Jan 17 2018

JRock247’s Best J-Rock Album Covers 2017

Check out JRock247′s best J-Rock album/single jackets for 2017, chosen by JRock247 contributors David Cirone, Michelle Minikhiem, Todd Nelson, and Nhu Nguyen.

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Click here to view the full list, including VAMPS, MUCC, Shiina Ringo, DOLL$BOXX, Yousei Teikoku, LOVEBITES, and many more!

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Jan 17 2018

Kaya to visit Los Angeles and San Francisco in February

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Visual kei vocalist Kaya will return to Los Angeles for a performance at GAMeBoi night at RAGE in West Hollywood on Friday, February 2nd. A limited number of VIP meet and greet passes will be available, as well as special merchandise and cheki photos.

On Sunday, February 4th, Kaya will visit BABY, the Stars Shine Bright’s San Francisco store for a meet and greet session with local fans. This will be his first visit to San Francisco and first in-store event at BABY, the Stars Shine Bright in the U.S. The first 25 attendees will receive a limited gift from BABY, the Stars Shine Bright.

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Jan 16 2018

DECAYS Interview and Live Report (December 2017)

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DECAYS 
Interview by Michelle Minikhiem
December 2017

The band is called DECAYS. What’s the reason you chose this name? 

DIE: Its a really, really stupid and trivial reason, so I’ll never say.

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Jan 15 2018

ONE OK ROCK releases concert film 2016 Special Live in Nagisaen

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ONE OK ROCK’s double-disc live BD/DVD ONE OK ROCK 2016 Special Live in Nagisaen launches off store shelves on January 17, 2018. Featuring their massive 2-day concert held at Nagisaen, Nagasaki Prefecture, Disc 1 features the complete 21 song set the band previewed in their “Taking Off” live clip released last year. Disc 2 contains a documentary on the band’s recording sessions for their latest studio release Ambitions.

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Jan 14 2018

SpecialThanks releases free album sampler for Tower Records campaign

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Japanese indies punk band SpecialThanks will release a limited-edition CD-R sampler at Tower Records stores across Japan on January 20 as part of Tower’s “Punk Rock Goes On” campaign.

SpecialThanks’ new EP Heart Light will be officially released on February 21, but fans who visit Tower for the campaign can get all 5 tracks early, plus participate in a mail-in contest to win autographs from the band members. Tower Records CD pre-orders will also include a 7-song live DVD of the Anthem tour final at Shinjuku Loft.

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Jan 07 2018

Limited Express (has gone?) covers Iron Maiden’s “Phantom of the Opera”

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Japanese punk band Limited Express (has gone?) has released their cover of Iron Maiden’s “Phantom of the Opera”, a preview of their new EP Escape from the Scaffold, due for release February 7th.

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Jan 07 2018

LAZYgunsBRISKY journeys to The Sea for music short film

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Girls rock band LAZYgunsBRISKY has released their short film “The Sea” on YouTube. The emotionally-charged 8-minute video is scored by on of the standout tracks from their 2017 album NO BUTS.

Conceptualized by the band’s personal experiences on the themes of life, womanhood, and surviving an emotional separation, “The Sea” tells its story through interpretive dance on the seashore courtesy of choreographer Miho Ryu and actress/dancer Kanami Yamada (from the NTV drama Saki ni Umareta Dake no Boku). The film, directed by Hisanori Tsukuda, is on its way to the SXSW 2018 film competition.

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Jan 07 2018

Unlucky Morpheus at SEL (Live Report)

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SEL (Superb Entertainment Laboratory), December 31, 2017

Live report by Todd Nelson

Doujin circle band Unlucky Morpheus rang in the new year in a special way by hosting a countdown live show for their fans at SEL December 31st. Tickets for the highly anticipated event sold out the same day they went on sale. SEL is a small intimate venue, which gave all attendees the opportunity to see the band in action up close and personal. Material from the band’s 10 year history was represented well in the set list, featuring music from their early days right up to the present, including some pleasant surprises.

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Jan 06 2018

BAND-MAID to re-release first album Maid in Japan

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BAND-MAID will re-release their out-of-print/sold-out/way-too-expensive-on-eBay first album Maid in Japan on February 14th, giving fans a double treat with the same day launch of their new album World Domination. The new edition will include bonus tracks “Ai to Jonetsu no Matador” and “Summer Drive”.

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Jan 06 2018

Budo Grape celebrates UK memories with digital live EP

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Photo by Kenji Suzuki

Japanese new wave band Budo Grape has announced a live show exclusive release of their digital EP Budo Grape Live At Brighton. The download card features 5 previously unreleased live recordings from the band’s third tour of the UK in November 2016, which included stops in Brighton, Manchester, and London.

The limited edition Budo Grape Live At Brighton download card and collectible pin badge will be available starting on January 21 at Nagoya live house Tokuzo.

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