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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.


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
2010/6/26 17:30
LIQUIDROOM Tokyo, JAPAN ADV ¥4,000 / DOOR ¥4,500

August Burns Red

The American metalcore act August Burns Red is coming to Japan in June and will play a total of 4 shows, two of which will be in Tokyo.
Jun 17 2010 5:00P
Nagoya Club Zion Nagoya
Jun 18 2010 5:00P
The Live House Osaka
Jun 19 2009 5:00P
Shibuya Cyclone Tokyo
Jun 20 2010 4:30P
Club Asia Tokyo

The Black Dahlia Murder / Unearth

Japan is being invaded by two of the biggest American metal bands at the end of May. The Black Dahlia Murder and Unearth will being a total of three shows in Japan at Club Quatttro in Osaka (Shinsaibashi), Tokyo (Shibuya) and Nagoya. Tickets are ¥6,800 advance and ¥7,300 at the door. Tickets for all shows are still available so get out and bang your head.

The opening act is a Japanese band called Each of the Days from Nagoya. I have more to write about Each of The Days, but I’ll save that for the next post.

2010/5/23 20:00
Club Quattro Shinsaibashi Osaka, JP ¥6,800 / ¥7,300
2010/5/24 20:00
Club Quattro Tokyo Tokyo, JP ¥6,800 / ¥7,300
2010/5/25 20:00
Club Quattro Nagoya Nagoya, US ¥6,800 / ¥7,300

Tokyo’s powerviolence quartet, Vivisick, is playing a few shows after their tour with Fuck On The Beach in Brazil. They will be playing with Fuck On The Beach and Slight Slappers on the 22nd at Earthdom.

May 9 2009 6:00P
Tokyo Koenji 20000volt 杉並区, 東京都
May 22 2009 6:00P
Tokyo Shin-okubo EARTHDOM 新宿区, 東京都
May 23 2009 6:00P
Osaka Shinsaibashi HOKAGE 大阪, 大阪府

California’s sludge metal gods, Black Cobra, are heading to Japan in the fall. I’m not sure with whom they will be playing with besides Coffins on the 27th, but no doubt, they will be touring with some heavy bands.

Also, the times on their MySpace may be incorrect. 8pm is kind of a late start, so I would shoot for around 6pm or 6:30.

Sep 19 2009 8:00P
Livehouse WALL Tokyo
Sep 20 2009 8:00P
Club Zion – Loud Festival Nagoya
Sep 21 2009 8:00P
Fandango Osaka
Sep 22 2009 8:00P
Socrates Kyoto
Sep 23 2009 8:00P
51 Gifu
Sep 26 2009 8:00P
Club 24 West Yokohama
Sep 27 2009 8:00P
Earthdom Tokyo

Osaka’s Stubborn Father is putting on a show with Fortitude and Mortalized et al. in a venue that I believe is far too small to hold all the thrashing that needs to be going on at this show. I saw them play with Mind of Asian and the stage presence of their vocalist Shige alone warrants every show of theirs a must-see.

Jun 20 2009 6:00P
Hokage Shinsaibashi,Osaka

As posted earlier, Sunn O)) is playing at the Leave Them All Behind event in Tokyo, but they are also playing a few more shows before flying off to Oslo. As to be expected, tickets are pretty expensive, but be sure to check them out.

Apr 19 2009 3:45P
Liquidroom Shibuya, Tokyo
Apr 21 2009 6:00P
Earthdom Shin-Okubo, Tokyo
Apr 22 2009 6:00P
Earthdom Shin-Okubo, Tokyo
Apr 23 2009 6:00P
Sunsui Shinsaibashi, Osaka
Apr 24 2009 6:00P
Sunsui Shinsaibashi, Osaka

I had the pleasure of seeing Osaka’s Ha-Gakure play with envy last March and I was totally blown away. Actually, I don’t know how to define the style of music these four talented guys play. I’m not one to pigeonhole bands into strict categories, but for the purpose of tagging this post, I find myself coming up short. Their instrumentation is not too far removed from post-rock, but their vocalist (or MC as the band defines his role as), Yasuhide Takayama, raps(?) over the band. Yeah, I know that sounds weird. Perhaps borderline unpleasant. Honestly, my words cannot do this band justice so just go to their myspace. I highly recommend this band, especially to fans of the recent split releases from envy.

Apr 19 2009 6:30P
大阪 心斎橋clapper Osaka-shi, Osaka
Apr 24 2009 8:00P
大阪 堺fuzz Sakai-shi, Osaka
Apr 29 2009 6:00P
名古屋 新栄CLUB ROCK’N’ROLL Nagoya-shi, Aichi
May 9 2009 6:30P
京都西院CAFEBAR 大会 Ukyou-ku, Kyoto
Jun 11 2009 7:00P
大阪十三fandango Osaka-shi, Osaka

Tokyo’s genre bending School Food Punishment will release their new single called Futuristic Imagination on May 27th for ¥1,223. For about ¥200 more, you can purchase the single with some sort of DVD included. I don’t know what will be on the DVD, but I’m guessing it has something to do with the anime 東のエデン (Eden of the East),  as the song is used as its ending theme.

Anime stuff aside, School Food Punishment has four shows planned, although most of them are (not surprisingly) in Tokyo.

Apr 17 2009 7:00P
Tokyo Shibuya duo MUSIC EXCHANGE Shibuya
Apr 28 2009 7:00P
Tokyo Shibuya O-NEST Shibuya
May 3 2009 6:30P
Tokyo Shinjuku MARZ Shinjuku
May 21 2009 6:30P
OSAKA・Shinsaibashi QUATTRO Osaka