Monthly Archive: July 2016

Jul 31 2016

URBANGARDE collaborates with Yuki Aoyama for Schoolgirl Trauma photobook

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URBANGARDE has announced a collaboration with popular Japanese photographer Yuki Aoyama, known internationally for his provocative “Schoolgirl Complex” photobook series. The special collection of photos and poems titled “Schoolgirl Trauma” combines the edgy view of the “trauma techno pop” music group with Aoyama’s fetish-focused work. URBANGARDE leader Temma Matsunaga contributed writings and vocalist Yoko Hamasaki …

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Jul 30 2016

SCANDAL releases new single Take Me Out

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Japanese girl band SCANDAL released their 23rd single “Take Me Out” worldwide on July 29, ahead of their tenth anniversary. The digital version will be available exclusively outside of Japan as a five-track package, collating the bonus material from all three of Japan’s editions of the single. Two of the tracks will be the first …

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Jul 30 2016

HIZAKI to release guitar instrumental album ROSARIO

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HIZAKI, globally known as the founding member of Versailles and the leader/main composer of Jupiter will release his guitar instrumental album ROSARIO on August 3. Ahead of the album release, the video trailer for “Grace and Dignity”, a track included exclusively on the limited edition, has been released on YouTube. ROSARIO will consist of the …

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Jul 30 2016

BAND-MAID Announces First European Tour This October

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BAND-MAID went viral all over the world when their music video for “Thrill” was uploaded on Facebook, the video hitting over 2,000,000 plays in only two weeks. Ever since, the band has been receiving offers from events all over the world, including SAKURA-CON in Seattle, America, and MCM LONDON COMIC CON in the UK. BAND-MAID’s …

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Jul 26 2016

BABYMETAL prove kawaii teens can be metal queens too (The Wiltern 2016 Live Report)

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BABYMETAL The Wiltern, July 15, 2016 Live report by Nhu Nguyen “I want to see a big circle pit — show me a big circle. Bigger and bigger! ” directed 18-year-old Su-metal to the horde of metal heads during “Catch Me if You Can”. Her comrades, Yuimetal and Moametal, drew big circles with their hands …

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Jul 18 2016

exist†trace to broadcast live concert worldwide on July 28

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All-female rock band exist†trace will broadcast a live concert from Japan on July 28, 2016 at 8:30pm (Japan time). Fans worldwide can view the band’s performance with multi-camera views from Tokyo’s Future SEVEN live house by using smartphone apps available at the iTunes store. (China) Modernsky Now https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zheng-zai-xian-chang-zhuan/id979095986 (Worldwide) Video Clipper https://itunes.apple.com/app/video-clipper-maruchianguruderaibu/id1053782735 https://clipper.events/v1/static/existtrace20160728 exist†trace is …

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Jul 10 2016

Yoko Hamasaki – Blue Forest (Review)

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Yoko Hamasaki Blue Forest Review by David Cirone URBANGARDE’s musical style and subject matter are so diverse to begin with, it was hard to predict what direction vocalist Yoko Hamasaki would choose when she announced her solo project, Blue Forest. While URBANGARDE’s albums focus on social ills and the the troubles of “sick people” everywhere, …

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Jul 07 2016

Versailles to release Greatest Hits 2007-2016 album and documentary

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Versailles will release a new greatest hits album on September 14, 2016. This album includes their leading tracks newly recorded for this release plus two new ones. Contains a total of 13 tracks. The limited edition features slipcase packaging and comes with a bonus DVD with documentary movie on their path to reunion. BUY AT …

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