Babymetal 2016 US Tour adds west coast dates

Japanese band Babymetal is a polarizing one for metal fans but they still have a die-hard fanbase. They're a combination metal and Japanese idol act; for those of you not familiar with idols it might be easier to think of the group as female-fronted metal. Whatever the case may be, fans do not have too many opportunities to see them in America. That changed this year with the announcement of a proper tour and a slew of dates to go with it.  Most recently Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles were announced.

Wagakki Band's 1st US TOUR -DEEP IMPACT-

While Anime Expo is coming up fast music fans in California won't be done just yet.  Wagakki Band will be coming soon after for their "DEEP IMPACT" tour.  We last saw them on the west coast in 2015 at the previous year's Anime Expo where they played to a sold-out crowd and rocked Club Nokia.  Earlier this March they appeared at both SXSW and New York.  This will be their first multi-date tour in America.

Anisong World Matsuri makes American Debut at Anime Expo 2016 stars

AX has been very quiet about guests but there's a good reason why.  A slew of musical guests has just been announced under the name "Anisong World Matsuri."  This is BIG and quite possibly the closest we'll get to the massive fan festivals in Asia like Animelo.  Read the press release after the jump.  
 

J-POP DANCE/VOCAL Group DA-ICE to Make Overseas Debut at Fanime 2016 stars

Japanese dance/vocal group Da-iCE will make their American performance debut at FanimeCon later this month at the San Jose Convention Center, May 27-30. The groundbreaking five-member group has scored multiple chart-topping hits in Japan, becoming a pop music sensation for their multi-octave range, modern dance style, handsome looks, and sophisticated fashions. Their concert at FanimeCon will be the first chance for American fans to see the group’s energetic stage show that has sold out concerts across Japan.

MIKU EXPO Concert in San Francisco stars

Hatsune Miku needs no introduction for most fans of Japanese culture. For those who aren't fans of Japanese culture, or are fans but have somehow been living under a rock for the last half a decade, she's a virtual voice given life by fans. Her teal twin ponytails and futuristic appearance hide within them a surprisingly versatile voice. On April 30, 2016, Hatsune Miku would make her northern California debut at San Francisco's Warfield theater.

MIKU EXPO returns to California stars

Hatsune Miku needs no introduction. She's played a few times in the United States as part of MIKU EXPO and Anime Expo's Mikunopolis and now she's back for her biggest tour yet. I skipped the previous tour in 2014 as it was in Los Angeles. This time San Francisco is included among the ten cities and fifteen shows that consist of the North America leg of MIKU EXPO.

The GazettE’s first US tour to stop by San Francisco stars

The GazettE, first founded in 2002, is a visual kei rock band that has toured the globe but for some reason never found their way to the States. 2016 marks the year they fix that with four shows, two of which are in California. Tickets range from $50 to $200 depending on if you want VIP. The tour was hinted at by snippets of shows popping up and quickly disappearing from venue ticket sites before finally made official in the beginning of the year.

SCANDAL YELLOW Album Review stars

SCANDAL is one of Japan’s and internationally recognized J-Rock band and has been getting more and more international recognition in the past few years with their world tours. Having recently completed their Japan tour, they made quick haste in announcing and releasing their seventh album, YELLOW, which has a lot to follow up on with their successful previous album, Hello World.

EGOIST new single “RELOADED” available now stars

A year since the release of “Fallen”, the ending theme for the popular TV anime series, ‘PSYCHO-PASS 2’. EGOIST’s 6th single has been released worldwide with another major anime tie-in! The newly released song has been chosen to be the main theme for the animated trilogy movie ‘Project Itoh’, which is scheduled to be released in 2016, with the cover illustration created specially by redjuice!

Concert Impressions: DIR EN GREY “Never Free From the Awakening” TOUR 15 stars

Japanese band DIR EN GREY is no stranger to the United States. They've been playing shows across America for a little over a decade and thankfully call San Francisco one of their regular stops. The show tonight is in partnership with Goldenvoice who has presented the band in San Francisco for as long as I can remember. The venue is Slim's, a far different place from The Regency Ballroom a mile away that the band has frequented so often. Smaller, more intimate, and much more prone to selling out. If you don't want to get stuck in the cold or stuck in the back you have to arrive early. The formal name for the tour is "Never Free From the Awakening."