November 2018 archive

URBANGARDE takes charge of history in new music video Shoujo Gannen

Japanese trauma techno pop band URBANGARDE has released the music video for “Shoujo Gannen” (“Girls Year One”), the lead track from their new album Ai to Gensou no URBANGARDE (“URBANGARDE of Love and Fantasy”), released on November 21. With the Heisei Era coming to a close on April 30, 2019, URBANGARDE proclaims the next era …

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HYDE and YOSHIKI pair up for “ZIPANG”

HYDE is dropping his next single, “ZIPANG”, on January 23rd February 6th. The electrifying ballad will feature YOSHIKI on piano as the two artists continue to find new and exciting ways to collaborate following the chart-topping Attack on Titan theme “Red Swan”.

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KAO=S brings Meiji era song into the 21st Century

As a follow-up to their 2018 album AMRITA, arty duo KAO=S has released a new version of the classic Meiji period song “Koujou no Tsuki” and manage to inject freshness and flair into a tune that has been covered many times in the past by artists as diverse as Scorpions, Thelonious Monk, and Jackie Evancho. …

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YOSHIKI announces new single MIRACLE and worldwide livestream concert

The special-edition digital single of Sarah Brightman’s performance of “Miracle” – composed by YOSHIKI with a new arrangement for her recently-released album HYMN – will be released worldwide on November 16, with two exclusive bonus tracks. Superstar soprano Brightman made the announcement on November 12 in Tokyo, just hours before joining YOSHIKI on stage for …

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[ALEXANDROS] rocks New York with confidence

[ALEXANDROS] Gramercy Theatre, New York City Live Report by Marc Bowie October 23, 2018 Power-poppin’ punkers [ALEXANDROS] came off like native New Yorkers during their live Gotham debut at the Gramercy Theatre on October 23rd, playing with verve, swagger and more chutzpah than you’d find outside a Mets game. Oozing charisma, singer Yoohei Kawakami was …

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the GazettE releases Halloween concert videos in 58 countries

the GazettE gave international fans an awesome treat this Halloween! Fans in 58 countries and regions including the US and Canada now have the chance to digitally experience the spooky madness of their epic sold-out Halloween shows in Tokyo performed on October 30 and 31, 2017 entitled HALLOWEEN NIGHT 17 THE DARK HORROR SHOW SPOOKY …

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Apocrypha: The Legend of BABYMETAL (Graphic Novel Review)

Apocrypha: The Legend of BABYMETAL Art by GMB Chomichuk Story by The Prophet of The Fox God Published by Z2 Comics Review by David Cirone Apocrypha: The Legend of BABYMETAL expands the epic, mysterious mythology of BABYMETAL at possibly the most turbulent moment in the group’s history. Artist GMB Chomichuk’s illustrations create a netherworld of …

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URBANGARDE releases Ai to Gensou no URBANGARDE jacket art and bonus live video

Japanese trauma techno pop band URBANGARDE has revealed the jacket art from their next album, Ai to Gensou no URBANGARDE (“URBANGARDE of Love and Fantasy”). The regular edition is illustrated by Japanese subculture artist Suehiro Maruo, and the limited edition features a quietly eerie pose of vocalist Yoko Hamasaki couched on silver balloons cradling her …

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