Sunday, January 15, 2017

Luna Haruna Announced as Guest of Honor at Kawaii Kon 2017


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First live performance in Hawaii
Returning for her third straight year, the rising star of the anisong world, Luna Haruna comes back stateside for her appearance at Kawaii Kon 2017.

In addition to her concert, Luna will be participating in an interactive panel and autograph sessions with the fans.
 Kawaii Kon will take place from April 7-9, 2017 at the Hawaii Convention Center.
For more info go to http://kawaiikon.com
Also check out her latest single “Windia”, available now!
Sword Art Online Hollow Realization OP (PS4, PS Vita)
http://smarturl.it/windia

Luna Haruna Profile
Born on October 11th, Luna Haruna is one of the up-and-coming AniSong (anime song) artists in Japan. Luna has loved singing and watching the animation since her childhood.
At the The 4th Animax Anison Grand Prix held in 2011, Luna became the finalist and it led her to the chance of making her major-label debut.
Her debut single “Sora wa takaku Kaze wa utau” (TV anime “Fate/Zero 2nd season” ending theme song) was produced by the renowned anime song producer, Yuki Kajiura, and released in May 2012.
In August 2013, Luna released her 1st album “OVERSKY”, and she also held her solo concert at the renowned Shibuya Public Hall in December 2014.
In January 2015, she released the 7th single “Kimi Iro Signal” (TV anime “Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend” opening theme song) to be followed by her 2nd album “Candy Lips”.
In this year, she held concerts at bigger venues such as Mielparque Hall (Tokyo) and Morinomiya Piloti Hall (Osaka), and both became very successful.
Currently, Luna’s hit songs are;
“Overfly” (TV anime “Sword Art Online (fairy dance arc)” ending theme song),
“Aioutae” (TV anime “Monogatari series 2nd season” ending them song),
“snowdrop” (TV anime “Monogatari series” 2nd season -Koi Monogarari-“ ending theme song”),
“Startear” (TV anime “Sword Art Online II” ending theme song”)
“Kimi Iro Signal” (TV anime “Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend” opening theme song)
“Ripple Effect” (TV anime “High School Fleet” ending theme song)
“Windia” (Videogame “Sword Art Online –Hollow Realization-“ theme song)
With her sweet-looking appearance and deeply-resonate voice, Luna has had high level of popularity both in and out of Japan, and been invited as the musical guest to the events held across the world such as Asia, USA, and Europe. She also expresses her talent as a fashion model and often appears on the cover of the popular fashion magazine “KERA”.

Official Web Site (Japanese)
http://www.harunaluna.jp/

ALL OFF Musical Guests at San Japan X

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Japanese rock band ALL OFF will perform at the San Japan X Anime Convention in San Antonio, TX. San Japan X will take place next year on Labor Day weekend (9/1 - 9/3/2017) at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
Formed in 2004, ALL OFF is a Japanese rock band with members so-hey on vocals, Yukio on guitar, Kossy on Bass, Otsuki on Drums, and Gaku on Guitar.

ALL OFF rocked the COUNTDOWN JACK music competition, winning 1st place and subsequently performed at COUNTDOWN JAPAN08/09 which is known as one of the biggest rock festivals in Japan. They also performed at ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2014, MERRY ROCK PARADE 2014, and many other famous festivals and concerts.
They made their major debut in 2015. Their debut single "One More Chance!" (Opening theme for TV anime "Heavy object".) was released in 2015. And their 2nd single "Never Gave Up" (Opening theme for TV anime "Heavy object" new season) was released in 2016. They are known as a band which hold many concerts every year and these 2 songs became very popular at their live shows.
They also performed at one of the biggest anime festival in the US "OTAKON" and "No Fear Festival" in Taiwan and enthused audience there. The ending theme song for TV anime Mob Psycho 100 "Refrain Boy" was released August 2016 and their new album “Re:sound” is set to drop on Dec 21th, 2016.
San Japan Webpage: http://san-japan.org/

Aural Vampire to be a musical guest at Anime Matsuri

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Aural Vampire will be the musical guest at Anime Matsuri 2017 in Houston, Texas taking place
 April 8 - 9, 2017.
Aural Vampire is a Japanese group led by Exo-Chika (vocals/lyrics) and Raveman (music) from Tokyo, Japan.

Aural Vampire released their full-length self-released debut album Vampire Ecstasy, in 2004 and released one online single, "Death Folder", in 2005, which is available on their website. A few tracks and remixes on compilations have appeared throughout their early career but they remained active as a live band.
In 2008, the band announced they have been signed to Avex Trax, a major label and at the end of the year, they released a set of three self-titled EPs on iTunes. Their second album Zoltank was released on May 5, 2010.
In 2008, Aural Vampire made a musical appearance at Anime Matsuri in Houston, Texas and again in 2010. In 2009, Aural Vampire also made a musical appearance at Katsucon 15 as well as at AnimagiC in Germany. Aural Vampire toured North America in 2010, including musical appearances at Anime Central and Convencion de Juegos de Mesa y Comics.
Aural Vampire released their next EP, Kerguelen Vortex on November 18, 2011.
Exo-Chika makes a guest appearance in Visual Kei band AND -Eccentric Agent-'s promotional video for the song LIBERATE.
Aural Vampire: http://auralvampire.com/

Puffy AmiYumi Returns to the U.S. Mini Solo Tour

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This spring, Puffy AmiYumi will be back in the US with a mini-solo tour in April after their appearance at Anime Boston.
The girls will be in the below three cities!
APRIL 4 (Tues) 
The Belasco Theater (Los Angeles)
http://thebelasco.com/

APRIL 6 (Thurs)
The Regency Ballroom (San Francisco)
http://www.theregencyballroom.com/
APRIL 9 (Sun)
Trees (Dallas)
http://www.treesdallas.com/
In 1996, Puffy AmiYumi debuted with the single "Asia no Junshin" produced by Tamio Okuda. After, they continue to release hit songs such as "Kore ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi" "Circuit no Musume" "Nagisa ni Matsuwaru Et Cetera" and many more.
Their very own cartoon "Hi! Hi! Puffy AmiYumi" on America's No.1 cartoon channel "Cartoon Network" airs in over 110 countries and since have been active all over the world as Japan's Pop icon.
In 2016, they celebrated their 20th anniversary!
PUFFY official websites:
http://puffy.jp/ (Japanese)
http://puffyamiyumi.com/ (English)

LITE & Mouse On The Keys U.S. Final Leg of Tour


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2017.3.16 (Thu) – Baltimore @ Baltimore Soundstage
2017.3.17 (Fri) - Philadelphia @ Boot & Saddle
2017.3.18 (Sat) - New York @ (le) poisson rouge
2017.3.19 (Sun) - Boston @ The Sinclair

Purchase tickets here: tpshlf.co/litemotk

About LITE & Mouse On The Keys:
LITE is a four-piece instrumental rock band formed in Japan in 2003. The band is known for their thrilling and emotional compositions, progressive, edgy riffs and complex rhythms. Their explosive live show and tireless touring in the US, Europe and Asia along with worldwide album releases have brought acclaim from all quarters. The band has released 3 albums, 3 mini albums and 2 Eps including "Illuminate" (2010 recorded by John McEntire) and 2012's "Past Present Future" which featured Caroline from Mice Parade. The latest album “Installation” was released from Topshelf Records in US in 2014 as their first US release. They have played at Fuji Rock Festival and ArcTanGent Festival in UK as a headliner. The band is widely regarded as one of the most exciting to emerge from Japan in the last decade.

Mouse on the Keys is a blend of minimal phrased piano and dynamic drumming. The pursuit of a live experience composed of visual and audio expression. Formed in 2006, with elements of jazz, funk, post‐rock and electronic music, Mouse on the Keys fits into a genre of their own. The trio consists of two former members of the influential Japanese underground band Nine Days Wonder, Akira Kawasaki and Atsushi Kiyota. They teamed up with Daisuke Niitome, who has played drums as well as composed music for countless jazz‐funk and hip hop bands. Their unique sound, comprising two pianos, two keyboards and drums, continue to stand at the forefront of the Japanese music scene.

LITE Official Website: http://lite-web.com/news/
Mouse On the Keys Official Website: http://mouseonthekeys.net/



DJ RS Announces SXSW Shows


East coast dates announced soon!
Artist profile
DJ RS (Blink Music)

Well-established throughout the Japanese club music scene through her performances on streaming platform Dommune and radio stations Inter FM and Rakuten FM, as well as an active touring schedule that often sees her travel the length and breadth of the country, DJ RS has positioned herself as one of Tokyo’s most exciting artists going into 2017.
Although dedicating herself to DJing back in 2008, DJ RS had a classical upbringing, learning the piano, trombone and violin from a young age. Having admired the UK underground scene from afar, a stint in London in 2010 saw her DJ outside of Japan for the first time, and played a pivotal role in the formation of her unique style: she went on to release her first unofficial mix CD, “Feed My Poison”, in June of that year.
The following years saw a glut of follow-up releases: a second mix CD, “Soundgirl Killa” (2011), which drew heavily from the talents of top domestic Japanese producers in its selection - as well as being acclaimed internationally by the likes of Sinden and Roska - and then her first official solo mix CD, “Uncompleted” (2013), which saw her cap off a 20-city tour across Japan with a triumphant release party back in Tokyo that filled iconic club Air to capacity.
Then, in 2014, DJ RS launched her own label “Blink Music”, through which she has self-released her own, original productions, as well as connecting the dots worldwide between domestic Japanese talents as well as international names like Food Music’s NT89.
Currently, she is focusing her attention on computer music production, working as interviewer and presenter on music media website benben.live. 2017 will see DJ RS tour America, as well as release her eagerly anticipated debut album. Possessing a style of DJing that masterfully blends bassweight with precise dancefloor sensibilities, as well as a command for production based on a memorable, hook-laden style, she goes into the new year as one of Tokyo’s most exciting club music artists.
Twitter: @DJ_RS_

ANISONG WORLD MATSURI AT OTAKON TO FEATURE JAM PROJECT

Otakorp, Inc. is pleased to announce that anisong super-group JAM Project will be the first of several featured artists to appear as part of the Anisong World Matsuri at Otakon.
This is JAM Project’s fourth collaboration with Otakorp, Inc. JAM Project made its US debut at Otakon 2008. They returned for Otakon Music Fest in 2012, and made a brief appearance at Otakon Vegas 2015 in conjunction with the Anisong World Tour Lantis Festival in Las Vegas held nearby. This will mark their first return to Otakon proper.

Anisong World Maturi is partnering with Otakorp, Inc. to present headline concerts on Friday and Saturday during Otakon, as well as other events throughout the weekend. Specific concert details, including times, locations, and participating artists, will be announced over the coming months.
"We are incredibly excited for the opportunity to host the Anisong World Matsuri and to have JAM Project as the anchor for the show. 2017 will be our first year in DC and it's always nice to have old friends at a house warming party. We can't wait to show you everything we have in store." - John Gluth, Convention Chairman, Otakon 2017.
Otakon 2017 will be held August 11-13, 2017 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
ABOUT JAM PROJECT
JAM Project (Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endoh, Hiroshi Kitadani, Masami Okui, and Yoshiki Fukuyama) write and perform themes for popular anime including ONE PUNCH MAN, GARO, SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO 2199, and the SUPER ROBOT WARS series of video games. As individuals, each member of JAM Project has a thriving career in anisong, contributing theme songs for such hits as DRAGONBALL Z (Kageyama), YU-GI-OH (Endoh), ONE PIECE (Kitadani), SLAYERS (Okui), and MACROSS 7 (Fukuyama), among many others, either as solo artists or in collaboration with others.
ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its twenty-fourth year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Historically, Otakon has drawn up to 34,000 people for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 100,000 turnstile attendees). Otakon is a membership based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.
For more information about Otakorp, Inc., see http://www.otakon.com/otakorp/index.asp
For more information and the latest news on Otakon 2017, see http://www.otakon.com/

Thursday, December 8, 2016

ONE OK ROCK Returns To North America

ONE OK ROCK 2017 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Japanese rockers will return to North America for a the "Ambitions" tour this coming January 2017 in support of new album release set to drop on January 13th. For album information click here.

 Headlining Shows on SALE NOW:

01/15 - New York, NY - Terminal 5- TICKETS
01/17 - Toronto, ON - Rebel- TICKETS

01/18- Chicago IL- The Vic-TICKETS
01/21-Los Angeles, California-The Palladium-TICKETS
01/22-San Francisco, California- The Warfield-TICKETS
01/24-Seattle, Washington-The Showbox SODO-TICKETS

Official Website
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ONE OK ROCK is a Japanese rock band formed in 2005 and is represented by Amuse, Inc. It performs approximately 100 live concerts every year.

In 2007, the band released its first single from A-Sketch Inc., a record label based in Japan. After the original guitarist left the group in 2009, the group became a four-member band. Since then, the band has grown at a fast pace and has performed not only at small live houses, where they initially started out, but also at numerous large concert venues. ONE OK ROCK has rapidly become one of the most popular Japanese rock bands due to its hugely successful concerts such as Nippon Budokan Live in 2010, Yokohama Stadium Live in 2014, and The Arena Tour in 2013 & 2015.

Its continued success at various rock festivals and effective promotions using YouTube and SNS have made it possible for the group to expand its fan base. This has allowed the band to top the charts in Japan with its latest (and 7th) album, “35xxxv.”
In 2014 the band became very active overseas. It has made records with John Feldmann and most recently collaborated with Kellin (Sleeping with Sirens) on its newest album, “35xxxv”. The group strengthened its presence by performing around the world, including completing European and South American tours, along with the VANS WARPED TOUR 2014 and the SOUNDWAVE Festival 2015.
In April 2015, the band signed a worldwide distribution deal with Warner Bros., in an arrangement that allows for A-Sketch to remain in charge of releasing its songs in Japan. Their latest album, “35xxxv” was already released in Japan in February and will soon be released worldwide by WB. (It has already been digitally released worldwide on iTunes).

iTunes – http://smarturl.it/oneokrockitunes
Amazon – http://smarturl.it/oneokrockamazon
CDJapan

ONE OK ROCK......
 will continue with its aim to be Japan’s first globally recognized band and should therefore have a significant impact on today’s younger generation and the Alternative music scene.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

FAN EXPO Canada DJ RYU☆ + DJ KORSK ft. Kradness


Official EDM x EDP Party 
@ The Opera House
Friday, September 2 at 8 PM - 12 AM
 (735 Queen St East). The hottest EDM straight from Japan! Hosted by DJ RYU☆ + DJ KORSK & KRADNESS! This is 19+ event. $10 CAD online and $20 CAD at the door

The Opera House
735 Queen St. E., Toronto, Ontario M4M 1H1


September 1st-4th, 2016
FAN EXPO CANADA™ is the largest Comics, Sci-fi, Horror, Anime, and Gaming event in Canada and the 3rd largest Pop Culture event in North America.
Celebrating its 22nd year, FAN EXPO CANADA™ has grown from a small comic book convention attracting 1,500 fans into a multi-faceted, 4-day citywide event that attracts over 129,000 people from around the world. The event provides a substantial multi-million dollar economic impact to the City of Toronto, filling up hotels and restaurants throughout the duration of the Expo.
Every year FAN EXPO CANADA™ offers exciting family-friendly attractions, events, and world renowned celebrities! Previous guests include: Stan LeePatrick StewartBuzz Aldrin,William ShatnerChristopher LloydElijah WoodLeonard NimoyCarrie FisherGillian Anderson,and stars from hit television shows: The Walking DeadStar TrekThe Vampire Diaries,ArrowAgents of S.H.I.E.L.DTeen WolfDoctor WhoGothamCriminal MindsCastle and many, many more.
Everyone is a fan of something, and FAN EXPO CANADA™ is a place to celebrate all things pop culture. Get an autograph or a photo with your favourite guest and get the inside scoop about your favourite movies & TV shows at our celebrity panels! Watch professional comic artists battle it out in our popular Sketch Duels, learn from our “How To” workshops, and take photos with your favourite costumed characters! It’s also a great place to buy a unique gift (or treat yourself!) with over 400,000 square feet of shopping madness.
FAN EXPO CANADA™ was founded by Aman Gupta, and acquired by Informa Exhibitions in 2013. Together, they are devoted to celebrating the popular arts by producing the biggest and best events, and providing our customers with The Ultimate Fan Experience.
FAN EXPO CANADA™ showcases over 1000 exhibitors and sprawls over 750,000 square feet, occupying the North and South buildings of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in the heart of downtown Toronto.

LITE+Mouse On the Keys Tour


‪#‎LITE‬ and ‪#‎Mouse‬ On the Keys have announced a North American West Coast Tour slated from November 10th to 16th, 2016. Tickets range from $17.00 to $23.00.
Dates:
November 10, 2016 in San Diego, CA, US at the Soda Bar
November 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA, US at The Hi Hat
November 12, 2016 in San Francisco, CA, US at Slim's
November 13, 2016 in Sacramento, CA, US at Harlow's
November 14, 2016 in Portland, OR, US at the Mississippi Studios
November 15, 2016 in Vancouver, BC, Canada at the Biltmore Cabaret
November 16, 2016 in Seattle, WA, US at the Sunset Tavern

Tickets can be purchased here: 
http://www.topshelfrecords.com/litemotk
LITE is a four-piece instrumental rock band formed in Japan in 2003. The band is known for their thrilling and emotional compositions, progressive, edgy riffs and complex rhythms. Their explosive live show and tireless touring in the US, Europe and Asia along with worldwide album releases have brought acclaim from all quarters. The band has released 3 albums, 3 mini albums and 2 Eps including "Illuminate" (2010 recorded by John McEntire) and 2012's "Past Present Future" which featured Caroline from Mice Parade. The latest album “Installation” was released from Topshelf Records in US in 2014 as their first US release. They have played at Fuji Rock Festival and ArcTanGent Festival in UK as a headliner. The band is widely regarded as one of the most exciting to emerge from Japan in the last decade.
Mouse on the Keys is a blend of minimal phrased piano and dynamic drumming. The pursuit of a live experience composed of visual and audio expression. Formed in 2006, with elements of jazz, funk, post‐rock and electronic music, Mouse on the Keys fits into a genre of their own. The trio consists of two former members of the influential Japanese underground band Nine Days Wonder, Akira Kawasaki and Atsushi Kiyota. They teamed up with Daisuke Niitome, who has played drums as well as composed music for countless jazz‐funk and hip hop bands. Their unique sound, comprising two pianos, two keyboards and drums, continue to stand at the forefront of the Japanese music scene
LITE Official Website: http://lite-web.com/news/
Mouse On the Keys Official Website: http://mouseonthekeys.net