Nov 29 2016

Rhedoric announces return to North America with California show in 2017


Rock band Rhedoric is giving California J-rock lovers a treat! After playing the Whiskey a Go Go and Amplyfi Hollywood in southern California earlier this year, they have announced their return to the sunshine state by performing upstate on February 2nd, 2017 at Bar Con in San Jose.

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Nov 28 2016

Hotei and Iggy Pop hit Tokyo the hard way in Walking Through The Night


Japanese superstar HOTEI has just released the video for his new single ‘Walking Through The Night’, which features the iconic Iggy Pop on vocals.

The video follows a man’s nocturnal journey through the seedy back streets of Tokyo, lured by the bright lights of temptation. Stunningly filmed and featuring shots of Iggy Pop and footage of Hotei, the video is a gloriously evocative taste of Hotei’s homeland that chimes with the snarling lyrics.

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Nov 27 2016

URBANGARDE announces new single Akumade Akuma


Japanese trauma techno rock group URBANGARDE has revealed the details of their new single, “Akumade Akuma”, the band’s first non-album music release in over four years.

Band leader Temma Matsunaga declared the mission of the new song, which will be released at the beginning of the year.

“This is URBANGARDE. We’re releasing a single after 4 and half years.
Surprisingly, during the last few years that we didn’t release any singles, humankind has gone extinct.
The era of social media has dissociated human lives and divided them into angels (tenshi) and devils (akuma)…

To those of you who used to be human, to those who live insecure days like ghosts,
We will show your true shape through music.
You are devils to the very end.”

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Nov 24 2016

Gacharic Spin 7th Anniversary Final at Tokyo Dome City Hall – Live Report


Gacharic Spin
Tokyo Dome Ciry Hall, November 12, 2016

Gacharic Spin held their annual one man live final before a packed crowd at Tokyo Dome City Hall this year. This would be my third time seeing Gacharic Spin perform live, however the prior times were at music festivals, where only abbreviated sets were played. My third time would finally be a full concert — not just a full concert, but their annual final. I knew I was in for a special night.

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Nov 16 2016

exist trace – Royal Straight Magic (Review)


Review by David Cirone


exist†trace’s Royal Straight Magic is a dose of pure energy — from start to finish, the band just brings it, and just like their March 2016 release This Is Now, it’s a chance to experience the potent, encapsulated rush of the band’s now legendary live shows.

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Nov 15 2016

Japanese drummer Misai builds her bridge to an American career – Interview (2016)

Misai (Japanese drummer)
Interview by David Cirone
November 15, 2016


Fiery-haired, Las Vegas-based Japanese drummer Misai has been performing non-stop since her arrival in the States in 2009, working her way through the indie music scene in L.A. and making a name for herself in industry-respected bands like Alison Chains (the world’s only all-female tribute to Alice in Chains) and all-girl rock band Dollface, who keep up a steady schedule on Las Vegas stages all year round. If you’ve hit Fremont Street’s outdoor stage recently, chances are you’ve seen her playing her heart out (video) for tourists and partying locals who might not realize that they’re grooving to a girl whose communicating in a second-language: rock-n-roll.


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Nov 14 2016

Yoshiki wins Asian Icon Award at Classic Rock Awards in Tokyo


X Japan leader Yoshiki performed at the Classic Rock Awards held at Ryogoku Kokugikan this past Friday, November 11. Yoshiki made history by becoming the first-ever artist to be honored with the “Asian Icon Award.” Based at the venerable Roundhouse venue in London, the Classic Rock Awards are widely recognized by the world’s rock stars as the “annual must-attend event,” bringing together artists from rock’s global Hall of Fame.

The show was held in Japan this year for the first time ever, and with this memorable timing Yoshiki became the first Asian artist to accomplish this great achievement. Rock royalty including Jeff Beck, ELO, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Def Leppard, Richie Sambora, Cheap Trick attended the event and gave Yoshiki rave reviews for his performance featuring classical renditions of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and X Japan’s masterpiece “Art Of Life.”


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Nov 14 2016

VAMPS shine bright like a diamond in L.A. (El Rey 2016 Live Report)

El Rey Theatre, November 7, 2016

Concert review by Nhu Nguyen
Photos by Emi Nguyen


VAMPS is a band full of surprises. When photos of HYDE as Harley Quinn and K.A.Z as the Joker came out from their Halloween party, it took the Japanese pop and rock community by storm. I couldn’t believe I would be seeing the same men within weeks. A day before the American tour started, HYDE further shocked Instagram followers with photos of his new, choppy, blonde hairdo – it’s been years since he was blonde, and ages since it was short. But imagine the L.A. crowd’s screams when he pulled off his hoodie to unveil the new hair style and their amused bewilderment when the band covered Rihanna’s “Diamond” live. The band’s raw energy and passionate fan reactions continued to surprise me at El Rey — and I’ve seen them at least five times.


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