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

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 Mar. 11, 2017!

Starting us off today are a brand new trio from Los Angeles named Honeychain. Honeychain describes themselves as a, “Punky power pop, alternative rock band.” They have been getting radio airplay on numerous college and independent stations and by Rodney Bingenheimer on his Rodney on the ROQ show on KROQ…. OH, and thanks to Kona Cindy, they’ve been getting airplay on my Sunday FM show here in Japan, “WTF?” on InterFM 897. (

Honeychain also has a new album coming out this year, produced by Kim Shattuck (The Muffs & The Pandoras). Here is their Facebook page:

#3) honeychain – Messy Love

Did you like that Honeychain song? Here’s a free download: MIDDLE KIDS – Edge Of Town

At #2 today is another trio. This time from Australia! They are called the Middle Kids! When I first heard this, it reminded me of an 80s group….The Pretenders! That’s it! The Middle Kids have been getting rave reviews and have become one of Australia’s most exciting new bands with only two singles to its name. The rock trio has appeared on World Cafe and is set to perform at South By Southwest. Here is their Facebook page:

#2) Middle Kids – Your Love

At this week’s #1 is a band from Japan. They are a trio named Theee Bat! This is not Theee Bat’s first time on the countdown, but it is the first time ever a Japanese rock band has hit #1 on our charts. Alas, due to unfortunate circumstances, this will probably be the last time Theee Bat will be on our charts. I am saddened as I tried several times to also have them as guests on my radio show, but I always failed. Here’s their Facebook page:

At #1, Japan’s own Theee Bat, featuring the fabulous Mika Bat doing their version of the Elvis Presley classic, “Jailhouse Rock.” Mika, guys, I can’t give you anything but I hope this #1 makes you smile. And, by popular request, I will also play this track tomorrow on WTF?

#1) Kangoku Rock / THEEE BAT

Thanks Theee Bat.     Thanks Mika Bat…. May you rest in peace.

Theee Bat featuring Mika Bat


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 and several of Japan’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 as well as Rakuten Superrr Radio’s  Power Morning everyday Mon. ~ Fri. 6 am ~ 10 am. As well as Rakuten Superrr Radio’s Power Evening Mon. ~ Fri. 5 pm ~ 8 pm. 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:




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