Tuesday, 30 September 2014

CDJapan: Halloween Costume Ideas + 10% Points Offer!

Hallowe'en costume ideas from CDJapan! They are offering 10% points on the items listed through this link for a limited period of time until October 8, 2014 11:59:59PM (GMT+9). Try Japanese-style Halloween costumes this year! Don't miss the sale!

Fashion Fraction: Focus On [Lolita] -Part 2-

Hello all you fashionistas following Project: Lixx.

Now it's time for the final part of this Focus On [Lolita].

In the first section, I brought up the big genres in the lolita field and some of the brands that fall under them- along with some photos from fans. In this section, we're going to talk about some of the other types of Lolita.

These types may not be as popular as the first section of genres but they are still a vibrant part of the lolita fashion community. Sadly, I did not receive any examples from the readers so I will be sourcing photos from Google Images. If you find an image that was used wrongly or if you are the creator and would like it removed from the article, please let me know and I will get to it ASAP.

With that said- let's talk about Country/Casual/Sailor, Ero/Guro, Punk, and Qi lolita.

Monday, 29 September 2014

The Weekly Quickie: BLACKLINE, GOTCHAROCKA, D=OUT, TRIGGAH, CARDIA, The 3rd Birthday

We'll start off this week with a little bad news.  Heavy rock band, BLACKLINE, will be disbanding following their final live on December 16.  The breakup announcement was first spotted on Mikaru's Facebook where he expressed regret and a continuing love for BLACKLINE and its members and just after, he made the promise that his solo project G.L.A.M.S. is forever.  He seems pretty bummed out about the whole deal, so make sure to pop over to his Facebook and send him messages of support.

Friday, 26 September 2014

PV Analysis: DaizyStripper - 'G.Z.S.K.K.'

DaizyStripper was formed in Tokyo circa 2007. Made up of Yugiri on vocals, Nao on guitar, Rei playing bass and Kazami on drums, they performed earlier this year at Anime North, as covered here at Project: Lixx, The band has released 6 albums, the most recent bearing the song I'll be looking at the PV for today, their 17th single, G.Z.S.K.K. While they've recently announced the return of Mayu this clip is conspicuous in their output with his absence to be sure.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

LIVE REPORT: Shonen Knife at The Silver Dollar Room, Toronto. Sept. 20, 2014.

 Shonen Knife is a band that should be on everyone's 'to-see' list. With over 3 decades of music and stage performance behind them, you may come in with a set of expectations, but you'll leave with an experience that's outclassed by none.

 The Silver Dollar Room is a venue which places the stage in the middle of a deep room, facing into the bar, offset by 2 live-streaming TV's at either end. Taking to the stage Naoko, Ritsuko, and Emi were met with the cheers of a sold out crowd. Though I could not see the ends of the bar for the fans, I'm sure not an eye was turned away from that stage, and it remained that way the entire night.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Gothic Beauty Issue 45 Pre-Order Up!

The Hallowe'en Issue is now available for pre-order!!

Photographer: B.Kostadinov Photography
Model/MUA: Darya Goncharova

~ Anne Rice
~ Gothic London 
~ H.R. Giger retrospective
~ Evan Michelson of Obscura Antiques & Oddities
~ Taeden Hall & Gloomth & the Cult of Melancholy
~ Cyberdog 
~ Nika Danielska Design
~ Erica Berkowitz of Last Rites Gallery
~ Gothic Bellydance, 
~ DIY project: Quick Sugar Skulls.

Music interviews: 
~ London After Midnight
~ Nostalghia

Plus music, book, product reviews and more!

Press Release: TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA Announces 5 Shows In The U.S. And South America!‏

In 2013, the band had a successful tour that included the main stage at Coachella Music Festival, a packed venue in New York City and an explosive finale in Mexico. This year TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA commemorates their 25th anniversary year with an album release, national tour and an overseas tour!

As part of their overseas tour, they have announced 5 shows, kicking it off with 3 cities in the U.S, that includes Los Angeles and New York City. The band will then descend to South America, where their popularity is heating up, with shows in Costa Rica and Mexico!

Tour Dates

Oct.09. 2014 (Thurs) The Observatory in CA
Venue: The Observatory (3503 South Harbor Boulevard Santa Ana, CA 92704 )

Oct.11. 2014 (Sat) Supersonico Festival in CA
Venue: Shrine Expo Hall and Grounds, Los Angeles, CA

Oct.14. 2014 (Tues) Irving Plaza in NY
Venue: Irving Plaza (17 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003)

Oct.16. 2014 (Thurs) CLUB VERTIGO in Costa Rica
Venue: CLUB VERTIGO (Edificio Centro Colón, Paseo Colón - Planta Principal, San José, Costa Rica)

Oct.17. 2014 (Fri) Pepsi Center in Mexico
Venue: Pepsi Center WTC (Dakota,03810,Mexico City, Mexico)

Monday, 22 September 2014

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Event: Anime at The Revue, Toronto, Ontario

The Japan Foundation, in conjunction with community partners, will hold four free screenings of Japanese animated films at the historic Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles Avenue.

The titles include cult classics Cyborg 009 (1980) and The Dagger of Kamui (1985) and the children’s film Mai Mai Miracle (2009). The series will conclude with a screening of Akira (1988), one anime’s most influential and beloved films.

All four films will be presented in Japanese with English subtitles, using 35mm film prints.

Please visit each event page for details and registration information.

YesAsia: TaeTiSeo is back!

Girls' Generation subunit TaeTiSeo returns with catchy title song "Holler". Yet, new releases from SHINee, TEENTOP and Shinhwa are now available too! You can get them all from YesAsia

Get the cinema experience at home with Blu-ray! To enhance the experience, YesAsia is offering coupon JBLU3. Get $3 off with a minimum purchase of $10 on purchases at YesAsia! For terms and conditions, please refer to http://goo.gl/sR1Bmg




The Weekly Quickie: ONE OK ROCK, heidi., Arlequin, The GALLO, VAMPS

Cool news for our friends in Tailand!  ONE OK ROCK's new documentary FOOL COOL ROCK, releasing on November 12, will be playing on the big screen!  For two days only, October 18-19, the documentary will be playing at Paragon Cineplex, Siam Paragon, Bangkok for two showings per day.  This is a great opportunity to check it out before it releases, so don't miss it!

Sunday, 21 September 2014


We here at Project:  Lixx have put together something cool for you.  Do you have a Google Calendar?  So do we!  We've put together a special releases and events calendar just for you!  Never miss a release from your favorite band again.  Just check the widget in the sidebar, import the event to your personal calendar, and you'll have everything you need including track lists, prices, purchase links, ticketing information, etc.  Use this link to bookmark and share with your friends.  We are constantly working hard to keep it as up to date as possible, but if you see something we've missed, let us know!  Love it?  Let us know that, too!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Con Report: Saboten Con 2014

What do get when you mix the dry, Arizona heat and four days of non-stop shopping for the latest and greatest in otaku wares, anime & cosplay, and amazing Jrock concerts? Saboten Con in Glendale, Arizona, of course. I had the privilege to be able to attend this year and can I just say that it was an absolutely AMAZING experience. I had the chance to jump into the beautiful chaos as media with this year’s three music guests: Kazha, Iruma Rioka, and MoonStream.

Review: G.L.A.M.S. - Under the Moon

About the Band: G.L.A.M.S. is the solo project of BLACKLINE frontman, Mikaru with Tetsuto on guitar and BLACKLINE drummer, Syu, on DJ. Dubbed “synthetic art,” G.L.A.M.S. kicked off activities with a seven day art exhibition in Paris in February of this year where Mikaru himself greeted fans and showcased his paintings in what could be considered the art capital of the world. In July, he announced the release of his first EP, Under the Moon, and launched a 13 stop tour that would take it all through Europe. And, he’s not stopping there. Just this month, he announced a hand-made jewelry line which is up for sale through the G.L.A.M.S. homepage.

Friday, 19 September 2014

JRock Karaoke World Contest!

This is Japan is holding a Jrock Karaoke contest!  This contest is open to EVERYONE, whether you are a lone vocalist, in a band, or just love belting out Buck Tick's Dress in the shower (you know who you are).  The only requirement is that you are non-native singing a Jrock song.  The winner gets a black Kewpie doll specially designed for this contest by Takayoshi Ono.  The contest deadline is 9/30, so pull out your microphones, dust off your webcams and get singing!

Contest Time:  9/1 00:00AM - 9/30 11:59PM Japan Time

1. Must be Japanese Rock Songs (including Visual-kei, Metal, Anime if it rocks!) such as B’z, X-Japan, LA’rc~en~Ciel, GLAY, Luna Sea, Dir en Grey, BOWY, Kyousyuke Himuro, Gazette, Aikawa Nanase, T.M. Revolution, Nana Mizuki, Sham Shade, Gakct, Mr. Children, Southern All Stars, Sug, Muccu, Miyavi, JUDY AND MARY, Kageyama Hironobu and etc.

2. Must be non-native Japanese

3. One person can post up to 3 Songs

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Press Release: L'Arc~en~Ciel's New Single, "EVERLASTING" Released In 35 Countries Worldwide!‏

L’Arc~en~Ciel, releases new single, “EVERLASTING”

Their highly anticipated new song now available!

On March 21 and 22, L’Arc~en~Ciel played a historical two-day concert at the iconic National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, which was also live streamed across the world in the U.S., UK, France, Mexico, Brazil, Hong Kong and Taiwan. 

At venue, they played and announced the future release of their new single "EVERLASTING", to great fanfare.

After several months of fans eagerly waiting, this latest single from the band has been released in 35 countries worldwide and is now available today!


Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Canada, United States, 
Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, 
Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, 
Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, 
Cambodia, Laos, Macau, Vietnam, Sri Lanka

<Amazon Mp3>
United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland

Interview: Shonen Knife North American Tour 2014!

No stranger to endless tour dates and trips around the world, Shonen Knife have returned stateside to once again take North America by storm! With 34 concerts, including both Toronto and Montreal Canadian dates, as well as the newly announced 10/22 date at The Knitting Factory, NYC, you'd be hard pressed not to find your way into their audience.

Inspiring, influencing and creating since their formation Dec. 29, 1981, Shonen Knife is a band that has woven it's way through rock history and clearly made a mark. In an era where many musicians come and go as though seasonal trends, they continue to evolve, yet remain true to the rock lifestyle.

Just fresh into their 2014 tour, Naoko, Tirsuko, and Emi took a moment to sit down and speak about their music, their fans and food!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Infuzzion Episode 2: Airing September 20th!

Yes, it's this Saturday!

This months episode takes a look back at some of our favorite bands from the past who have sadly disbanded. But they've left their music behind and we're here to enjoy it!

You'll also hear some new releases, tracks from our recent featured bands 44°+ and Re:CODE, and our latest live reports from our staff out in the scene!

So save the date, the link, and our sanity by tuning in! And don't forget to use the hashtag #jrockradio to chat with us during the broadcast. There may even be a surprise ;)

When: September 20th, 2014; 9-11pm EST

Press Release: Aimer, Releases Newest EP, "Dareka, Umiwo"‏

Aimer, releases “Dareka, Umiwo”

Ending theme song for the anime series Terror in Resonance

A breakout year for singer-songwriter, Aimer (Eme) in which she played her first show at the Nippon Budokan and released 2 new albums, in which both ranked in the top 10 of the Oricon weekly album chart. 

Her newly released EP, “Dareka Umiwo” is now available and the title track is featured as the ending theme song for the anime series Terror in Resonance which is produced by the renowned composer, Yoko Kanno.

Other tracks from this EP feature collaborations with artists including, Mao Abe, Yuuki Ozaki (Galileo Galilei) and Ryo Nagano (APOGEE).

This latest EP from Aimer truly showcases her beautiful vocal abilities along with her harmonious unity with great artists and composers that she truly respects.

Monday, 15 September 2014

The Weekly Quickie: VAMPS Halloween Party, ViViD, Magistina Saga, Crossfaith, XENON, The Black Swan

It's almost Halloween!  So, guess what that means.  It's VAMPS Halloween Party time again!  This year's party, spanning over two weekends and five days, will include performances from DAIGO, Momoiro Clover Z, Kishidan, Tommy heavenly6, May J. SID, Nogizaka46, MUCC, Silent Siren, Golden Bomber and, of course, VAMPS.  The first three days will be at Makuhari Messe Oct 17-19 and the final two days at Kobe World Hall Oct 25-26.  The party will also feature performances by the special live band, Halloween Junky Orchestra, made up of performers of all participating groups.  This is going to be VERY cool, so if you happen to be in the area, you should really check it out.  If you need to purchase tickets from overseas, they are available at NEXUS Ticket Center.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

PV Analysis: jizue - 'Shiori'

Formed in 2006, jizue is a jazz/post-rock combo with a unique, energetic sound. Made up of members Inoue Norimasa playing guitar, Katagi Nozomi Yori on keyboard, Yamada Tsuyoshi on bass and drums by Kokawa Kokoro, they toured Canada earlier this year to spread their sound to an international audience. Their albums have a literate bent in their names, "Bookshelf," "Novel" and "Journal" being the first three, followed by their latest "Shiori". Looking up the word I find translations as 'guidebook' and 'bookmark', both themes present in the titular video from the album, a moving instrumental piece.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Weekly Quickie: NIGHTMARE, Mejibray, Royz, LUCHe, D.I.D., Kuroyuri to Kage, SCREW, ALSDEAD, Liraizu

Nighmare, Mejibray, and Royz have announced they will appear in the first ever Chinese Visual Kei Halloween Event, 聖夜狂想祭----Halloween Party, in Shanghai, China.  The event will take place on November 1 and will also include Chinese visual band, Lilith.  This will be Mejibray's first show outside of Japan, so this is a huge step for them.  Tickets, which include a VIP option, can be purchased here.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Hey, Do You Know: Paranoid≠circuS?

 So, I have been listening to this band for a couple days and I totally love these guys. Their look is what caught me off guard and made me VERY curious to hear what they sound like. Their music is the style that I love listening to. I'm absolutely in love with the vocals of the band. I could sit here all day and talk about how much I like this band but I won't. 

 Paranoid≠circuS was formed in 2013. They have their first single, "BoXX-D-" released 4.23.2014 and they have a maxi-single called "REQUIEM" released  09.07.2014 .  けものみち (kemonomichi) has to be one of my top favorites so far. I wish I could make those sounds using my voice like Garu, his growling range impresses me. My next favourite song would be BoXX-D-, then SAC; if I keep naming songs I will end up listing all of them. Unfortunately, I do not have any music links for you guys yet as they don't seem to have a YouTube. Have any of you heard of them? What was your first impression? If you like heavy music like I do, I WOULD highly recommend checking this band out.

- Iris

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Band Feature: Re:CODE

Re:CODE is a visual rock band from Bandung, Indonesia. The band was originally formed by Ryou (Guitar) and Irsan (Vocals) in early October of 2009. They invited Fadia (Bass) and Emon (Drums) to join and named the band Coitus Delusion (Co: De). Co: De was a band that performed cover songs of Japanese visual kei bands, namely DELUHI. But the formation changed when Irsan (vocals) decided to resign and replaced by Ikbal. However, it was not to be and Ikbal decided to resign in Nov. 2010. This forced them into looking for a replacement, and they recruited Aldy from RIOTS as the new vocalist and that is how the band stands today. They have also changed from that of a cover band, into producing their own original tracks.

Meet the members and read the interview after the break!

Monday, 1 September 2014

Free Download: Rovin "Shadow"

The girls of Rovin are doing something awesome - from now until....they are letting you download their track 'Shadow' absolutely free! Don't miss out, add them to your collection! Details below: 

Here it is! Go ‪#‎FreeDownload‬ ‪#‎Shadow‬ now! 
‪#‎Soundcloud‬ : https://soundcloud.com/rovin06 
‪#‎Bandpage‬ (‪#‎Facebook‬ App) : https://www.facebook.com/Rovin06jp/app_178091127385 
'Shadow' Information video on ‪#‎Rovin‬ offcial ‪#‎Vine‬ : https://vine.co/v/OBxrdzQwMz6

Via: Facebook

Come Work With Us! Graphic Designer Wanted.

WANTED: Graphic Designer.

Project: Lixx is looking for a motivated, music crazy individual to join our team! We're small, but growing and we are now in need of someone who can put our thoughts into graphic form. If you are interested, shoot us an email at: xzzlixxzzx@live.ca Please note, this is a volunteer position. Thank you!

Schwarz Stein Fan Project for Anime USA!

Our friends over at Kaya Addicts US are creating a message book to give to Schwarz Stein to commemorate their first US appearance! 

Of course these projects work best when filled with love and support from all their fans! So check out the details below and get your messages sent in!

Also, be sure to get your pass for Anime USA to check them out live October 4! Don't miss out ;)

"Hey guys!

We decided to make a little present to give to Schwarz Stein at Anime USA! But we cant do it with out!

What you need to do:
Send us messages to put in a book we will give to Schwarz Stein at Anime USA! It can be anything from written messages to pictures, or both if you want!!

Entries must be sent in by September 20th!!!
You can send them here via PM, or you can email them to me at:

We cant wait to see what you guys come up with!!"

The Weekly Quickie: BUCK TICK, PIERROT, D, Kiryu

BUCK TICK will be releasing their first limited live CD through Tower Records.  The release will include two discs and 23 songs from their sold out live at Shibuya Public Hall on 7/31.  The album releases Oct 22, comes in at 3300yen and is only available through Tower Records, so make sure to head over there and pick it up.