September 2015 archive

White Ash performs theme for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Japanese rock band White Ash performs the title song “Phantom Pain” for Konami’s Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The song is coupled with their 7th single release “Insight/Ledger” featuring their song from the anime Gatchaman Crowds Insight. https://youtu.be/U6AoLUYz3S4

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URBANGARDE – Interview (2015) Pt. 2

URBANGARDE Interview by David Cirone September 29, 2015 Your most recent song is about a dark, real-life subject, “Coin Locker Babies.” It seems to me that URBANGARDE breaks the mold of Japanese pop by speaking so openly and consistently about politics, sex, dark psychology. Don’t you think Japanese fans want pop idols instead? Why are …

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akai SKY – AnimeFest 2015 Live Report

akai SKY AnimeFest, September 5, 2015 Live report by Jen Wang What does American J-Rock sound like? That was the question lingering on the minds of AnimeFest attendees unfamiliar with the music of akai SKY. Nevertheless, they were ready to rock. They were perhaps a little too amped up for the orchestral opener, Ramen and …

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URBANGARDE announces new album Showa 90 at Utsu Fes concert

Japanese trauma techno-pop band URBANGARDE announced their new album Showa 90 at their concert showcase event on September 5. URBANGARDE hosted UTSU Fes (“Depression Fes”) with performances by PASSPO☆, NO GOD, and 15 other bands in the 2-day festival at Tsutaya O-East in Shibuya. Showa 90 will be released from Kadokawa Media Factory on December …

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lynch. releases full-length album D.A.R.K. – In the name of evil

Dropping their third release in as many months following the singles “Evoke” and “Eternity”, lynch. has announced the full-length album D.A.R.K. – In the name of evil for October 7, 2015. The special edition release contains 13 songs and 2 music videos.

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LOUDNESS announces USA 2015 Tour

Legendary Japanese rock band LOUDNESS has announced a brief USA tour for this fall. Fans can catch the band at a series of intimate venues in October, plus upgrade to a special VIP maeet & Greet package. More info at their special 30th Anniversary Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/loudness.world

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Shishido Kavka – Bane no Uta (MV)

Shishido Kavka drums up a bright summer day for “Bane no Uta” from her recent Avex release K no Ruijo (K5).

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Reminder: VAMPS hits California in October

VAMPS will perform two concerts in California in just a few weeks. A limited number of tickets are still available for both shows. Next week, VAMPS will begin their Latin American tour to support the international release of BLOODSUCKERS before headlining shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco in early October. 10/5 Roxy Theatre (Los …

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101A – sea (MV)

Japanese noise rock band 101A has released the music video for “sea” from their upcoming triple-A-side single, due for release in November. Fans who attend the October 1 show at Shibuya WWW can get their hands on the CD early. More info: http://101a.org/floodfloor/1001.html 101A Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/101Aofficial

L’Arc-en-Ciel’s LIVE 2015 L’ArCASINO to screen in New York

Live Viewing Japan, a distribution company dedicated to introducing Japanese artists of various genres to international theaters, will present the screening of L’Arc-en-Ciel’s very first live concert in 2015, “LIVE 2015 L’ArCASINO” (Day 2) to Anthology Film Archives, New York, on October 18th, 2015. The two-day concert to take place on September 21st and 22nd, …

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