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URBANGARDE announces lineup for subculture music festival Utsu Fes 2019

URBANGARDE has announced the final line-up for UTSU Fes (Depression festival) 2019, the band’s alternative subculture music festival held yearly at Tsutaya O-East in Shibuya. The 12-artist roster includes hosts URBANGARDE and mainstays Maison book girl, R-Shitei, and Kenji Ohtsuki, along with alternative idols Chiaki Mayumura, JyuJyu (whose recent music video “Hi jitsuzai sei shoujo” …

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Yoko Hamasaki – Interview (2019)

Yoko Hamasaki Interview by David Cirone August 10, 2019 URBANGARDE vocalist Yoko Hamasaki surprised fans in July with the simultaneous release of her third album BLIND LOVE (produced by Toshiki Kadomatsu) and a remastered, bonus track edition of her self-produced 2010 debut album Film noir, now dubbed Film noir ultime. While URBANGARDE has made their …

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URBANGARDE’s Yoko Hamasaki dives into BLIND LOVE with double album release

URBANGARDE lead vocalist Yoko Hamasaki has released a remastered version of her first album Film noir (2010), now titled Film noir ultime. The album contains 3 new tracks, including the new song “FORGIVE ME”, which returns Hamasaki to the smooth synth-pop style of her 2016 album Blue Forest.

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URBANGARDE resets for the new era with 2019 Japan Tour REIWA REIJI 0=0=0=0

Japanese rock band URBANGARDE has announced their inaugural tour of the Reiwa era, the band’s first major outing since the departure of their founding guitarist Zeze Shin in March of this year. “11 years after our debut, URBANGARDE has entered a new adventure following the withdrawal of our guitarist,” said band leader Temma Matsunaga. “We’ve …

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URBANGARDE takes charge of history in new music video Shoujo Gannen

Japanese trauma techno pop band URBANGARDE has released the music video for “Shoujo Gannen” (“Girls Year One”), the lead track from their new album Ai to Gensou no URBANGARDE (“URBANGARDE of Love and Fantasy”), released on November 21. With the Heisei Era coming to a close on April 30, 2019, URBANGARDE proclaims the next era …

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URBANGARDE releases Ai to Gensou no URBANGARDE jacket art and bonus live video

Japanese trauma techno pop band URBANGARDE has revealed the jacket art from their next album, Ai to Gensou no URBANGARDE (“URBANGARDE of Love and Fantasy”). The regular edition is illustrated by Japanese subculture artist Suehiro Maruo, and the limited edition features a quietly eerie pose of vocalist Yoko Hamasaki couched on silver balloons cradling her …

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URBANGARDE celebrates Tokyo subculture at Utsu Fes 2018

Japanese trauma techno pop band URBANGARDE presented the 5th annual UTSU FES (Depression Festival) on September 8, 2018 at Tsutaya O-East. The eight-hour, all-day music festival featured performances by URBANGARDE and an exciting list of guest stars from a wide variety of alternative genres, including SPANK HAPPY, PASSPO☆, Eren-chan, R-Shitei, Maison book girl, Kenji Ohtsuki, …

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URBANGARDE announces compilation album Ai to Gensou no URBANGARDE

Japanese trauma techno pop band URBANGARDE has announced the release date of the their next album, Ai to Gensou no URBANGARDE (“URBANGARDE of Love and Fantasy”). Due for release on November 21, 2018, the first-press limited edition of the album will also contain the DVD of URBANGARDE’s 10th anniversary concert “KEKKON SHIKI” recorded live at …

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URBANGARDE – Interview (2018)

URBANGARDE Interview by David Cirone July 26, 2018 Japanese “trauma techno-pop” band URBANGARDE has been pushing the envelope for a decade, and they recently marked their 10-year anniversary with a knockout celebration in Tokyo, “KEKKON SHIKI”. With years of experience behind them and increasing support from fans worldwide, their visual concepts and challenging ideas remain …

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URBANGARDE renews vows with fans at KEKKON SHIKI anniversary event

Japanese rock group URBANGARDE celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a spectacle-filled concert titled “KEKKON SHIKI” at Nakano Sun Plaza on April 8, 2018. Vocalist Yoko Hamasaki surprised the sold-out audience by entering the stage to an EDM arrangement of Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” in a custom bridal outfit adorned with URBANGARDE’s signature red polka dots. As …

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