May 2018 archive

MIYAVI Live at El Rey 2018 (Photo Gallery)

MIYAVI El Rey Theatre – May 8, 2018 Photos by Emi Nguyen Supplemental Photo Gallery Click here for more MIYAVI photos and live report

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Yoshikitty in 3-way race for top spot in worldwide Sanrio ranking

Fueled by massive international fan support, Yoshikitty — the popular Sanrio character based on X JAPAN leader, YOSHIKI — is now in a close 3-way race for the top spot in Sanrio’s annual Character Ranking Contest. In this week’s midway results announcement, Yoshikitty achieved #1 in the regional rankings in five countries (South Korea, China, …

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YOSHIKI’s character Yoshikitty makes strongest start ever in yearly Sanrio ranking

Yoshikitty — the popular Sanrio character based on X JAPAN’s leader, YOSHIKI — got off to one of her strongest starts ever in Sanrio’s annual Character Ranking Contest. In the initial results released after voting began May 10th, Yoshikitty ranked 4th on the very first day, while the original Hello Kitty ranked 3rd. YOSHIKI aims …

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MIYAVI kicks off US leg of DAY 2 World Tour with charisma, power, and truth

MIYAVI El Rey Theatre – May 8, 2018 Concert review by Nhu Nguyen Photos by Emi Nguyen I’ve literally lost count of how many times I’ve watched MIYAVI live. He’s always charismatic –- from his comments to his stage presence to the way he plays guitar. People are completely enamored by him — it’s hard …

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Esprit D’Air returns to Europe on Constellation tour

Japanese metal band, Esprit D’Air, extends their Constellation Tour with four stops across Europe this September. Continuing on from their 7-day headlining tour held earlier this February, the new dates include concerts in Barcelona, Paris, and Japanese music festival, AVO, in the Netherlands. The upcoming tour will also feature a concert in London after having …

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Unlucky Morpheus – CADAVER/REVADAC (MV)

Unlucky Morpheus’ followup to “Black Pentagram” is a mind blowing masterpiece. The MV features both “CADAVER” and “REVADAC”. Both songs use the same sheet music, with “REVADAC” playing the notes in reverse! In addition to the official MV there is a sheet music version, and a FUMIYA version – focusing solely on the drummer. The …

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BRATS announce self-titled debut album

Girls rock band BRATS — formed by sisters Rei Kuromiya (ex. Ladybaby) and Aya Kuromiya — will release their first full length album on July 25, 2018. The 10-song self-titled CD BRATS, including previously released studio tracks “Ainikoiyo” (To be Hero anime theme song) and “Nounai Shoukyo Game” (Slavemen film theme song) will also come …

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Wagakki Band – Interview (2018)

Wagakki Band Interview by Nhu Nguyen May 7, 2018 Wagakki Band released their fifth studio album Otonoe in April and we had the chance to talk to Yuko Suzuhana (vocals), Machiya (guitar), and Ibukuro Kiyoshi (koto) about their stunning new release, the creative process, and inspiring a new generation in the art of wagakki. Aside …

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SCANDAL announces fall U.S. and Mexico concert dates

SCANDAL, everyone’s favorite fab quartet, have scheduled some U.S. concerts dates for September (with stops in Mexico to follow) that promise to bring the band’s own brand of sonic wonderment and keenly refined pop sensibilities to venues from New York to California. Full details of the “Special Thanks” tour have yet to be announced, but …

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BABYMETAL forms new label BABYMETAL RECORDS

Following in the well trod footsteps of many a mega rock act, unstoppable kawaii-metal sensation BABYMETAL has announced plans to form their own record label in collaboration with 5B Artist Management, who handle such acts as SLIPKNOT and MEGADETH, and U.K.-based Cooking Vinyl Records, who have released music from a diverse roster of talent including …

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