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Best Tokyo bars for world music
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Best Tokyo bars for world music

Our picks cover everything from Brazilian beat to Mongolian melodies, and we've also included a Japanese 'folk song izakaya' for a little variety. 

Interview: DJ Nobu
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Interview: DJ Nobu

World-acclaimed DJ Nobu on how to save Japan’s club scene

The best live music venues in Koenji – updated
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The best live music venues in Koenji – updated

These live gig venues will keep you rocking, punking and discoing

Best clubs in Tokyo by music genre
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Best clubs in Tokyo by music genre

Looking for a proper night out? Here are Tokyo's best music venues and clubs by genre, as selected by our editors and the city's music experts

The best record stores in Shibuya
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The best record stores in Shibuya

Indulge yourself in a hunt for quality tunes

Upcoming gigs, concerts and festival

Lithuanian singer Bjelle
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Lithuanian singer Bjelle

The Embassy of Lithuania in Tokyo is showcasing contemporary Lithuanian music with the sweet yet powerful vocals of Lithuanian singer Bjelle...

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Their latest album, 'Who Built the Moon', is kind of like Oasis meets Jet, but with a few surprises thrown in

EDC Japan
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EDC Japan

The carnival-themed event is way beyond your typical electronic music fest, blending together art installations, light shows, fireworks, wacky over-the-top costumes...

Fuji Rock Festival

Fuji Rock Festival

The biggest and most beautiful of Japan’s summer music festivals, Fuji Rock once again returns to Niigata prefecture’s Naeba, welcoming a beefy lineup of both international superstars and local heroes.

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A short history of anime music

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The best music venues in Tokyo

Analog
Bars and pubs

Analog

An unpretentious music bar, Analog is where you’d go for a drink and some music in a relaxed environment. It’s set on the third floor of the building across from Mikkeller Tokyo, in a somewhat ungentrified corner of Hyakkendana in Shibuya that’s full of character. The space is decked out with comfortable sofa seating and vintage speakers from Altech, the brand that was once used in movie theatres. As such, you can expect a smooth sound experience – and a wide range of genres from Showa Kayo to the latest hip hop. There’s no mixing with the songs like those in a club, but played one after another in the style of a playlist. The manager here was once a techno DJ and hence will curate the songs to match the crowd and atmosphere in the bar. Drinks wise, pick from rare liqueurs, raspberry and strawberry gin, and fruity cocktails. Coupled with the free snacks on offer, Analog is a great place to wind down after an evening of drinking, or a place to take a breather during a night of partying.

Bar Bonobo
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Bar Bonobo

Found on a Harajuku back street not far from Jingu Stadium, Bonobo occupies an old two-storey house with a rooftop terrace. The ground-floor bar is complemented by a DJ booth and lounge upstairs, which is where the frequent gigs and other music events take place.

WWW B
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WWW B

Now firmly in the all-night gig business, Shibuya's WWW rebranded its basement lounge in August 2017, changing the name to WWW B and installing a new Funktion One sound system to attract quality-conscious clubbers. Early signs suggest that the programming here is set to lean towards the alternative and experimental side of the electronic music spectrum.

Cotton Club
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Cotton Club

Vent
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Vent

Opened back in late 2016, basement club Vent has defied expectations and become a regular stalwart in Tokyo's club scene. Their 'revolutionary' speaker system and a bold attitude to bookings have worked a treat, with an eclectic line-up of European headliners, local DJ talent, and everything in between drawing the crowds without making it feel overhyped. 

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