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Interview with Guitarist YOUSAY(ex. THE KIDDIE) on His World Tour with ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D

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If you have kept an eye on the Visual Kei scene ever since the genre’s first major florescence overseas a decade ago, THE KIDDIE should be no stranger to you. Although much to the disappointment of their adoring followings, this sweet, exuberant young group were left with no choice but to disband in 2015, we are still lucky enough to see most of the members continue with a music career in their own way, making public appearances on a regular basis. For those of you who were hardcore fans of them, however, the inability to see the band (or any of the members) perform live in your own country or even access their information real-time in your language could be a terrible torment, which I completely understand. But things have changed dramatically in recent years—you are now blessed with the big-eyed, captivating guitarist YOUSAY who works proactively with various music projects (AKi, SHIN, ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D, etc.) and tours extensively both home and abroad. And of course, we won’t let you miss him while he is here in the States for the co-headlined world tour of ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D and SPYAIR. Amid the chilly weather in New York on a Friday night of the approaching fall, we sat down with him over several drinks to talk openly about his life as a freelance musician, and his dreams about the future. Keep Reading

DIR EN GREY Reveals New Look and Details of New Album “The Insulated World” Slated for September 26 Release

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DIR EN GREY has recently revealed details of their brand new full-length album titled “The Insulated World”. Being the band’s 10th album, this is also their first album in three years and nine months since their last album release “ARCHE” on December 10, 2014. The album features a total of 13 songs which include 11 new songs, in addition to two tracks released before as singles, “Utafumi” and “Ningen wo kaburu”. Keep Reading

LIVE REPORT: J-rock Juggernaut SID Wraps up 15th Anniversary Domestic Tour with Showa and Indie Themed Shows

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For most J-Anime fans, SID might come off as a pop music group renowned for their successful tie-ups with such titles as Fullmetal Alchemist and BLEACH; “Uso”, “Rain” and “Ranbu no Melody” are taken as their most important works more often than not. However, die-hard fans, conversant with the other side of SID, had never stopped dreaming of an opportunity to revisit the band’s hit songs back in their earlier days, to relive their raw energy and haunting beauty again years later. Keep Reading

ANIME NYC 2018 Announces Inaugural “Anisong World Matsuri” Concert Series at Hammerstein Ballroom

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Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll recently announced the globally renowned “Anisong World Matsuri” concert series will host its first edition in New York City in partnership with Anime NYC on November 16 and 17, 2018. Anisong World Matsuri brings together headlining Japanese pop stars for show-stopping concerts, and the inaugural Anisong World Matsuri NYC will feature major performances from Luna Haruna, Shoko Nakagawa, Morning Musume。’18, and more for two nights in New York’s historic Hammerstein Ballroom.
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Anisong World Matsuri Presents Rainbow of Talent at Japan Kawaii Live, Hosting Performers from Pokemon, Fullmetal Alchemist, PriPara, Gurren Lagann, and the IDOLM@STER Franchise

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“Japan Kawaii Live”, the final night of Anisong World Matsuri’s three-day concert event at Anime Expo, was held on July 7, 2018 at the Microsoft Theater, featuring AKB48 Team 8, THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS, i☆Ris, and Shoko Nakagawa. Keep Reading

X JAPAN feat. HYDE to Perform Attack on Titan Season 3 Opening

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X JAPAN’s “Red Swan” has been chosen as the opening theme for Season 3 of the TV anime Attack on Titan. The new song, featuring YOSHIKI’s first-ever recording collaboration with vocalist HYDE (L’Arc~en~Ciel), was announced at Anime Expo on July 8, 2018, at the season opener’s world-premiere screening in Los Angeles. Keep Reading

Japanese Rock Legend Miyavi Debuts Powerful Music Video For New Track “Long Nights” Featuring Former Afghan Child Bride Turned Rapper And Social Activist Sonita

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“The Samurai Guitarist” And Star Of Angelina Jolie-Directed Film “Unbroken” Will Perform Live Concerts In 6 Major U.S. Cities In May; New Music Video Features Sundance Film Festival Winner Sonita

Universal Music Japan recording artist MIYAVI has released a new music video for his latest song – “Long Nights.”

The video is a musical/vocal duet between guitarist MIYAVI and Afghan phenom rapper, Sonita, who has drawn wide critical acclaim for her vocals, fortitude as a Muslim woman in hip hop and also her work as a social activist bringing wider attention to the plight of Afghan families selling their daughters into marriage. Keep Reading

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