December 2015 archive

JRock247’s Best J-Rock Album Covers 2015

Check out JRock247′s best J-Rock album/single jackets for 2015, chosen by JRock247 contributors David Cirone, Jen Wang, and Nhu Nguyen. Click here to view the full list, including Man With A Mission, Plastic Tree, Golden Bomber, URBANGARDE, The GazettE, and many more!

URBANGARDE’s Heisei Death Game MV features idols and the dark side of Tokyo youth

URBANGARDE has released a set of new music videos connected to their latest album Showa 90. Known to fans worldwide for pushing boundaries and provoking discussion of social issues, URBANGARDE launched Showa 90 in early December with the militaristic, anti-war video “Kuchibiru Democracy” (“Lips Democracy”), which many Japanese TV stations refused to air because of …

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SCANDAL Documentary Film HELLO WORLD Receives International DVD Release

HELLO WORLD, the first documentary film of Japanese female rock band SCANDAL will receive a UK and European DVD release this February through JPU Records. The film captures the highly successful four-piece as they travel overseas on their first solo world tour – and features English subtitles for the first time. SCANDAL Documentary film HELLO …

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Tomoyasu Hotei – Strangers (Review)

Tomoyasu Hotei Strangers Review by David Cirone Tomoyasu Hotei’s fist international album release, Strangers, is a perfect road-trip album, the soundtrack to a film in your head that you’ll wish was real. Cinematic in scope, flow, and construction, there’s never a moment where you don’t feel guided by the hands of a master. Play this …

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Swinging Popsicle releases Mobile Phone lyric video

J-Pop band Swinging Popsicle has released a lyric video for the song “mobile phone”, included on the band’s latest EP flow. As their 20th anniversary celebration continues, Swinging Popsicle is featured on this month’s cover of Japan’s “Popsicle Clip” magazine, which includes an interview with band members Hironobu Hirata, Mineko Fujishima, and Osamu Shimada. flow …

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Sekai no Owari – Moonlight Station (live from Twilight City at NISSAN STADIUM)

Aldious – The End (MV)

URBANGARDE – Showa 90 (Review)

URBANGARDE Showa 90 Review by David Cirone URBANGARDE knows how to write a hook. Showa 90‘s dark, dystopian view is full of shocking, scary stories pulled from the shadows of Japan’s outwardly perfect society, but in true URBANGARDE style, they’re perfectly balanced by instant pop jams like “Kuchibiru Democracy”, “Shinjuku Mon Amour”, and “Coin Locker …

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VAMPS’ HYDE rocks the cover of Rolling Stone Japan

VAMPS and L’arc-en-Ciel frontman HYDE has landed the cover of Rolling Stone Japan’s January 2016 issue, on stands now. http://www.rollingstonejapan.com/magazines/detail/24920 VAMPS Live 2015 Bloodsuckers was released on Dec 9th and reached #1 on Oricon’s Daily DVD Chart and Daily Music DVD chart. The band will perform on MTV Unplugged on January 19 in connection with …

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exist†trace announces new visual and upcoming album

Japanese all-girl rock band exist†trace announced a new untitled mini-album will be released next March, which will contain six songs. Two tracks, “Twin Wings” and “Shout Out”, were released earlier this year as “one-coin” (500 yen) singles exclusive to the band’s live shows and their international fan club, Archangel Diamond. exist†trace has spent the past …

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