February 2014 archive

UVERworld – new video clip collection

UVERworld will release their new video clip collection UVERworld Video Complete –act.2- in March. The collection will include a photo booklet and 14 live-recorded songs from “UVERworld ARENA LIVE 2013 winter 12.25 at Nippon Budokan Queen’s PARTY” from the band’s appearance at Nippon Budokan on December 25, 2013. The first press edition and the standard …

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Grammy Museum Unveils Yoshiki Exhibit

Yoshiki Classical World Tour Dates Announced On February 19th, the GRAMMY Museum unveiled their Yoshiki exhibit which puts the influential rock icon’s signature crystal piano, flamboyant wardrobes, and other items on display. The exhibition explores Yoshiki’s fascinating career and follows the museum’s unique collection on Ringo Starr. Yoshiki is the first Asian artist to be …

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exist†trace announces Official International Fan Club “Archangel Diamond”

All-girl Japanese rock band exist†trace announced their International Fan Club “Archangel Diamond” today. The official fan club will be open to exist†trace fans worldwide. Official start date plus details about membership benefits and exclusive merchandise will be announced soon. exist†trace has performed overseas several times with appearances in Berlin, Helsinki, Moscow, Paris, London, and Barcelona. …

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Cibo Matto – Hotel Valentine (Review)

Cibo Matto Hotel Valentine Review by David Cirone Funny, tragic, and mesmerizing, Cibo Matto’s Hotel Valentine is a return to form, and then some. After a way-long absence, the New York-based duo has crafted an concept album centered on the musings and (believe it or not) troubles of a hotel-bound ghost girl. Worth the wait? …

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Swinging Popsicle releases digital single Do Your Homework (Remix)

J-Pop band Swinging Popsicle released their latest digital single “Do Your Homework (Remix)” last week on iTunes worldwide. Featuring vocalist Mineko Fujishima’s crystal-clear vocals and a dreamy, electro-bossa-nova melody, the remix of the original 2011 track was inspired by composer Hironobu Hirata’s recent work producing tracks for Nitroplus mascot and anime star Super Sonico. “Do …

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exist†trace live video and photos from Yabenomics final election

Japanese music mag BEEAST has posted live photos of exist†trace’s final “Yabenomics” election concert from December 2013, where the all-female rock band emerged victorious over (friendly) rivals Kaishin no ICHIGEKI. Check out the full article (Japanese) here: http://www.beeast69.com/report/96191

mothercoat will return to America for SXSW 2014

Japanese alternative rock band mothercoat will return to America for SXSW 2014 after a 7-year absence from the international music festival. Their latest album Allergies was mixed by Fernando Lodeiro (Vampire Weekend, Paul McCartney, Franz Ferdinand, The Arctic Monkeys) and released from their own label bonjin_records. Check out mothercoat’s interview at Project LIXX: http://xzzlixxzzx.blogspot.ca/2014/01/band-feature-mothercoat.html mothercoat …

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