I took a break from the Spotlight for the holidays but have returned to make sure you are aware of the (FREE!) Online YOIMACHI festival being broadcast across four YouTube channels this Sunday (JST). The line up is pretty mind blowing:
It looks like a Friends-of-Homicidols Weekend as we have not one, but two gigs featuring some of our favorite bands sharing the stage with some our favorite chika idols.
Before we get to that though, MERRY BAD END have invited you to a joint birthday party for Yuina and Chihiro that they have entitled, “-I will do whatever I want-“. Damn straight you will. It’s your birthday! You can snag a livestream ticket here.
Since even a socially distanced American Thanksgiving without family still involves stuffing oneself with turkey and pie, I’m putting this post together as I fight off a turkey coma. And even though Japan doesn’t do Thanksgiving, they seem to be treating this like a long holiday weekend with about 20 different livestreams to choose from. Visit The Calendar for the whole roster, but here’s a few that come highly recommend:
Check out the elegantly choreographed dreampop duo, LiLii Kaona, as they hold their COVID-delayed oneman live commemorating the release of EP-of-the-year contender, KIYOKU.
Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders have dropped the news that they will be kicking off 2021 with an international debut courtesy of a newly inked agreement with the US-based 88rising. Our favorite four-member piano funk meets post-punk and acid jazz unit will be be taking on the world under the name, ATARASHII GAKKO!
It’s almost the weekend! That means it’s time to attempt to plan out your idol livestreaming schedule, a task which requires an immense amount of flexibility these days. Last weekend was a case in point as several gigs, including two full-blown festivals, waited until the day of to announce streaming options. We update The Calendar with any late additions we hear about, so keep an eye on it throughout the weekend. In the meantime, here’s some stuff we know about right now:
It is no secret that team Homicidols collectively adores RAY. If you’re not sure why, here’s a perfect opportunity to find out.
Another favorite, O’CHAWANZ make a rare appearance via livestream with the infectiously funky FAREWELL, MY L.u.v in support their new releases including a collaboration album that may very well run away with Album of the Year honors. Continue reading
One of the very nicest things about chika idol livestreams (apart from them being the only way the vast majority of us can see any idol lives at all these days) is that, despite the name, you don’t actually have to watch the majority of them live. Most of them come with a nice archive feature so, if you don’t feel like staying up until 3am, you can watch them the next day. It also comes in handy when, like this weekend, two stellar shows are being broadcast at the same time. Case in point:
ZOMBIE POWDER is joining Dan te Lion, Chu Kiss RIP and (standout 2020 debut unit) Canary for volume 50 of the Diffusion Φ Brightness livestream series.
But fifteen minutes after that livestream starts broadcasting, Tribu pre. SUN will be kicking off with an A-list line-up featuring MANACLE, RILISREVERSE and Shihatsu Machi Underground. Continue reading
Congratulations on surviving a particularly heinous week. The weekend is almost here and well deserved! Of course, making plans has gotten a bit more complicated. You may have noticed, but the latest chika idol trend has been to announce livestreaming details the day of, if not mere hours before, the live start time. We will add late-announced items (UPDATE: Like this BURST GIRL broadcast) to the The Calendar as soon as we hear about them. As always, if you see something we’ve missed, please DM me on Twitter.
First up, the bight and funky FAREWELL My, L.u.v has a pair of shows being livestreamed to promote their new EP including a gig with debut-of-the-year contenders NELN and a birthday live for Ritsuko.
CHILDISH TONES, the toy-instrument garage-rock band led by Naoki Nemoto seem to have really struck gold ever since they started recording songs with Beni Usakura. They’ve released four highly-prized singles so far, all of which sold-out of their initial vinyl pressings almost immediately upon release, and it seems only natural that it’s time for them to level-up to the long-play format.
So with that, their newest release is a package of twelve twee-pop nuggets, including both the previous singles and and some new stuff as well! “God Bless The Girls” is the title of this collection, and it just dropped last week!
Here’s a short trailer with a handful of song snippets from the previous singles to check out…
It is the most wonderful time of the year: the season of idols appearing in Halloween costumes!! Even though Minna no Kodomochan (unfortunately) does not have a livestream this weekend [UPDATE: she does now], here’s a bonus Cinnamon as Kiki:
It would not be a proper Halloween without an appearance by the Darkness Girls themselves. NECRONOMIDOL will be streaming their holiday gig with costumed cheki options for overseas fans.
Before diving into the normal business of highlighting gigs being broadcast from Japan, I wanted to note a series of shows being streamed from the opposite side of the Pacific. This weekend, independent music venues across the U.S. are hosting a three-day, Save Our Stages benefit to support American live houses that are struggling during the COVID crisis. As someone whose love for underground music was born in tiny rundown clubs and has grown over the years into a global pursuit of great live acts, I believe it is definitely a worthy cause. Plus it features some stellar domestic talent including Rise Against, Foo Fighters, Demi Lovato, The Roots, Reba McEntire and many others. Check it out and donate if you feel like it.
Back to business: Debut-of-the-year contenders RILISREVERSE kick off the weekend with a free livstream on Nico Nico.