Feb 21 2019

ASTERISM, eX-GIRL, Otoboke Beaver among top Japanese indie acts at SXSW 2019

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Fans dedicated enough to brave the crowded Austin streets of SXSW 2019 can sample a wide variety of indie Japanese artists performing at the annual music festival March 13-17. Rock, hip-hop, punk, a Japanese Led Zeppelin tribute, and the return of out-of-this-world girls rock band eX-GIRL are just the beginning of the one of SXSW’s most eclectic collections of Japanese music acts, led by fresh-from-Coachella Otoboke Beaver and rising star metal band ASTERISM.

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Feb 20 2019

SEKAI NO OWARI – Love Song (MV)

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SEKAI NO OWARI has released the music video for “Love Song”, taken from their new album EYE, released on February 27.

Directed by Ryohei Shingu, the video shows an intricate domino effect of elaborate mechanisms and vintage objects. Imagine a slightly twisted take on that breakfast scene from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as a small boy attempts to learn guitar, and you’ll be close to the unsettling feel of SEKAI NO OWARI’s lastest offering.

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Feb 20 2019

the Raid – Kabukicho Rainy (MV)

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The Raid. have released the music video for their latest single “Kabukicho Rainy”. Looking as immaculately visual kei as always, even under stormy conditions, the band’s latest video follows the story of a couple on the late night streets of Shinjuku.

The single, composed by bo_ya, has a touchingly nostalgic feel, though things are kept in keeping with the bands grittier lyrics. Written by Sena, the song’s story unfolds in Shinjuku’s entertainment and red-light district Kabukicho, often called the “Sleepless Town”, an area known for its many host and hostess clubs.

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Feb 18 2019

HYDE announces headlining dates for 2019 US tour

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HYDE has announced that he’ll perform three additional headlining U.S. shows in Los Angeles, Chicago and Cambridge, MA (Boston), due to fan demand.

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Feb 18 2019

YOSHIKI makes guest appearance at Radio City Music Hall with Sarah Brightman

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YOSHIKI joined Sarah Brightman on Wednesday, February 6, at Radio City Music Hall for Brightman’s 2019 HYMN world tour.

YOSHIKI and Brightman’s emotional delivery brought roaring applause and tears from the New York audience. Many fans traveled from as far as Europe and Asia to see the live performance of YOSHIKI’s composition “Miracle”, which Brightman has called “the No. 1 masterpiece on the album”. Released worldwide last November, “Miracle” (Sarah’s Version) – performed by Brightman with YOSHIKI on piano – reached the Top 10 on iTunes Classical Charts in 15 countries.

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Feb 16 2019

MIYAVI to hold guest-filled Hollywood release show for Samurai Sessions vol. 3

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Samurai guitarist MIYAVI will celebrate the release of his new album, SAMURAI SESSIONS vol.3 – Worlds Collide, with a special star-studded show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on February 23, 2019.

“This project is all about chemistry — even in one album, there are so many colors and experimentation… It’s about how we connect to one another”, MIYAVI says about the new album. Worlds Collide includes guest appearances from an all-star ensemble of musicians and artists including Samuel L. Jackson, Betty Who, Mikky Ekko, RAC, and more. MIYAVI’s album release event on February 23 will feature live performances from Mikky Ekko, Yuna, and Duckwrth, with more to be announced.

Tickets: https://www.axs.com/events/367106/miyavi-tickets

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Feb 15 2019

Puffyshoes – Yeah I Love You (MV)

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Puffyshoes, aka Tokyo duo Neko Meows and Usagi Hops, have released the music video for their latest single “Yeah I Love You”.

Keeping with the band’s lo-fi style, the video (shot by Puffyshoes and edited by Neko Meows) features Puffyshoes performing under lens flared lights, and keeping things simple but glitter-covered works perfectly. “Yeah I Love You” has that familiar Puffyshoes fuzzy-pop feel, as though you’re sitting on a bedroom floor writing sad love letters in your fluffy pink journal right beside them.

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Feb 07 2019

HYDE – ZIPANG (MV)

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“ZIPANG”, the latest single from legendary vocalist HYDE, featuring YOSHIKI masterfully tickling the ivories, has finally been released after what has been (for some) a half-year long wait. The ballad debuted during HYDE’s first solo tour in over a decade this past summer and has stunned thousands with its moving message meant to convey “the beauty of Japan”. The video was shot at overnight back in November (on YOSHIKI’s birthday, in fact) at the ancient and renowned Toji temple in Kyoto.

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Feb 04 2019

ONE OK ROCK – Wasted Nights (MV)

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ONE OK ROCK has released the music video to “Wasted Nights” from their upcoming ninth album Eye Of The Storm, which will be available internationally on February 15. The clip features plenty of slo-mo action as the band dances between the raindrops intercut with shots of modern youth enjoying life on their own terms.

ONE OK ROCK has an extensive U.S. tour beginning on February 19 in Salt Lake City with a number of dates already sold out.

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Feb 02 2019

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

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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 Japanese actress Yuki Matsushita, who plays the lead character’s mother.

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