Feb 04 2016

URBANGARDE interview in April issue of Otaku USA

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URBANGARDE vocalists Temma and Yoko talk about their view of Japanese society, social pressures, and the television ban of their video Kuchibiru Democracy in the latest issue of Otaku USA, available now in bookstores across America.

http://www.otakuusamagazine.com

Temma: “The basic idea of the ‘Kuchibiru Democracy’ PV, with the fascist uniforms, was inspired by the Charlie Chaplin movie, The Great Dictator, which criticized fascism and the mood of the times back then. Older techno bands like Yellow Magic Orchestra and Kraftwerk were made up of very liberal people who in general were against things like fascism and nuclear power. But the way they expressed their opinions was sort of cynical and they would sometimes take on the role of fascists to criticize fascism. This is way of art: to try and alert people.”

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Feb 03 2016

RHEDORIC announces first USA tour for 4th anniversary

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Japanese rock band RHEDORIC has announced that the band will launch their first U.S. California tour in March. This will be the band’s first North American show all members since their VK Fest show in 2014. Two days of live shows and a special in-store meet & greet/talk show. The tour will launch with the American leg at the following venues:

RHEDORIC 4th year anniversary U.S. California Tour 2016
March 11 – XENON Little Toyko Store, Los Angeles, USA
Evening of a special Greet & Meet, Talk Show, and Autograph Session

March 12 – Pre Show at Whiskey A Go Go, Los Angeles, USA
Opening for Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions), Jennifer Battens (Michael Jackson), and Andy Timmons (Danger Danger)

March 13 – Amplyfi Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA

TICKETS NOW ON SALE (Official Ticket Outlet):

http://xenon-la.com/rhedoric-us-tour/

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Feb 03 2016

SCANDAL to Release Seventh Album YELLOW Ahead of World Tour and Tenth Anniversary

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Barely days after completing their domestic arena tour, SCANDAL – one of Japan’s strongest all-female forces in rock – have announced the international release of upcoming seventh album, YELLOW.

The 13-track record is their first to be entirely self-produced, and will be released in the UK and Europe on 11 March 2016 through JPU Records, ahead of the band’s tenth anniversary and second world tour. It will be available in three editions; CD, MP3 and as a limited edition CD and t-shirt bundle.

SCANDAL burst out of Japan and completed their first world tour in the spring of 2015, playing an impressive 41 solo shows across nine countries. The big step in their already impressive career was captured on film, and will be released on DVD from 4 March through JPU Records, entitled SCANDAL Documentary film HELLO WORLD.

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Feb 01 2016

BAND-MAID to make USA debut at Sakura-Con 2016

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Red-hot Japanese girls rock band BAND-MAID will make their American live performance debut at Seattle’s Sakura-Con in March 2016.

The five-member group has made waves over the past few months for their cute, authentic maid outfits combined with their impressive musical skills. BAND-MAID’s music videos “Thrill” and “Real Existence” have each surpassed 1 million views on YouTube and gained the attention of fans worldwide, including mainstream magazines Guitar World and Metal Injection.

BAND-MAID will perform a live concert, participate in a Q&A session, and sign autographs for fans during the three-day event, March 25-27, at the Washington State Convention Center. Event and registration information can be found at Sakura-Con’s website: http://sakuracon.org

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BAND-MAID Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bandmaid
BAND-MAID Website: http://bandmaid.tokyo

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Jan 23 2016

Yousei Teikoku – Kuusou Mesorogiwi (cover)

Norwegian and Korean singers Pellek and Raon Lee team up to cover Yousei Teikoku’s “Kuusou Mesorogiwi” (opening theme for Mirai Nikki anime).

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