May 15 2015
May 13 2015
Anime Matsuri, April 5, 2015
Live Report by Jen Wang
Last year, model/rocker AKIRA won over Anime Matsuri’s attendees with her cool, androgynous style and charming personality. This time, she brought her DISACODE bandmates for their first U.S. performance. True to the meaning behind their name—the negation of established codes, the trio defied the boundaries of gender, language, and music to dazzle the con-goers.
DISACODE took no time to launch into some of their most upbeat numbers. AKIRA danced all over the stage—the kimono sleeves of her outfit swirling around. That motion perfectly complemented the traditional Japanese sound of “Mononoke NIGHT”. She also delivered drama with both her voice and body in “Sakura x Kuroku x Kuraku” while drummer Marcy banged away at the cymbals. When AKIRA handed him the mic to speak during a break, he seemed to understand that some audience members were in for a surprise. He stated matter-of-factly, “I like lolita fashion. I am [a] guy.”
May 11 2015
May 08 2015
VAMPS finished the sole headlining show of their 2015 American tour on May 1st by delivering an extra-long concert for their Bloodsucker fans at New York’s Best Buy Theater, located in the heart of Times Square.
VAMPS, the Japanese rock band formed by HYDE (L’Arc~en~Ciel) and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust), started their 12-city, month-long American tour on April 8th as part of the “Modern Vintage Tour” with SIXX: A.M, led by Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue. In addition, VAMPS performed at two back-to-back Florida events: the “Fort Rock Festival” on April 25th with Slipknot, and Slash, followed by an appearance on April 26th at “Welcome to Rockville” with Korn, Marilyn Manson, Slayer, and Slipknot.
After mixing it up with these mega-bands from the U.S., VAMPS moved ahead to the next stage for their headliner show in New York on May 1st. Voodoo metal band Like a Storm and rock/rap-alternative metal band From Ashes to New provided opening sets before VAMPS took the stage, opening their concert with heavy and loud songs “World’s End” and “Live Wire” that made fans go wild with excitement.
May 07 2015
Shiina Ringo’s “Saihatega Mitai” has been selected as the theme song for the animated feature-length film Miss Hokusai to be released in Japan on Saturday, May 9.
Miss Hokusai is an animated film adaptation of Hinako Sugiura’s masterpiece Sarusuberi directed by Keiichi Hara, who asked Shiina Ringo to supply the theme song for the film because Ms. Sugiura had been a great fan of her music. Shiina Ringo was happy to accept the offer and re-covered a song she had written previously for Sayuri Ishikawa, “Saihatega Mitai,” due to its affinity with the film’s mood and vision. The new version of the song adorns the film’s climatic scenes.