March 2016 archive

SPYAIR announces European special edition of latest album “4”

Japanese rock band SPYAIR has confirmed that their latest album 4 will be released in Europe as a special edition CD from 15 April 2016 through JPU Records. The news comes in the wake of the quartet’s first solo show in Europe, seeing them sell out Paris’s La Machine du Moulin Rouge last weekend. The …

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The THIRTEEN – New unit from Sadie’s Mao and Mizuki

While Sadie is on hiatus, two of the members — vocalist Mao and guitarist Mizuki — have gone on to form a new unit named The THIRTEEN. Prior to the unveiling of the members of The THIRTEEN, various visual kei artists like members of the GazettE, had been retweeting the duo’s new unit teaser and …

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Coldrain announced as part of Vans Warped Tour 2016 line-up

Metalcore band, coldrain, has been announced as part of the high-energy Vans Warped Tour 2016 line-up. Some of the other acts include: Good Charlotte, New Found Glory, Yellowcard, and Atreyu. The band who hails from Nagoya will perform on all festival dates from June 24 through August 13. Tickets are on sale now at

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URBANGARDE announces solo projects and live-limited album

Riding on the momentum from their latest album Showa 90, Japanese trauma-techno-pop band URBANGARDE has announced a series of new projects for 2016. URBANGARDE’s vocalist Yoko Hamasaki will release a solo album, Blue Forest, on June 15, which will be her second since the Film Noir EP released 6 years ago. Hamasaki herself will produce …

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RHEDORIC – Amplyfi 2016 Live Report

RHEDORIC Amplyfi – March 13, 2016 Live Report by Nhu Nguyen RHEDORIC has been eager to perform for their American fans. You could see it as soon as they stepped foot on the Amplyfi stage in L.A., their first U.S. headlining show, when their bottled energy exploded — and lasted — throughout their entire Sunday …

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exist†trace – THIS IS NOW (Review)

exist†trace THIS IS NOW Review by David Cirone THIS IS NOW is bold and uneven, an irresistibly imperfect statement of individual creative and feminine strength. The all-female rock band is still in transition, and they’ve taken a lot of heat for their recent experimentation and shifting musical focus. But exist†trace still rocks hard, and longtime …

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SCANDAL YELLOW Review by Arthur Doctolero With six studio albums and a successful world tour under their belt, there is no doubt that SCANDAL is one of the most beloved pop-rock bands in Japan today. Despite the band’s success and longevity, their die-hard fans are giving them a little bit of tough love through social media …

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ONE OK ROCK – Be the Light (MV)

An oldie but a goodie, ONE OK ROCK’s “Be the Light” was dedicated to survivors of the Great Tohoku Earthquake. However the lyrics and the video make the song applicable to anybody who has endured tragedy or difficult times.

exist†trace releases Dream Rider video from THIS IS NOW

exist†trace has released the music video for their new song “Dream Rider” from their upcoming mini-album THIS IS NOW, due for worldwide digital release on March 16. VIDEO: The 6-song mini-album contains two songs, “Twin Wings” and “Shout Out”, which were previously available only at exist†trace live shows in Japan and through the band’s international …

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Miyavi featured in March 2016 Esquire magazine

Musician turned actor Miyavi (make sure you catch him as the sadistic “Bird” in Unbroken) is featured in the current issue of Esquire magazine for a 2-page spread titled “Greetings from Tokyo”. The full-page photo in the national magazine is the latest step in Miyavi’s ascension to worldwide artistic recognition. Esquire editors chose to include …

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