Jen Wang

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Date registered: April 18, 2013

Latest posts

  1. [live report + interview] Speaking Music with -OZ- at A-kon 23 — June 18, 2012
  2. [live report] Ayabie – Awkwardly Adorable at A-kon 23 — June 13, 2012
  3. [interview] Designing Decadence – Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Alice and the Pirates — April 17, 2012
  4. [live report + interview] Power FLOWing Through Music at Anime Matsuri — April 16, 2012
  5. [review + interview] From Scientist to Songstress: In Mio Soul's Skin — November 17, 2011

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Jun 18

[live report + interview] Speaking Music with -OZ- at A-kon 23

The way -OZ- walked onto the A-kon stage, one would never have guessed they were playing their first show in America.  Each member acknowledged the large chanting crowd and struck a cool pose with their trademark glowsticks (which were sold in the dealers’ room for fans to wield).  Natsuki beckoned the audience to scream louder …

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Jun 13

[live report] Ayabie – Awkwardly Adorable at A-kon 23

Ayabie is like the Zooey Deschanel of visual kei.  They have the same sunny disposition and vintage Bohemian fashion sense.  They also exhibit the kind of awkwardness that is endearing rather than uncomfortable to watch, because hiding underneath it is self-assuredness.  At the end of the day they are still pros, as they proved to …

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Apr 17

[interview] Designing Decadence – Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Alice and the Pirates

Anime Matsuri’s fashion show featured the spring collections of Alice and the Pirates and Baby, the Stars Shine Bright.  Attendees were transported to a decadent past where ladies held tea parties and strolled through palace gardens.  With dresses that mixed black with rich colors, Alice and the Pirates evoked sophistication.  Its menswear was perfect for …

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Apr 16

[live report + interview] Power FLOWing Through Music at Anime Matsuri

The opening to 2001: A Space Odyssey crescendoed over the chanting crowd as FLOW took the Anime Matsuri stage.  It was an unexpected yet appropriate introduction: the band had visited the NASA Johnson Space Center two days prior.  Casually picking up their instruments, FLOW proceeded to play as though it was their last performance ever. …

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Nov 17

[review + interview] From Scientist to Songstress: In Mio Soul's Skin

Tokyo-born songwriter Mio Soul makes her debut with In My Skin.  The EP contains the heavy drum beats and smooth melodies of contemporary R&B with flavors of pop, dance, and jazz.  Simple yet candid, the lyrics are in English, except for the rap in “Let’s Party” where Mio effortlessly flows in and out of her …

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