B’z at Best Buy Theater | New York Music News HIghlight

“B’z!  B’z!  B’z!  B’z!  B’z!  B’z!  B’z!  B’z!  B’z!  B’z!  B’z!  B’z!” Eager fans of Japanese band B’z impatiently chanted before the band’s sold out September 30 show at the Best Buy Theater in Manhattan (their first ever East Coast performance). B’z took the stage and proceded to rock faces off thousands of fans. After selling over 80 million records and having their handprints and signatures put up in the Hollywood’s RockWalk per Steve Vai’s request, you may still may have never heard of them. But, with a new english album, their momentum has grown, and everyone in America is soon to know B’z.

For the uninitiated, NYMN has the cliff notes of the band’s history, so you can one-up your friends in true hipster fashion:

Guitarist Takahiro “Tak” Matsumoto and vocalist Koshi Inaba joined forces in 1988 to form B’z. Since then, the band has released 18 albums and 50 singles, many of those singles consecutively debuting at Number One on Japan’s Oricon Singles Chart. Matsumoto has shared the stage with the likes of legends Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Ace Frehley and Slash, and is only the fifth guitarist in the world to have his own Gibson signature Les Paul:  the Tak Matsumoto Doublecut Custon Ebony Gibson.

B’z released their English-language EP, B’z, on July 25th and is available now worldwide through iTunes.  The self-titled collection includes the single, “Into Free-Dangan,” featured in the  Dragon’s Dogma video game, and the record’s opening track, “Love Bomb” (originally titled “Ai no Bakudan”) was a Number One hit in Japan in 2005. All of the songs on the new album have been re-produced with English lyrics to coincide with B’z upcoming North American tour, which kicked off at The Warfield in San Francisco on September 17th.

Matsumoto explains, “This will be our fourth U.S. tour.  We love playing for American audiences, and are excited to share our first English-language release with our fans.” B’z will wrap up the tour on Sunday at Los Angeles’ Gibson Amphitheatre.

    

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WIN WIN’s Last Residency Show at Piano’s | New York Music News Highlight

We shed a tear as WIN WIN finished out their September residency at Piano’s last night.  The trio — Spank Rock producer XXXChange, Chris Devlin of Devlin & Darko, and video artist Ghostdad — create the perfect storm of electronic pop.  Foudroyant sounds and superposed visuals drip down your spinal cord, inducing euphoria that makes you want to both dance and lay on your back and drift off like Samuel Taylor Coleridge on his way to Xanadu.  Either way, it’s WIN WIN.

The Band is releasing their new album, Double Vision, on Vice October 16.  Stay tuned upcoming  for info on shows.
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Sit back, light one up, and take a listen to “AFTER THE WAIT ” off the new album Double Vision out on Vice October 16, 2012.

 

2012, New York

Diamond Rings At Webster Hall | New York Music News Highlight

Diamond Rings performing “Runaway Love” on KCRW

DIAMOND RINGS FALL TOUR DATES W/ STARS
9/20 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
9/21 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
9/22 New York, NY Webster Hall
9/23 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
9/25 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater
9/26 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
9/27 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre
9/28 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
9/29 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
10/2 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
10/3 Cincinnati, OH 20th Century Theater
10/4 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe at Old National Centre
10/5 St. Louis, MO Plush
10/6 Columbia, MO The Blue Note
10/9 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
10/10 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
10/11 Little Rock, AR Revolution Music Room
10/12 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s: Upstairs
10/13 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
10/17 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
10/18 Los Angeles, CA Mayan Theatre
10/19 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theatre
10/20 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

DIAMOND RINGS HEADLINING TOUR DATES
10/14 Austin, TX The Mohawk
10/26 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
10/27 Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry
10/28 Madison, WI The Frequency
11/1 New Orleans, LA Circle Bar
11/2 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/4 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
11/14 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
11/15 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
**More dates to be announced soon!
**10/14 Austin, TX date is an official Austin City Limits after-show

2012, New York Music News

Stars At Webster Hall | New York Music News Highlights

Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It

FALL TOUR DATES
9/22 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
9/23 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
9/25 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
9/26 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
9/27 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre
9/28 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
9/29 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
10/2 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
10/3 – Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century Theatre
10/4 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe @ Old National Centre
10/5 – St. Louis, MO – Plush
10/6 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
10/9 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
10/10 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
10/11 – Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Room
10/12 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
10/13 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
10/14 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits *
10/17 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
10/18 – Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theater
10/19 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre
10/20 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
11/7 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theatre
11/8 – Seattle, WA – Showbox
11/9 – Victoria, BC – Save on Centre # *
11/10 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena # *
11/12 – Kelowna, BC – Prospera Place # *
11/14 – Calgary, AB – Stampede Corral # *
11/15 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place # *
11/17 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre # *
11/19 – London, ON – John Labatt Centre # *
11/23 – Kingston, ON – K-Rock Centre # *
11/24 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre # *

2012, New York