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Mind of Asian

Ok, last I heard Mie, Mind of Asian’s guitarist, left the band, but they have live show updates posted. I’m not sure if they found a new guitarist or if Mie came back. Either way, I will not pass up this chance to see my favorite thrashcore/powerviolence band!

2010/6/27
UEN Nishiogikubo, Toyko
2010/6/29
EARTHDOM Shinokubo, Tokyo
2010/7/17 15:00
BUSH BASH Koiwa, Tokyo

Six young but talented metal bands are getting together this Saturday to put on a cheap show in Nakano. If you’re a fan metalcore, you owe it to yourself to go to this live show as it will only cost you ¥1,000! Get out and support these real underground bands. Check the map for details on how to get there.

CUBISMO GRAFICO FIVE

CUBISMO GRAFICO FIVE will be releasing their 4th album “Double Dozen” on July 7th and will play a total a three shows in Japan (Osaka, Nagoya, Toyko) to promote it. They will team up with math/space/science rockers avengers in sci-fi for the Osaka and Nagoya shows.

CUBISMO GRAFICO FIVE

2010/7/10 18:00
Shangri-La Umeda, Osaka
2010/7/19 18:00
CLUB UPSET Nagoya, Aichi
2010/7/24 18:00
Fever Shindaita, Tokyo

avengers in sci-fi

avengers in sci-fi

2010/7/10 18:00
Shangri-La Umeda, Osaka
2010/7/16 17:30
AX Shibuya, Tokyo
2010/7/19 18:00
CLUB UPSET Nagoya, Aichi

Illuminate (7/7)

Tokyo-based post-rockers LITE’s new 5 song mini album will be released on July 7th in Japan (Tanabata, for those who don’t know) and will cost ¥1,600 (tax included). Along with their new mini album, LITE is playing two shows this month, one at Fandango in Juso (Osaka) and another show at Liquidroom in Ebisu (Tokyo).

2010/6/13 19:00
FANDANGO Osaka, JAPAN ADV ¥3,000 / DOOR TBA
2010/6/26 17:30
LIQUIDROOM Tokyo, JAPAN ADV ¥4,000 / DOOR ¥4,500

Her Name In Blood

Formed in 2003 and having just released their first album “Decadence” this year, Her Name In Blood is making big waves in the Japanese metalcore community. They are hitting the road to tour all across the country this summer so be sure to get yourself to one of these shows!

2010/6/6 10:30
ORB Nagasaki, Nagasaki
2010/6/9 0:00
BECK Omura, Nagasaki
2010/6/11 1:00
WOW Kokura, Fukuoka
2010/6/12 0:00
Ongakukan Oita, Oita
2010/6/13 0:30
Giles Kurume, Fukuoka
2010/6/17 20:00
CLUB ZION Nagoya, Aichi, JP
2010/6/18 20:00
The Live House SOMA Shinsaibashi, Osaka, JP
2010/6/20 20:00
CLUB ASIA Shibuya, Tokyo, JP
2010/6/26 20:00
Ripple Sendai, Miyagi, JP
2010/6/27 20:00
TBA TBA,Yamagata, JP
2010/6/30 20:00
CLUB 9 Koriyama Fukushima, JP
2010/7/1 20:00
Ripple Sendai, Miyagi, JP
2010/7/2 20:00
Club CHANGE Morioka, Iwate, JP
2010/7/3 20:00
Kame House Hirosaki, Aomori, JP
2010/7/4 20:00
CLUB SONIC Iwaki, Fukushima, JP
2010/7/24 20:00
ALIVE Kashiwa, Chiba, JP
2010/7/25 20:00
Zion Nagoya, Aichi, Aichi, JAPAN
2010/7/31 0:00
Club Metro Kyoto, Kyoto
2010/8/1 20:00
Blue Port Kobe, Hyogo, JP
2010/9/5 15:00
TBA Shibuya, Tokyo
2010/9/11 20:00
club lizard Yokohama, Kanagawa, JP

Each of the Days

Each of the Days, hot off the release of their first EP “Historical Sheep”, is putting on a series of shows across Japan. I think it’s pretty amazing that this metalcore band has only just released their first EP and they are opening for The Black Dahlia Murder and Unearth. I’m even more excited to see them now. Also, the cute girl in the band is their drummer and she can tear it up!

I personally am stoked for the June 20th show with August Burns Red, Crossfaith and Her Name in Blood. But it’s a Thursday so I’m not sure if I can go, but if any of you can, I can guarantee that it will be an awesome show.

2010/5/9 17:30
SUNHALL w/WITHIN THE LAST WISH/EMBRACE SELEGY/GATES OF HOPELESS/FIRST/IDENTITY/PHANTOM KILLER osaka, 大阪府, JP
2010/5/22 18:00
NAMBA ROCKETS w/INHALE/UNITED/FATE IN SPIRAL/ERROR/WATERWEED/ osaka, 大阪府, JP
2010/5/23 18:30
Shinsaibashi CLUB QUATTRO w/UNEARTH/THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER/ osaka, 大阪府, JP
2010/5/24 18:30
Shibuya CLUB QUATTRO w/UNEARTH/THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER/ tokyo, 東京都, JP
2010/5/25 18:30
Nagoya CLUB QUATTRO w/UNEARTH/THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER/ nagoya, 愛知県, JP
2010/5/29 18:30
ZION w/METAL SAFARI/FATE IN SPIRAL/BEFORE MY LIFE FAILS/FEAR,AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS/and more nagoya aichi, 愛知県, JP
2010/6/17 20:00
ZION w/AUGUST BURNS RED/CROSSFAITH/HER NAME IN BLOOD/LOST/and more nagoya aichi, 愛知県, JP
2010/6/20 20:00
CLUB ASIA w/AUGUST BURNS RED/CROSSFAITH/HER NAME IN BLOOD/LOST/BEFORE MY LIFE FAILS/ shibuya tokyo, 東京都, JP
2010/6/26 20:00
ZION w/MURDER WITHIN SIN/SIT UP LATE/EASE/VOMIT MONSTER/and more nagoya aichi, 愛知県, JP

キノコホテル

Hey! I’m still alive and I’m still writing this blog. I’ve got some good news for you all. I’m heading back to Japan in a few days and I hope that will allow me to interview up and coming bands and discover new acts to report to you. Right now I have dates for キノコホテル/kinocohotel from Tokyo. These four hot chicks play a unique blend of genres that is equal parts 60s psychedelic and 60s garage rock. I’m personally excited to go see them and I am definitely going to their January 12th show. Their first album, entitled マリアンヌの憂鬱, will be released on February 3rd, so get yourself a copy and support these girls!

Jan 9 2010 4:00P
CLUB CITTA 川崎市川崎区小川町1-26, 神奈川県
Jan 12 2010 7:00P
SHINJUKU LOFT 新宿
Feb 6 2010 7:00P
KYOTO,TAKUTAKU 京都市下京区富小路仏光寺下がる, 京都府
Feb 7 2010 7:00P
NAGOYA,TOKUZO 名古屋市今池, 愛知県
Feb 14 2010 7:00P
Club Que 世田谷区, 東京都
Liberated Stain

Liberated Stain

I was first introduced to Liberated Stain by a friend of mine a few months ago and was totally blown away. They just put out a new album entitled The Moment of Truth just weeks ago so get yourself a copy and go to a show.

May 3 2009 6:30P
OITA OITA, 大分県
May 4 2009 6:30P
KURUME West Point SAGA, 佐賀県
May 5 2009 6:30P
FUKUOKA graf FUKUOKA, 福岡県
May 10 2009 6:30P
YOKKAICHI CLUB CHAOS YOKKAICHI, 三重県
May 16 2009 6:30P
OSAKA SHINKAGURA SHINAIBASHI, 大阪府
May 17 2009 6:30P
KOUBE MERSY BEAT KOBE, 兵庫県
Jun 13 2009 6:30P
YOKKAICHI SUBWAY BAR YOKKAICHI, 三重県
Jun 27 2009 6:30P
NAGOYA CLUB ZION NAGOYA, 愛知県
Jul 18 2009 6:30P
NIIGATA CLUB RIVERST NIIGATA, 新潟県
Aug 8 2009 6:30P
MATSUSAKA M’AXA MATSUSAKA, 三重県
Aug 20 2009 8:00P
YOKAICHI CLUB CHAOS YOKKAICHI, 三重県
Aug 22 2009 8:00P
KAGAMIHARA BRAVO KAGAMIHARA, 岐阜県
Sep 9 2009 8:00P
KYOTO WHOOPIE’S KYOTO, 京都府

highered-girl

highered-girl

highered-girl is a boy-girl duo from Tokyo that makes some pretty sweet indie rock. No, I hate using that term. These kids just rock. That’s all I’m going to say besides that it would benefit you to go see them. On the 22nd, they are playing with toddle (ex-Number Girl) and EMILE at Unique Rock 03.

Apr 30 2009 6:30P
Shinjyuku URGA 新宿区歌舞伎町, 東京都
May 5 2009 6:00P
Akihabara CLUB GOODMAN 千代田区神田, 東京都
May 22 2009 6:30P
Shimokitazawa BASEMENTBAR 世田谷区北沢, 東京都
Jun 12 2009 6:30P
Sangenjyaya HEAVEN’S DOOR 東京都
Jun 25 2009 7:00P
Shimokitazawa BASEMENTBAR 世田谷区北沢, 東京都
Shugo Tokumaru

Shugo Tokumaru

So how did the experimental folk singer-songwriter Shugo Tokumaru sell out all of May but not April or June? Well I don’t know, maybe the May shows are cheaper. I can’t say I’m too surprised, though. After all, his 2008 release, Exit, was on multiple “top albums of 2008” lists. Deservedly so, I might add. Catch these shows before they get sold out too!

Apr 26 2009 1:00P
ARABAKI ROCK FEST 09 Miyagi, Japan
Jun 25 2009 7:00P
Ebisu LIQUIDROOM
Tokyo, Japan