CHAI + Bunny

Music, Rock and indie
Photograph: Julien Kelly-Gross

Time Out says

The four women who make up CHAI hail from Japan, often wear matching pink jumpsuits and have been known to hang out with gigantic Japanese pop stars like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. But this quartet isn't belting out processed four-part harmonies atop layers of synthesizers—CHAI is a rock band on a mission. On its latest album, PUNK, the group speaks out against the homogenized, hyper-cute "kawaii" beauty culture of Japan, championing individuality and inclusivity atop disco beats and fuzzed-out basslines. Even if you don't understand enough Japanese to decipher every lyric, the spirit of empowerment in CHAI's rebellious anthems is palpable. Local rockers Bunny open the show.


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