Pop rock and indie

As if to warm us up for this year’s K-music Festival, Songlines July issue reviews three recent Korean CDs: The one of most interest to past attendees of the festival will be a review of Jambinai’s latest release, A Hermitage. Songlines were strangely lukewarm about it. Not so Consequence of Sound: “Experimental outfit blends traditional Korean […]

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Event news: K-music 2016 — Danpyunsun and The Sailors + Asian Chairshot, 21 Oct

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2016
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The second of K-music’s gigs at the Rich Mix bring Danpyunsun & The Sailors and Asian Chairshotback to the UK for a double bill. Danpyunsun and The Sailors + Asian Chairshot Friday 21 October | 7.30pm Rich Mix | 35-47 Bethnal Green Road | London E1 6LA £12.00 + Booking fee | Book here One […]

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Event news: K-music 2016 — Jambinai, 3 Oct

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2016
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It’s good to have Jambinai becoming more of a regular visitor to London. Expect some tracks from their latest album, A Hermitage. “Experimental outfit blends traditional Korean music with sky-cracking post-rock,” summarised Consequence of Sound in their album review. Jambinai Monday 3 October | 8.30pm (stage time) Oslo, Hackney | 1a Amhurst Road | London E8 1LL […]

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Event news: K-music 2016 — Idiotape + Patients, 27 Sept

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2016
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This one could be loud. And very exciting. Idiotape + Patients Tuesday 27 September | 8.00pm (stage time) Rich Mix | 35-47 Bethnal Green Road | London E1 6LA £12.00 + Booking fee | Book here MTV said ‘If Cut Copy, Daft Punk and Chromeo had a Korean baby, they would beget the funkatastic, celebratory […]

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Neon Bunny – please come back to London soon!

by Philip Gowman 6 June 2016
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London has been doing well recently for live music: from B.A.P to Jambinai via Dead Buttons and more, there has been something for everyone. But the artist that I personally have been looking forward to seeing more than the rest is Neon Bunny (야광토끼) – whose debut album Seoulight made it into the list of […]

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Event news: Neon Bunny to perform in Kilburn

by Philip Gowman 25 May 2016
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Since Beyond Hallyu broke the news of Neon Bunny’s 3 June performance in London back in early April, we have been eagerly awaiting venue information. Jason Verney of Mini Mini Movie has now provided the detail: The Good Ship | 289 Kilburn High Road | London NW6 7JR | www.thegoodship.co.uk 3 June, 7:30pm | Advance tickets […]

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Event news: Patients return for a UK tour

by Philip Gowman 24 May 2016
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Indie band Patients, from Seoul, will be touring in the UK in late May and early June. Here are their UK tour dates: May 25 Chester @ The Live Rooms May 26 Manchester @ Night & Day Café May 27 Whitchurch @ Percy’s Cafe Bar May 29 Liverpool @ Liverpool Sound City (Cargo Stage) May […]

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Concert review: BAP – Live at the Coronet, Elephant and Castle

by Linda Derham 19 May 2016
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BAP – Live at the Coronet, Elephant and Castle, 13 May 2016. Sold out – and could have been sold out three times over, from what I hear. TLDR: the venue was awful but BAP lived up to their name! Do you want the good bit or the bad bit first? I’ll get the bad […]

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Event news: Barberettes and Danpyunsun & the Sailors perform in Brighton

by Philip Gowman 5 May 2016
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Two Korean bands will be performing at The Great Escape music festival in Brighton which will be held 19-21 May. Tickets are available from the festival website. The Barberettes and Danpyunsun and the Sailors, whose sets are on Saturday 21st, are supported by KOCCA. The Barberettes were a hit at last year’s K-Music Festival. If […]

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Event news: Dead Buttons and others play The Forge

by Philip Gowman 30 April 2016
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Is this Dead Buttons’ third UK trip? Whatever, it’s nice to see them back, at a good venue. K-Rock Showcase Wednesday 25 May 7.30pm The Forge | 3-7 Delancey Street | Camden | London NW1 7NL Tickets: £10 | Book tickets: http://www.forgevenue.org From Korea: Dead Buttons | DTSQ | We Are The Night From UK: […]

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Event news: B.A.P tour comes to London

by Philip Gowman 24 April 2016
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Fans will have booked their tickets and pre-ordered their merchandise weeks ago, but for the record: B.A.P Live On Earth 2016 World Tour — London Awake!! Date: 13th May (FRI) 8:00 PM Venue: The Coronet Theatre | 28 New Kent Road | London SE1 6TJ | coronettheatre.co.uk Tickets: www.ticketmaster.co.uk Ticket prices: £69 / 99 / […]

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Gig news: Giriboy, DJ SQ, Illustrious One in Shoreditch

by Philip Gowman 2 April 2016
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There was a time when the bank holiday weekend at the start of May used to feature a host of Korean B-boys coming to London. As far as I know, that hasn’t happened in the last couple of years, but instead this year there’s some Korean hip-hop in Shoreditch. Check out the tracks below – […]

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Event news: Jambinai returns to London

by Philip Gowman 30 March 2016
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One of the highlights of 2015 was Jambinai’s gig at the Rich Mix as part of the K-Music festival. So we’ll definitely be going to their 2016 appearance at the Elephant and Castle. Baba Yaga’s Hut Presents: Jambinai Monday 16th May 2016 Show: 7:30 PM Doors: 7:30 PM Corsica Studios | 4/5 Elephant Road, London, […]

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Event news: Rock Bottom Crew at the Underworld, Camden

by Philip Gowman 28 March 2016
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This year is turning out to be quite busy for live performers in London: Rock Bottom Crew (Korea) The Underworld, 174 Camden High St, London NW1 0NE Thursday 14 April 19:00 Room: Main Room Entry Requirements: 14+. Under 16s MUST be accompanied by an adult Ticket Info: Exclusive £15 | General £20 | Early Entry […]

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Event news: Dok2 + The Quiett to perform at The Laundry

by Philip Gowman 31 January 2016
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Tickets have been sold out for months but, for the archives, Dok2 + The Quiett are performing at The Laundry, 2-18 Warburton Rd, E8 3FN on 19 Feb from 8pm till late. If I remember right, this is Dok2’s second appearance in London. Links: Event’s Facebook page. Book tickets here.

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Event news: History 히스토리 to perform in Islington

by Philip Gowman 31 January 2016
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K-pop fans will already have booked their tickets but, for the record, History’s (히스토리) UK debut is at the O2 Academy in Islington on 21 February. Tickets via Arpeggios Entertainment. More details on the event’s Facebook page. Here’s a taster: I can’t help feeling it’s rather like Stephen Colbert’s K-pop parody Talking in Korean…

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A look back at the films and music of 2015

by Philip Gowman 19 January 2016
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In the second of two articles (the first looked at the world of books) we look at some of the releases of 2015 that caught our eye. Film Two Kickstarter-funded films to which LKL contributed came to fruition: Twinsters, the story of twin sisters adopted in different continents who discover each other through Facebook; and […]

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