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LOVEBITES, Metal -

Japanese metal band LOVEBITES will hold a special, free "LIVE AT HOME" viewing party of upcoming Blu-ray/DVD FIVE OF A KIND - LIVE IN TOKYO 2020 on YouTube on Saturday 11 July from 1pm BST. Its members will also make a remote appearance from their homes at either end of the show. Although the viewing party is free, fans can join the Super Chat, with a portion of the fee being donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society to support medical workers battling COVID-19. Details about Super Chat can be found by clicking here. The viewing party will include all...

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BAND-MAID, J-rock -

BAND-MAID, an impossibly hard rocking maid band, have cancelled their upcoming BAND-MAID ZEPP TOUR in Japan but will hold a "new style of performance" at the mighty Nippon Budokan on 11 February 2021 (National Foundation Day). The band has also announced plans to release live videos on YouTube. A statement on BAND-MAID's homepage regarding the live videos reads, "Time goes on where we cannot see everyone, but we will be happy if you keep your hopes up a little more". The first BAND-MAID live video to be released is of "onset", an instrumental track recorded during the WORLD DOMINATION TOUR...

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J-pop, J-rock, Playlist, SCANDAL -

TOMOMI, bass player of Japan's all-girl rock band SCANDAL has selected some of her favourite songs for the JPU RECORDS PLAYLIST on Apple Music and Spotify – a series of ever changing playlists of great music from Japan and beyond, hand selected by JPU Records' band members or staff. TOMOMI's selections include a bunch of fantastic hip hop, rock and city pop tracks, such as those from Yumi Matsutoya (who has had 21 number one albums...!), hip hop band IN-SIST from Osaka, and recent viral hero Vaundy with Tokyo Flash, played over 7.5 million times on YouTube since September 2019....

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KARI BAND -

KARI BAND will hold their first ever livestream on 20 June 2020, and it will be open to fans outside of Japan! Joining them will be Tatsuya Nishiwaki (keyboard) and Satoshi Oka (guitar), the same line-up as their tour for latest mini album "Nimaime" in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. Tickets are available from the following website until the end of 19 June, Japan Time: https://t.livepocket.jp/e/q7-ggTickets are priced at ¥2,200 (around £16 / $20 USD / €18). KARI BAND broke three years of silence with an explosion of sounds, an assortment of fantastic guest musicians from Japan, and a beautiful tribute...

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Anime Music, Ena Fujita, J-pop, J-rock -

Previously Ena Fujita's music has seen her bash zombified members of clergy, gun down bikini-clad riot police, and take a baseball bat to an inanimate sex-doll. Now our favourite singer-songwriting-gravure-idol takes things a step further by grappling with one of anime's most iconic punch 'em-up franchises; BAKI. The latest series of the Netflix exclusive brawler, features the title track of Ena Fujita's knock out new single DEAD STROKE as its frantic, riff-fuelled ending theme. DEAD STROKE is out now as a four-track digital single from JPU Records for download and streaming. It includes funky B-side BATHROOM JET CANDY, as well...

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