July 2013 archive

URBANGARDE – Koi to Kakumei to URBANGARDE (Review)

URBANGARDE Koi to Kakumei to URBANGARDE Review by David Cirone URBANGARDE’s Koi to Kakumei to URBANGARDE is a well-earned “best” album, capsulizing over four years of the “Trauma Techno Pop” band daring audiences to love them, understand them, and hate them at the same time. Smacking our senses around since 2009, URBANGARDE has made their …

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Yoshiki live event at Grammy Museum in L.A.

Yoshiki will appear at a special event at Los Angeles’s Grammy Museum on August 26 to discuss his work with X Japan and his new album Yoshiki Classical. Ticket info and press release: http://www.grammymuseum.org/events/detail/the-drop-yoshiki Although known as the founder of Japan’s biggest rock band X Japan and credited as the catalyst for the flamboyant visual …

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exist†trace – Interview (2013) Pt. 2

exist†trace Interview by David Cirone July 23, 2013 Read exist†trace – Interview (2013) Part 1 here Is the exist†trace live show becoming more theatrical? “Little Mary” and “Anata” seem to be designed for dramatic interpretation, and the way you perform them, it’s almost like a stage play. Are you creating these with live role-play in …

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girugamesh unchained to promote new single INCOMPLETE

girugamesh will release a new single “INCOMPLETE” on September 11. The band had been building up to the reveal with a shrouded image of the young men in chains. The new image revealed on their website today shows girugamesh unchained and lifted from the shadows. Check out the promo video below:

CANTOY will release Live in America DVD on 7/31

CANTOY’s label Splatter Records just announced via Twitter the release of a live performance DVD from their performances at Tekkoshocon and Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh earlier this year. The DVD clocks in at 114 minutes, including behind-the-scenes video of the band’s first trip to the United States, performance clips, a photo gallery, plus the …

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DIV – Golden Kinema Gekijou (PV)

DIV gets a little vintage with their latest single.

SoundWitch – Ghost of Grotesca Tour Final

Video promo for final 10 shows of SoundWitch’s “Ghost of Grotesca” Japan tour.

exist†trace miko opens Twitter account

exist†trace guitarist/vocalist miko opened and official Twitter account today, reaching out to international fans following last month’s live show at A-Kon in Dallas, TX, and the release of the band’s new single “DIAMOND”. https://twitter.com/miko_0307 miko joins drummer Mally, who has maintained a mixed English and Japanese Twitter account since their 2012 northeast America tour. https://twitter.com/existtraceMally

Aki Akane at Japan Expo 2013

Aki Akane made her debut performance in France at Japan Expo 2013, where she greeted fans, created live illustrations, and performed songs from her recent CDs Dragonfly and Boroboro na Ikizama. Akane was a guest at the Aoji booth to promote the release of her illustration book RGB.

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the brilliant green – Ash Like Snow (cover)