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Punk rockers KiLLKILLS return with new single Crucify

Japanese punk rock band KiLLKiLLS has released their first new music in nearly 7 years with this week’s hard-driving single “Crucify”, now available on streaming services worldwide. Led by music producer and ex-Ketchup Mania guitarist Dai, KiLLKiLLS have kept fans waiting as the members pursued solo projects after their second EP, Freesia, was released in …

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BRATS brave rainstorm for Wake Up Festival 2019 in Taiwan

Fans of Japanese girls rock band BRATS powered through heavy rain to support the band’s first-ever outdoor concert appearance at Wake Up Festival 2019 in Taiwan on July 6. The 3-day event is Taiwan’s largest outdoor festival, hosting 169 artists in 3 days. Just as BRATS was scheduled to begin their evening set on the …

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URBANGARDE’s Yoko Hamasaki dives into BLIND LOVE with double album release

URBANGARDE lead vocalist Yoko Hamasaki has released a remastered version of her first album Film noir (2010), now titled Film noir ultime. The album contains 3 new tracks, including the new song “FORGIVE ME”, which returns Hamasaki to the smooth synth-pop style of her 2016 album Blue Forest.

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Japan Expo announces surprise appearance by YOSHIKI

YOSHIKI — composer, classically-trained pianist, rock drummer, and leader of the rock group X Japan — will return to Japan Expo in Paris on July 5, 2019, for a special performance in celebration of the event’s 20th anniversary. Last year, YOSHIKI composed the Attack on Titan theme song “Red Swan”, which debuted at #1 on …

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URBANGARDE resets for the new era with 2019 Japan Tour REIWA REIJI 0=0=0=0

Japanese rock band URBANGARDE has announced their inaugural tour of the Reiwa era, the band’s first major outing since the departure of their founding guitarist Zeze Shin in March of this year. “11 years after our debut, URBANGARDE has entered a new adventure following the withdrawal of our guitarist,” said band leader Temma Matsunaga. “We’ve …

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Japanese rock star Yoshiki to host masterclass in Miami on June 27 at Frost School of Music

Japanese rock star Yoshiki will conduct a masterclass at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami Thursday, June 27. Yoshiki was invited to make his first-ever academic presentation in the United States by the music school’s dean, Shelton G. Berg, with whom he has collaborated on many notable projects including the “Golden …

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LOVEBITES triumphs over storm at Download Festival 2019

(photo: Nocturna Photography/JPU Records) Japanese heavy metal group LOVEBITES beat the storm at Download Festival 2019 to grab attention from worldwide media and pound sinister guitar rock into some rain-soaked heads. Dubbed “Drownload” due to heavy rain turning this year’s fest into “one big mud bath“, the concert event was the award-winning, all-female band’s first …

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Initial’L to Make USA Debut at Katsucon 2020

Japanese rock band Initial’L will make their USA debut at Katsucon, Feb. 14-16, 2020, in National Harbor, MD.

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LUNA SEA’s first Hong Kong performance in 6 years coming June 7

Japanese rock band LUNA SEA will perform for the first time since 2013 outside of Japan in Hong Kong this Friday, June 7th, 2019, at Asia World Expo. Info: https://lunaseaasia2019.asiamusicgrp.com/ The concert will be the first opportunity for fans in Hong Kong to see LUNA SEA live since “LUNA SEA ASIA LIVE TOUR 2012-2013 – …

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YOSHIKI to perform at London’s Royal Albert Hall, 2019 Dinner Shows sell out with record high demand

Sarah Brightman has invited internationally acclaimed composer YOSHIKI to perform on the stage of London’s famed Royal Albert Hall on November 11, 2019, for the final concert of her HYMN World Tour. YOSHIKI accompanied the world famous soprano in guest appearances at Radio City Music Hall (New York), The Masonic (San Francisco), Dolby Theatre (Los …

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