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ASTERISM blazes through L.A. on first U.S. tour (Live Report)

ASTERISM Club Los Globos, Los Angeles – March 24, 2019 Live Report and Photos by David Cirone Japanese heavy metal band ASTERISM made their first-ever stop in Los Angeles on March 24, 2019, at Club Los Globos, the final show in their first U.S. tour which began at SXSW the week before. The young group, …

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GRANRODEO’s 8th album FAB LOVE drops May 15

GRANRODEO has announced the release of the band’s 8th album, FAB LOVE, scheduled for May 15. The album will include the TV anime Bungo Stray Dogs 3rd season opening theme song “Setsuna no Ai”, and new songs”JUNK-YARD DOG” and “Take it easy” which are GRANRODEO’s first songs recorded overseas. The limited edition Blu-ray includes music …

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Unlucky Morpheus goes unplugged in their upcoming release

Unlucky Morpheus will release an all-acoustic album, Heikou jikuu no ongakkai (Concert of parallel space-time), on May 5th. The album features acoustic arrangements of previous Touhou releases. The concept of the album is “What might Unlucky Morpheus sound like in a parallel space and time?” This isn’t the first time the band has reworked prior …

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YOSHIKI’s performances of Endless Rain and Anniversary broadcast worldwide on NHK World’s Songs of Tokyo

YOSHIKI gave special performances of “Endless Rain” and “Anniversary” on NHK World’s premiere episode of “SONGS OF TOKYO”, which aired worldwide on April 22, 2019. “Anniversary”, the concerto composed by YOSHIKI for the 10th anniversary of Emperor Akihito’s reign, was performed for the first time in full on national Japanese television. NHK World reaches 300 …

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SCANDAL guitarist Haruna featured in Fender’s “Rock Freaks” photo series

SCANDAL guitarist Haruna Ono is the latest artist to be featured in Fender’s “The Rock Freaks” photo series, which highlights guitar players in intimate portraits with their instruments.

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BO-PEEP goes on the attack with “Let It Die” MV from new album COLORS

Japanese indie punk band BO-PEEP has released the mind-bending music video for “LET IT DIE -New day-“, from their newly-released fifth album COLORS. Directed by Kensei Takahashi, whose film Kaibatsu premiered at the 2018 Tokyo International Film Festival, “LET IT DIE -New day-” was shot in just 2 days with a specially-adapted iPhone, heightening the …

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BABYMETAL announces first US arena headliner show in Los Angeles

BABYMETAL has announced their first-ever US arena headline show, scheduled for October 11, 2019.

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BRATS announce first one-man tour of Japan

Girls rock band BRATS – formed by sisters Rei Kuromiya (vocals) and Aya Kuromiya (bass) – announced their first one-man tour of Japan at the final show of their 3-month series of solo Tokyo concerts held on April 20. “BRATS 1st. Tour Beginning” will bring the band to three major live houses across Japan in …

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YOSHIKI x Hello Kitty collaboration character Yoshikitty nominated in 34th Sanrio Character Ranking

Yoshikitty, the collaboration between Hello Kitty and YOSHIKI – composer, rock drummer, and leader of X JAPAN – is nominated once again in the 34th Annual Sanrio Character Ranking contest this year. Yoshikitty has climbed higher each year since debuting in the competition four years ago – ranking 12th place in 2015, moving up to …

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YOSHIKI donates 100 million won to South Korea fire victims

YOSHIKI – composer, pianist, rock drummer, and leader of rock group X JAPAN – has donated 100 million won (approximately $90,000) through his 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Yoshiki Foundation America, to ChildFund Korea to support victims of the devastating forest fire which struck South Korea last week on April 4, 2019.

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