Press Release: FLOW Announces 15th Anniversary Anime-only Concert “FLOW The Carnival 2017”

Last month, in July 2017, FLOW began their 15th Anniversary year, and the band recently finished the first round of their 6-city celebration tour in Fukuoka August 6th.

On the final night of the tour, FLOW announced a special, one-night-only concert to take place on December 21st titled “FLOW THE CARNIVAL 2017 ~Anime-only~”, which will include 21 songs from anime-related works. The teaser video for the one-man live has been released on FLOW’s Official Facebook.

Since 2004, when their 4th major single “GO!!!” was chosen as the opening theme song for the TV Tokyo anime series Naruto, FLOW has provided 21 anime-related songs for 10 anime series and OVAs. The strong melody from the band’s twin vocalists and their wide range of music has allowed them to appear in both domestic and international rock music events and anime-related events, creating a bridge between rock and anime music.

FLOW chose to begin their second round of 15th Anniversary concerts with the special “anime-only” event (the first in the band’s history) in order to show their pride, gratitude, and respect for the anime projects and their fans.

FLOW released their 15th anniversary commemorative album Fighting Dreamers in June, which features 11 anime voice actors taking part in the lead song’s chorus, and each of the 5 band members writing a new song, coming together to create an album representing FLOW’s new era.

FLOW THE CARNIVAL 2017 pre-sale tickets went on sale August 6 for members of FLOW’s official fan club, “26ers”, and will be available to the public starting Saturday, August 19th. Ticket prices also include exclusive special items. In addition, FLOW has announced that they will organize a 5-city Battle of the Bands tour “FLOW THE PARTY 2018″ starting in February 2018, adding even more activities to their 15th Anniversary celebration.

Details are available on the FLOW 15th Anniversary special site

FLOW will perform live in Washington, D.C., at Otakon® on August 12 as part of Anisong World Matsuri, along with JAM Project, T.M. Revolution, and Yousei Teikoku.

FLOW THE CARNIVAL 2017 〜Anime-only〜
Date: December 21st, 2017
Venue: Nippon Seinenkan
Doors open/Show starts: 5:30pm/6:30pm
Contact: Disk Garage 050-5533-0888

FLOW Official Fan Club “26ers” pre-sale
Application period: August 6, 2017 (Sun) 8:00pm – August 14, 2017 (Mon) 11:59pm

Public pre-sale
Application period: August 19, 2017 (Sat) 1:00pm – August 28, 2017 (Mon) 11:59pm

FLOW THE PARTY 2018 – Battle of the Bands Tour
February 2018
5 cities: Sapporo, Fukuoka, Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo — FLOW will welcome amazing bands in each city.
* Details will be announced at a later date.

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Press Release: Six years of Geeky Music in One Origin Story Collection

 

A journey through the first six years of Meri’s music. The first half being new songs (the Mega EP), the second half being selected songs released since she began creating and releasing music (the Origin Mix).
Twelve new tracks (the Mega EP) and twelve selected tracks (the Origin Mix) by Meri that were released throughout the six years since she began creating and releasing music.
The first half, the Mega EP, features five completely new tracks that are fully produced versions of songs that are amongst the most popular of Meri’s songs when she performs live. The seven remaining tracks being remastered singles that had been previously released exclusively through Meri’s website throughout the last three years.
The second half, the Origin Mix, being her first ever song release as well as some of the most popular tracks from the original collections: Wandering Mini-P, Super EP, Pop Goes The TARDIS and Retro Sherbet. One track (Apple Tree) and three track versions (the radio edits of My Superman, Friday Viral and Nothing’s In Your Way) having only been exclusively released through Meri’s website before.
This is Meri’s biggest body of work yet and a full sonic biography of the start of her musical career!
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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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