Get to know nano on a personal level through new YouTube channel!

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The bilingual artist born and raised in New York City, nano, has launched a new YouTube channel “nano Official Channel (tentative)” that gives fans a chance to know them better! So not only is nano a musician but now also an official Youtuber! To start it off, two initial videos have been uploaded, one in […]

nano appears on popular anime podcast “Trash Taste”

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nano makes an appearance on the popular anime podcast “Trash Taste” hosted by big YouTube names such as Joey “The Anime Man”, Garnt “Gigguk”, and Connor “CDawgVA”. You might remember Joey from our earlier coverage when he got trolled by GACKT, and Connor from our recent interview where he shared his experience of hanging out […]

Broken Sound Tapes’ Post-Punk and Deathrock Comp UNEARTH’D Coming out World Goth Day

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Mark your calendars, children of the night. World Goth Day (22 May) will serve as the launch date for UNEARTH’D, a new compilation of darkwave, deathrock, art rock, and post-punk from Broken Sound Tapes. UNEARTH’D found its origins a few years ago as a promotion for local bands in the underground scene. Broken Sound’s label […]

I took a vocal lesson with Japan’s first scream coach MAHONE!

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Metalheads know it better than anyone: screams and growls require skills. But when self-learning isn’t enough, “Who you gonna call?”, scream specialist MAHONE! His motto? “Anyone can scream”! Today, I will share my amazing and unique experience of taking a scream lesson at “MyScream”, the first and only legitimate studio in Japan to teach you […]

Gang of Four ‘77-81’ box set rescheduled, will get CD release — hear unreleased demo

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Matador Records’ delayed Gang of Four vinyl box set has received a new release date — March 12 — and now also will be released as a CD edition, the label announced Tuesday, teasing the release with the premiere of a previously unreleased demo. Hear a previously unreleased track right here. The post Gang of […]

Interview: Day in the life of a Japanese translator

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Can all the readers who can’t speak or read in Japanese fluently put their hands up? If you’re here, chances are you’re interested in Japanese music and enjoy listening to bands who do not speak your native tongue. From the video subtitles, international editions of lyric booklets, interviews, to the posts on Jrocker’s social media, […]

Ryo (girugamesh) invites to home studio room tour

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We’ve seen Ryo—former drummer of girugamesh—do plenty of videos on YouTube, but for the first time, we get an in-depth look into what gear and tools he uses from a day-to-day basis in his home studio. After girugamesh disbanded, Ryo began focusing on working as a music producer and sound engineer, working with bands such […]

Sono (Matenrou Opera) beautifully covers L’Arc~en~Ciel’s “winter fall”

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Originally released in 1998, winter fall was L’Arc~en~Ciel’s first-ever number-one single on Oricon charts, as well as being the first single with drummer yukihiro officially in the band. 23 years later after it’s release, Matenrou Opera’s vocalist, Sono, records a vocal cover and leaves us with a short message about how this song holds a […]

Best Jrock music of 2020: JROCK NEWS staff picks

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The year 2020 saw the coronavirus pandemic take center stage, making this year feel longer than usual as we isolated indoors for months on end. On the bright side, however, releases from our favorite artists kept coming, with only a few delays here and there. These releases undoubtedly got us through it all and although […]

GACKT trolls YouTuber “The Anime Man” in interview

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In 2019, we got a YouTube documentary with HYDE by the channel Abroad in Japan, and only a few days ago, Youtuber CDawgVA did coverage on visual kei with ACME. Surprisingly, today we were greeted by another Japanese rock-related video, an interview with GACKT conducted by Joey, “The Anime Man”! To describe the interview as […]