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Miyavi

Last year, Japanese musician Miyavi earned a lot of buzz in the States for his role as Mutsuhiro “The Bird” Watanabe in Angelina Jolie’s film Unbroken. Among local fans of J-rock, though, the guitarist has been a favorite for years. Miyavi plays without a pick, slapping the strings to create a complicated and rhythmic style that works surprisingly well in a multitude of genres. On his 2013 self-titled album, the fashion-forward artist gets eclectic. With “Justice,” he veers into ’80s funk terrain and does a pretty good job with it. “Horizon” has an EDM-influenced pop vibe. Where Miyavi excels, though, is with stadium-sized rock songs. Expect the music to swell beyond the size of El Rey Theatre on Wednesday night.
Wed., Feb. 18, 8 p.m., 2015 (Expired: 02/18/15)

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