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Sep 19

[live report] L’Arc-en-Ciel Makes “XXX”

Being an enormously popular band has its perks. For one, you can afford the massive screens, pyrotechnics, and an 18-piece string ensemble necessary for your epic cinematic live performances. For another, you may be able to single-handedly take back a sequence of letters that is synonymous with the porn industry. While I don’t think the …

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Jun 10

[live report] L’Arc-en-Ciel or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Japanese Music (Part 2)

The second show brought us the 1999 to 2011 songs, a noticeably different atmosphere from the first half of their career. Gone was the need to bare their souls and in came the desire to please a general audience. Granted, this pop-music switch wasn’t out of nowhere; L’Arc-en-Ciel was selling albums in the millions well …

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Jun 09

[live report] L’Arc-en-Ciel or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Japanese Music (Part 1)

What can I say about L’Arc-en-Ciel’s 20th L’Anniversary Lives? For starters, all the proceeds are going to relief for the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake, which is beyond charitable and they should be worshipped for that alone. Also, it rained. Hard. The band sounded great. Vocalist hyde’s eyeliner and cornrows made him look …

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Sep 10

[live report] JACK IN THE BOX 2009 SUMMER

My feet are bleeding. My forehead is dripping with sweat. My ears are buzzing. My right palm may have permanent fingernail marks in it. The human body is simply not conditioned for this kind of physical strain. But oh, sweet reader, after you find out where I was for nine straight hours, you will realize …

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Jul 17

VAMPS Press Conference Otakon 2009

What’s the difference between a press conference and a fan panel?  The fan panel is fun. Otakon provided a cozy space at the Hilton, attached via skywalk to the Baltimore convention center, for the VAMPS press conference. There was an unprepared atmosphere amongst the press there.  Top it off with some truly wacky translating on …

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