Category Archive: Visual Kei

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 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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Mar 20

[photo] exist†trace @ Hiro Ballroom – March 18, 2012

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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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