It’s time once again for the Top 3 Indies Artist Video Countdown. The Top 3 best Indies and Alternative Music artists for the week of Apr. 16, 2017!

First up is a band introduced to us by my former boss and DJ GOD, Rodney Bingenheimer of “Rodney on the Roq” fame. The band is the Warbly Jets! The Warbly Jets are a 4-piece currently residing in Los Angeles. That’s about all I can tell you about these guys. Their webpage has no bio and their Facebook page (, just mentions the 4-piece and L.A. It doesn’t matter to me. I think this is one awesome song that we’ve been playing on WTF a lot! (please come “Like” our FB page, too!

#3) Warbly Jets – Alive

Next up is a guy who was introduced to me by my good friend, Ginger Wildheart. It’s Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors. These guys are a trans-Atlantic rock n roll band hailing from Texas and the UK. And they just released their newest album called, The Devil’s in the Detail. They have a Facebook page with all the details. Check it!

#2) Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors – Heavy Heart

At number one is probably one of my mostest favorite American rock bands today. It is the Baby Shakes! There are two reasons this is #1 this week: First, they came in first place in the New York Deli Magazine readers poll as “Best Emerging Artist 2017!” award! Wow! That’s huge!!!! BEST OF NYC POLL – THE FINAL RESULTS! #1. Baby Shakes!!!!

And, secondly, this video is this week’s #1 because it was made by my friends, Les Deciduous, Ken Nishikawa and me! Seriously, we just finished this video this week. As usual Ken Nishikawa was a magician on the editing keys and he and Les did a fab job of shooting. I did some too (all out of focus shots are mine! Hee, hee…) It’s not hard to make a great video, though, when your subjects are as hot as the Baby Shakes (Girl’s in the audience were yelling, “Beef Cake, Baby!” when drummer Ryan walked on stage!) The Baby Shakes are HOT and I pick them to be the biggest (sort of) girl’s band since the Runaways or Joan Jett. Dig it! Here’s their Facebook page:

#1) Baby Shakes – Do What You Want

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT ARTIST! Today’s Spotlight artist is from Fukuoka in Kushu, Japan! It’s Samehada Shiroko and Dynamite and they are introduced to us by guitar legend, Christopher Jack, leader of the world-famous The Routes!

The song is called, “Moshikashitara” (which means something like, “If it is OK with you…” or “maybe..” or something like that…) I will be playing this particular tune, “Moshikashitara” tomorrow morning on my nationally broadcast FM radio show, “WTF?” What the Funday on InterFM897 on Sunday April 9, 2017! Check it out! Oh, Samehada Shiroko and Dynamite DON’T have a Facebook page, but they do have a Twitter page… Great place to go practice our Japanese! Chuckle:

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT ARTIST!  Samehada Shiroko and Dynamite – Moshikashitara

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 “WTF?” the hugely popular Sunday live show on InterFM 89.7 . And his life’s dream is his just completed full-length motion picture, Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Storywhich will be released by a major Japanese motion picture company and in theaters all across Japan in Autumn 2017. (See trailer here:… Oh, and he likes to write about himself in the third person!)




Top 3 Indies Music Videos 4/9/17! Miss Derringer, 222, Glam Skanks, Yanagiya Mutsumi&The Ratbones (Japan)

Top 3 Indies Music Videos 4/2/17! Lisa Mychols, The Routes, Circe Link, Su Ko D Koi!

Top 3 Indies Music Videos 3/25/17! The Stephanies, Kolars, Bonsai Kitten, Fazerdaze!

Top 3 Indies Music Videos 3/18/17! Japanese Bands! The Swamps, Pats Pats, Su Ko D Koi, The Goggles!

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Mar. 11, 2017! Theee Bat (Japan), Middle Kids, Honeychain!

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Mar. 4, 2017! Baby Shakes, TsuShiMaMire (Japan), The Coathangers, Hands Off Gretel!

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Feb 26, 2017! Neatbeats (Japan), Lemon Twigs, Faz Waltz, Honeychain!

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Feb 19, 2017! Sex Organs, LA Velvet, Molice (Japan), Honeyblood!

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Feb 12, 2017! The Coathangers, The Regrettes, The Routes & Luby Sparks (Japan),

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Feb 5, 2017! Baby Shakes, Su Ko D Koi (Japan), Bleached, Daphne Guinness!


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