Karaterice & the NY Anime Festival Present the Far East to East Showcase


New York, NY, July 31, 2008:  Karaterice and the New York Anime Festival (NYAF) today announced the Far East To East Showcase (FETES), a night of innovative music that brings together six of the best musical artists from both the Far East and the East Coast. FETES takes place in the historic Knitting Factory (74 Leonard Street, New York, NY 10003) on Saturday, September 27. Doors will open at 6:30 PM, with FETES scheduled to kick off at 7:30 PM. Karaterice is a promoter of underground Asian rock culture responsible for bringing cutting edge performers to New York City since 2003. The New York Anime Festival is an anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture convention from the creators of New York Comic Con. NYAF takes place September 26th through the 28th at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, NY.

The FETES musical lineup includes BakuBeni, Echostream, Falsies on Heat,, Quaff, Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re, along with special guests The Notorious MSG. The evening is hosted by the "masters of mayhem," the giant monster performance troupe Kaiju Big Battel. Tickets are $18 and available now at ticketweb.com, knittingfactory.com, and the Knitting Factory box office. The show is open to audiences of all ages.

"FETES is an extraordinary platform for Asian artists, both local and foreign," Karaterice organizer Hayden Brereton said. "It's an awesome combination of talent at the legendary Knitting Factory that should not be missed."

"We're very excited to be a part of the Far East To East Showcase," NYAF Programming Manager Peter Tatara said. "We want all of New York City to celebrate Asian culture in September, and FETES is a powerful way to bring this festival into the heart of Manhattan."

Karaterice will hold a FETES presentation on Friday, September 26 at the New York Anime Festival. Karaterice will also maintain a booth at NYAF all weekend long where various FETES artists will appear. Tickets to the New York Anime Festival are on sale now at newyorkanimefestival.com.

FETES is proudly sponsored by Sapporo Beer.
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BakuBeni is an unstoppable explosion of Japanese punk. Throwing forth unapologetic sounds and a vicious yankii stage show, they're a musical force of nature dedicated to what they call "Ikizama Rock". "Ikizama" means "Way of Life", and what's exactly what BakuBeni's music is. To BakuBeni, music is life.

Echostream's music is a dark and brooding film for your ears. Mixing electronica textures and guitar-driven riffs, the band works hard to occupy the two worlds of angst and beauty. Fueled by haunting vocals, destructive guitars, and angry beats, Echostream's sound is an emotional roller coaster, rising and rising, pulling the audience ever upward, until the band turns spins on its heels and evokes sounds from the deepest, darkest, and blackest of memories.

A hardcore all-girl punk rock band from Japan, Falsies on Heat has been pounding it out in clubs on both sides of the Pacific for years. Formed with the goal to out-rock and out-party all takers, Falsies on Heat leaves a trail of shattered ear drums and smiling faces in their wake. Falsies on Heat was ranked as one of Shojo Beat's favorite All-Girl Bands in 2007.

ABOUT THE NOTORIOUS MSG featured guests (USA):
Blasting out of the streets of Chinatown, The Notorious MSG are three renegade restaurant workers on a mission to rip you in half with their high-sodium beats. After years of struggling in kitchens, they found salvation in music, formed a band, and became a deep-fried explosion of old school hip hop, rock, and metal. Since their debut, The Notorious MSG's received attention from sources including The New York Times, Blender, GQ Japan, MTV and MTV Asia, Time Out NY, BBC World Radio, URB, and Bust.

Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re is an all-girl Japanese rock trio specializing in a mix of hard rock, punk, and pop with idiosyncratic, quirky lyrics. Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re gained fame in the US at the South by Southwest music festival, and they're currently busy producing a new album specifically for their fans in America.

Genre-breaking rock band Quaff explores the vocal styles of "uta" (melody) and "tuzuri" (rap) and adds to both a unique, vivid visual flourish. Quaff's goal is the expression of emotion, vision, will, and heart as an art form, and the band's music boldly disobeys boundaries with the aim of becoming global, true, and pure art.

Founded in 2003, Karaterice is a specialized promoter of underground Asian rock culture. By providing positive platforms that allows top notch and cutting edge performers to shine, Karaterice aims to generate value for artists and music lovers alike. To fulfill this mission, Karaterice utilizes numerous channels including the web, social networks, radio, print, street team, and live events. Karaterice gives a voice to talented underground and indie artists from around the world. For more, visit karaterice.com.

The New York Anime Festival takes place September 26-28, 2008 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan and is organized by Reed Exhibitions, the creators of New York Comic Con. The New York Anime Festival showcases the best of anime pop culture, including the latest anime, manga, Japanese cinema, music, and games, and anime-influenced comics, animation, and films from around the world. The festival features exclusive and extensive screenings, a gala cosplay masquerade, sessions with the some of the biggest names in anime from Japan, Asia, and America, and explores the Japanese cultural experience with displays of both traditional and cutting-edge Japanese life. NYAF's partners include Anime News Network, Bandai Entertainment, BookExpo America, Del Rey Manga, DigitalLife, Free Arts NYC, Japan Society, Karaterice, Kinokuniya Bookstore, New York Comic Con, Samurai Beat Radio, Subway Cinema, TheOtaku.com, TOKYOPOP, VIZ Pictures, and the World Cosplay Summit. Further information can be found at newyorkanimefestival.com.

About Studio Kaiju:
Studio Kaiju, an independent Boston-based performance and media group, is the creator of Kaiju Big Battel, the world's only live monster mayhem spectacle. Producer of consistently sold-out events, Studio Kaiju is best known for its live tournament-style performances, which are a character driven, tongue-in-cheek hybrid of American pro-wrestling, Japanese monster-movies, and lowbrow pop-culture. These multi-media events, complete with over-sized monster-movie props, a towering "Danger Cage", and miniature cityscape, can also be enjoyed from a safe distance thanks to the Kaiju Big Battel DVD series from KochVision and the Hyperion Books release Kaiju Big Battel: A Practical Guide to Giant City-Crushing Monsters.
The world of Kaiju Big Battel is also supported by Studio Kaiju's acclaimed web site, kaiju.com, which hosts Big Battel news, monster profiles, live event videos, arcade-style games, comics, and the most fun online mall ever.

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