Wednesday, 1 July 2015

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Monday, 29 June 2015

Press Release: Aimer to Appear at A/X 2015, Music Digitally Released Worldwide!‏

Aimer will be appearing at Anime Expo’s Fate/stay night [UBW] Special Event!

Even in Japan her shows are very limited in the numbers and the tickets are SOLD OUT in a short time.

Considering the fact that Anime Expo will be her first overseas show, it will be a premium experience to watch her perform!

With the awaited soon to be released album, we cannot take our eyes off this new rising star!

The Weekly Quickie: the Dice, Zonbi, SAKURA, Kuroyuri to Kage, HOLLOWGRAM, Anime Expo, The Mortal

Lineup changes everywhere!  Is it in the water?

It seems lineup changes are the thing this summer and we have another one for The Dice.  At their show earlier this month, vocalist MISS was conspicuously absent.  It has since been announced that he has officially left the group effective immediately.  The band will continue until August 21 with a support vocalist, after which they will take an activity pause.

Monday, 22 June 2015

The Weekly Quickie: LEZARD, Litchi Hikari Club, Nihilizm, GazettE, MIYAVI, VAMPS, BLITZ, Escapism, DECAYS

 It's Quickie time again!  Check out all those releases!

At their one-man live at Akasaka BLITZ, LEZARD announced the release of their first full length album, Tokagetchu, on July 15.  The album consists of six brand new tracks written exclusively for this album and will release in two versions:  Iiko version and Waruiko version.  Iiko version comes with a DVD with the PV, offshot, and 9 caligraphy videos while the Waruiko version comes with two additional original songs plus 5 bonus tracks of previously released singles. 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015


I recently received GALLO's newest single, Incubus, and DAMN is it awesome!  Check out the video below to hear all about it!

This is the first ever video review from Project: Lixx, so if you want to see more, make sure to let us know by liking and commenting.  Have a suggestion for my next video?  Let me know that, too! In the mean time, make sure to check out GALLO at the links below.

Monday, 15 June 2015

The Weekly Quickie: SCREW, An Cafe, HOLLOWGRAM, HIZUMI, MEJIBRAY, Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass, mothercoat

Kind of a slow news week this week, but some really exciting stuff! 

SCREW has announced the release of the sequel to their previous mini-album, Konsui.  Titled Kakusei, the album is rumored to be a contrast to its predecessor.  After the loss of bassist, Rui, Byou said "the band died," leading to the formation of Konsui.  Kakusei, however, is all about the future.  The album releases August 19 and will be preceded by a set of pre-release lives open only to those who have pre-ordered it.  The group will be sporting the Kakusei visual look and playing songs never before heard from the album.  The group will also be available for handshakes after the show.  Check the homepage for details and venues.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Press Release: UVERworld Releases New Single “Bokuno Kotobadewanai Korewa Bokutachino Kotoba”.‏

Now available worldwide!

This new single “Bokuno Kotobadewanai Korewa Bokutachino Kotoba” is featured as the opening theme song of the popular TV anime, ”The Heroic Legend of Arslan”.

Domestically, it reached #3 on the Oricon weekly ranking chart as well as #1 on iTunes rock chart.

In addition, footage of UVERworld’s concert which took place at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan, will be viewable on VEVO from June 24th. So mark your calendars!


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Support Orlando Nerd Fest!

Check out Orlando Nerd Fest's crowd-funding page on Patreon! This is a fantastic new con, but to keep going, fans need to pitch in! Every dollar helps. Support the con, get more music! Simple as that :)

Also be sure to subscribe to their YouTube channel!

SEX POT ReVeNGe 2015 Spring & Summer Collection

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

The Weekly Quickie: MORAN, Crimson Shiva, JILKA, WHITE JUDAS, ViX, Alice 9

I'm late, I know!  A-kon happened!  Better late than never, eh?  Well, sort of.  Looks like I'll be starting off with a stream of sucks, so hold on tight.

The first just announced yesterday and hit like an anvil.  Moran has announced their disbandment following their live on September 21.  After member losses and a planned hiatus, I guess it doesn't come as too big of a surprise, but it still hurts.  The band still has a one-man tour coming up, so make sure to support them until the end.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Spacetime and Streams: Buzz Rating!

Our friends, Spacetime and Streams have reached #1, BUT they still need your help! From now until the 14th they need to maintain their buzz rating. We know you love them, but you need to tell the world! So please show your support by sharing, tweeting and increasing their YouTube views during this time period. Let's show them our support!

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

INTERVIEW: umbrella LIVE at Anime North, May 22, 2015

umbrella are back and taking over Anime North! It's been 2 years since their last performance here on Canadian soil, but speaking with them again it feels like it was just yesterday. Let's hope it's not another 2 years before we see them again!

The interview was set as a small press conference consisting of myself, Satty from CJLO's Shibuya Crossing and Dianna from Beachboosterradio's Beach Corner.

Please watch for all our coverage on our blog. Lots more to come!


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umbrella: Yui, Syu, Hal and Sho!

J-rock North Promotions, Inc.

Monday, 1 June 2015

The Weekly Quickie: SEKAI NO OWARI, SuG, Zin, Slinger, BLITZ, SCREW, DRAFT KING

 Movies, conventions, and triumphant returns!  Oh my!

SEKAI NO OWARI have announced they will be supplying the theme song for both Attack on Titan live action films.  The first installment hits theatres August 1 and features the band's newest song, ANTI-HERO.  The song will release on the single of the same name on July 29.  The second movie, titled ATTACK ON TITAN End of the World, releases September 19.  No word yet on which song will grace the opening credits of this one, but I'm sure it will be killer.

INTERVIEW: UchuSentai: NOIZ. LIVE at Anime North, May 22, 2015.

We had the chance to sit down with UchuSentai:NOIZ right at the beginning of Anime North this year. It was a pleasure to speak with them again, having last seen them at their performance 2 years prior.

The interview was set as a small press conference consisting of myself, Satty from CJLO's Shibuya Crossing and Dianna from Beachboosterradio's Beach Corner.

Please watch for all our coverage on our blog: Lots more to come!


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HUGE Thanks to:

UchuSentai:NOIZ - Angel, Masato, Kotaro, Kyo and Yamato

Galaxy Star Disc

J-rock North Promotions, Inc. 

Monday, 25 May 2015

The Weekly Quickie: Alice Nine, R-Shitei, My Bacteria Heat Island, Magromance, Kamijo, Vanikill, Kiyoharu, RE/V

Before I get started, today is Memorial Day here in the US, and I'd like to take a moment to thank all the soldiers and their families for their service to our country.  Your strength and sacrifice is deeply appreciated.

Starting this Quickie off with happy news!  Alice Nine has announced their official comeback with their 11th Anniversary live, Re:Birth, at Toyosu PIT on August 23.  What this means for their independent incarnation, A9, I'm not really sure, but it's exciting nonetheless.  Check out the announcement trailer and try not to squeal.

Monday, 18 May 2015

LIVE REPORT: BABYMETAL at Danforth Music Hall, Toronto - May 12, 2015

at the DANFORTH MUSIC HALL – MAY 12, 2015

BABYMETAL : Left, Moametal (Moa Kikuchi) 
Center, Su-Metal (Suzuka Nakamoto) Right, Yuimetal (Yui Mizuno).
By James C. Stewart


So ostensibly this was to be a review of BABYMETAL at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto. But that’s too easy. Want some adjectives…?

How about Spectacular…? Ground-breaking…?  Total…Mind…Fuck?

Too harsh?

Then let’s go with Unprecedented.

Since the release of their debut/self-titled album in February of last year, the reviews have been pouring in. Everyone, with the exception of a few lonely metal elitists (and there are fewer and fewer of those) seems to agree (even Rolling Stone). BABYMETAL is the most innovative act of the 21st century…at least to date.

Highlights from the Toronto show include “BABYMETAL Bucks” tossed by adoring fans during the performance of “Onedari Daisakusen”—

BABYMETAL BUCKS (photo: Josh Campbell)
This money was handed out in the queue prior to the mayhem. Like, thousands of them. A couple of days previous BABYMETAL had played Mexico City and the audience threw some 12,000 Mexican versions of same into the air. Apparently the Canadian goal was to beat this...I'm not sure if we did. But yeah, you can see them fly in the video.


 Check it out!  One with no sucks!  ^^

Hold onto your pants, folks.  I've got a cool one for ya.  Just announced, Momoiro Clover Z will be performing at Anime Expo in LA July 2-5.  Not only that, Paul Stanley of KISS will be making a special guest appearance during the show.  You may remember, Momoiro Clover Z collaborated with KISS on their last single.  This is an event not to be missed.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

EVENT: VNITED Music Festival sponsored by XENON LA

VNITED Music Festival, taking place on July 5 at Amplify Hollywood, is the first ever music collaboration between Asia and the US, boasting great visual acts from both Japan and the US.  Sponsored by Cure Magazine shop, XENON, the festival features KON and NAO from CELL, ANTI FIMINISM, and local act, Lolita Dark.  Presale tickets are just $20 with a VIP option for only $60, so get out there and support VK in the USA!

Not in the area, but still want to support the cause?  No problem!  Dig the banner at the top of this post?  Even better!  Just follow this link to download one of your own to post on your own blog.  Link back to the VNITED Music Festival website, add #VNITED15 to your tweets, and help build awareness for XENON's first ever US Visual Kei festival.

VNITED Music Festival
July 5, 2015
Amplify Hollywood
5617 1/2 Melrose Ave
Los Angelas, CA 90038 

Monday, 11 May 2015

The Weekly Quickie: Shibuya ga Taihen, RADWIMPS, Dir en grey, BREAKERZ, PLUS MAGIC, DIAWOLF, GUTS AND DEATH

 Tours, new releases and comebacks, oh my!

This week heralds the return of visual kei circuit event, Shibuya ga Taihen.  For those that aren't familiar, Shibuya ga Taihen is an annual music circuit that took place from 2009-2011.  This year's even will take place August 10 and span across five clubs:  Tsutaya O-EAST, Tsutaya O-WEST, Tsutaya O-NEST, Tsutaya O-CREST, and Shibuya MUSIC EXCHANGE.  Thought the lineup has not yet been announced, it promises over 50 visual kei bands, so there's bound to be a few you want to see.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Pre-Order: VYPER Japanese Music Magazine Vol. 005

VYPER Japanese Music Vol. 005 - Orders are open! 

Love our VAMPS coverage? You'll find more in this months' issue!


- Dir En Grey
- VAMPS - English article -
- Special coverage by Mang'Azur Culture Japonaise : ONE NOT'E & HITT

*Note : More to come!

Out June 15!
Price : €4.00 (plus shipping)

Pre-order it HERE!

Orders are available worldwide !

NMFT Vol. 7 Tickets Now On Sale!

Get 'em while they're hot folks!!! Advanced tickets are now on sale, and they are only $10!!!! I've said it before, and I'll tell you again, this is a steal of a price for an experience of a lifetime. There's no excuse for missing this series, you can't get this anywhere else.

In case you missed the details, check our previous coverage HERE!

Review: Matenrou Opera - ether

Taka here with another review- second in a row; not too shabby!

I was honestly surprised when I received this single in the mail... but I was overjoyed! I adore Sono's voice and just the overall dynamic composition style that is Matenrou Opera.

On April 8, Matenrou Opera released their maxi-single, ether. The first thing I HAVE to note about this single is how cool the jacket is. The lyric booklet is actually sitting in the little holster that is the band (as you see above) and there is a moon that also separates and you slide in behind them, building it as a 3 layer pop-up book in a way. Not to mention, the CD is kept iridescent with white printing over the top.

This single features 3 awesome tracks:

1. ether
2. Round and Round
3. ari no koushin

Before I diagnose each song individually, I have to say I unfortunately was unable to find translated lyrics in order to discuss the lyrical content. If you happen to find any, feel free to tell me so I can look into them!

Also, you cannot necessarily judge this single as a whole, since the style changes from track to track. I feel this single has a little something for all of your tastes.

Monday, 4 May 2015

The Weekly Quickie: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, BORN, Codomo Dragon, Jupiter, FACT, Dazzle Vision, Reno, More

Hey, guys!  I know I skipped a week, but....Welcome to Rockville happened ^^.  I'm going to try not to beat you over the head with old news and just stick to the good stuff.  There were TONS of new releases announced the last couple of weeks, so make sure to check that release calendar in the sidebar for updates.  Here we go!

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas have announced an overseas show along with the worldwide release of their music via iTunes.  The band will play Heart-Town Festival 2015 in Taiwan, which takes place August 7-9.  iTunes sales start April 29 and will include all 7 of their releases to date.  They also have a new limited single, titled 'Starburst,' releasing May 13 in two types.

Friday, 1 May 2015

INTERVIEW: VAMPS Live at Welcome to Rockville

Right smack in the middle of their run with Nikki Sixx on SIXX:AM's Modern Vintage tour, VAMPS made a quick stop in Florida to perform in Monster Energy's Loudest Month series, rocking the stage during Ft. Rock in Ft. Meyers and Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville.  I caught up with Hyde and KAZ after their smoking set in Jacksonville on April 24 and, with the help of translator, Hiroki, chatted about touring with an American legend, performing in a foreign country and vampire evolution.

You guys have been playing a LOT lately. You’ve been very very busy. Do you do anything special to stay in shape, maintain your voice, anything like that?

H: We have kind of a hard time, of course. With the one man tour we get kind of tired, but everyday something new happens and it’s kind of refreshing.

Speaking of new things, Nikki Sixx recently played VAMPARK in Japan with you guys and now you are opening for him on his SIXX:AM Modern Vintage Tour. How did that come about?

H: Nikki knows that I’m a big fan of Motley Crue and Nikki Sixx. We recently had a big gig in Japan called VAMPARK Festival and we supported SIXX:AM and helped them get into the Japanese market. Now, we are with SIXX:AM because they are trying to give back for what we did for them.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

PHOTO GALLARY: VAMPS Live at Welcome to Rockville

Have you enjoyed our coverage so far?  Want to see more shots of the action?  Head over to our Facebook page and check out the album featuring tons of photos you won't see anywhere else.  And, while you're at it, hit that Like button so you don't miss part two!

Check out all our photos from VAMPS Universal International / Delicious Deli Records at Welcome To Rockville!!Part 1...

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

LIVE REPORT: VAMPS @ Welcome to Rockville

The Welcome to Rockville experience was, as you may have already heard, full of ups and downs. Day one was fraught with inclement weather which saw the entire crowd of almost 70,000 people evacuated no less than twice. Everyone was ordered to either go back to their cars or huddle with the masses under a nearby overpass until the storm cleared. Chants of “rain or shine” could be heard throughout the crowd as social media blew up with complaints tagged #WelcometoRainville from people desperate to see their favorite bands and even demanding refunds. I personally experienced only the later of the two evacuations and, honestly, it was a bit frightening. Between the angry people and the ominous black clouds looming overhead, there were moments where I feared for our safety; but after about an hour, the storm passed and we were allowed back into the park which was, by now, more like a mud pit. The storm had whole areas washed out and moving from one part to the next required waders.

Monday, 20 April 2015

The Weekly Quickie: Sadie, sads, BABYMETAL, moumoon, Tsukasa, Yousei Teikoku, DADAROMA, Shonen Knife

It's Monday, which means it's Quickie time!  What do you want first, the good news or the bad news?  Let's go with the bad news and get it out of the way, shall we?

This one's a real bummer.  Sadie has announced they will be going on hiatus following their live at Zepp Tokyo on September 21.  They have one last release and a tour before they go.  Voyage releases on May 27 and their tour, Never Ending Voyage -we never say good bye-, starts June 6 and will run through July 28. 

Friday, 17 April 2015

Infuzzion Episode 9: Airing April 18th!

The concert season is in full swing, and this year promises to be kick-ass!! J-Rock is everywhere, just check our calendar ;) We better see you out there!

For our 9th episode we take a look at our favorite lives from the past, gearing us up for another year of loud, chaotic memories - and we wouldn't have it any other way!

So join us, Saturday, April 18th, 9-11PM EST (GMT - 4)
Yes, that's tomorrow, so don't be late!!
Tune in HERE!

And as always, chat with us on twitter during the broadcast using #jrockradio!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Review: Nightmare - blur

Hello everyone- Taka here with another review on Project: Lixx!

I'm majorly excited to bring this to you because it's on a release from a very special band for me. Nightmare was my first ever Japanese rock experience when I was 13. It started with Alumina, then exploded to me finding as much of their discography as was available at that time on YouTube (which also lead to "recommended artists" and me finding all of the favourites I hold dear today).

On January 7, Nightmare released their 24th single [blur], about 2 and a half months before their most recent album, [Carpe Diem] (released March 25). I have yet to get my hands on Carpe Diem but the title track of this single does appear again on it.
The three tracks for this single are:

1. blur
2. Buddies
3. Such A Nonsense System

It's been awhile since I listened to a full new single from Nightmare. I admittedly haven't been keeping up with them in the past 3 years, but I'm always open and excited to jump back into this band's amazing music to see how they're doing. Without further adieu, my review on each track of this single!

Monday, 13 April 2015


It's another week, which means another quickie.  I've got some exciting stuff for you.

BREAKERZ announced their comeback not too long ago, and to sweeten the deal, they've made their comeback live completely free!  The live will take place on May 20 to coincide with their comeback single release, WE GO, but venue and further details have not yet been announced.