SOURCE: Domo Records

June 12, 2006 12:00 ET

Superstar Japanese Duo The Yoshida Brothers Take on New York City With Gigs at B.B. Kings (June 13) and the Knitting Factory (June 14)

A June 15 In-Store at Borders in Fort Lee, NJ Is Also Slated; On June 18, The Brothers Cover the West Coast With an In-Store at Borders Hollywood

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 12, 2006 -- Japan's hottest new musical export -- The Yoshida Brothers -- Ryoichiro and Kenichi Yoshida -- are superstars in their native land for a unique East-meets-West fusion of traditional Japanese sounds and contemporary music idioms. Their muscular reinvention of the ancient three-stringed Shamisen -- a spare, banjo like instrument -- has been favorably compared to the passion with which Jimi Hendrix coaxed magic out of a guitar. Currently, the Brothers are in the midst of their first ever coast-to-coast tour of the United States, and are about to take on New York with two high profile Big Apple shows. The tour is in support of their latest album "III," released this spring on Los Angeles-based Domo Records.

Ryoichiro and Kenichi's first Manhattan show is June 13 at the renowned B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, located in the heart of Times Square at 237 W. 42nd Street. The following night, The Yoshida Brothers headline the Main Space at legendary NYC venue the Knitting Factory, with a 7PM showtime. The club is located downtown at 74 Leonard Street.

During their East coast itinerary, The Yoshida Brothers will also perform live at a special 8PM in-store appearance at the Borders in Fort Lee, NJ, located at 1642 Schlosser Street. En route back to Japan at the conclusion of their tour, they'll perform another in-store on the West coast, this time at Borders in Hollywood on June 18. Located at 1501 Vine Street in Hollywood, the store hosts the Brothers for a 2PM appearance.

The Yoshida Brothers' debut stateside tour follows up Domo Records' spring 2006 release of "III," their third U.S. album (several more have been top sellers in Japan). Produced by rock-pop veteran Tony Berg, the sonically diverse disc takes the Brothers' pan-cultural blend of Tsugaru-shamisen and jazz, rock, pop, folk, blues and world idioms to a new level of artistic bravado. Stand-out tracks include their transcendent version of the Brian Eno song "By This River," featuring former Remy Zero lead singer Cinjin Tate on vocals, a revelatory take on "Erghen Diado" (first popularized on the 1990 CD "Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares"), the cinematic "Passion," the Mitchell Froom-penned "Hit Song," and a spare, elegant version of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Oh My Love."

Established in 1994, Los Angeles-based Domo Records is guided by founder Eiichi Naito's mission, "To provide a home for both the creators and aficionados of quality music beyond the borders of categorization." The label's diverse roster encompasses world music, new age, jazz, rock, world music, soundtrack releases and more, and is home to artists including the legendary composer/musician Kitaro, Randy Armstrong, Agatsuma, Dave Eggar and the Japanese female trio Rin', whose U.S. recording debut "Inland Sea" was released in Spring 2006.

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