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ROMZ Record 4th Anniversary Tour


Computer geeks, grab your MacBooks and rejoice -- your passion for processors and software will place you among the hippest of the hip next week.

Hot on the heels of Warp Records' i-WARP showcases, Tokyo techno label ROMZ Record is commemorating their fourth anniversary with a series of concerts. Headlining the events will be Miguel Trost Depedro, better known throughout the indie-electronica scene as Kid606. Born in Venezuela, the San Francisco-based musician began making albums in 1998, while still in his teens, under the Kid606 moniker.

Equally influenced by electronic music, hip-hop, punk and metal, he incorporates a wide range of influences into his laptop-driven instrumental excursions, making his sound difficult to pigeonhole. His seamless sonic collages of schizophrenic blasts of noise, dance-driven glitch-hop beats, and ambient pop will certainly have a few trendy folks stroking their chins in appreciation -- and may even get a few bottoms grooving as well.

Look for selections from his latest effort, "Pretty Girls Make Raves," to surface during his sets. It'll be released by his own imprint, Tigerbeat6, next week, after which Kid606 will be remixing tracks for Mogwai and Xiu Xiu and completing work on his first album with a full band.

Joining Kid606 at all the parties will be COM.A. Known to his parents as Age Yoshida, he was born in the United Kingdom and lived in the United States and Hong Kong before settling in Tokyo. The founder of ROMZ Record, he's released inventive material through his own label, as well as Tigerbeat6 and FatCat (Animal Collective, Mice Parade). Considered to be one of Japan's leading IDM artists, his computer-generated soundscapes have drawn comparisons with the renowned Aphex Twin.

Several other PC-toting musicians and a handful of DJs and bands will also be partaking in the celebrations. Artists making select appearances include Joseph Nothing, Cycheouts Ghost, Soloal-one and World's End Boyfriend.

ROMZ Record 4th Anniversary Tour, featuring Kid606, COM.A, and others, will be at Unit, Tokyo, on June 2; Whoopee's, Kyoto, June 3; Noon, Osaka, June 9; and Club 4.14, Hiroshima, June 10; For more information, visit www.romzrecord.com


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