nipponese trio The Routes play independently over 600 miles south of the Tokyo garage scene.
The Routes play mostly original music, taking influence from UK and US 60s music and culture, happily oblivious to the fads and trends of today.” The Routes just released their newest slab of wax and it is hot!
Go Like their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theroutes/
#1) The Routes – Somebody’s Child (Official Video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxixtQY3Hmg
Spotlight Artist! Today’s spotlight artists are EDWOODS from Japan!
Edwoods are a bunch of delinquents from Japan in a “Trash Crazy” band named Ed Woods. These guys have been around since 1999 making their own brand of crazy fucking rock n roll. Their names are: Billy Trash, Johnny Trash and Jet Trash. Their story goes like this: “(Ed Woods is) B-Movie, Rock`n`Roll & TV Game Or Die !! They are ”ED WOODS”. Link Wray is their father. Ed Wood is their Grandfather. Divine is their Mom. Big Foot is their Pet. Thank you!!”
I played these guys on the radio last week and the reaction was immediate: the guys in the studio and the listeners loved it. The station management hated it…. OK? What more could you want?
Of course, they have a Facebook page. Like it or die. https://www.facebook.com/trash.crazy.edwoods/
Spotlight Artist! EDWOODS “MONSTER TRASH” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0T8MM5bGw9g
Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story world premiered in London on Sept. 25 and was completely SOLD OUT! The movie is now on a Road Show in Japan and at a theater near you. You can find details here: https://www.facebook.com/Japaneserocknrollghost/
Here’s the Japanese trailer (It has English subtitles!) Check it! Oh, and we have a really cool webpage: http://ghostroads.jp/
That’s all for today! See you next week when we return to the Top 3 Indies Artist Videos Countdown. See ya! – Mike in Tokyo Rogers
About Mike in Tokyo Rogers: Mike has been a professional music/TV/radio/anime-related program producer in Japan since the eighties. He began in the music business in 1977 as lead vocalist with the legendary Los Angeles Punk Band, “The Rotters” (Sit on My Face Stevie Nix.). As a university student, he was assistant to the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer (Rodney on the ROQ – KROQ Los Angeles from 1980 ~ 1981.) Mike was the first and only foreigner in Japanese history to become the General Manager of a major Japanese broadcasting station (TV Tokyo owned InterFM). Has produced a few smash hit programs (some real losers, too!) and several of Tokyo’s highest rated and most famous radio programs. A recent hit program was “The TV Show” (Set Program with “Ninja Slayer”) which, between April – Oct. 2015, garnered over 10 million viewers. He is currently producing and hosting “The Mike Rogers Show” every Sunday live on InterFM 89.7 and nationally broadcast on Radiko. And his life’s dream is his just completed full-length motion picture, “Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story”which will be released by a major Japanese motion picture company and in theaters all across Japan in Autumn 2017.
Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story Japanese Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxwJ4AfzOwM&t
Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story Foreign trailer: https://vimeo.com/210533272)
… Oh, and he likes to write about himself in the third person!
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