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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: 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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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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Press Release: Sanketsu Shojo Sayuri Releases Two Singles Worldwide

Sayuri is an up-and-coming Japanese artist who made a brilliant major début on August in 2015 with her first single “Mikazuki” and then released her 2nd single “Sorewa Chiisana Hikarinoyouna” in Japan early this year.
Due to the overwhelming support and demand of her fans, her first two singles have been released worldwide today!
1st single “Mikazuki” is the ending theme song for the anime series “Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace”, ranked #1 in the rock genre on the iTunes Japan charts.
Her following single “Sorewa Chiisana Hikarinoyouna” is currently featured as the ending theme song for the hit anime series “ERASED”, in which songwriter Yuki Kajiura composed.
This song also reached #1 on the iTunes Japan rock genre charts, making it back to back chart topping singles for Sayuri.
Her music perfectly syncs with the anime’s world, expressing the “shadow” and “light (hope)”, creating a new style of alternative rock that you must listen to!

Mikazuki (1st single)
smartlink: http://smarturl.it/mikazuki_Sayuri

Sorewa Chiisana Hikarinoyouna (2nd Single)
smartlink: http://smarturl.it/Sorewa-Raisede

Sayuri (left): she is a mysterious character that changes herself to several kinds of “shapes” depending on her mental condition and situation.

Sayuri(right): She is a 14-year old junior high school student.
She is the origin of Sankestu Shoujo Sayuri who lives in loop of infinite repentance.

Sayuri (center): A 2.5 dimensional singer-song writer, Sankestu Shoujo Sayuri (Suffocating Girl Sayuri).

About Sayuri:

Sankestu Shoujo Sayuri, (Suffocating Girl Sayuri), is a 19-year old Japanese singer-song writer.
She divides herself into the 2D and 3D world, making her a new type called a 2.5 dimensional artist, as each character plays in each dimension with their unique characteristics and expresses her music by going in and out of the world of subculture, pop, and moratorium.
She interprets “light” and “shadow” in the suffocating modern society – borrowing the words from Sayuri, it is the “suffocating world”. With this unique point of view, she sings while strumming the acoustic guitar.
Visual artists YKBX, who worked on many projects worldwide, visually creates the unique world of Sayuri and brings them to life.
Sayuri made her debut with “Mikazuki” as the ending song of Fuji TV Animation Noitamina series , “Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace” on August 26th, 2015.
The music video of “Mikazuki” had over 1.6 million views on YouTube and her street performance in front of the music shop, TSUTAYA in Shibuya, Tokyo, drew more than 500 excited fans.
Sayuri is absolutely a new type of artist who will give fans a performance they have never experienced before!

Official website (Japanese): http://sayuri-web.com

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Press Release: 2015 J-Pop Summit Announces Day 1 Live Programming & Music Concerts

The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT, the Japanese pop culture event held annually in San Francisco, has announced DAY 1 programming. This year’s festival is highlighted by live music from a wide range of pop, ani-pop, electronica, punk/alternative, and a cappella artists, as well as live comedy and other acts to complement an extensive roster of attractions, participants and exhibits, and other live programming.

The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT takes place Saturday and Sunday August 8th & 9th at the historic Fort Mason Center in San Francisco’s Marina district. Tickets and V.I.P Passes are available. Both types of passes include access to daytime programming as well as the J-POP LIVE NIGHT concert. V.I.P Pass holders will have priority access to a premium viewing area and will be invited to an exclusive Meet & Greet Event with JAM Project on Saturday, August 8th and Eir Aoi on Sunday, August 9th respectively. Details to be announced soon!

This year’s live performers reflect the diversity and unique creative expression that is burgeoning in Japan and capturing a global following. The first-ever 2-night event J-POP LIVE NIGHT tops off DAY 1 Saturday, August 8th, with an evening concert by anime music super-group – JAM Project – as well as live sets from pop singer, Eir Aoi, frenetic rock band, Gacharic Spin, and returning all-girl punk rock acts, JinnyOops! and the Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass.

During the afternoon of Saturday, attendees also will be treated to the U.S. début of Little Glee Monster, an extraordinary 6-member female a cappella group that has received wide acclaim in Japan for their unique vocal treatments to a range of popular Japanese and English songs. Also making their début at J-POP SUMMIT will be FES★TIVE, a unique act built around the concept of Japanese “festivals” that has garnered a global following with their up-tempo, catchy sound. The hilarious antics of the comedy duo, Jaru Jaru, also come to U.S. shores for the first time as does the stylish female pop duo, Faint★Star.

J-POP SUMMIT also introduces attendees to a brand new way to show their love of favorite Japanese idols with the Cheerz App, on which users can upload photos to show support for a wide array of top artists, including ones performing at J-POP SUMMIT. Cheerz users also can receive additional opportunities for visibility and promotion based on their photo’s popularity among other users of the app. Over 300 top Japanese artists are currently active on Cheerz and since its launch in December 2014, fans have cheered on their favorite idols over 40 million times.

Stay tuned for J-POP SUMMIT DAY 2 programming to be announced very soon!

J-POP LIVE NIGHT Artists
J-POP LIVE NIGHT on Saturday begins at 4:30pm on the J-POP SUMMIT Main Stage inside the Fort Mason Pavilion. Specific set times will be posted shortly.

JAM Project (Japan Animation-Song Makers Project)
JAM Project is an anime music super-group founded in 2000. The group is composed of the top vocal artists that are each renowned for their work in the anime industry. The members came together to create and perform powerful theme songs for anime, tokusatsu (SFX movies and TV), and video games. Since their début, the JAM Project has produced and released hundreds of anime and video game theme songs, including the themes to Super Robot Wars, GARO and Tomica Hero. The group toured internationally in 2008, 2012 and 2015. Current regular members are Hironobu Kageyama (singer of “Dragon Ball Z” opening theme), Masaaki Endoh (singer of “Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s” opening theme), Hiroshi Kitadani (singer of “ONE PIECE” opening theme), Masami Okui (singer of “Revolutionary Girl Utena” opening theme) and Yoshiki Fukuyama (singer of “Macross 7” opening theme), who will all perform in San Francisco!

Eir Aoi
Eir Aoi is a Japanese singer from Sapporo, Hokkaido that is signed to SEM Records (Sony Music Entertainment. She gained wide popularity after several of her songs were used as the opening and ending themes for many popular anime series including Kill la Kill, Sword Art Online II and Season 2 of Aldnoah.Zero. She has built a worldwide fan base and embarks on her first international tour this summer.

Gacharic Spin
Celebrating their 5th anniversary this year, Gacharic Spin is a true force of musical power from Japan! One of their songs is now used as the ending theme for Dragon Ball Kai. Taking their name from the word, “Gacha,” derived from a Japanese word gacha-gacha, meaning clattering, each members’ character and sound clatters and mixes perfectly with singers Hana and Oreoreona’s powerful and melancholic voices, to result in a spectacularly unique sound. The band is signed to the JVCKENWOOD Victor Entertainment Corp. Taking hints from everything from pop to rock and industrial music, their energy-filled live performances and excellent musicianship have made them a very fun band to watch!

JinnyOops!
Returning to J-POP SUMMIT for their first time since 2010 is JinnyOops!, the 3 -piece indie punk band from Osaka, Japan. The group, which is composed of Mitsuyo Ishibashi (guitar/vocals), Chihiro Ishida (Bass), and Hitomi Futemma (Drums) are known for their wild and explosive punk sound and have made several appearances in the US.

Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass
The Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass are a Japanese female punk rock trio from Tokyo. Formed in 2005, the band has Kei Sofue on drums and sisters Yumi and Miki Uchizono on vocals/guitar and bass, respectively. After playing at SXSW 2012 in Austin, Texas, the band embarked on a US tour and headlined the J-Pop Summit Festival in San Francisco. Known for their energetic live performances, the band has played countless shows internationally and have established a loyal fan base in Japan, as well as overseas.

DAY 1 Daytime Live Performances

Little Glee Monster
This 6-member group composed of teenage girls has gained wide acclaim for their exceptional vocal skills and harmonies. Little Glee Monster was formed in Tokyo in 2013 by winners of a “Best Young Female Singer Audition” contest. The music video for the group’s first single, Houkago High Five, featured on their major label début for Sony Music has been viewed more than 500 million times! Little Glee Monster’s “Gao Gao All-Star” was selected as the ending theme song for the Pokémon XY anime series and their music also will be featured in the upcoming anime feature, Pokémon XY The Movie: The Archdjinni of Rings.

Faint★Star
Faint★Star is a Japanese pop-duo consisting of Hina (formerly of Tomato’n Pine) and Yuria that debuted in 2014. The duo gained international popularity after a Tokyo Girls Update article on their 1st music video became the most viewed article on the site. Faint★Star is produced by one of the most famous music agencies, “agehasprings,” and are known for their live performances that integrate advanced visual technology.

FES★TIVE
The 8-piece Japanese idol group, “FES★TIVE, is a unique act that builds on the concept of “festivals” and focuses on performing at Japanese festivals all over the world. FES★TIVE made its major label début on Tokuma Japan in May, and throughout 2015, they will continue to showcase their “FESTIVAL FROM JAPAN” theme to intentional audiences. With their up-tempo and catchy sound, FES★TIVE is a rapidly growing force in the international music scene.

Jaru Jaru
Jaru Jaru is a Japanese comedy duo made up of Shusuke Fukutoku and Junpei Goto, and managed by the Yoshimoto Creative Agency. The pair is one of the most successful and popular comedy acts in Japan with their brand of Manzai – a traditional style of Japanese comedy consisting a fool and a long-suffering companion. In the twelve years that they have been active, the duo has received countless awards, made many TV appearances, and even starred in several movies.

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Press Release: MidTones J-Pop Night feat. Flying Platforms & Tune in Tokyo at Grand Star June 5th


Get ready for a night of new and classic Japanese pop as MidTones J-Pop Night returns to Grand Star Jazz Club in LA’s Chinatown. Headliners Flying Platforms, featuring guitarist Shin Kawasaki, will perform a set of J-Pop & rock tunes from the Showa era to the present! The event also features a performance by J-Pop Idol Chii Sakurabi, and LA’s Tune in Tokyo as house Djs.

Sean Danconia will be on hand with a special POP-UP Art Show showcasing a preview of his newest creation – SūpāPop! which will be launching at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas on June 9-11th.

Complimentary signed SūpāPop print will be made available to guests while supplies last.

MidTones this month also doubles as the official pre-party for Little Tokyo’s NINJA-CON convention, opening the following day (Saturday, June 6th) at the JACCC. Shin Kawasaki, Chii Sakurabi and DJ Greg Hignight of Tune in Tokyo would like to welcome attendees of Ninja-Con to start the weekend party early!

Cover is $5, Ages 21+. Event hours are 9 PM – 2 AM.

MidTones occurs on every 1st Friday of the month at historic and legendary Grand Star Jazz Club in the heart of Chinatown Los Angeles. Hosted by Shin Kawasaki and Flying Platforms alongside the Space Circus crew. MidTones offers an inclusive venue for musicians, noise-makers and music-lovers to experiment, explore and experience.

Grand Star Jazz Club is located at 943 Sun Mun Way, Los Angeles, CA 90012

About Shin Kawasaki and Flying Platforms
Shinichiro Kawasaki met young aspiring musicians in Osaka, Japan who inspired him to pursue music. He moved to Los Angeles in 1999, where he started performing live and recording as a guitarist. He has also contributed music for SanDisk TV commercial, Turkey Shoot Music Festival, Japan Self-Defense Airforce, NHK Enterprise, KDDI, House Foods and Kao corporation. Along with his live-performing outfit “Flying Platforms” Shin hosts MidTones, a monthly jam session at Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown, performing the mixture of cyberpunk-infused live-tronic original materials and covers ranging from jazz standards, 80s/90s R&B dance hits to J-pop.

About Sean Danconia
Sean Danconia has built a seductive visual universe by marrying cult-cinema & animation to a wild pop-art aesthetic. Born in Montreal, Canada, Danconia was named after another “Sean”-Connery—by his mother, an intrepid James Bond fan. This early “Bondian” bullet would fire itself throughout Danconia’s life and creative pursuits. After living and working in Italy, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Vancouver—this iconoclast Canadian designer/artist/animator is firing from all creative pistons. Danconia’s composite world is a “bio pic” of his own imagination: irreverent, prolific, explosive – based on an encyclopedic knowledge of popular culture past, and a knowing eye for future trend undercurrents years before they hit, Danconia’s Pop-Fusion Art, design, creative branding, collages, melanges all serve to integrate his punk-mod sensibility, which pops-out of a razor sharp eye, colored by an eastern tinted lens.

About Tune in Tokyo
DJs and promoters Tune in Tokyo founded the first monthly event in Los Angeles for Asian dance pop in 2008, weaving together the vibe of Indie dance clubs with global street fashion. An active force in the LA club and J-Pop and K-Pop scene, Tune in Tokyo hosts dance parties, fashion shows and concerts celebrating cutting-edge music and pop culture from across Asia. Tune in Tokyo’s residencies have included 2nd Street Jazz and Royal/T, in addition to appearances at KCON, the MNET Grammy Party, Anime Expo, Pittsburgh’s Tekko, Pacific Media Expo, Miku Expo, Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary at JANM, and Japan: Endless Discovery. Tune in Tokyo also offers music event consulting and production services.

About Chii Sakurabi
Chii Sakurabi is a J-POP Singer and recording artist from Japan living in the US! Chii Sakurabi is J-POP singer and recording artist from Tokyo, Japan known for her angelic voice, high-energy songs, and kawaii Lolita fashion. Chii originally performed live throughout Tokyo, and in 2010 moved to the U.S. to expand her music internationally. In late 2011, Chii’s breakout first album Mirage was released. It featured a unique electropop style with fantasy themes, as well as a mixture of English and Japanese lyrics. In May 2014, Chii took a giant leap forward with her second album, Moon Princess, creating a distinct and dynamic sound with a story based on the Japanese fairytale character Princess Kaguya.

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Press Release: JAPANESE ROCK BAND SCANDAL ANNOUNCES 2015 “HELLO WORLD” WORLD TOUR

Epic Records Japan recording artist, SCANDAL, embarks next month on its most extensive world tour to-date in support of the release of the band’s 20th single – “image” – from its latest album Hello World.

SCANDAL is one of Japan’s most popular rock acts, capturing millions fans with an astute mix of power driven pop-rock. The all-girl, four-piece band also has garnered substantial fan bases across North America, Europe and Asia. Mixing the melodic styles of pop, rock and alternative music with hip fashion sensibilities and unstoppable girl star power, SCANDAL is at the forefront of the burgeoning “J-Pop” and “Japan Cool” global pop culture phenomenon.

 The SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2015 “HELLO WORLD” takes the band on its most extensive international tour to-date in support of their sixth studio album for Epic Records Japan, Hello World.

 Beginning in April, SCANDAL will perform concerts in major cities worldwide including in the U.S., Mexico, U.K, France, Germany, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. In addition, a series of 31 live dates have already begun in major cities throughout Japan. Tickets for the North American shows are on-sale now. A select number of VIP tickets (including an artist meet & greet) are also available for each show.

SCANDAL North American Dates Include:

 ·        May 16th Chicago, IL at the Rosemont Theatre

·         May 20th Mexico City, Mexico at La Plaza Condeza

·         May 22nd Los Angeles, CA at House of Blues Sunset Strip

·         May 23rd Anaheim, CA at House of Blues Downtown Disney

Complete SCANDAL 2015 “Hello World” world tour information is available

SCANDAL has released six studio albums and twenty singles since signing with Epic Records Japan in 2008 and have become one of Japan’s most potent live rock acts. Each of the group’s albums have placed among the top five in Japan’s official album sales chart – Oricon – and 17 of the band’s 20 singles released to-date have also placed in the Top 20 on the Oricon Singles Charts. SCANDAL’s most recent full-length album, Hello World, was released on December 14, 2014.

SCANDAL formed in August, 2006 among four high school girls that attended the same vocal and dance school in Osaka, Japan. Taking their name from a shop sign that hung near the studio where they practiced in their early days, the band, which consists of Haruna (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Mami (lead guitar, backing vocals), Tomomi (bass, lead vocals), and Rina(drums, keyboards, guitar, backing vocals), shared a mutual love of western rock bands and artists ranging from Green Day, Foo Fighters and Paramore to the pop styling of Taylor Swift and Pink. SCANDAL’s dynamic mix of frenetic melody-driven energy mixed with smooth, pop-styled vocals have become the band’s hallmark.

SCANDAL’s music also has been featured in a host of TV shows and movies and the band are enthusiastic fans of anime and have had several songs prominently featured in popular series. The group’s singles “Harukazeand “Shunkan Sentimental” were featured as the opening theme songs for the anime series Bleach and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and most recently SCANDAL contributed the song, “Daybreak Meteor Shower,” as the theme to the latest Pokémon feature film, Diance and the Cocoon of Destruction.

Scandal Hello World

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