Category Archive: Live Report

Jun 05

[live report] A Pleasant Nightmare Brought to You by Matenrou Opera

I had a good nightmare a few nights ago. A translucent, white sheet veiled the stage at Akasaka Blitz. Like demented shadow puppets, male figures writhed around a stock-still silhouette. The sheet lifted to reveal interpretive dancers covered in black soot as power metal guitars directed their bizarre and animalistic movements. No, I didn’t fall …

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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 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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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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Feb 15

[live report] the GazettE–A Live for the GazettE Virgins

I may remember January 14, 2012 as the day I discovered the soft, gooey, gross affection I have for the GazettE. That’s right folks, a live performance made me like a band I had never really heard before. All signs pointed to disliking this band simply for the fact that they’re a new school, post-Dir …

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