XENON is pulling out all the stops for their February live stream event and will be hosting their next Q&A with one of the hottest new bands in visual kei! These live stream events are a monthly occurrence and past events have featured bands like CELL, DIAURA and Royz amongst many others. This upcoming event will take place on February 7th and will feature the band Arlequin who will be broadcasting live from Japan into the store which will be full of their American fans. These events are unique in that they not only offer the Western fans to meet and interact with their favorite artists, but also allow the band themselves to interact with the fans too by way of their own Q&A. An interesting twist on the standard formula if there ever was one. This is a very special opportunity, fans in the US should clear their calendars and prepare those burning questions! A-To-J will also be on site to film messages for the band and to cover the event itself!
Arlequin is a band that formed in 2013 and is signed to Goemon Records. They may be relatively new, but they are one of the hottest bands in the scene today! They have won fans the world over with their blend of hard rocking songs infused with unforgettable melodies accompanied by some of the best vocal work this writer has heard in years. Not ones to work slowly, they have released four singles and their first album, titled "Near Equal", over the past year. Without a doubt this is a band to watch out for and we at A-To-J can hardly contain our excitement for this upcoming event and their continued career! It is no stretch to imagine Arlequin someday becoming as big as Dir en grey! Those who have not checked out the band yet are encouraged to do so. There are songs for everyone in their catalog, from those that prefer more hard rocking songs with harsh vocals to those who prefer softer more subdued songs, this band has it all. The PV for their song "HakaAna" can be seen below, it's a good one!
XENON is the official Cure Magazine shop, located in The Little Tokyo Mall in Los Angeles (319 E. 2nd St #119 Los Angeles, CA 90012). It has been open since August 1st, 2014 and has hosted several events and fairs in that relatively short time. The store carries various apparel brands from Shibuya 109, including Jury Black, as well as, CD’s, DVD’s, and official tour merchandise of idols and visual kei bands straight from Japan. This event, like their past live stream events, is completely free. No cover will be charged. It will run between 8:00-9:30 PM on January 24, 2014. SNS and event page links below.
● Vocal: Aki (暁)
● Guitar: Kuruto (來堵)
● Guitar: Nao (奈緒)
● Bass: Shohei (祥平)
● Drums: Tamon (堕門)
Official Event Page: Here
Official Website: www.xenon-la.com
◆ Tom Kiryu