Yoshiki feat. Hyde win Best Japanese Artist in Hong Kong’s 30th International Pop Poll

YOSHIKI feat. Hyde won two awards at the 30th International Pop Poll in Hong Kong on May 10th, 2019.

YOSHIKI feat. Hyde’s single “Red Swan” – the first Season 3 theme song from the hit anime Attack on Titan – was voted “Top Japanese Gold Song” at the event hosted by the major Hong Kong radio station RTHK Radio 2.

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ASTERISM Live in Los Angeles 2019 (Photo Gallery)

Club Los Globos, Los Angeles – March 24, 2019

Photos by David Cirone

Supplemental Photo Gallery
Click here for more ASTERISM photos, set list, and live report from their first live concert in Los Angeles at Club Los Globos.

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MIYAVI releases sweet Mother’s Day gift featuring wife MELODY

To celebrate Mother’s Day, MIYAVI has released a remixed version of “Where Home Is” featuring his wife MELODY.

“There’s no place like home with Mom. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!” the samurai guitarist wrote on social media. Before performing this song in 2017 at LA’s Belasco Theater, he shared that it was written by the couple. “She’s here somewhere, watching the show. Thank you so much for being a great mom and being my best friend. I’m alone on tour, but as long as I have my family in my heart, I have never been far from home.”

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Budo Grape releases new album Koubito wa Koushite Kieta

Nagoya’s new wave rock band Budo Grape has released their 9th album, Koubito wa Koushite Kieta, now available on digital services worldwide. The band announced the 10-track collection at their special April 21 concert, “Another Side of Grape”, which featured guest singers in addition to frontwoman Quminco Grape.

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HYDE kicks off U.S. tour this week, new album streaming worldwide

HYDE’s new album anti, his first solo album in 13 years, in now available on digital services worldwide, giving fans an intense, high energy primer before his 2019 U.S. tour which launches this week.

The long-anticipated album from the L’Arc-en-Ciel and VAMPS vocalist features previously-released singles “AFTER LIGHT”, “SET IN STONE”, “MAD QUALIA”. Singing the whole album almost entirely in English, the performer has been lauded by Rolling Stone and Billboard. The CD comes out in Japan on June 19 from Universal Music.

Listen here: https://umj.lnk.to/hyde_antiPR

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ASTERISM blazes through L.A. on first U.S. tour (Live Report)

Club Los Globos, Los Angeles – March 24, 2019

Live Report and Photos by David Cirone

Japanese heavy metal band ASTERISM made their first-ever stop in Los Angeles on March 24, 2019, at Club Los Globos, the final show in their first U.S. tour which began at SXSW the week before.

The young group, led by guitarist HALCA (guitar) backed by brother Miyu (bass) and Mio (drums), performed an impressive one-hour set comprised of their original tracks, tributes to metal legends Metallica, Dio, and a “Helter Skelter” cover owing more to Motley Crue’s power guitar version than the Beatles’ original, one of many choices that amped the crowd of metalheads who came to support the trio.

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GRANRODEO’s 8th album FAB LOVE drops May 15

GRANRODEO has announced the release of the band’s 8th album, FAB LOVE, scheduled for May 15.

The album will include the TV anime Bungo Stray Dogs 3rd season opening theme song “Setsuna no Ai”, and new songs”JUNK-YARD DOG” and “Take it easy” which are GRANRODEO’s first songs recorded overseas.

The limited edition Blu-ray includes music videos for “FAB LOVE” and “Take it easy”, plus a live tour digest video.

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Unlucky Morpheus goes unplugged in their upcoming release

Unlucky Morpheus will release an all-acoustic album, Heikou jikuu no ongakkai (Concert of parallel space-time), on May 5th.

The album features acoustic arrangements of previous Touhou releases. The concept of the album is “What might Unlucky Morpheus sound like in a parallel space and time?”

This isn’t the first time the band has reworked prior releases into a different musical style. In 2011, the band released the synth-based album U&I Eurobeat Remix, which has recently been made available digitally.

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Soko ni Naru – Zettaiteki Sanpukan (MV)

Soko ni Naru’s stylish new music video for “Zettaiteki Sanpukan” promises to dazzle the senses with its slick imagery and refreshing, funky groove.

The duo dropped their newest album, Issen, last month, and are following it up with a country-wide domestic tour where they are teaming up with several other great artists before closing things up with two one-man shows in June.

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NABOWA greet the dawn with DAYBREAK (MV)

In keeping with their time-based theme, instrumental quartet NABOWA has released another minimalist
but compelling music video from their new album DUSK, this one entitled “DAYBREAK.” The tune
features gently plucked guitar with a soothing violin accompaniment.

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