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Dazzle Vision – METSU (Live)

This is the video that made me LOVE Dazzle Vision. Seriously INTENSE. This band takes no prisoners.

CANTOY – Super Drive (Live) / LOUD UP!! (PV)

Double-dose of up-and-coming Tokyo punk band CANTOY. Produced by ex-ketchup mania guitarist & leader Dai’s new label Splatter Records, they’re the heir apprent for Tokyo’s indie punk scene, taking over for legends like ketchup mania, Skull Candy, Uplift Spice, and Berry Roll. You’ll catch a few glimpses of Dai in the live video below, most …

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detroit7 bassist Nobuaki Kotajima to leave the band in February 2012

On January 8, the following message was posted on detroit7’s official Facebook: Dearest fans of detroit7, We have an important announcement. Our bassist, Nobuaki Kotajima has made his decision to leave detroit7 at the end of February, 2012. Please find his message below how he has reached his decision. We are very sorry to announce …

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Dazzle Vision – Live at Sakura-Con 2010

Maiko. Unstoppable. She’s a killer on that stage.

Limited Express (has gone?) – We love this country like banana (PV)

Long time, no see LE! Anger and resilience re: 2011’s Tohaku earthquake disaster: “If we get FUCKIN’ DESTROYED–!” It’s funny, it’s pissed off, and the last shot of Yukari and her child makes it poignant.

exist†trace – Interview (2011) Pt. 3

exist†trace Interview by David Cirone August 3, 2011 PART 3 exist†trace members Jyou, miko, Omi, Naoto, and Mally gave this interview on April 25, 2011, just 2 days after their debut American live show at Sakura-Con 2011. In contrast to your normal heavy-rock style, your album “TWIN GATE” revealed a different side of exist†trace with …

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exist†trace – Interview (2011) Pt. 2

exist†trace Interview by David Cirone July 22, 2011 PART 2 exist†trace members Jyou, miko, Omi, Naoto, and Mally gave this interview on April 25, 2011, just 2 days after their debut American live show at Sakura-Con 2011. There’s a sexy moment in the music video for “RESONANCE” where miko… All: Ohhhh! We know what this …

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exist†trace – Interview (2011) Pt. 1

exist†trace Interview by David Cirone June 12, 2011 PART 1 exist†trace members Jyou, miko, Omi, Naoto, and Mally gave this interview on April 25, 2011, just 2 days after their debut American live show at Sakura-Con 2011. Over 3000 fans attended your first one-man show here in America. How did it feel? Jyou: I was …

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TAIA – Seeds of Rain (Review)

TAIA Seeds of Rain Review by David Cirone TAIA’s fearless use of keyboard synthesizers and trademark mid-song tempo changes set them apart from the current wave of female-fronted J-Rock bands. The 6th band member on keyboards isn’t just an afterthought — it’s an essential part of their dramatic rock style. Their album Seeds of Rain …

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tokyo pinsalocks – LU-LA Hallelujah (PV)

For anybody who didn’t already know about tokyo pinsalocks’ not-so-secret crush on Devo, the Japanese all-girl techno-synth trio just released their new video for “LU-LA Hallelujah” from their January 2012 album Hallelujah Girls. ハレルヤガールズ Drummer Reiko seems to be the most transformed by the neon makeover — it’s a creepy-cool effect that warps into the …

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