Jun 27 2016

Yousei Teikoku rocks Pantera tribute for Texas fans at A-Kon 27


Japanese gothic rock band Yousei Teikoku delivered a selection of their hardest-rocking songs and anime hits (from Tokyo ESP, Future Diary, Qwaser of Stigmata) at A-Kon 27 in Dallas on June 3, 2016.

At the show’s climax, after leading the excited audience of over 2000 fans in a militaristic call-and-response of fan-favorite “Patriot Anthem”, Yousei Teikoku surprised the crowd by launching into a few minutes of legendary Texas metal band Pantera’s “Mouth for War” from 1992′s classic Vulgar Display of Power. “We wanted to play something special for this audience, for this show, that no one else would be able to experience, and we wanted to show respect to our Texas audience, too,” commented band guitarist Takaha Tachibana.

After performing an encore of their latest single, “Disorder”, Yousei Teikoku signed autographs for nearly 2 hours, meeting fans who traveled from as far as Australia to see the band perform live and gain access to the elusive lead singer, Her Highness Yui, who commanded allegiance from the stage with shouts of the band’s slogan “Das Feenreich!”


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Jun 26 2016

exist†trace reveals new visual and 2016 tour dates


Japanese all-female rock band exist†trace has revealed a set of striking new photos to kick off their Japan tour dates for the second half of 2016. The band has been touring non-stop to promote their latest CD release THIS IS NOW, culminating in their one-man show “Blast Your Now” at Shibuya Eggman on June 26. Additional tour dates will take the band to major cities in Japan and culminate in a premium one-man show on January 9, 2017, at Shibuya TSUTAYA O-WEST.

“The concept for our new visual is ‘cool, handsome, sharp and strong’. It’s not tied to our past, and it’s not hinting at anything in the future, but this is the ‘now’ for exist†trace — the focus of our music and identity are expressed powerfully here,” said guitarist/vocalist miko.

exist†trace’s song “Neo Japanese Heroine” has been streaming on Japan’s Yahoo! Sports as the theme song of the Japan Women’s Football League (Nadeshiko League). http://sports.yahoo.co.jp/promo/livevideo The band’s song “I feel you” (from VIRGIN) was previously selected as the main theme for Olympic champion Nadeshiko Japan’s official guidebook in 2012.

THIS IS NOW is available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon, and major streaming platforms.

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Jun 24 2016

Wagakki Band Announces California Tour in Mid July


Wagakki Band will return to the United States after their successful U.S. debut shows in NYC and SXSW earlier this year and their sold out spring tour of Japan. The band was included in the NPR 100 for SXSW 2016: http://www.npr.org/2016/03/01/468352361/the-austin-100-a-sxsw-2016-mix

Wagakki Band will perform three shows in California as part of their “Deep Impact” 1st US Tour.

Tour Dates:
July 12th : Los Angeles – Club Bahia
July 14th : San Diego – House of Blues
July 16th : San Francisco – The Fillmore


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Jun 24 2016

X JAPAN Documentary “We Are X” Screened at Film Festivals around the World


X JAPAN’s documentary We Are X has been nominated for numerous competitions at various renowned film festivals around the world. The film was recently screened at Seattle International Film Festival which ran May 19th – June 12th. Most recently, the film made its way into Shanghai International Film Festival in Shanghai, China.

We Are X won the Special Jury Award for Best Editing at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in January of 2016. At SXSW Film Festival, the film won the Best Title Design. Most recently, on June 3rd, the film was screened at Beat Film Festival in Moscow, Russia.

Yoshiki is currently traveling around the world and actively supporting the film through press conferences, media interviews and appearances on radio and TV, as well as meeting with potential film distributors. Yoshiki’s next film festival appearance is Guanajuato International Film Festival where We Are X has been selected out of 4,000 submissions to be screened at an outdoor venue of National Monument to a 3,000 capacity crowd.

Yoshiki appeared on the most popular TV show nationwide in Russia called ‘Evening Urgant’ during his Moscow visit. He performed piano and did a drum battle against a popular Russian drummer.

We Are X is gaining notoriety as the first feature-length Japanese bio pic to win world-class film awards.


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Jun 24 2016

BAND-MAID – Before Yesterday (MV)


BAND-MAID shares their fun times from Seattle and Sakura-Con in the new music video for “Before Yesterday”, showcasing lots of great moments from their American debut concert last March.

BAND-MAID has just released their album Brand New MAID in Europe through JPU Records — http://www.jpurecords.com

Jun 22 2016

HER NAME IN BLOOD – Evolution From Apes (Review)

Evolution From Apes

Review by David Cirone


Evolution From Apes, the latest 5-song EP from Japanese metal band HER NAME IN BLOOD, opens with the thunderous “Last Day” — vocalist Ikepy commands us to take advantage of the moment and “Go insane!” “Revolver” instructs us with equal fervency to “get fucked up” and breaks up the song mid-way to drop us into a head-slamming rhythm of war-chant riffs and sledgehammer drums. Such unapologetic brutal and volatile masculinity courses through this entire EP, the question arises: Have we really “evolved” so far when it’s so easy (and so fun) to return to our primal natures? HER NAME IN BLOOD released their first major-label album last year, titled BEAST MODE, and this follow-up album is nothing if not consistent — this band doesn’t want you thinking human, they want your inner savage to come out and play.

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May 27 2016

Cornelius making his long-awaited return to the US with “CORNELIUS PERFORMS FANTASMA” tour

It has been almost a decade since Cornelius last performed in the United States. He is coming back to America on a new tour called “CORNELIUS PERFORMS FANTASMA”, where — as the tour name suggests — he’ll perform the 1997 album, Fantasma. The renowned musician and producer, whose real name is Keigo Oyamada, is playing select cities scheduled around his performance at Wisconsin’s “Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival 2016”, on August 12.

The timing of this tour is also being held alongside with the re-release of the vinyl edition of the classic album, only available in the U.S on June 10. The vinyl record of “Fantasma” comes in two black LP’s as well as limited edition orange vinyl, created with the remastered version from 2010. Pre-order it here.

Dates – Cities – Venues
August 4 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
August 6 – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theater
August 8 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater
August 10 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theater
August 12 – Eau Claire, WI – Eaux Claires Festival
August 13 – Chicago, IL – Park West

Tickets: http://www.corneliusjapan.com/
Official Website: http://www.cornelius-sound.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/corneliusofficial
Twitter: http://twitter.com/corneliusjapan

May 24 2016

MIYAVI – Afraid To Be Cool (MV)


Who’s afraid to be cool? Definitely not MIYAVI! In his latest single “Afraid to be Cool”, the musician gives a friendly, rocking reminder that “you’ve got nothing to lose” with being yourself. It’s quite fitting that right after he sings that line, a guitar solo follows, carrying his message onwards: let your inhibitions go like the solo and dare to be you! Check out the stylish short version of the music video for the newest single, animated by Fantasista Utamaro. Also, look out for his new album scheduled to be out on August 31!

Official website: http://myv382tokyo.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/miyavi_official
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MIYAVI.OFFlCIAL/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/myv382tokyo

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