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Friday, June 16, 2006


Psychedelic radar 06.16

Special to The Japan Times Online

Saturday, June 24

Vision Quest - Artcore Vision

Vision Quest Tokyo presents "Artcore Vision" at Zepp Tokyo in Odaiba. Starts at 10 p.m. Advance tickets 6,000 yen (or 7,000 yen at the door.)

Live acts Astrix, Dino Psaras, Delirious and Domestic, plus resident DJs Ami and Roger Jordan. See Web site and mobile site for updated info and timetable.

There is no other single-man live act on the planet continually more amazing than Astrix. Avi Shmailov, the Hom-mega Productions prodigy, has been on an unstoppable tear in pushing the boundaries of psy-trance since before his 2002 debut album "Eye to Eye." The 2004 release of "Artcore" and last year's must-have double compilation "Psychedelic Academy" further elevated Astrix to that elite status where imitators have started to appear in his draft. "Academy" and a 2005 12-inch "Closer to Heaven" are also earning Astrix a credible crossover appeal in the larger clubbing scene. It was evident during the Dali live performance on May 27 that the Vision Quest faithful are hip to a bit more electro. This will be an A+ show.

Dino Psaras (Vision Quest) is not just a great big DJ and comic "mammoth of a man," he has his own unique techno-based sound, pocked with droplets of dark searing acid. Fewer people are aware of this than I once thought. Once the crowd gets to know you as a DJ, it's tougher to accept you as a live act, even if you're playing a visible instrument or two, something Dino doesn't do. But I'm told Dino is responsible for that unofficial Gathering 2005 anthem with the unforgettable lyrics, "I only want to be with you." And for that memory, I really want to say "Thanks!"

Delirious (Hom-mega) came charging back to the scene with last year's spellbinder "Break Point." Until the end of the month, you can get a good idea of the Domestic flavor by downloading "Beat Crusher," an otherworldly gallop with Black and White, at the Hom-mega Web site.

Vision Quest will also bring S.U.N. Project, Void, Alternative Control and Exaile to Zepp Tokyo on Aug. 5 for "Summer Vision before "The Gathering 2006," Sept. 16-18 at the Palcall Tsumagoi ski resort in Gunma Prefecture.

Next Month: July 15-17

Solstice Music Festival 2006

Solstice Music Festival 2006 at the Myoko Suginohara ski resort in Niigata Prefecture. Advance tickets on sale for 13,500 yen (or 15,000 yen at the gate.) Parking prices are scaled to favor more people per car. More info to come in an upcoming preview.

This year's festival will be a three-stage event and include jam-band stage and a chill tent. Full-on live acts include GMS, Talamasca, Wrecked Machines, The Delta, Eat Static, Etnica, Space Tribe and more, plus of course DJ Raja Ram.

Next Month: July 15-17

Earthcore Japan and Psy16 present "Earth Energy" at Namesawa Camp Village in Yamanashi Prefecture. Live acts include Hydraglyph, Slum, Random, Gokufuto, Asteca and more. This party will be limited to 500 people. Advance tickets are 5,000 yen and the first 100 advance ticket buyers will receive the Jikkenteki CD "The Long Walk Home."

Next Month: July 28-30

TPE Records Open Air Festival 2006 at the Tatehara Kougen campground in Nagano Prefecture. Special prices are in effect for advance tickets until June 30. After that, advance tickets will be 10,000 yen (or 12,000 yen at the gate.)

Live acts include Altom, Alternative Control, Ananda Shake, Aquatica, Electro Sun, Karrmachanics, Nogera, Sesto Sento, Space Cat, System Nipel, Visual Contact and Vibe Tribe.

Month After: Aug. 13-15

Mother Records presents "Space of Sound (S.O.S.)" at Hakuba Tsugaike Kougen in Nagano Prefecture. Check Web site for special prices on online orders. Tickets are 12,000 yen advance (or 14,000 yen at the gate).

Live acts include Atomic Pulse, Beckers, Logic Bomb, Midimiliz, Pop Stream, Protoculture, Xerox and Illumination, X-Noize, X-Dream and more, plus DJs Ta-Ka, Daijiro, Messie, Ryo, Nate Raubenheimer, Arturo and more.

Month After: Aug. 26-27

Sirius Summer Festival at Norn Ski Resort in Minakami, Gunma Prefecture. Live acts Psysex, Dino Psaras and the much-missed Joti. DJ sets include Goblin, Tokage, Miki, Noco, Unagi and Nori. Advance tickets are 7,000 yen (or 8,000 yen at the gate).

Psychedelic Radar will return June 30 with a preview of Solstice Music Festival. An expanded CD Case with some of the hottest and chilliest sounds of the summer will appear in an upcoming edition of The Second Room. All parties are in Tokyo unless otherwise noted. Send potential party pick info to the2ndroom@yahoo.com

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