Next Music from TOKYO Returns with Zazen Boys, group_inou, Charan-Po-Rantan, Praha Depart

Next Music from TOKYO Returns with Zazen Boys, group_inou, Charan-Po-Rantan, Praha Depart
The Next Music from TOKYO tours have steadily been bringing Japan's underground music out to Canada for a couple of years now, and the event will send four more acts to our shores this May.

This fourth instalment of the tour, which hits up Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, will be headlined by long-running indie rock ensemble Zazen Boys, perhaps the biggest Japanese band yet to headline the travelling fest. Formed by former Number Girl guitarist and vocalist Mukai Shutoku, the act is described as touting math rock rhythms, blended with "electronica, Buddhist hymns, spoken word, blues and Japanese folk."

Also set for this spring's shows are the duo of producer Imai and MC CP, who make up group_inou, an act on the bill that straddles the line between chip tune, hip-hop and Krautrock. Charan-Po-Rantan, meanwhile, are a sister act made up of vocalist Momo and internationally acclaimed accordion player Koharu who specialize in gypsy folk. And rounding out the lineup is psychedelic shoegaze troupe Praha Depart.

You can check the tour schedule down below, and for more information about Next Music from TOKYO, head to the festival website here.

Tour dates:

5/18 Toronto, ON - The Rivoli

5/19 Toronto, ON - The Rivoli

5/21 Montreal, QC - Divan Orange

5/23 Vancouver, BC - The Waldorf Hotel