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 releases into a different musical style. In 2011, the band released the synth-based album U&I Eurobeat Remix, which has recently been made available digitally.

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Soko ni Naru – Zettaiteki Sanpukan (MV)

Soko ni Naru’s stylish new music video for “Zettaiteki Sanpukan” promises to dazzle the senses with its slick imagery and refreshing, funky groove.

The duo dropped their newest album, Issen, last month, and are following it up with a country-wide domestic tour where they are teaming up with several other great artists before closing things up with two one-man shows in June.

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NABOWA greet the dawn with DAYBREAK (MV)

In keeping with their time-based theme, instrumental quartet NABOWA has released another minimalist
but compelling music video from their new album DUSK, this one entitled “DAYBREAK.” The tune
features gently plucked guitar with a soothing violin accompaniment.

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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 million viewers in over 160 countries, and YOSHIKI, backed by an orchestra for the special event, dedicated the song to the transition between the Heisei and Reiwa eras.

Watch YOSHIKI on NHK’s “Songs of Tokyo” (avail. through June 27, 2019)

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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 frenzy of emotions manifesting in a “Girl-Godzilla” attack on Shinuku’s government building.

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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 October.
10/5/2019 – Ebisu club aim (Tokyo)
10/14/2019 – ell. SIZE (Nagoya)
10/20/2019 – LIVE HOUSE Pangea (Osaka)
Ticket info: http://brats-official.com/live/

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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 7th place in 2016 and 2017, and breaking into the Top 3 in 2018, beating popular rivals such as the original Hello Kitty and My Melody. Yoshikitty also received the highest number of overseas votes, ranking Number 1 in the regional rankings in China, Italy, Germany, and France.

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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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