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. 30, 2017! And, yippee! It’s Ladies Night (sort of) on the Top 3 Countdown today – all bands that are fronted by the fairer sex! (Is that politically correct for me to say that? No? Well it doesn’t matter because this is my blog and this is Japan so no one here understands what I’ve written here anyway!)

First up is a hot new act introduced to us by the world-famous Kona Cindy, the music curator to the stars! Cindy tells me (If you caught that Brian Eno reference, give yourself 100 extra credits!)”No Girlfriends are awesome!” I agree and their Facebook page ( says they are interested in “Ladies Night” too! What timing! (Really, I’m not making that up) so they are perfect to kick off our countdown this week. This video for “Mine” was just released on April 27. Come and get it!

#3) No Girlfriends – Mine

At #2 is a real diamond in the rough. They are called pinksideofthemoon… That’s right. No capitalization and all one word: pinksideofthemoon. Legendary producer and engineer Lee Popa and songstress Jolee Popa. pinksideofthemoon hails from Portland, Oregon and their FB page describes their music as, “Driven by electronic beats and grooving loops pinksideofthemoon mixes live guitars, bass, keyboards and synthesizers and covers them with a smooth coating of silky female vocals with Dub style echo and effects to create the pinksideofthemoon.” Rumor has it that pinksideofthemoon are currently hanging out in Tokyo.

Besides all that, pinksideofthemoon have been getting regular airplay on my weekly radio show, WTF? What the Funday? (Every Sunday 8 am ~ 11 am on InterFM 897) Here’s their FB page:

#2) pinksideofthemoon – Keep on Dancin

At this week’s #1 is an artist who has been on our countdown several times. her name is Lisa Mychols. Last.FM says: “For an artist without a great many credits to her name, Lisa Mychols made an impressive splash on the Los Angeles pop underground of the 1990s, especially with her band the Masticators. Once the new millennium had dawned and that vibrant musical community had begun to emerge aboveground, Mychols had developed into one of its most accomplished songwriters, taking an obsession with the 1960s and 1970s AM dial and updating the sound for a new generation of pop/rock addicts.”

I’ve liked Lisa Mychols for a long time, since Rodney on the Roq introduced me to her… But I was blown away when I found out that she has a small but hard core following in Japan! When the music geeks told me they all had Lisa Mychols LPs I was blown away! Here’s her Facebook page:

#1) Lisa Mychols – Don’t Wanna Close My Eyes

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT ARTIST! Is Fukuoka Japan’s own Bo-Peep! (What? Another Fukuoka band? It’s been bands from Fukuoka like crazy recently: The Routes, Titty Twister, Samehada Shiroko and Dynamite, The Googles, The Swamps!? What’s going on down there in Fukuoka? It’s a rock n roll explosion!

Bo-Peep has been around since 2002 or so and (I believe) they got their FM radio debut on my show back in 2005 or 2006. Rumor has it that Lee Popa and Jolee Popa were spotted at Bo-Peeps live show last night in Tokyo. Riiiiiiiggggght! And I saw Elvis last weekend at the grocery store! Bo-peep is one of the hottest girl’s bands around. This band is going places! They were featured on my last episode of  Japanese Girl Rock Bands (And More) That Matter in 2017!  over at another blog I waste my time on. (

Here’s their Facebook page:


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 Videos 4/23/17! Daphne Guinness, Potty Mouth, Femmepop, Hands Off Gretel!

Top 3 Indies Videos 4/16/17! Warbly Jets, Baby Shakes, Samehada Shiroko & Dynamite, Ryan Hamilton & the Traitors!

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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