Monthly Archive: January 2016

Jan 23 2016

Yousei Teikoku – Kuusou Mesorogiwi (cover)


Norwegian and Korean singers Pellek and Raon Lee team up to cover Yousei Teikoku’s “Kuusou Mesorogiwi” (opening theme for Mirai Nikki anime).

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Jan 22 2016

Cure Magazine to present first-ever World Visual Festival


Japanese Visual Kei and Styling Magazine, Cure Magazine, will be holding its first World Visual Festival on April 30th 2016 (Japan Time). The festival will be welcoming a total of 30 bands including the best of the best Visual Kei bands in the recent days, including KIRYU whom recently successfully completed its show at Nippon …

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Jan 21 2016

X Japan Announces World Premiere of Documentary Film WE ARE X at Sundance Film Festival


As X JAPAN lay down tracks in a Los Angeles studio for their as-yet-untitled album, Japan’s most iconic rock band have announced that the world premiere of the new documentary film from Passion Pictures–‘WE ARE X’–will take place this week at the Sundance Film Festival. ‘WE ARE X’ explores the evolution, groundbreaking history and hopeful …

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Jan 19 2016

BAND-MAID fans mount drumstick campaign for injured drummer


Fans of all-girl Japanese rock group BAND-MAID showered drummer Akane with piles of drumsticks last month, delivered from several countries around the world in support of her recent injury which stopped her from touring to support the band’s latest CD, New Beginning. After 2 months of reduced activities, Akane posted a photo this week to …

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Jan 18 2016

URBANGARDE members launch book and TV projects for 2016


Just one month after the release of their alternate-future album Showa 90, URBANGARDE members have revealed even more artistic projects for the start of 2016. URBANGARDE vocalist Yoko Hamasaki will release her first book of prose titled Bara Iro No Jinsei (“Rose-Colored Life”) on February 23, 2016. The book will collect her essays from Tokyo’s …

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Jan 15 2016

Super Junky Monkey’s Christmas live at Ebisu Liquid Room


Super Junky Monkey reunited for a special Christmas live show at Ebisu Liquid Room. More than 20 years after their first release, the trio proved they still have the raw energy to get the crowd moshing, with original members Shinobu Kawai on bass, Matsudaaahh!! on drums, and guitarist Keiko filling in on vocal duties for …

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Jan 14 2016

DIR EN GREY – The Mayan 2015 Live Report


DIR EN GREY The Mayan November 5, 2015 Live Report by Nhu Nguyen DIR EN GREY can be a quiet group of men off stage, but on stage, they are restless. Likewise are the fans as exemplified by the crowd at the sold out Thursday night, November 5th show at the Mayan Theater in Los …

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Jan 12 2016

Swinging Popsicle’s flow EP now available worldwide


Swinging Popsicle’s latest EP flow is now available for streaming and download in 119 countries via services such as iTunes, Spotify, KKBox, Rhapsody, Amazon, and Google Play. The six-song EP featuring “Small Blue Sailboat” and “At Christmastime” was released in Japan last month as part of the band’s continuing 20th Anniversary celebration, which will span …

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