All roads lead to Fuji
Anyone with music-mad friends must have been asked this question a lot recently: Are you going to Fuji?
Japan's Fuji Rock Festival is being staged from July 27 to 29, and if you've been before you'll understand why the event seems to pull people back year after year: three days of world-class music spread over a naturally stunning site and thousands on thousands of people having a good time.
Although the overall good-time vibe is a big attraction, it's music you're there to hear. This year, the stellar lineup includes the reunited Iggy and the Stooges, the Kaiser Chiefs, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the Ataris and Jonathan Richman.
Goth-rock heroes the Cure will be making their first appearance in Japan for 23 years and hopes are still high that they'll play a show in Hong Kong soon after.
Overseas sales have already started, so get your skates on if you plan on attending because tickets always sell out - more than 120,000 of them.
For programme and other details, go to www.smash-uk.com.
It'll be emotional
Japanese emo-rockers Buddhistson (above) won over a lot of hearts when they swung through Hong Kong last September, showcasing their soaring, dream- like tracks at two gigs in the city.
Sounding somewhere between Icelandic shoe-gazers Sigur Ros and the more grungy Smashing Pumpkins, the five-piece band from Kashiwa city combine an off-kilter approach to progressive rock with atmospheric keyboards and chunky guitars.
Local fans will be happy to know they're back in town this weekend, appearing at the Polymuso gig at Hitech in Kowloon Bay, alongside top local acts including Hardpack, Audiotraffic, Josie Ho and rising singer Endy Chow Kwok-yin's outfit, Zarahn. The show starts at 5pm and door tickets are HK$80.
Buddhistson singer-guitarist Shima Takuya will give a solo acoustic performance at Mink on Hollywood Road next Tuesday from about 9pm. Entry is free.
Tomiee mixes it up
Japanese DJ Satoshi Tomiee has a reputation among his peers as one of the most technically skilled DJs in the business. He crafts flawlessly mixed sets that never blow the roof off but gently pulsate through deep, progressive house and electro. Catch him this Saturday at Armani/Bar in Chater House, Central, from about 11pm. Inquiries 2849 3328.