Monthly Archive: November 2016

Nov 29 2016

Rhedoric announces return to North America with California show in 2017


Rock band Rhedoric is giving California J-rock lovers a treat! After playing the Whiskey a Go Go and Amplyfi Hollywood in southern California earlier this year, they have announced their return to the sunshine state by performing upstate on February 2nd, 2017 at Bar Con in San Jose.

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Nov 28 2016

VAMPS Live at El Rey 2016 (Photo Gallery)


VAMPS El Rey Theatre, November 7, 2016 Photos by Emi Nguyen Supplemental Photo Gallery Click here for more photos and live report

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Nov 28 2016

Hotei and Iggy Pop hit Tokyo the hard way in Walking Through The Night


Japanese superstar HOTEI has just released the video for his new single ‘Walking Through The Night’, which features the iconic Iggy Pop on vocals. The video follows a man’s nocturnal journey through the seedy back streets of Tokyo, lured by the bright lights of temptation. Stunningly filmed and featuring shots of Iggy Pop and footage …

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Nov 27 2016

URBANGARDE announces new single Akumade Akuma


Japanese trauma techno rock group URBANGARDE has revealed the details of their new single, “Akumade Akuma”, the band’s first non-album music release in over four years. Band leader Temma Matsunaga declared the mission of the new song, which will be released at the beginning of the year. “This is URBANGARDE. We’re releasing a single after …

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Nov 24 2016

Gacharic Spin 7th Anniversary Final at Tokyo Dome City Hall – Live Report


Gacharic Spin Tokyo Dome City Hall, November 12, 2016 Gacharic Spin held their annual one man live final before a packed crowd at Tokyo Dome City Hall this year. This would be my third time seeing Gacharic Spin perform live, however the prior times were at music festivals, where only abbreviated sets were played. My …

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Nov 20 2016

ONE OK ROCK – Taking Off (live)


ONE OK ROCK’s Taka goes straight-up airborne in this live clip of “Taking Off” from their 2-day concert event in Nagisaen, Nagasaki.

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Nov 16 2016

exist†trace – Royal Straight Magic (Review)


exist†trace ROYAL STRAIGHT MAGIC Review by David Cirone exist†trace’s Royal Straight Magic is a dose of pure energy — from start to finish, the band just brings it, and just like their March 2016 release This Is Now, it’s a chance to experience the potent, encapsulated rush of the band’s now legendary live shows.

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Nov 15 2016

Japanese drummer Misai builds her bridge to an American career – Interview (2016)


Misai (Japanese drummer) Interview by David Cirone November 15, 2016 Fiery-haired, Las Vegas-based Japanese drummer Misai has been performing non-stop since her arrival in the States in 2009, working her way through the indie music scene in L.A. and making a name for herself in industry-respected bands like Alison Chains (the world’s only all-female tribute …

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Nov 14 2016

Yoshiki wins Asian Icon Award at Classic Rock Awards in Tokyo


X Japan leader Yoshiki performed at the Classic Rock Awards held at Ryogoku Kokugikan this past Friday, November 11. Yoshiki made history by becoming the first-ever artist to be honored with the “Asian Icon Award.” Based at the venerable Roundhouse venue in London, the Classic Rock Awards are widely recognized by the world’s rock stars …

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Nov 14 2016

VAMPS shine bright like a diamond in L.A. (El Rey 2016 Live Report)


VAMPS El Rey Theatre, November 7, 2016 Concert review by Nhu Nguyen Photos by Emi Nguyen VAMPS is a band full of surprises. When photos of HYDE as Harley Quinn and K.A.Z as the Joker came out from their Halloween party, it took the Japanese pop and rock community by storm. I couldn’t believe I …

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