Category Archive: JRock

May 15

[review] exist†trace – VIRGIN

Veterans of the visual kei music scene, exist†trace are no virgins when it comes to churning out great songs. Though there’s not a lot of virgin territory on their third studio album (hint hint, it’s called Virgin); it includes five tracks from previous mini-albums. “WONDERLAND” starts out like the opening to a gothic horror flick; sliding …

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May 04

INORAN – A Little Less LUNA SEA, a Little More “Nevermind”

Call me ignorant, but I really didn’t know what shoegaze was until a few months ago. Or more accurately, I’d never heard of the moniker, though I was keenly aware of the concept: a subgenre of alt-rock that was so flippant, it made Kurt Cobain seem like Freddie Mercury. I’m not saying INORAN’s 15th anniversary …

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May 02

[live report] La’Mule – My '90s Visual Kei Fantasy Realized

If a magical visual kei genie appeared before me right now, granting me one wish, I know exactly what I would want: to travel back in time to the mid-90s. I can give up the instant intellectual gratification of Wikipedia and the oversharing aspect of Facebook for a couple of days just to do a …

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Apr 09

[news] Head Phones President & Gelatine @ The Delancey NYC (April 13, 2012)

Very rare opportunity to see two dynamite girl singers of Japanese extreme rock!! Seiko w/Gelatine and Anza w/Head Phones President (from Japan) Friday, April 13th, 2012 @The Delancey 168 Delancey St. (bet. Clinton & Attorney) New York, NY 10002 $5 / 21+ Frank Wood Presents: 8pm Minor Cuts 8:45pm Skeletal Life 9:30pm The Cynz 10:15pm …

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Apr 04

[live report] Versailles – Born in the 17th Century

There was a sketch back in the ‘90s, when Saturday Night Live was a respected comedy outlet, called “Goth Talk.” In one edition of this satirical talk show, Chris Kattan’s character mutters in a waif-like voice, “We should have been born in the 17th century.” Every time I hear the band Versailles -Philharmonic Quintet- (formerly …

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