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Budo Grape vocalist Quminco guest stars on NHK’s Tokusatsu Gagaga

(Photo by Kenji Suzuki) Budo Grape vocalist Quminco adds another star to her career with her recent acting role in the new NHK comedy series Tokusatsu Gagaga. The multi-talented performer is also a professional fashion model and radio personality in her native Nagoya. Quminco appears in Tokusatsu Gagaga‘s second episode in a scene with famed …

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YOSHIKI to create theme song for new xXx 4 film starring Vin Diesel

Photo credit: George Pimentel/Getty Images The H Collective has partnered with prolific Japanese composer and musician YOSHIKI on the next installment in the xXx franchise, xXx 4 starring Vin Diesel. The film will feature a theme song with music written by YOSHIKI. xXx 4 is in pre-production with casting currently under way, and principal photography …

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YOSHIKI at SSFF & ASIA Hollywood Red Carpet Event

YOSHIKI was swarmed by reporters when he appeared at the Hollywood red carpet event for the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & Asia) Film Festival on January 17, 2019, presented by Japan House and the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles. YOSHIKI serves as an advisor for the Japan House organization and …

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JRock247’s Best J-Rock Album Covers 2018

Check out JRock247′s best J-Rock album/single jackets for 2018, chosen by JRock247 contributors David Cirone, Michelle Minikhiem, Marc Bowie, and Nhu Nguyen. Click here to view the full list, including BAND-MAID, DIR EN GREY, Kaya, Man with a Mission, SCANDAL, Mary’s Blood, and many more!

URBANGARDE guitarist Zeze Shin to depart band after spring tour

URBANGARDE has announced that guitarist Zeze Shin will leave the band following their March 16, 2019, one-man concert at Daikanyama UNIT in Tokyo. Shin’s departure is due to his increased family responsibilities, and his decision was announced with the full support of the other band members. Shin is a founding member of the group, which …

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“YOSHIKI vs. YOSHIKI” makes history on Kouhaku Uta Gassen 2018

On New Year’s Eve 2018, YOSHIKI made Japanese television history with his dual performance on the “69th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen,” the last of the Heisei Era, by performing for both opposing Red and White teams during the top-rated broadcast. YOSHIKI wore white to plays drums for the Attack on Titan theme “Red Swan” with …

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Silent Siren to release 6th studio album 31313 in March

All-girl Japanese rock band Silent Siren will release their 6th studio album 31313 on March 13, 2019. Silent Siren created the title of 31313 by overlapping the 31st year of the Heisei Period in Japan with the album’s release date (3/13). 31313 will contain 12 songs including the singles “19 summer note.” and “Go Way!” …

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FATE GEAR new album Headless Goddess

Japanese metal band FATE GEAR will release their new album Headless Goddess on January 9, 2019, with the band’s first European tour beginning March 1 in Germany. The CD includes rare tracks written and composed by band leader Mina.

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THE SOUND BEE HD and Broken By The Scream to perform at Saboten Con in Phoenix

Visual kei band THE SOUND BEE HD and heavy metal idols Broken By the Scream will perform at Saboten Con in 2019. This will mark the US debut of Broken By the Scream, as they rise exponentially in international popularity. Attendees can join both artists for a live concert, Q&A panel, autographs, and more. Saboten …

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X JAPAN’s typhoon-defying “No Audience” concert now streaming worldwide

On September 30, 2018, X JAPAN’s third-straight night of sold-out concerts for 100,000 fans — X JAPAN LIVE IN JAPAN 2018 — was suddenly cancelled due to the impending weather effects of Typhoon Trami. With concern for the safety of fans as their top priority, X JAPAN sent the entire audience home and announced that …

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