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Date registered: January 27, 2018


Not of this Earth.

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  1. KAO=S brings Meiji era song into the 21st Century — November 24, 2018
  2. [ALEXANDROS] rocks New York with confidence — November 9, 2018
  3. LAMP IN TERREN get naked with upcoming album The Naked Blues — October 24, 2018
  4. SCANDAL to represent Japan for International Cassette Store Day — September 28, 2018
  5. Shonen Knife roll (and rock) through USA — September 27, 2018

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Nov 24 2018

KAO=S brings Meiji era song into the 21st Century

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As a follow-up to their 2018 album AMRITA, arty duo KAO=S has released a new version of the classic Meiji period song “Koujou no Tsuki” and manage to inject freshness and flair into a tune that has been covered many times in the past by artists as diverse as Scorpions, Thelonious Monk, and Jackie Evancho. …

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Nov 09 2018

[ALEXANDROS] rocks New York with confidence


[ALEXANDROS] Gramercy Theatre, New York City Live Report by Marc Bowie October 23, 2018 Power-poppin’ punkers [ALEXANDROS] came off like native New Yorkers during their live Gotham debut at the Gramercy Theatre on October 23rd, playing with verve, swagger and more chutzpah than you’d find outside a Mets game. Oozing charisma, singer Yoohei Kawakami was …

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Oct 24 2018

LAMP IN TERREN get naked with upcoming album The Naked Blues

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With singer Matsumoto seemingly recovered from vocal polyp surgery earlier this year, foursome LAMP IN TERREN has announced they will release their fourth album, The Naked Blues, on December 5th. The tracklist has yet to be released, but the disc will be available as a regular CD or bundled with an interview DVD.

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Sep 28 2018

SCANDAL to represent Japan for International Cassette Store Day

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Grab your boombox — International Cassette Store Day is coming up on October 13, and SCANDAL has been designated the official ambassador for Japan. As part of the event, the band plans to sell a limited edition SCANDAL-branded portable tape player. The unit will be available for sale at their Tokyo Feedback! store as well …

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Sep 27 2018

Shonen Knife roll (and rock) through USA

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Osaka’s number one punk band, Shonen Knife, are a little more than halfway through their extended trek across the United States on their ALIVE! in the U.S.A. 2018 tour with upcoming stops along the west coast. Like a punk rock Rolling Stones, the group is in their element on the road with no signs of …

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Sep 07 2018

SCANDAL takes a bite out of the Big Apple (Live Report)

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SCANDAL Playstation Theater, New York City Live Report by Marc Bowie September 5, 2018 SCANDAL kicked off their “Special Thanks” 2018 North American tour with a furious show at New York’s PlayStation Theater on September 5th that entertained from beginning to end, powering through a nearly two-hour set peppered with old favorites and choice new …

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Aug 29 2018

Crispy Camera Club develop fresh sound for new video Ame ga agattara

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I’m a sucker for bands with goofy names, and Crispy Camera Club certainly boasts a wonderfully alliterative and nonsensical one. Luckily, their new song “Ame ga agattara” (When It Rains) is a more grounded affair, with a jaunty, rolling bass line and sweet singing by vocalist Misato that’s somehow both perky and winsome at the …

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Aug 20 2018

SCANDAL – Interview (2018)


SCANDAL Interview by Marc Bowie August 20, 2018 SCANDAL seem to get better with every passing year, and 2018 saw the release of their sweetly-satisfying yet hard-hitting eighth album, HONEY, which they supported with an extensive tour of Japan and stops in new territories like China and the Philippines. The band are set to bring …

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Aug 18 2018

ALEXANDROS bracket U.S. with east coast, midwest tour


Building on their 2016 SXSW appearance, [ALEXANDROS] will be making their first U.S. tour this October with five stops in select cities. The boys are fresh off the July 18th release of their Mosquito Bite single, which is also the main theme song to the highly anticipated live action adaptation of the popular manga Bleach. …

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Jul 26 2018

BAND-MAID turn the page with “start over” single

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Where do you go after you’ve released an album entitled WORLD DOMINATION? Release a single called “start over,” of course, which is just what metal mavens BAND-MAID did on July 25th. This is their third single, a follow-up to last year’s “Daydreaming,” and the accompanying video was released on July 3rd.

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