These musicians are worth listening to. From my blog Japan Music Corner https://japanmusiccorner.wordpress.com/
Best of Japanese Indie Music 2016
Tokyo based pop-rock group Nicoten have a professional and upbeat sound
Indie band Easy Come play a captivating City Pop and pop sound
Japonesque Musique was originated by DJ Takaha that fuses house and techno music with Japanese traditional sounds
Quietly Excited Penguin
Quietly Excited Penguin are refreshingly different and have their own unique sound
My current favourite Japanese indie musicians from my music blog called Japan Music Corner http://japanmusiccorner.wordpress.com/
South Penguin are a new pop-rock group from Tokyo with a melodic beat
Macaroom are an electronica pop group that incorporates martial arts, literature, and science & technology into their good music
Maiko Nagisa is a jazz pianist with a bright future
Often Mogun is a pop or city pop group from Tokyo
Cider Girl are an indie rock band with a developed sound
Kurofune 黒船 are musicians who combine Shimauta music of Amani and Kagoshima Prefecture with pop and jazz. They successfully combine the traditional with the modern. The key performers of Kurofune are Sekiya Yuki bassist from TRI4TH, Anna Sato, a shimauta singer and shimisen player from Amani Island, and Hikari Shirafuji, who plays tsugaru-jamisen from the group Ki & Ki Tsugaru Shamisen.
This the latest from Yukeufumei 行方不明 an indie electro pop duo from Tokyo
Kiki are an exciting new indie pop band with a new type of sound
Kurofune are a jazz and shimauta band that successfully combines the traditional with the modern
Honeydew are an alternative rock band that started in Brooklyn, New York but returned to Tokyo
Fox Capture Plan
Fox Capture Plan are an excellent jazz-pop-rock band
Pianist, composer, arranger, and producer Chihiro Yamanaka performed at the San Jose Jazz Festival with her trio on Saturday August 8th 2015. She wowed the audience with a powerful and captivating performance and showed that she is a top talent in the jazz world. At the festival Chihiro showed the audience her skill and creativity with her own compositions like 2:30 Rag, Rain Rain Rain (Fukushima tribute), and Insight Foresight, as well as, standards such as Summertime, Take 5, and even Beethoven with equal aplomb. Ms. Yamanaka is very popular in the US, Europe, and especially Japan. Her recently released album is called Syncopation Hazard 7-15-2015 UCCQ-2024 CD & DVD on Blue Note with Chihiro Yamanaka pianist, Yoshi Waki Bass, and John Davis drums. Recommended.
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
Yusuke Shima 島裕介 シマ ユウスケ is a cool new trumpet player that is bringing excitement and energy to the jazz scene in Japan. Please check him out.