Japan Nite @Bootleg Hifi in Los Angeles, Saturday, March 28, 2015

Japan Nite, an annual showcase of Japanese bands at SXSW in Austin, has been dedicated to introducing outstanding Japanese bands to the world since 1990s. Over the years, more than 100 bands appeared on the stage of Japan Nite and conveyed their music to the world. Japan Nite has become one of the biggest platforms to export Japan-made music to the international market and hopes to continue supporting more talented bands when it celebrates the 20th anniversary this year!

Following the showcase at SXSW, the Japan Nite lineup visited as many as 8 cities in both east coast and west coast of the States, and Los Angeles was one of the lucky cities that Japan Nite stopped by. The LA show took place at Bootleg HiFi on Saturday, March 28th with the amazing lineup of Tsu Shi Ma Mi RE, QUORUM, and The fin.

Even though 2015 marks an important milestone for Japan Nite, the emphasis remains on introducing new groups to the United States. Kobe quartet The fin. is a rising outfit merging rock with electronic music, the band citing American “chillwave” acts such as Toro Y Moi and Washed Out  as influences (and being compared to French electro-pop group M83 by Japan-based media). QUORUM comes at you with vintage rock sound straight out of the 70’s. Despite their young age (the group states an average age of 22), these guys list such old school rock greats as Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin as their greatest influences and it shows with their bluesy guitar riffs and melodic vocals.

On the other hand, Tsu Shi Ma Mi RE, the amazing girls’ band with 15 years of music career, amazed the audience in Los Angeles with their spellbinding performance. Tsu Shi Ma Mi RE mixes elements of punk, funk, hip hop, pop and even children’s songs to create their own unique and eclectic sound. This alternative girls rock trio formed in 1998 has never seen a single lineup change and it shows with a groove that’s tight as a drum.

Photos from Saturday night’s show are below. For more on Japan Nite and the bands on this year’s tour, check out japan-nite.com and be sure to like Japan Nite on Facebook.



The fin.


Tsu Shi Ma Mi RE



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