Yesterday, I watched an exciting gig at Amp Koenji, Tokyo via Ustream. The band -- a man actually -- is called Artificial Lover (English info available). He plays traditional Japanese instrument Shamisen in crazy way.
There are many bands playing traditional instruments in modern musical form, but I often feel they are not modern enough or don't use the advantages of those unique instruments. This guy, Artificial Lover, breaks all. OK, he wares Kimono and sits on the floor as you might expect. But he plays fast aggressive Shamisen with effector and sampling in breakcore style. I found this an amazing mixture. He went to U.S. tour twice, and plays around Tokyo.
It's a pity that I couldn't see him real....
The venue, Amp, is a small 16-squaremeter gallery-club in Tokyo. But you can see many quality geeky edgy fresh live performances. Amp events are often broadcasted via Ustream.