Category Archives: Visual Kei

Anime Los Angeles 2020 |Special Musical Guests

Anime Los Angeles 2020 kicked off with the first-ever, U.S. performance of Japanese rock band, BRATS with an opening act by female rap duo, FEMM.

BRATS is a Japanese all-female rock band formed in 2011 by sisters Rei and Aya Kuromiya.  In 2018, they released their studio album, BRATS which included the theme songs from the anime series To Be Hero and the Japanese film Slavemen.

BRATS performed to an enthusiastic crowd, performing hit singles such as ‘Misery’, ‘Juuyon Sai Byou’, ‘Come to See You’ and their newest single ‘Excuser’, which was digitally released on day one of Anime Los Angeles 2020.

Vocalist Rei Kuromiya, is also a former member of Kawaii Metal band, LADYBABY which was formed by Austrian Wearstler, Ladybeard and gravure idol Rie Kaneko.

In 2015, Rei performed collectively as LADYBABY at Los Angeles’s most popular anime shop, Anime Jungle. Rei left the band in November of 2017.

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Prior to their U.S. debut, BRATS had their first live concert appearance outside of Japan at “Ambitious Girls Series 1” in Seoul, South Korea, alongside idol-metal group Broken By The Scream on January 20, 2019. Since then, they’ve been touring within Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

Special musical guest performances also included an opening act from Japanese electronic, rap duo, FEMM. The band consists of RiRi and LuLa and they described themselves as ‘live mannequins’, in fact, FEMM stands for, Far East Mention Mannequins.

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FEMM at SOU SOU booth, J-POP SUMMIT 2015 | Photo Credit: Hirominy

In 2014, FEMM released their critically acclaimed, hit single “Fxxk Boyz Get Money”.

Later that year they released their debut studio album, Femm-Isation. Since then, FEMM has released several EPs and singles.

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Their newest studio album, 80’s/90’s J-Pop Revival was released in 2017 in both audio CD and cassette. FEMM spends their time touring in Japan and overseas.

We anxiously anticipate Anime Los Angeles’ musical guests for 2021.


BRATS Anime Los Angeles 2020 performance gallery

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LIVE Q and A – THE RHEDORIC

Last time we saw TOMO (Guitarist of THE RHEDORIC) was during the VKFest that happened eariler this year. TOMO preformed along side visual kei band, CELL and ∀NTI FEMINISM

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TOMO performing during VKFest 2015

TOMO came back to Los Angeles, along with his band members Yuuji and Yusuke, at least they did virtually. If you are not aware yet, THE RHEDORIC has just released their album, JIGGY in the U.S.

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THE RHEDORIC answering fan questions
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THE RHEDORIC I-Tunes Card

its was also TOMO’s birthday, watch us sing Happy Birthday to TOMO, watch the event here:

And of course, as always, an autograph session at the end

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TOMO signing autographs
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The TOMO autograph I got from him

Buy the Album here:

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An extra TOMO autograph, GIVEAWAY TIME! Check out the CURRENT GIVEAWAYS page

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This is from July 4th 2015. Autographed by TOMO guitarist from THE RHEDORIC. Check out the CURRENT GIVEAWAYS page

The next XENON live Q & A is on Nov 6TH with visual kei band:

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Upcoming event