Sep 26 2016

Yoshikimono revealed as opening attraction for Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo S/S


Yoshikimono, the kimono brand engineered by Yoshiki, the famous composer, drummer, classical pianist, and leader of X Japan, has been announced as the opening attraction for “Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo 2017 S/S”, with Yoshiki giving a special musical performance on Monday, October 17th.

The Yoshikimono line was conceived by Yoshiki, the first-born son of kimono shop owners, as a way to create a fusion of classic Japanese tradition and modern taste.

The Yoshikimono collection had its full-scale debut at “Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week TOKYO 2016 S/S”, along with a brilliant finale performance by Yoshiki to close the event. The innovative performance, combined with Yoshiki’s imaginative kimono line, received an overwhelming amount of international media coverage and became a huge conversation piece all around the world.

Now, a year after the debut of his vivid collection, expect Yoshiki to upset the norm yet again with his visionary take on the contrast of “stillness” and “motion” and its effect on fashion.


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Sep 25 2016

KEMURI releases Best of CD ahead of UK Tour with Less Than Jake


Japan’s ska-punk pioneers KEMURI celebrate their first tour of Great Britain (with legends Less Than Jake!) by unleashing best album Ska Bravo through JPU Records on Friday, September 30, 2016.

This UK exclusive edition of Ska Bravo sees KEMURI’s original members join forces, along with their live support musicians, to cover and re-record 17 of their greatest tracks, taken from a career spanning three decades.

Some of the highlights include their ultimate anthem “PMA (Positive Mental Attitude)”, “Standing in the rain” with its lyrics paying homage to Madness, and “New Generation” which originally appeared on their debut album Little Playmate, released by ROADRUNNER JAPAN in 1997.

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Sep 25 2016

Light Bringer’s Fuki to perform at Hyper Japan’s Christmas Market 2016


Powerhouse vocalist Fuki (famed frontwoman of LIGHT BRINGER and DOLL$BOXX) will perform as her solo persona “Fuki Commune” at the Hyper Japan Christmas Market in London in November.

Earlier this year, Fuki released her first full solo album Welcome!, including “Kagayaku Yoru e Youkoso!” from the anime series Mysterious Joker and the theme song of the PC game Liber_7.

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Sep 25 2016

A9 – Ginga no Woto (Review)

Ginga no Woto

Review by Jen Wang


Last year, visual kei rockers Alice Nine rebranded themselves as A9, releasing a new artist’s statement. Instead of focusing on sales and charts, they turned to crowdfunding. The result was the mini-album Ginga no Woto. Although it might not have accelerated A9′s rebirth, the EP reveals a new vigor in the band that is worth checking out.

The aptly-named first track, “Phoenix”, is a rock number with Hiroto’s skillfully-layered arpeggio’s and Tora’s hard-hitting riffs. Show’s voice balances the edge with a touch of gentleness and falsetto, and there’s a surprise acoustic section to show off Saga’s bass skills. “Spiegel” also contains fantastic hard rock guitars, accompanied by Nao’s rapid drumming. This time, Show’s vocals are low and ominous, but he quickly shifts to a brighter tone for the chorus. It leaves a disjointed feeling to the otherwise catchy song.

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Sep 22 2016

VAMPS headlines North American tour in November and unleashes new music


VAMPS continues their world conquest by announcing an American headlining tour for November and dropping a double single that has the Japanese Rock juggernauts collaborating with Chris Motionless (Motionless in White) and Richard Z. Kruspe (Emigrate/Rammstein). In the midst of all this, they are also prepping for their next full length album.

The double single includes “Inside of Me” featuring Chris Motionless from Motionless in White, and “Rise or Die” co-written by Richard Z. Kruspe of Emigrate/Rammstein. “’Inside of Me’ contains themes of the forbidden and abstinence. ‘Rise or Die’ is a very catchy rock song that gets the audience pumped up when we play it live. I hope everyone likes these new songs.” Hyde said of the new tracks.


Purchase the double single at Spinefarm Records, iTunes and Apple Music, or stream them on Spotify.

Check out the official music video for “Inside of Me” below.

VAMPS showed American fans love twice in 2015 by touring and opening up for SIXX:A.M. in Spring and performing two special California shows in Fall. “We will return to some of the cities we performed at with SIXX:A.M. and APOCALYPTICA last year,” K.A.Z said. “We will be playing some new songs and this will be a great tour. We are very much looking forward to seeing all the rock fans out there!” If you missed your chance then – or just miss them in general – you do not want to miss out on this tour.

VAMPS – North American Tour 2016
With Special Guest CITIZEN ZERO

Sunday, 11/6 – San Francisco, CA – Social Hall SF
Monday, 11/7 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater
Thursday, 11/10 – Mexico City, Mexico – Teatro Metropolitan
Sunday, 11/13 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Monday, 11/14 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
Tuesday, 11/15 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge


Sep 19 2016

Yoshiki announces 2-Day Carnegie Hall event with Tokyo Philharmonic


Yoshiki — songwriter, drummer/percussionist, classically-trained pianist and the creative force of the rock group X Japan — has announced a special concert event presented by Knitting Factory, “Yoshiki Classical Special Featuring Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra”.

The special classical performance will take place on January 12 and 13, 2017, at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage in New York City. Tickets, priced at $105/ $85/ $75/ $65/ $55/ $40, will be available at 11am (EST) on September 29th at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling Carnegie Charge at 212-247-7800 and Carnegie Hall website,

“I began taking piano lessons and music theory at age four, and became interested in classical works by Beethoven and Schubert,” explains Yoshiki. “In elementary school, I played the trumpet in the brass band, and around age ten started composing songs for piano. I’ve been writing classical music ever since. Needless to say, classical music has been a major influence in my musical career, including X Japan. I was fortunate enough to play Madison Square Garden 2 years ago with my band X Japan. Now I’m playing Carnegie Hall as a pianist with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, which was another dream of mine. Words can’t describe how honored I am to be performing at such a prestigious venue with an amazing orchestra.”


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Sep 19 2016

HER NAME IN BLOOD crashes your pool party in BAKEMONO MV


HER NAME IN BLOOD dares you to mosh and splash in their music video for “BAKEMONO”, the title track from their new full-length album released on major label Warner Music Japan. No DJ is safe from vocalist Ikepy in full “Beast Mode”!

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Sep 17 2016

Cibo Matto – KEXP live performance (2014)


Fantastically grooving live clip of Cibo Matto’s studio performance at Seattle’s KEXP radio station, with 3 songs from Hotel Valentine.

10th Floor Ghost Girl
Emerald Tuesday
Déjà Vu

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