Mar 21 2019

Limited Express (has gone?) – Gya Gya Sawage (MV)

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Japanese noise-punk band/force-of-nature Limited Express (has gone?) is back where they belong — face to face with a live audience in the music video for “Gya Gya Sawage”. Ripped from their 2016 album All Ages, the MV captures all the frenetic, beautiful madness of being there in person.

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Mar 20 2019

YOSHIKI’s final performance of Anniversary in the Heisei Era

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YOSHIKI gave a special performance of his composition “Anniversary” at the “Principal Gala 2019″ presented by the Asami Maki Ballet on March 16 and 17 in Tokyo.

“Anniversary” was composed in 1999 by YOSHIKI at the Emperor of Japan’s request to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of his reign. The 2019 performance marked the final time the song would be presented in the Heisei Era before Emperor Akihito abdicates the throne in April.

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Mar 19 2019

NABOWA say SAYONARA INAGO with new single and MV

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Kyoto instrumental quartet NABOWA has released a new single, “SAYONARA INAGO,” from their upcoming album DUSK, which will be out on April 24th. The LP was mastered by Grammy-nominated mixer Daddy Kev, who has worked with rappers Busdriver and Sage Francis, among others.

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Mar 18 2019

BRATS release UNFAIR MV, announce Wake Up Festival in Taiwan

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Girls rock band BRATS has released their new music video for “UNFAIR”, shot during the band’s first overseas concerts in Korea on January 19 and 20 this year.

BRATS – formed by sisters Rei Kuromiya (vocals) and Aya Kuromiya (bass) – have sold out their current series of monthly one-man live shows in running through April, and will make their next step outside of Japan at Taiwan’s largest outdoor festival, Wake Up Festival 2019 running July 5-7.

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Mar 17 2019

MUCC’s Kowareta Piano to Living Dead (Interview and Live Report)

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Interview by Michelle Minikhiem
March 17, 2019

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Your album released in February is titled Kowareta Piano to Living Dead (“The Broken Piano and the Living Dead”). You listened to 140 demos that you created a long time ago and chose 9 of them to make this album. That sounds like a really difficult task. How did you choose the songs?

Miya (guitar): We listened to them all.

What’s the meaning of the album’s title? Where did it come from?

Miya: Because I dug up an old-timey sound from the grave and then made this album with it.

Of all the songs on the new album, which do you like the best?

Tatsuro (vocal): I’m into “Living Dead”.

Miya: All of them!

YUKKE (bass): “Psycho”. It has this incredible power to make an atmosphere of horror when it’s played as the first song of the night, and that makes it really fun to perform. 

SATOchi (drums): “Living Dead”, because I can play the drums for this while my emotions pour out!

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Mar 11 2019

MIYAVI to headline Anime Boston 2019 in April

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Musician and actor MIYAVI will headline Anime Boston 2019 with a live performance on Friday, April 19th.

MIYAVI is the fifth Japanese guest announced for this year’s convention. The “Samurai Guitarist” is currently recording new solo material after releasing his collaboration album SAMURAI SESSIONS vol.3 – Worlds Collide in December 2018, followed a special album release show in Los Angeles in February. On the big screen, MIYAVI’s film Stray was just released nationwide, and he’s just announced his role in the upcoming film Maleficent 2, teaming once again with his Unbroken collaborator Angelina Jolie.

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Mar 11 2019

ASTERISM – Interview (2019)

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Interview by David Cirone and Todd Nelson
March 11, 2019

ASTERISM

ASTERISM is an instrumental heavy metal band formed in 2014 when the trio met at The 8th Music Revolution event in 2014, where they found that they shared the same taste in music as well as a high level of musicianship at a young age.

The band’s name “asterism” is derived from the astronomical term for “a group of stars that form a pattern in the night sky”. In the band’s case, the stars are three white-hot musicians: 16-year-old HAL-CA on guitar, 17-year-old Miyu on bass, and his 19-year-old brother Mio on drums. After releasing their first full-length album IGNITION in August 2018, ASTERISM is preparing to launch their first USA tour at SXSW on March 15, 2019, followed by additional stops in Texas and California March 16-24.

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Mar 09 2019

Vocalist Fuki to make US debut at Anime Midwest 2019

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Vocalist Fuki has announced that she will perform at Anime Midwest 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The event will be Fuki’s first appearance in the United States.

Fuki’s respected musical career began in 2006 as frontwoman of the metal band LIGHT BRINGER. Known for her powerful vocals, she is currently active in three groups: Unlucky Morpheus (with former Yousei Teikoku guitarist Shiren), DOLL$BOXX (with members of Gacharic Spin), and her personal project Fuki Commune.

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Mar 08 2019

Gacharic Spin to perform at Anime Matsuri 2019

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Flamboyant rockers Gacharic Spin have announced their return to Anime Matsuri in 2019. The performance in Houston, Texas, is the only stop outside of Japan in the band’s 10th anniversary tour.

The band has gone through some changes since the last time they performed at Anime Matsuri in 2017. Performer number 1, Mai, graduated at the end of 2018. In February the band announced the addition of new member Angelina 1/3, described as “microphone performer”. One can only guess what that exactly means, but knowing the band’s reputation it is a good bet that it will be something unique and entertaining.

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Mar 08 2019

MIYAVI Live at El Rey 2019 (Photo Gallery)

MIYAVI
El Rey Theatre – February 23, 2018

Photos by David Cirone

Supplemental Photo Gallery
Click here for more MIYAVI photos and live report from the Samurai Sessions Vol. 3 Album Release Party.

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