Saturday, 31 January 2015

Update From Anime North

There are less than 2,000 Weekend/Group admissions left for Anime North 2015. More info on how to register at

Also, there is still plenty of rooms available with some of our Partner Hotels. A number of these will even have a free shuttle to the TCC and International Plaza if you book within there Anime North 2015 room block. More info on the shuttle and rooms availabilities at

Via: Facebook

Friday, 30 January 2015

Press Release: SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2015 “HELLO WORLD” U.S., Mexico Tickets On Sale NOW!

Japanese girls band, SCANDAL has just announced Chicago, Los Angeles, Anaheim, and Mexico headliner shows for the North America leg of their WORLD TOUR 2015 HELLO WORLD!
Ticket sales are on sale now and a select number of VIP tickets will also be available for each show.

May 15, 2015
Anime Central-Chicago, Illinois

May 20, 2015
Wednesday@ 8PM
El Plaza Condesa-Mexico City

May 22, 2015
Friday @ 7:30PM
House of Blues- Los Angeles, California

May 23, 2015
Saturday @ 7PM
House of Blues- Anaheim, California

SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2015 HELLO WORLD” official website

Album “HELLO WORLD” and more music from SCANDAL available at

U.S. iTunes: 

Amazon MP3:
iTunes Mexico: 

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Sugarpill: Are You Ready? Nine NEW Eyeshadows + A Limited Edition Launch Tomorrow!‏

Sugarpill has nine pretty new friends who are dying to meet you! These sweet, shimmering loose eyeshadows launch today at 2pm PST! Oh and remember when you got mad at them for discontinuing Tiara and Hysteric? Well, they think you will find their hot cousins Grand Tiara and Strangeling to be even more bad ass! 

Wait there's more! In additional to the nine permanent shades, they're also launching their limited edition shade Pastelle. Get her while you can because once she's gone they won't be bringing her back!

Monday, 26 January 2015

The Weekly Quickie: X-Japan, VIRULENT, Nihilizm, Matenrou Opera, REIGN, Synk;yet, Arlequin

I'd like to start this week off with a good mystery.  X-Japan drummer, Yoshiki, has the jrock world all stirred up again with a mysterious tweet in which he asked his followers what festival they liked.  He mentioned several in the tweet, such as Summer Sonic, Fuji Rock and A-Nation and gave fans the opportunity to voice their opinion.  Could this mean there's a festival in X-Japan's future? Probably not, but it's fun to dream.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

CDJapan Current Promotions!!!

Get Bitten at Rockville 2015

Monster Energy is kicking of it's World's Loudest Month festival series with Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville, Florida's Metropolitan Park on April 25-26.  They will be hosting an all-star lineup of heavy rock acts including Slipknot, Korn, Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Ministry and many, many more.  Beyond music, the festival features autograph signings, interactive experiences and a Monster Energy VIP area including beverage sampling and exclusive gourmet food options.

Speaking of unique experiences, Welcome to Rockville has added Tequila World to this year's festival.  This area features a Mexican fiesta theme, serving a wide range of tequilas, margaritas and tacos, as well as performances from Metalachi, the world's first and only heavy metal mariachi band.  Admission to this area is free to festival goers 21 and up.

All this is well and good, but this is a Jrock blog.  Why do we care?  Because, in addition to an already epic lineup, Japanese superstars VAMPS will be crossing the ocean to rock the stage!  Hyde and KAZ will be bringing Sex, Blood and Rock and Roll to all three Monster events, Welcome to Rockville, Fort Rock and Rock on the Range.  So, mark your calendars, Bloodsuckers.  This is an opportunity you don't want to miss.

Tickets for all events are currently in presale and prices go up the closer we get to the event, so don't wait. Check the links below for details and ticketing information.

April 25-26
Jacksonville, FL

April 25
Ft. Myers, FL

May 15-17
Columbus, OH

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Hey, Do You Know: DADAROMA?

This weeks band was suggested to me by one of our staff. This band has completely shattered my expectation in music, they are insanely amazing. They have completely blown my mind; this has not happened in a long time. So let me introduce you to the band that has accomplished this: DADAROMA!! You may recognize some of the members.

I really love Yoshiatsu's vocal range, it's very impressive. So far I LOVE everything on their YouTube channel, there's noway I can choose just one song. I LOVE how hardcore they go in their pv, it just makes me want to wild and head bang along with them. They just had their first anniversary one man live on Jan 11. Watch their OHP for more coming up! You guys DEFINITELY need to check this band out, they're so worth it!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Shibuya Crossing Episode 041 LIVE Wednesday January 21st!

世界のみんなさん、おはようございます!あけましておめでとう。It's great to be back on the radio.
Shibuya Crossing is back for an all new season - and will be expanding to two hours!

Testing out an all new set of covers. This time, we're playing it by theme - and a new one every week.

Fittingly enough - this week, we're calling this a "Homecoming".

By far, the best - and perhaps most convenient - spot for friends to meet up is at the famous Hachiko Square in the heart of Shibuya, in Tokyo, as showcased in our cover art.

More on tomorrow's show, Wednesday, January 21 from 2 to 4pm EST (UTC-5) on CJLO. Online, on demand, and on the AM radio in Montreal at 1690AM.

Twitter: @SHIBUYA1690

Monday, 19 January 2015

The Weekly Quickie: Codomo Dragon, REIGN, Arlequin, DELUHI, UnRealistic, DADAROMA, SAVAGE, 2nd Awake, Astaria


The new year is kickin' with new releases, starting with Codomo Dragon.  Their new maxi-single, WARUAGAKI, is set to release March 18 in, count 'em, FOUR types!  The release is followed by a tour starting at Nagoya ELL on March 21 and taking them through the month of April.  Check out that flashy new look.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

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An Update For NMFT 7!

NMFT 7 in June or July.

An update straight from Steve himself:

The reason why I’ve always held NMFT in May or October is because it’s still relatively warm in Canada and airfare is at its cheapest.

HOWEVER, since the price of oil is currently low it’s actually quite affordable to fly between Canada and Japan in June and July as well (prices shoot up again in August).

NMFT7 was originally set for May 15 – 20 but the band otori wouldn’t be able to make these dates sooooo…

I’m going to try and organize something ASAP for either June or July, 2015.

View the whole post, as well as band info on his website here! You know you're looking forward to it!

Japan Nite US Tour 2015 - Celebrating 20 Years At SXSW2015!

The tour line-up is out! With 9 stops across the US there's a location near you! The 2015 tour kicks off in Austin, Texas as a part of the annual SXSW event. They've got a fantastic line-up this year, showcasing a variety of styles and sounds.You won't get a show like this outside of Japan anywhere else! Check out their website for more details and to grab your tickets!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Review: Haruka - ANTHEMS

The Band: If you read our latest Band Feature, then you already know a little about Haruka. As a girl, she started her training in classical piano, but soon realized she wanted something more. In 2008, she released her first single with Pony Canyon, but she found even that too constraining and soon struck out on her own. Last year, she started her own record label, CLUB DISORDER, and released her first full-length album, ANTHEMS, just this October.

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These designs are available as of NOW though Teepublic. If you grab one within the first 72 hours it's only $14!!! After that they're $20-$22, still an awesome deal. 

Aside from showing off how stylish you are, you'll be directly supporting us and the Japanese musicians we promote. All proceeds from these purchases go back into Project: Lixx allowing us to support the bands, sponsor events and bring you even more concert coverage from all across North America. So what are you waiting for? Click the link, share far and wide, and get your J-Rock on!

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Thursday, 15 January 2015

Dan's Pick "Royz"

So, all December I had no internet... Hence the lack of last month's pick. 
I hope this makes up for it, though!

For this month's pick, I've chosen Royz' new release, Supernova!! And for good reason.
This is a fun, poppy blast of energy and flashiness in typical Royz fashion. I can't even choose which aspect of this song I like most, because I enjoy every part of it so much! The guitars, bass, drums, vocals, GANG VOCALS, the whole shebang. I do like the variety in the song. For example, the way it goes from the spacey, pop style into a faster, heavier bit, then into a pop-punk part. It is definitely my favorite song since Lilia. I feel like they just keep getting better and better with each new song. 

There is one thing that bums me out about this song:  it's their first release without their other guitarist, Kazuki. Kazuki and the band announced his departure in May of 2014, when Kazuki chose to leave to take care of his mother. Royz as a band isn't a stranger to being a 4 piece, however. They started with just Subaru (vocals), Kazuki (guitar), Koudai (bass), and Tomoya (drums) in 2009. Then in 2010, Kuina (guitar) joined making them a 5 piece band. They had agreed that if one were to leave the band, Royz would separate. But thankfully, Subaru, Kuina, Koudai, and Tomoya decided it was better to continue to make music together. 

I'm excited to see how they progress as a 4 piece. I think this is evidence that they will do pretty well. 


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Infuzzion Episode 6: Airing January 17th!

Happy New Year!!

We've got a fully loaded show to launch the year, you don't want to miss this one! 

We have not one, but TWO awesome surprises for you, but you have to tune in to find out!

We've also picked our 'Bands to watch for 2015', so be ready to take notes and add them to your playlist.

And of course news, reviews and new releases! Seriously, you want to make sure you don't miss this one. 

Saturday January 17th, 2015
9PM EST (GMT - 5)
Tune in HERE!

And don't forget to chat with us on twitter during the broadcast using #jrockradio!

Monday, 12 January 2015

YesStyle: It's 2015. New Year, New Collection!

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Press Release: Okuda Tamio, The Verbs Will Perform Two Historical Shows In L.A.‏

Very first performance for Japanese rock legend Okuda Tamio in the U.S.!

American rock band, The Verbs, with members Meegan Voss (vo), Steve Jordan (dr), Okuda Tamio(gt), and Willie Weeks(ba) will get together making two rare appearances in Los Angeles to kick off the beginning of 2015. This also marks Okuda Tamio’s first ever live performance in the U.S. since becoming an official member of The Verbs!

Their first appearance will be at the 26th Annual Guitar Center Drum-off Finals in which the band will play a special set at the Club Nokia on Jan 17th. In addition, The Verbs will perform at the world renowned venue, The Hotel Café in Hollywood on Jan 19th.

26th Annual Guitar Center Drum-Off Finals
Saturday, Jan 17, 2015
Club Nokia, Los Angeles

The Verbs @ The Hotel Café
Monday, Jan 19, 2015 7:00 PM 

Sunday, 11 January 2015

The Weekly Quickie: SCREW, ViViD, SCANDAL, MEJIBRAY, The Black Swan, ALSDEAD, The Kiddie, the:Ø, The 3rd Birthday, MUCC, Anisong World Tour, LiSA, X-Japan

 I'm baaaaaaaaack!  And, boy do we have a lot to catch up on.  So, let's get to it, shall we?

SCREW has announced a hand full of new releases for the upcoming year. Their tour final held on December 28 at AiiA Theatre will be released as a DVD. This was their final performance with all five members. No release date yet, but I’m sure you guys want it. The group will continue on with four members with the release of a mini-album titled, Konsui on April 22, followed by a second mini-album, Kakusei, sometime in August.

Monday, 5 January 2015 New Years Savings!

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Get ready for iKON's showtime!

Want to know who are the final members of iKON? You can find the answer with iKON's new release "Mix & Match DVD [Get Ready? Showtime!]". Available NOW!

Also don't miss out on the Blu-ray release of the 1960 black and white classic,"The Housemaid".  Check out the movie synopsis here!

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

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Otafest Tickets Now On Sale!!

Online ticket sales are up!
Register now and save $25 on VIP Passes and $10 on General Admission!

Otafest 2015 is a three-day festival held at the University of Calgary from May 15 to May 17 2015. Don't miss your chance to get your VIP pass - you don't wan to miss this years performers. Guest announcements coming soon!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Anime North 2015 - Pre-Reg Now Open!

WOAH! They are going fast! Just opened yesterday and already the first tier is SOLD OUT!!

Anime North has an attendance cap, you don't want to be caught without a pass! And you know our friends at J-rock North Promotions have something in the works. Register NOW!

Updates from Anime North:

Anime North Registration announces that the first 5,000 Weekend/Group sales limit has been reached, so second tier pricing is now in affect.

Any Anime North registrations submitted through regular mail postmarked today (Jan 2nd) will be accepted at the lower price. Anything mailed tomorrow must use the updated Registration form on the Anime North website.

In order to prevent over-crowding at convention venues, Anime North has established an attendance cap to limit total attendance on any single day to 20,000 people. Total admissions that will be sold for Anime North 2015 will be:

Weekend/Group: 15,000
Friday-only: 5,000
Saturday-only: 5,000
Sunday-only: 5,000

We strongly recommend that if you wish to attend Anime North 2015, to purchase your admission through Pre-Registation; Weekend/Group and Saturday admissions both sold out last year before the con, and Friday and Sunday admission sales increase each year. We cannot guarantee any admissions will be on sale at the door.

Artist Feature: Haruka

Look out, girls!  Singer-songwriter and guitarist, Haruka, is ready to make her mark on the world!  She released her first single, Mune ni Kibō o, in 2008 under Pony Canyon, which was subsequently used as the opening theme for their anime series, Blue Dragon.  Last year, she decided to take matters into her own hands and started her own label, CLUB DISORDER, through which she released her latest album, ANTHEMS, just this October.  She was kind enough to take the time to talk with us about the challenges of being a female musician, starting her own label, and, of course, her plans for world domination.  Check the digest video for her album below and the interview after the break.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Artist Feature: Haruka Teaser!!


2015 is upon us, and brings with it the promise of greater things to come. What better way to start it off right than with some killer news tunes? Meet solo artist and label owner, Haruka!

Gifted with talent and drive, her desire to spread her music across the globe and reach out to fans world-wide is what brought her to our attention. Check out her comment video below and watch for her full article coming soon!!