Unshin at Japan Underground in London, September 3

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Also performing at Alcon on September 9.

The J-pop band Unshin, which performed recently at the London Anime Convention and the Ayacon convention, will officially launch its debut CD ("Waltz for Broken Dolls") at a London Japan Underground night on Saturday September 3.

The event starts at 7p.m. The venue is the Kingpin Suite in Bloombury Bowling Lanes, which is in the basement of the Tavistock Hotel in Bedford Way, near Russell Square station (map). Advance tickets are £7.50, available online here. This is an Over-18 event.

The music for "Waltz for Broken Dolls" is accompanied by animation supplied by Mai Yoshida (webpage), a Japanese graduate of London's Royal College of Art. The concept album is about a girl growing up under the pressures of Japanese society, who finds herself as an individual. Each track is set to a different animated short by Yoshida, projected above the band in its live performances.

The gig will also include music DJed by Japanese music journalist Tom Smith and retro gaming tournaments hosted by Nintendisco. The late night events will continue until 3 a.m.

Earlier the same day, Japan Underground is hosting a free cinema all-dayer, screening Asian films. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the independent labels that were damaged in the Sony warehouse fire earlier this month, including Third Window Films and Terracotta Distribution.

Unshin will also be performing on September 9 at the Alcon convention at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Via Otaku News

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