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BABYMETAL METAL GALAXY Review by David Cirone If you’ve kept up with BABYMETAL’s single releases in the 3-year-gap since 2016’s METAL RESISTANCE, you’ve already heard most the best parts of METAL GALAXY. Built-to-last rockers like “Distortion” and “Elevator Girl” keep their replay value (even though there’s a “just why?” assist on “Distortion” by Arch Enemy’s …

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Soko ni Naru announces 6th single “complicated system”

Soko ni Naru will release their 6th single, “complicated system”, on November 10, 2019. More:

YOSHIKI’S kimono brand Yoshikimono to open Tokyo Fashion Week 2020 S/S

Yoshikimono – the cutting-edge kimono fashion brand created by Japanese rock star YOSHIKI – has been chosen for the prestigious opening spot at Rakuten Fashion Week Tokyo 2020 S/S, to be held October 14, 2019. YOSHIKI presented Yoshikimono’s 2016 collection to close Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tokyo, and his 2017 collection was invited to open …

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YOSHIKI donates 10 million yen to hometown struck by disastrous typhoon

YOSHIKI has donated 10 million yen (appx. $93,000) to Japan’s Chiba prefecture which suffered a devastating blow from Typhoon Faxai on September 10, 2019. YOSHIKI posted his personal message on Twitter after the disaster. “I’m in America now, and I just became aware that my hometown of Tateyama was hit, along with the entire Chiba …

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BRATS to make USA debut at Anime Los Angeles 2020

Girls rock band BRATS will make their USA performance debut at Anime Los Angeles in January 2020. Full story at J-Generation:

YOSHIKI donates $100,000 to Earth Alliance to prevent destruction of Amazon Rainforest

YOSHIKI—internationally renowned, composer, classically-trained pianist, rock drummer and leader of the rock group X JAPAN—has announced his support for Earth Alliance and its Amazon Forest Fund. YOSHIKI has donated $100,000 to Earth Alliance and its Amazon Forest Fund in support of local efforts on the ground that are working to support the indigenous and local …

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URBANGARDE announces lineup for subculture music festival Utsu Fes 2019

URBANGARDE has announced the final line-up for UTSU Fes (Depression festival) 2019, the band’s alternative subculture music festival held yearly at Tsutaya O-East in Shibuya. The 12-artist roster includes hosts URBANGARDE and mainstays Maison book girl, R-Shitei, and Kenji Ohtsuki, along with alternative idols Chiaki Mayumura, JyuJyu (whose recent music video “Hi jitsuzai sei shoujo” …

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BABYMETAL – Elevator Girl (English Version) (MV)

BABYMETAL’s latest music video is a live performance collage for their song “ELEVATOR GIRL”, now retooled in English for U.S. radio ahead of the much-anticipated release of their third album METAL GALAXY on October 11.

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Yoko Hamasaki – Interview (2019)

Yoko Hamasaki Interview by David Cirone August 10, 2019 URBANGARDE vocalist Yoko Hamasaki surprised fans in July with the simultaneous release of her third album BLIND LOVE (produced by Toshiki Kadomatsu) and a remastered, bonus track edition of her self-produced 2010 debut album Film noir, now dubbed Film noir ultime. While URBANGARDE has made their …

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BABYMETAL’s third album METAL GALAXY descends October 11

BABYMETAL has announced the track list for their third album, METAL GALAXY, set for release October 11. The album’s description from the band’s official site seems to hint once again at a new chapter in the BABYMETAL mythology: The forthcoming new album “METAL GALAXY” includes 14 songs, the names of which are all revealed today. …

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