Apr 20 2015

Nylon Pink – Anime Matsuri 2015 Live Report

Nylon Pink
Anime Matsuri, April 4, 2015

Live Report by Jen Wang


The middle of a car show seemed like an unusual concert venue, but Nylon Pink was the perfect fit. The Asian-American pop-punk band delivered a high octane performance that complemented the modified cars on display at Anime Matsuri’s Rice Bowl. Sexy and sassy, the ladies made every take their eyes away from the sleek vehicles and gather around the stage.

Nylon Pink kicked off their set with a rock ‘n’ roll rendition of “Hold It Against Me” by Britney Spears. Vocalist and guitarist Kiki Wongo attacked the notes with such force, giving the saccharine song an edge. As her riffs built drama, Yuki Ito on the keyboards added distorted notes to increase the tension. The next song, “Fluff”, was anything but. A Nylon Pink original, it combined an upbeat pop melody with ferocious guitars and confrontational lyrics. You don’t want to mess with this group of girls. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 19 2015

VAMPS drink deep in L.A. – VAMPS at Club Nokia 2015

Live at Club Nokia, April 11, 2015

Live report by Nhu Nguyen


Back in February, VAMPS invited Sixx:A.M. to join their two day rock festival at Nippon Budoukan, giving the American band their Japanese debut. On day two, it was announced VAMPS would be a support act for Sixx:A.M.’s first U.S. headlining tour on 12 dates. Fast forward to Saturday night at Club Nokia, I’m still in awe of the pairing. After all, this is East and West rock royalty.

HYDE and K.A.Z, with the support of Ju-ken, Arimatsu, and Jin took the stage promptly at 9pm with “Zero”. It was a slow start, as the band doesn’t move much in this medium tempo song. I was hoping for the strong punch that they had delivered with “EVIL” the first night of the tour in San Francisco. But things escalate from “Zero” to 100 fairly quickly though with the follow up of “World’s End” segueing into head banger “LIPS”, where HYDE loses the guitar in favor of dancing. The men catch a breather while the vocalist tells the crowd, “We’re so excited, are you fucking ready!?”

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Apr 19 2015

URBANGARDE video message for A-Kon 26


Japanese trauma techno-pop group URBANGARDE has released a welcome message for fans preparing for the band’s USA debut at A-Kon® 26 in Dallas, TX, including an Akihabara-based Japanese lesson and a pledge to show America the power of Japanese otaku.

URBANGARDE will perform a live concert with fan Q&A and autograph sessions during the three-day Japanese anime and pop-culture event, June 5-7, 2015. URBANGARDE appears at A-Kon® 26 by arrangement with RESONANCE Media.

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Apr 16 2015

Shishido Kavka feat. Kazuyoshi Saito – Don’t Be Love (MV)


Apr 13 2015

exist†trace releases live-show exclusive single TWIN WINGS


Japanese all-female rock band band exist†trace will release their new single “TWIN WINGS” as a live-show exclusive at their April 19 one-man show “Reasons for the Existence” at Shimokitazawa MOSAIC in Tokyo.

exist†trace has performed “TWIN WINGS” at their concerts over the past few months, refining the song based on fan reactions. The song has become popular enough to earn a place in the band’s regular set list, with vocalist Jyou leading the audience to spread their arms like wings during the chorus. The single will be on sale for 500 Yen (“one-coin”) in limited quantities, and the band comments that they will release more singles this way later this year.

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