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Oct 30 2017

Yoko Hamasaki – Interview (2017)

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Yoko Hamasaki Interview by David Cirone October 30, 2017 It’s been over a year since the release of Yoko Hamasaki’s second solo album, Blue Forest, and both the album and performer are still going strong, with even more solo events announced in Japan and increased attention from overseas fans. J-Rock fans have been privy to …

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Aug 24 2017

URBANGARDE announces all-day lineup of Utsu Fes 2017

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Japanese rock band URBANGARDE has announced the full lineup of their all-day Utsu Fes 2017, to be held September 10 at Tsutaya O-East in Shibuya. URBANGARDE will headline the annual event with guests A9 (Alice Nine), Kenji Ohtsuki, Kinoco Hotel, Mio Yamazaki, Akito Matsumoto (Vacuum Hollow), Nana Kitade, and BRATS, among others.

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Jul 16 2017

URBANGARDE’s Temma Matsunaga struggles for release in NSFW “BSD” video

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URBANGARDE frontman Temma Matsunaga dives headfirst into temptation in his newly-released music video “Blood, Semen, Death”, with seductive young actress Ami Tomite (Anti-Porno, Joshiko) pulling the strings. Matsunaga chose to hold back the second half of the video because of its “R18″ graphic content, but it will be available in full to fans who purchase …

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Jun 18 2017

URBANGARDE’s Temma Matsunaga releases “Love Harassment” MV

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URBANGARDE frontman and chief provocateur Temma Matsunaga has released the music video for “Love Harassment” from his upcoming self-titled solo album, due for release July 26. The limited edition of the album will include the music video and a short film.

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Apr 02 2017

Urbangarde releases twisted Christmas live album Tenshi de Akuma

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Urbangarde will release their first live album Urbangarde 2016 Xmas Special Hall Live Tenshi De Akuma (“Angel and Devil”) on April 12, 2017. The regular CD version will contain the complete concert audio and a live performance DVD, while a limited-press lower-price version will showcase selected concert tracks. Urbangarde’s one-man holiday concert, recorded at Shibuya …

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Dec 20 2016

URBANGARDE celebrates the Angels and Demons of Christmas at one-man holiday concert

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Japanese alternative rock band URBANGARDE played equal hosts to the angels and demons in their audience at their special one-man holiday live show on December 17. In the 2-hour long performance, singer Yoko Hamasaski donned a sexy red outfit with devil horns, toted a menacing machine gun in white robes, and danced along next to …

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Dec 17 2016

URBANGARDE finds rooftop religion in Akumade Akuma music video

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The devil always wins in URBANGARDE’s view of a sick society, and the “trauma techno-pop” Japanese band gives fans a ringside seat to the battle of desire vs. purity in their new music video for the upcoming single “Akumade Akuma”. Shot on a rainy Tokyo rooftop, singer Yoko Hamasaki returns to the twisted religious imagery …

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Nov 27 2016

URBANGARDE announces new single Akumade Akuma

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Japanese trauma techno rock group URBANGARDE has revealed the details of their new single, “Akumade Akuma”, the band’s first non-album music release in over four years. Band leader Temma Matsunaga declared the mission of the new song, which will be released at the beginning of the year. “This is URBANGARDE. We’re releasing a single after …

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Jul 31 2016

URBANGARDE collaborates with Yuki Aoyama for Schoolgirl Trauma photobook

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URBANGARDE has announced a collaboration with popular Japanese photographer Yuki Aoyama, known internationally for his provocative “Schoolgirl Complex” photobook series. The special collection of photos and poems titled “Schoolgirl Trauma” combines the edgy view of the “trauma techno pop” music group with Aoyama’s fetish-focused work. URBANGARDE leader Temma Matsunaga contributed writings and vocalist Yoko Hamasaki …

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Jul 10 2016

Yoko Hamasaki – Blue Forest (Review)

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Yoko Hamasaki Blue Forest Review by David Cirone URBANGARDE’s musical style and subject matter are so diverse to begin with, it was hard to predict what direction vocalist Yoko Hamasaki would choose when she announced her solo project, Blue Forest. While URBANGARDE’s albums focus on social ills and the troubles of “sick people” everywhere, Hamasaki …

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