Babymetal: See You in the U.S. in April!

Babymetal’s at-times hilarious performance partnership with Red Hot Chili Peppers continues unabated: The Peppers are coming to North America beginning today and running into July, and their idol metal pals will be part of the fun:

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Did You Want to See Babymetal’s Tokyo Dome Black Night?

Can I admit to having almost forgotten that the Black Night stream was going to be on WOWOW on Jan. 1? It wasn’t even on my radar until this showed up in my Facebook feed:

Oh, did anybody record that, I asked nobody. OF COURSE somebody recorded it and immediately uploaded it. Never doubt the power of the Fox God. Or Babymetal fans with modern technology, at least: Continue reading

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BiS Is Kicking off the New Year with a New Song

What a lovely surprise for Saturday morning! Though the track had existed on Soundcloud for a little while, BiS waited until 2017 had officially begun in Japan to drop another free song+download on us, this one “SAY YES,” presumably from the upcoming RE:STUPiD:

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We Can Build BiS by Paying off on a Stupid Joke I Made Months Ago

Once upon a time, this happened:

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BiS Will Set the Record for Shortest Time Before Its Second Album

I actually don’t think that title’s true. I just didn’t want to put the inflammatory stuff there.

Well, kids, I hope none of you were hoping to ask out any BiS members around Valentine’s Day, because they already have plans: They’ll be promoting their second album.

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It’s BiS Day! Celebrate Today; Prepare for Friday

First, I must acknowledge this: Many people are excited about BiS’s first release after the BiSurrection, but nobody has been as excited as Rino here:

Like every day for at least two weeks! That’s a fan.

Anyway, yes, BiS is officially back, with an album to prove it. That album is out today; it seems to be available on various digital services in places other than Japan, so pick it up on the platform of your choice if that’s your wont, or hold out for that international physical release.

If you’re like “stop with the BiS already, Maniac,” I will direct you to this nice joint by the Number 244 for New School Kaidan. Like or love or hate BiS, the fact remains that they were and are very important.

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A Week from Today, We Become the New Idol Army

Our dear friend Brian would like to invite everybody to participate in a day of celebration, appreciation and notification for BiS following the release of Brand-new Idol Society 2 next week.

BiS are after all, Exhibit A of the New Idol Revolution, the shot heard around the world, and the first inductees in the Alt-Idol Hall of Fame. There’s a solid case that most of the new idol music that’s currently sweeping us off our feet wouldn’t exist without them, and we need to get to the church on time and them know that we know it.

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That Sound You Heard Was a Bunch of J-rock Fanboys Falling to Pieces

Sorry, I was just trying to gussy up the title without being completely on the nose.

Anyway! While we’re on the subject of collaborations, in a bit of news that feels both significant and not so all at the same time, BiS is going to be squaring off against/performing with the guaranteed-to-be-recommended-to-your-friend-who-just-got-into-Babymetal Gacharic Spin on December 14.

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BiS’s Latest New Track Is Nothing Special

Man, sometimes you make a bad pun, and then you make a bad pun that completely kills a lede, you know? Here’s the latest album teaser from Brand-new Idol Society 2:

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We May Be Able to Watch the Babymetal Tokyo Dome Shows Anyway

Well if this isn’t an interesting piece of news:

It’s actually even better than that! Continue reading

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