Trio Closer : Coexistence

Trio Closer : Coexistence

Smooth jazz was my entry way into jazz proper. While trying to find study music on the radio, I found the smooth jazz station and took a liking to the easy pop approach to the genre. Years later did I realize how small a subset smooth jazz was in the larger scheme of...
Pento (펜토) : Adam

Pento (펜토) : Adam

Pento has one of the most distinctive styles in the history of Korean hip-hop. He offers a moody combination of industrial hip-hop, trip-hop, and experimental electronic music, with rapping that is simultaneously nonchalant and breathless. After five years, he’s back...
Seoulsonic at The Majestic at SXSW 2015

Seoulsonic at The Majestic at SXSW 2015

K-Pop Night Out was a mixture of independent acts and Kpop, but Seoulsonic’s showcase at The Majestic was fixated solely on South Korea’s electronic and rock bands. With K-Pop Night Out, many fans were more interested in Crayon Pop or Epik High. At...
The Stray (스트레이) : Fever

The Stray (스트레이) : Fever

After two pre-release singles in 2014, The Stray finally released their anticipated first EP album on March 4th. This five member modern pop/rock band’s first EP, Fever, is undoubtedly lacking in some aspects but ultimately it is a fun and easy listen that will please...
K-Pop Night Out at the Elysium at SXSW

K-Pop Night Out at the Elysium at SXSW

K-Pop Night Out is a big thing during SXSW. I didn’t really know how dedicated some people would be waiting in the cash line for a chance to see the Kpop acts like Hitchhiker, Crayon Pop, and Epik High. But I was there for the earlier acts, able to see Eastern...
EE at 405 Club at SXSW 2015

EE at 405 Club at SXSW 2015

I’ve only seen EE through music videos. EE’s show at the 405 Club was my introduction to their performance art/live music show. In a word: amazing. EE brought out a crew of dancers to supplement the live show with Yun-joung and Hyun-joon guiding the...
Geeks From Gangnam at SXSW 2015

Geeks From Gangnam at SXSW 2015

The Geeks From Gangnam event was one half a mixer to present different technology start-ups from South Korea and one half a live concert. Originally billed with four artists, it actually resulted in The Solutions, Asian Chairshot, and No Brain showing off their...
Interview with LudiSTELO

Interview with LudiSTELO

LudiSTELO is one those bands whose star keeps rising. After releasing Experience in April in 2014, they performed on TV for the first time, gained popularity throughout the year, and opened 2015 with their new record, Flashpoint. I love this band and am grateful to...
EE : Dear Door

EE : Dear Door

If you are craving music that is fresh and new, look no further. With their latest EP Dear Door, EE will either leave a lasting impression on first time listeners or settle their fans’ desire for more crazy, fun music which the group does best. I really love how...
Interview with Victim Mentality

Interview with Victim Mentality

South Korea has metal bands. They’re a little difficult to find, but they do play shows. But does South Korea have glam metal? They do now with Victim Mentality. The band will be showcasing their glam skills in front of audiences at SXSW and it should be amazing...
A Primer to Korean Electronic Music Part Two

A Primer to Korean Electronic Music Part Two

Hopefully Part One of the Korean Electronic Music Primer helped to open your ears to new music. In Part Two, here are another set of bands and artists that you should give a listen to. In this set, there are some familiar names and some musicians who play really...
SXSW 2K15 Seoulsonic Showcase at The Majestic

SXSW 2K15 Seoulsonic Showcase at The Majestic

If you’re going to SXSW, you should definitely attend the 2K15 Seoulsonic Showcase at The Majestic on Friday March 20, 2015. It’s going to be hosted by Ktown Cowboys‘ Danny Cho and some of the cast and features an amazing line up of musicians. We...
Suda (수다쟁이) : 북가좌동 349-17

Suda (수다쟁이) : 북가좌동 349-17

Despite having a very minimal solo portfolio, Sudachaengie (or Suda for short) has made himself known through his participation in various projects such as Speaking Trumpet, Cloudancer, and Get Backers. I’ve always loved his biting, dynamic presence in these groups,...
Love X Stereo : We Love We Leave, Part 1

Love X Stereo : We Love We Leave, Part 1

It feel like every time Love X Stereo is ready to explode, something holds them back. Now a duo, Love X Stereo are using 2015 as a rebirth for the band. We Love We Leave, Part 1 makes this apparent. The EP contains two new songs with their older songs getting a new...