Press Release: ONE OK ROCK Returns to Los Angeles for Back to Back Shows August 11 & 12

Fueled By Ramen recording group ONE OK ROCK has announced details of a massive North American headline tour. The “AMBITIONS U.S. TOUR 2017,” which will also feature a series of stops throughout Canada, is set to kick off July 6th at Las Vegas, Nevada’s Brooklyn Bowl. The coast-to-coast tour will feature support from special guests Set It Off and Palisades, and will continue through mid-August.

Furthermore, the band has been announced to perform at the 2017 Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, Fueled by Monster Energy where they are also nominated for “Best Breakthrough Band.” The awards are set take place July 17th at Cleveland, Ohio’s Quicken Loans Arena. Fans can visit http://www.altpress.com/vote up until the deadline of June 30th to cast their vote.

Earlier this year, ONE OK ROCK returned with their widely acclaimed Fueled By Ramen debut, “AMBITIONS.” The album, which features “We Are,” “Taking Off,” “Bedroom Warfare,” and “I Was King,” arrived atop the “Global Album Chart” with 315,000 equivalent sales making it the best-selling album on the planet in its first week. “AMBITIONS” is available now at all DSPs as well as via the official Fueled By Ramen store.

“AMBITIONS” – which follows ONE OK ROCK’s chart-topping seventh album, 2015’s “35xxxv (Deluxe Edition)” – is the iconic hard rock band’s milestone second all English language release. Comprised of vocalist Taka, guitarist Toru, drummer Tomoya, and bassist Ryota, ONE OK ROCK is among Japan’s most popular and beloved rock outfits, with each of their last five releases debuting in the nation’s Top 5, including the #1 blockbusters “AMBITIONS” and “35xxxv.” “35xxxv (Deluxe Edition)” marked the band’s official U.S. début and first all-English language release which features the worldwide hit single/video “Mighty Long Fall,” now boasting over 40 million views at YouTube alone.

Known for their thrilling live shows, the band recently completed a sold-out headline run in the United States and performed two massive concerts at Shizuoka, Japan’s Nagisaen before a cumulative audience of more than 110,000. The colossal performances were captured in the official live video for their single “Taking Off.” No strangers to the road, ONE OK ROCK have also toured extensively in the U.S., teaming with such like-minded acts as All Time Low, Sleeping With Sirens, Issues, and 5 Seconds of Summer. As if that weren’t enough, ONE OK ROCK has made explosive main stage appearances at rock festivals in Europe, South America, Australia, and the U.S., including a well-received run on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour.

2017 AMBITIONS U.S. TOUR
With Special Guests Set It Off & Palisades

** Tickets available now **

*ONE OK ROCK Supporting Linkin Park, without Set If Off & Palisades
# Festival Appearance, without Set It Off & Palisades
** With Palisades only

JULY
6 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
7 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
8 Albuquerque, NM El Rey Theater
10 San Antonio, TX Aztec Theatre
11 Dallas, TX House of Blues
12 Houston, TX House of Blues
14 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre
15 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
17 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena – Alternative Press Music Awards#
19 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot
21 Ottawa, ON Algonquin College Theatre
22 London, ON London Music Hall
24 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
27 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center*
28 New York, NY PlayStation Theater
29 New York, NY PlayStation Theater

AUGUST
1 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion*
2 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live*
4 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
5 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena*
6 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
8 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
9 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
11 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
12 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
14 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
15 San José, CA City National Civic
17 Portland, OR Roseland Theater**
18 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo**
19 Vancouver, BC The Vogue Theatre**

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Hero in Me

Professional cosplayer Santana has released an album featuring nerdy music, Hero In Me, and now I am going to review it.

The whole thing is about empowering yourself and following your own loves.  The album mixes country, pop, and a bit of rock into a unique sound.  Though only three songs on the album are really nerd related.

Cosplaying Just for Me, which has its own video shot by Flashbang Cosplay Capture, is about cosplaying and empowering yourself.  Bit a nice rock vibe to it.  Personally I have a hard time believing someone who sells prints of herself and has a Patreon page for people to give her feed back on what to cosplay next is really “cosplaying just for me.”  Though the song is more than just about cosplaying and is a fun listen.

Gamer Boy, is a love song .  Though I am not sure if she is singing to a boy who play games or an actual Nintendo Game Boy.  I like it either way.

Hero in Me is about another empowering song drawing some geeky related imagery and lyrics.

Three of the other songs on this album are from a previous non nerdy album, nice songs to listen to just not why I am here for.  The other song is Winder Soldier, which as much as I want to believe is most likely not about Bucky Barnes.  Again nice romantic song, just not what I am looking for.

The music and singing are both top-notch though.  Something even non nerds can enjoy.  I recommend it for anyone wanting something a little different from most.

You can get the album as a CD or digital download from Santana’s store, CDBaby, iTunes, or Amazon.

I would love to see more work from Santana in the music genre especially some more nerdy songs add to her repertoire.

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FuMPFest 2017

The Funny Music Project‘s (FuMP) comedy music festival/convention, FuMPFest, returns this Friday June 16th to Sunday June 18th at the Holiday Inn Chicage-Elk Grove in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

The Guest of Honor for this year is Henry Phillips.  Henry is a comedy musican and actor who has appeared on Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Billboard magazine, worked with Moby, his YouTube channel “Henry’s Kitchen” and his own film “Punching the Clown.”  Featured Guests are Bad Teenage Moustache, chiptune-rock band Boy Meets Robot, Carla Ulbrich, Insane Ian, Nuclear Bubble Wrap, Peter Wildman, Reformed Whores, Smashy Claw, The Gothsicles, Tom Tuerff, Worm Quartet, and the great Luke Ski.  Also appearing this weekend but with no featured concert are Carrie Dahlby, Devo Spice, Holy Bongwater, Lauren Mayer, Power Salad, the Library Bards, and TV’s Kyle.

Events for the con will be several concerts throughout the weekend, but there is more to the event then just them.  The Opening Ceremonies will screen the entries this year’s Video Contest, karaoke, Q&A and autographs with Henry Phillips,  State of The FuMP, Live Podcasts, the FuMP Showcase, and special showing of Punching Henry, Henry Phillip’s latest mocumentary.  Friday will host the Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards for Excellence in Comedy Music ceremony, all the nominated songs will be performed or presented at the ceremony.  There will be a dealer’s room for shopping as well.

Pre-registration is opened until June 12th, tomorrow.  Registration at the door is the same price.  Adult weekend is $50, Friday or Sunday only $20, and Saturday only $30.  Children twelve and under can get in for $30 for the weekend or any single day for $15.  Children three and under are free.

Fans of the FuMP, Dr. Demento, and comedy music in general should keep the FuMPFest are their list of events to try to hit up some time to see and hear their favorite acts and hang with fellow fans.

 

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The Troubleshooters of Nerdcore

The Troubleshooters is a project from nerdcore artists int80 of Dual Core and kHill from Thought Criminals.  They have released an EP, Lead Time, for all to enjoy.

It is only four tracks, but it is all they need to rock it so hard.  I just feel this is the best that rap can get and each song shows off what these guys can do.  I will say it is not heavy on the nerdy lyrics, more of a thing for computer fans, but still good for all.

c64, the other half of Dual Core, helps out on turntable.  Mixing by cecilnick of Autocorrect and cover art by Maria Morales.

Get the EP for only $5.

 

“The TroubleShooters started like all other music projects for me: Emails are exchanged, beats are uploaded, lyrics are written, etc. But then we took a slightly different approach of hopping on Hangouts to discuss song ideas and composition. We also simultaneously wrote lyrics in shared docs so that we could play off the other person’s parts. This gave TroubleShooters a more cohesive feel in creating the music. To complete the project, I flew to Mikal’s house in the mountains of North Carolina and we spent hours in his frigid basement recording and creating new songs. There I was wearing all my layers of clothes from my suitcase, clutching my laptop’s power supply trying to stay warm; while Mikal was in a t-shirt and khakis drinking a Juan Collins like he was on vacation. Truly, this EP nearly drove me to insanity.” -int80

“There was a point one night after we had finished tracking vocals that we decided to play Tecmo Bowl for NES. I was incredibly hammered and never figured out how to pass and 80 beat me… his score was in excess of 100 points and mine was zero.” -kHill

 

 

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Getting Bardcore with the Library Bards

The Library Bards, a comedy duo out of LA, have their first album out, Bardcore , and I felt like reviewing it.  It is a comedy parody album that covers many fandoms so everyone should find something to listen to.

Overall it is a fun album, music is bouncy and light, lyrics are humorous, and you can tell they are enjoying themselves.  Something to play for nerdy friends to party to.  The problem is some of the lyrics seem to feel a little forced and clunky.  Like they are trying to hard to rhyme like the original song instead of having the song make sense.  Now they are a newer act and will get better with time and experience, but right now this album just does not have the full polish of some other comedy musicians.  It is still a fun album to sing a long with, especially if you like the original songs they parody.

Enough with my nitpicking, the best songs on the album to me are: Pokéball (Pokémon p0arody of “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus) a sweet love song using Pokémon imagery and Black and Red (parody of “Zombie” by The Cranberries) which is about Deadpool and Harley Quinn cosplayers, it is both harsh on them and loving, which comes in two versions on the album.

You can buy the album from their site for $14.99.  Plus they have t-shirts for $20.  You can get their song Regeneration (a Doctor Who parody of “My Generation” by The Who) for free on The FuMP right if you hurry.

You can also check out their YouTube channel for music videos  and live performances.

The Library Bards are a nerd parody band consisting of Bonnie Gordon (ABC’s The Quest, R. Mika in Street Fighter V) and Xander Jeanneret (TBS’ King of the Nerds). They take Top 40 hits and transform them into the nerdy versions they should have been in the first place! With their catchy tunes and nerdy lyrics, the Library Bards will be bringing you into the Bard Life in no time!

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Press Release: Anime Music Streaming Subscription Service “ANiUTa”

Anime music record companies cooperated and established a new company called “ANIUTA,INC.”  The new company announced and launched the worldʼs first anime music specialized paid subscription “ANiUTa” today.

ANiUTa will tap into a new market in music streaming subscription by creating a service specialized in anime music. With the rise of demand for anime and anime music concerts outside of Japan, this subscription service originating in Japan will take on the market worldwide.

The music lineup includes music from anime, game, superhero productions and vocaloid. The 100% pure content will definitely satisfy users from different generations.

ANiUTa plans to provide exclusive original services such as pre-release streaming during anime airing season and collaborations between voice actors/actresses. Services based on anime music, such as exclusive concert ticket application and exclusive merchandise online shopping will also be launched within the service.

The biggest feature of this subscription service is that users can search music from specific anime, which is an exclusive feature that can only be done through specialized anime music service. ANiUTa contains more than fifty thousand tracks while about twenty thousand tracks are released in subscription services for the first time. The service is expected to launch abroad in the end of 2017.

About ANiUTa
ANiUTa is established by the CEOs of the leading anime music makers – Shiro Sasaki from FlyingDog, Inc. and Shunji Inoue from Lantis Co., Ltd. Since the emergence of paid music subscription services such as “Apple Music,” “Google Play Music,” and “Amazon Prime Music” back in 2015, the market has grown rapidly. Witnessing anime music fans worldwide during anime music events held abroad, two companies believe that in order to satisfy anime fans, there should be a specialized service tailor made instead of having massive all-genre music platforms. The new project establishes a unique platform towards fans. This is the concept of ANiUTa – Anime music makers directly approaching fans worldwide and providing a service that satisfies their fans.

Main Anime Music (Starting with fifty thousand tracks)
Attack on Titan
Free!
Genesis of Aquarion
Girls und Panzer
K-ON!
Kantai Collection
Kira Kira☆ Pretty Cure A La Mode
Love Live!
Lucky Star
Macross Frontier
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Re:Zero ­ Starting Life in Another World
Yuri!!! on Ice

Participating Companies
FlyingDog, Inc.
Avex Pictures inc.
Frontier Works Inc.
Kadokawa Corporation
Lantis Co., Ltd
Marvelous Inc.
PONY CANYON INC.
Sunrise Music Publishing Co., Ltd.
TOEI ANIMATION MUSIC PUBLISHING CO., LTD.
TOHO CO., LTD

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Pres Release: Yoshiki New York Classical Concert VIP Tickets on Sale

VIP tickets for YOSHIKI’s upcoming classical performance at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage go on sale today, September 29.

YOSHIKI — songwriter, drummer/percussionist, classically trained pianist and the creative force of the rock group X Japan — announced the “YOSHIKI Classical Special Featuring Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra” last week, gaining worldwide attention for the acclaimed Japanese artist’s appearance at the prestigious New York concert hall. The special classical performance, presented by Knitting Factory, will take place on January 12 and 13, 2017.

YOSHIKI will perform his original compositions alongside the world-renowned Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra; he will also play several traditional classical pieces. The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra was named one of the Top 10 greatest orchestras in the world by CNN in 2015. This classical concert will also take place in Japan and Hong Kong.

Exclusive Limited VIP packages include premium seating, meet-and-greet opportunities with YOSHIKI, signed items, and more.

VIP Meet & Greet Package:
– T-Shirt
– Tote Bag
– “YOSHIKI Classical” Exclusive Vinyl
– Exclusive Metronome
– Poster, Autographed By YOSHIKI
– Laminate Lanyard

VIP Merchandise Package:
– T-Shirt
– Tote Bag
– “YOSHIKI Classical” Exclusive Vinyl
– Poster, Autographed By YOSHIKI

Regular admission tickets are also available at the Carnegie Hall.

YOSHIKI composed a piano concerto and performed it with a 77-piece orchestra to celebrate the tenth year of the Emperor of Japan’s reign in 1999. In 2015, he composed the theme song and conducted the Super World Orchestra at the opening ceremony of the World Expo. His classical concerts in 2014 captivated crowds earning him standing ovations and sold out shows in over 10 countries as he performed classical versions of X Japan songs and popular rock tracks with a string sextet live on stage, as well as some traditional Classical pieces. His album, YOSHIKI Classical, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Classical Music chart in 10 countries around the world. Pianist Magazine raved YOSHIKI Classical “is a true labor of love from a talented artist who’s made an impressive mark within the classical and rock genres.” The album featured performances by YOSHIKI as both the composer and pianist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra. Produced by YOSHIKI, the album included two songs produced by the legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin.

For more information about the YOSHIKI Classical album. YOSHIKI is a Kawai Artist

About YOSHIKI

YOSHIKI is a songwriter, drummer, and a classically trained pianist. His rock group X Japan has sold 30-million singles and albums combined, and filled the 55,000-seat Toyko Dome a record 18 times. Now the band’s popularity is spreading throughout the world, having recently completed a sold-out World Tour, performing in North America, Europe, Latin America, and South East Asia. In 1999, YOSHIKI composed a piano concerto and performed it with a 77-piece orchestra to celebrate the tenth year of the Emperor of Japan’s reign. In 2005, YOSHIKI composed the theme song and conducted the Super World Orchestra at the opening ceremony of the World Expo. Previously, YOSHIKI also recorded a classical album co-produced and arranged by acclaimed Beatles producer Sir George Martin and performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Recently, the legendary Stan Lee created a Super Hero based on him, and for the first time, a Hello Kitty product line is named after a person – “Yoshikitty”. In 2010, he launched his non-profit organization YOSHIKI Foundation America, a 501©(3) organization, which continues to donate to various charitable organizations, including supporting Japanese Earthquake victims. In 2014, YOSHIKI completed his YOSHIKI Classical World Tour, which took place in 10 different countries (US, Mexico, Russia, Germany, France, United Kingdom, China, Thailand, Taiwan and Japan). In 2016, YOSHIKI was asked to be an advisor to Japan House, which will open in Los Angeles, London and Sao Paulo. These offices are being set up in the interest of promoting Japanese culture and technologies.

About TOKYO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA:

In 2011, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated its 100th anniversary as Japan’s first symphony orchestra. With about 130 musicians, TPO performs both symphonies and operas regularly. TPO is proud to have appointed Maestro Myung-Whun Chung, who has been conducting TPO since 2001, as Honorary Music Director, Maestro Mikhail Pletnev as Special Guest Conductor and Maestro Andrea Battistoni as Principal Guest Conductor.
TPO has established its world-class reputation through its subscription concert series, regular opera and ballet assignment at the New National Theatre, and a full, ever in-demand agenda around Japan and the world, including broadcasting with NHK Broadcasting Corporation, various educational programs, and tours abroad. In March 2014, TPO became a global sensation in its centennial world tour of six major cities: New York, Madrid, Paris, London, Singapore and Bangkok. In December 2015, TPO held Beethoven’s 9th symphony concerts in Seoul and Tokyo with Maestro Myung-Whun Chung, with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra combined into one orchestra. TPO has partnerships with Bunkamura Orchard Hall, the Bunkyo Ward in Tokyo, Chiba City, Karuizawa Cho in Nagano and Nagaoka City in Niigata.

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