The Grittier Side of Scandal
Scandal's seventh studio album, 'Yellow,' follows the tried-and-tested pop-rock formula while occasionally delving into a grittier side of the band we haven't heard before.
FEMM — PoW! / L.C.S. Review
POW!/L.C.S. is packed with some killer remixes, but it’s not the new material that’s the star here—it’s the (finally!) CD release of Femm-Isation, FEMM's previously digital-only release.
How Amateur Models Reach the Top of the Pops
'Dokusha moderu,' which literally means 'reader model,' refers to an amateur fashion model who serves as a representative of the readers of a particular fashion magazine. In Japan, these models are often more popular than their runway counterparts!
Once, Twice, Three Times a Ladybaby
Ladybeard and his two female companions, Rie Kaneko and Rei Kuromiya, are ready to knock out their competition with their third single, “Renge Chance!”
Review: Bo-Peep — Thank You
Bo-Peep’s fourth full-length album, 'Thank You,' opens with rocket-fueled, fast-paced guitar fury.
Merry Melodies for Train Departures
After taking into account suggestions from the public, Tokyo Metro has finally settled on some J-Pop jingles for train departures.
Exist†trace Release New Video & Album
Visual-kei metal band Exist†trace has released the music video for their new song 'Dream Rider' from their upcoming mini-album This is Now.
Interview with Rhedoric
It's been a long road, but rock band Rhedoric is finally achieving its dream of playing the U.S.
Charisma.com's 'Aidoru C' Hits Like a Slap
Aidoru C, the latest album from Charisma.com, dares you to dance while hitting you in the face with topical lyrics that don’t pull any punches.
4 Ways J-Pop Has Gone Sakura for 2016
There are plenty of J-pop songs with cherry tree, or 'sakura,' in the title. Here are four new entries from 2016 alone!
Babymetal Nails US Television Debut
Metal idol band Babymetal slays the audience on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
These Elderly Men Got Style!
Straight from Kochi Prefecture, this new grandpa group rivals J-pop boyband legends SMAP and Arashi with their suave moves and killer beat.
4 Fun & Weird Ways to Use the Train
Japanese trains are fast and efficient. But have you ever seen one used as a rolling showroom? Or how about having a concert at 260 kilometers per hour?
Get a Good Whiff of Sakura-Infused Beer
Even beer companies are getting on the cherry blossom bandwagon with products like this aromatic 'sakura' beer. We'll drink to that!
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Goes Ninja
'Ninja Re Bang Bang' was Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's fifth physical single, reaching No.1 on the Japan Hot 100. The video not only features Kyary in ninja attire, but ninja-inspired dance moves, including high-jumping, shuriken-throwing—and arm-cannon-blasting!
Band-Maid Announce New Album for May 2016
Japanese all-girl rock group Band-Maid have announced their upcoming album Brand New Maid, set for release on May 18, 2016.
The GazettE Invades North & South America
Japanese hard-rock, visual-kei band The GazettE will be playing New York, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Dallas, Toronto and more from April 15 to May 5, 2016.
Death Rabbits' 'Nande' Is a Ninja Death Trap
Poor Bucho. It's hard enough to get your gas mask on in the morning without ninja waiting to ambush you in the elevator.
Sputniko! Bonds Myth, Science & Music
This new scientific discovery not only has its own music video, but also ties to ancient Japanese mythology.
Babymetal Goes Spooky with Karate MV
Babymetal is growing up, and their “Karate” music video is definitely darker in tone.