Intro to Korean Indie: Seoulsonic 2K13

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Last year’s Seoulsonic 2K12 was an amazing show. I attended both San Francisco and Los Angeles, which were the beginning and end of the tour. This year, a new set of bands (Goonam, Lowdown 30, and No Brain) are going to tour in the United States and are starting with San Francisco again.

The first stop will also feature Galaxy Express who are going on a nationwide tour and 3rd Line Butterfly who are attending SXSW.


Goonam or Goonamguayeoridingstella or 구남과여라이딩스텔라 depending on when you look for them are a band that I’ve listened to a little bit. I haven’t listened to anything more recent so watching them live will be like discovering them all over again. They sound partially like strange retro-indie rock, but there is a hook to their music that makes them interesting to listen to.

I’m sure the music is going to either captivate or alienate, but they should put on a good show.

Lowdown 30

Lowdown 30 play blues rock. Amazing blues rock. This is one of the bands I’m most interested in seeing live.

No Brain

I actually know nothing about No Brain other than four years ago they did a song with Big Bang (proof). So their performance in San Francisco will be my first sight of the band.

Galaxy Express

Galaxy Express has a long history with koreanindie. They were featured in our mini-doc and I had a chance to talk with Jonghyun in Seoul after Monster’s Rock Show Volume 3. Basically, they always perform an amazing show and are one of the best bands that represent Korean indie music.

We are also going to co-present Turn It Up to 11: Part 2: Wild Days at CAMMFest.

3rd Line Butterfly

Fresh off their win at the Korean Music Awards 2013, 3rd Line Butterfly’s return with dreamtalk was amazing. Their English language album, Ice Cube, is perfect if you want an introduction to the rock music.

There are other bands attending SXSW like Guckkasten, The Geeks, and even Kpop group f(x), but they aren’t playing the San Francisco show or are a part of the official Seoulsonic 2K13 tour.

If you can support Seoulsonic 2K13 or any of the bands playing at SXSW, please head to the show and pass on the information to your friends. Success on these tours is the only way Korean bands can continue to tour outside of South Korea.

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  1. What are the Texas dates/show locations?

    • Only Galaxy Express has released their tour dates as far as I know. Seoulsonic 2K13 has only revealed the SF show.

  2. Seoulsonic Texas Dates
    Goonam @ 3/11 Moonshine Bar & Grill
    No Brain @ 3/12 K-Pop Night Out
    Seoulsonic+GalaxyExpress+3rd Line Butterfly @ 3/13 Easy Tiger Patio

    Official PR will go live Monday KST. :)

  3. Galaxy Express Texas show info:

    March 9 San Angelo, TX @ The Deadhorse
    March 10 San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
    March 11 Austin, TX @ Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
    March 12 Austin, TX @ (5 pm) Mark McCrimmon Law Office (6th Annual Dart Music International House)
    March 12 Austin, TX @ (12:30 am) Elysium (Official SXSW Showcase)
    March 13 Austin, TX @ (3 pm) Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar (GnG Presents: West 6th St. Block Party “Louder Than Everything Else”)
    March 13 Austin, TX @ TBA
    March 14 Austin, TX @ (2:30 pm) The Grackle (Grackle Rock 3!)
    March 15 Austin, TX @ (3:45 pm) Guero’s Taco Bar (Guero’s International Showcase)
    March 16 Leander, TX @ The Carlton Ranch
    March 17 Lufkin, TX @ The Factory

  4. Does anyone know how I can get tickets to the SoHo Lounge showcase feat. Yellow Monsters, 3rd Line Butterfly, etc.?

  5. Nevermind, I was looking at an old schedule.


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