Oct 19 2018

BABYMETAL formally announces YUIMETAL’s departure

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After months of rumors and unexplained absences, Japanese metal sensations BABYMETAL have (finally) issued a statement announcing founding member YUIMETAL will not join the group in the upcoming BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2018 in JAPAN. Remaining members SU-METAL and MOAMETAL will continue as a duo as the group moves forward with its new tour, the new Apocrypha graphic novel dropping October 30, and the still-mysterious narrative of “The Chosen Seven”.

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Oct 17 2018

Soko ni Naru’s “Tenohira de odoru” surpasses 1 million views

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Math rock duo Soko ni Naru blew past the 1 million view mark this week for their new PV “Tenohira de odoru”. Formed in 2011 in Osaka, female guitarist Juko and male bassist Misaki have always shared the role of vocalist. If you happen to be in Japan this winter, they’re putting on their first one-man show at Shimokitazawa SHELTER on January 29th.

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Oct 10 2018

L’Arc~en~Ciel to open Christmas show pre-sale to overseas fans

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L’Arc-en-Ciel fans not living in Japan can soon enter a ticket lottery for the chance to purchase a ticket to the supergroup’s upcoming Christmas shows on December 19th and 20th at Tokyo Dome.

Don’t sleep on it, though. The application for the ticket lottery will only accept entries Thursday, October 11th at 12:00 PM – Wednesday October 17th at 11:59 PM (JST).

Lottery results are scheduled to be announced on Tuesday October 23th at 8:00 PM JST.

L’Arc-en-Ciel Official Website: http://www.larc-en-ciel.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LArc.en.Ciel/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LArc_official

Oct 08 2018

BRATS – Kimarigoto (new live video)

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Japanese girls rock band BRATS have released their new music video for “Kimarigoto”, featuring a montage of live performance clips cut to one of the most popular tracks from their July 25th full-length album BRATS. (Check out the original music video here.)

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Oct 08 2018

HYDE brings Halloween Party to Universal Studios Japan (live report)

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Halloween Party – Universal Studios Japan
October 6th, 2018
Live report by Michelle Minikhiem

Credit: HYDE Official Instagram

Credit: HYDE Official Instagram

Temperatures maxed out at around 86°F – or 30°C – on Saturday during day one of HYDE’s spooktacular Halloween Party shows at Universal Studios Japan. It seemed the Kansai region of Japan had not yet gotten the memo that Halloween season is upon us, but day two on Sunday was considerably cooler but still balmy.

HYDE came out in full jester’s motley, but with a distinct gothic twist. The support members were dressed in Alice in Wonderland-themed costumes in direct connection to the strong imagery present in the music video for HYDE’s newest single “FAKE DIVINE”.

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Oct 03 2018

Keiko Terada (SHOW-YA) – Interview (2018)

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Keiko Terada (SHOW-YA)
Interview by Todd Nelson
Translation by Harumi Arita
July 29, 2018

Vocalist Keiko Terada is best known as the front woman for the legendary all-female Japanese band SHOW-YA. We interviewed Keiko just prior to the DOLL$FESTA live event on July 29, 2018.

SHOW-YA’s recent efforts Genuine Diamond, Progress, and AURORA, pick up and build from right where Outerlimits and Hard Way left off. How challenging is it to keep evolving and improving given the band’s already rich history?

Keiko: I knew it would be challenging. With increasing age and changing times, everything gets reflected in our music — the way my feelings change, the way I view our songs, even just surviving what’s going on in the world. I’m evolving day after day, and I adapt elements of that evolution to create our SHOW-YA sound. That’s the main challenge.

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Oct 01 2018

X JAPAN sends fans home for safety, performs unprecedented “closed-door” concert at Makuhari Messe

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X JAPAN’s third-straight night of sold-out concerts — X JAPAN LIVE IN JAPAN 2018 THREE DEEP RED NIGHTS AT MAKUHARI MESSE — was suddenly cancelled on September 30th due to the impending weather effects of Typhoon Trami.

With concern for the safety of fans as their top priority, X JAPAN announced that tickets for all 33,000 people would be refunded but the band would perform an unprecedented large-scale “closed-door concert” with complete stage effects and crew for the scheduled live broadcast on WOWOW that night.

When the announcement was made in the early afternoon, thousands of fans who had arrived early at the venue screamed in shock, many having traveled from overseas to join the 100,000 who’d gathered from September 28-30 for X JAPAN’s largest live concerts in 8 years.

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Sep 30 2018

TsuShiMaMiRe embarks on month-long tour of North America

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Girls punk band TsuShiMaMiRe has announced one of the most ambitious Japanese rock band tours North America has ever seen, with 29 dates in 31 days across both coasts and the Midwest. The tour begins October 4 in Texas and circles round back to the Lone Star State to wrap up on November 7.

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Sep 28 2018

SCANDAL to represent Japan for International Cassette Store Day

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Grab your boombox — International Cassette Store Day is coming up on October 13, and SCANDAL has been designated the official ambassador for Japan. As part of the event, the band plans to sell a limited edition SCANDAL-branded portable tape player. The unit will be available for sale at their Tokyo Feedback! store as well as some of the shops listed on the organizer’s site, although exactly which ones is unclear. Perfect as a gift with a mixtape for a friend or SO.

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Sep 27 2018

Shonen Knife roll (and rock) through USA

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Osaka’s number one punk band, Shonen Knife, are a little more than halfway through their extended trek across the United States on their ALIVE! in the U.S.A. 2018 tour with upcoming stops along the west coast. Like a punk rock Rolling Stones, the group is in their element on the road with no signs of slowing down in their fourth decade as a group.

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