Get Ready To Rock Like It’s 1969 – Kinoco Hotel Confirm UK Tour

Kinoco Hotel

Feisty all-girl group KINOCO HOTEL will be rockin’ ‘n rollin’ across the UK this May. The Japanese, 1960s hotel-themed band, known for their shocking performances and eye-catching, matching uniforms, play original garage-rock‘n’roll tunes inspired by Showa pop (1960s and 1970s pop) and the Group Sounds scene (The Beatles-loving bands from back in the 1960s). The following dates are confirmed, with more to be confirmed:

15th May: Hipsville, Surrey. (As part of the Horror A Go! Go! Weekender) [Tickets]
20th May: Frat House, Bristol.
22nd May: The Prince Albert, Brighton.
23rd May: Rhythm Factory, London. [Tickets]

Get your groove on:

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Releases Modai Girl Video

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Modai Girl

A “short” version (hey – it’s nearly 3 minutes in length! That’s longer than most punk songs) of Mondai Girl has been released on the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s official YouTube channel today. The track is taken from her upcoming triple A single due for release on 18 March. The single’s other two A-side tracks have already been revealed; My Room, used in a commercial for a room rental app (click here to see it); and KISEKAE, used in the New Nintendo 3DS adverts last year.

A longer version of Mondai Girl (“Problem Girl”) is apparently on the way, and the single will be made available here via Kyary’s iTunes page,

London Symphonic Orchestra Releases Final Fantasy Album “Final Symphony”

Final Symphony

Fans of Final Fantasy’s fantastic soundtrack, rejoice. Final Symphony, a new album compiling themes from Final Fantasy VI, VII and X performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, is available to download from today.

The 11-track album, recorded with legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu at London’s Abbey Road Studios, was arranged and composed as part of a worldwide concert tour over the past two years, which is set to return to London again this year.

“I never imagined twenty years ago that I would be able to work with the London Symphony Orchestra,” comments Uematsu. “It’s just wonderful that there are so many people who like Final Fantasy music; and to have it arranged by such incredibly talented people, Final Symphony is like a dream come true!”

Thomas Böcker, producer of Final Symphony added: “This album is a once in a lifetime production. The world’s greatest video game composer, orchestra and recording studio have all come together to create something truly remarkable out of the amazing arrangements. This is the music of Final Fantasy as you’ve never heard it before.”

Final Symphony is out now from iTunes.

Over The L’Arc en Ciel Documentary Recieves London Screening

Over The L'Arc en CielA documentary film of L’Arc-en-Ciel‘s latest world tour will come to London this March with a screening at East London’s Rich Mix cinema on Sunday 8 March.

In 2012, L’Arc-en-Ciel, the prestigious Japanese rock band, celebrated its 20th anniversary with an international excursion which included the headlining gig at Madison Square Garden, rock’s most hallowed cathedral. It was the first ever for a Japanese act and during the tour, they played 17 shows for a total audience of half a million people across 14 cities, including a show at London’s Indigo at the O2.

The gigantic world tours is now turned into a documentary film, “Over The L’Arc-en-Ciel” which will be shown in a limited release for 8 days in select cinemas.

The Japanese-American director Ray Yoshimoto filmed the backstage scenes of the Madison Square Garden performance, a momentous occasion for Japanese music as a whole, and the band’s unknown aspect along with their overwhelming live performances.

After the announcement of releasing this film in Japan, many enthusiastic fans around the world raised their voices for international release of the film. To respond to the requests, it is now confirmed that the documentary will be shown in London as well as Indonesia, Thai, Singapore and Hong Kong where L’Arc-en-Ciel visited during their WORLD TOUR in 2012.

Tickets for the London screening are on sale now with a face value of £12.20.

KAMIJO to Mark 20th Anniversary with London Show


There is still time to grab the remaining few tickets for the London date of KAMIJO‘s 20th Anniversary Best tour, hitting The Garage in Highbury, London on 3 March. Tickets are on sale now from TicketWeb for £39.75 for regular tickets and £66.75 for VIP (all prices include extra charges).

The setlist for the show will include tracks from KAMIJO’s various bands through his 20 year musical career, including songs from LAREINE and NEW SODMY, to the symphonic, power metal stylings of Versailles and his new solo material. We spoke to him for an upcoming article in NEO Magazine where he told us he’s looking forward playing songs he hasn’t performed live in many years. The full interview will appear in issue 135, out from 19 March.

KAMIJO’s debut solo album Heart is available now from Amazon MP3iTunes and Spotify. You can also buy the imported version, available in regular and limited edition packages.


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