Dec 27 2017

Shishido Kavka feat. Nobuaki Kaneko- zamza (MV)

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Shishido Kavka returns with a dreamy vocal performance in “zamza”, her third consecutively monthly team-up release of 2017. Following earlier collaborations with CRAZY KEN BAND and The Cro-Mangnons, “zamza” is double-drum magic in a film-noir fantasy teaming up with actor and drummer (RIZE) Nobuaki Kaneko.

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Dec 26 2017

SILENT SIREN drops double music videos for GIRLS POWER release

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Just one day shy of the release of their 5th studio album GIRLS POWER, SILENT SIREN has released two music videos demonstrating the rock band’s admittedly double-sided sweet-pop and hard-rock sound.

“KNiFE” is a repeat-ready rocker with solid rhythm and strong vocals (catch the fine print for the straight-up message about the dangers of love), and “Fuyumegu” was produced to give you all the late-night relationship feels your cell phone can handle. Check out the videos below.

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Dec 26 2017

DIR EN GREY – VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES (previews)

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DIR EN GREY has released a trio of preview videos for their upcoming 44-track Best album VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES, scheduled for release on January 2, 2018.

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Dec 24 2017

Yousei Teikoku announces departure of guitarist Shiren

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Yousei Teikoku has announced the departure of their guitarist Shiren and the postponement of their next album.

Shiren, who also performs as part of rock band Unlucky Morpheus, has been battling with tenosynovitis of the arm since the end of last year, but has continued to perform despite his condition.

Though his condition appeared to improve, Shiren experienced a relapse during the band’s recent recording sessions. After deliberations with his fellow band members and management, the decision was made that Shiren will leave the band after their early 2018 tour of Japan.

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Dec 22 2017

exist†trace completes “19th Challenge” series with CLIMAX event

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Photos by Meiko Kikuta

Japanese rock band exist†trace packed all their favorite moments from “The 19th Challenge” concert series into the year’s final show at Ebisu club aim.

The December 19th “CLIMAX” event featured a massive set list showcasing the different themes of the monthly one-man series which began in April.

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Dec 20 2017

MIYAVI Samurai Sessions vol. 2 in Osaka (Live Report)

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Osaka Namba Hatch, December 2nd, 2017

Live report by Michelle Minikhiem
Photo credit: Daisuke Hirano

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With the release of his latest collaborative album, SAMURAI SESSIONS Vol.2, MIYAVI has continued to place himself at the heart of the storm of Japan’s music scene by working with some of the hottest artists of today to produce some seriously toe-tapping tracks.

The three-stop tour accompanying the release hit Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo. MIYAVI pulled out all the stops and delivered a powerful performance at the second-to-last show at Namba Hatch on December 2nd.

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Dec 19 2017

Swinging Popsicle announces GOLDEN BEST Limited “TIME TRAVEL”

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Japanese pop-rock band Swinging Popsicle has announced the upcoming release of a limited-edition compilation titled GOLDEN☆BEST Limited TIME TRAVEL ~Sony Music Years Selection~.

Swinging Popsicle, who made their major debut with “Joy of Living” with Sony Records in 1997, released two full albums, one mini album, and five singles during their partnership with Sony, which are now all out of print. Responding to years of fan requests, and connecting to the band’s 20th Anniversary celebration of their debut, Swinging Popsicle has created a hand-picked selection which will be available in early 2018. Available in Japan from Sony Music Direct, the album’s pre-orders sold out immediately, with international sales information to be announced.

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Dec 19 2017

SCANDAL gives you HONEY for Valentine’s Day

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SCANDAL will release their 8th album HONEY on Valentine’s Day, including the songs “Take Me Out” and “Koisuru Universe”. The album will feature cover artwork designed in collaboration with J-Pop duo AMIAYA and a bonus DVD of their August 21, 2017 live concert at Billboard Live Osaka.

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Dec 17 2017

SILENT SIREN rocks L.A. with idol style (Live Report – Part 2)

Bonus Photo Gallery from JRock247′s Live Report of SILENT SIREN’s concert in L.A. on December 1, 2017.

Photos by Emi Nguyen

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Dec 17 2017

TsuShiMaMiRe hits Europe in February

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Girls punk band TsuShiMaMiRe will embark on a European tour early next year, their first overseas outing since adding new drummer Maiko and October 2017 release of their latest album NEW.

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