Pop rock and indie

I’m rather enjoying BoA’s 8th Korean album (Kiss My Lips, released a couple of days ago). There’s nothing particularly earth-shattering musically, but it’s all kind of comforting. And I hope she doesn’t get into trouble for the 4th track, Shattered, which at 2’52” is very close to the chorus of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky. On […]

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Paul McCartney in Seoul

by Philip Gowman 3 May 2015
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Sounds like Paul McCartney’s gig in Seoul went down well: “Fantastic climax to the Asian leg. Korean fans gave us the best welcome ever. We love them!” he posted on his Facebook page along with this picture: “Paul has so much aegyo and said things in Korean as much as he could” commented one Korean […]

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Indie bands apear at KCCUK, the Windmill Brixton and Liverpool Sound City

by Philip Gowman 1 May 2015
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Dead Buttons and Patients – who came to the UK last year – plus Third Stone will be performing at a rock showcase at the KCCUK on 19 May. All three bands will also be appearing at Liverpool Sound City Cavern Stage on 24 May along with Jambinai and Monoban. One day, surely, Jambinai will […]

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Korean girls on One Direction

by Philip Gowman 28 March 2015
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Last week one of the interviewees in Yoon Sungwon‘s video says Zayn Malik is “too buttery” and that he “reminds me of a camel.” A couple of days later it’s announced that he’s leaving One Direction. “I can’t do this anymore,” he told a tabloid newspaper. The same girl says that Harry Styles’s nostrils are […]

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K-Culture lecture #1: Where did K-Pop come from?

by Philip Gowman 7 March 2015
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Professor Keith Howard has been following the Korean popular music industry for a while: he was in the SBS studio when Fin K.L. made their debut no.1 in 1999. His book Korean Pop Music – riding the wave (now sadly out of print) is highly enjoyable. So his upcoming talk should be a great way […]

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Basement Jaxx in Korean release

by Philip Gowman 8 October 2014
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South London electronic dance music duo Basement Jaxx have just released a Korean version of their 2013 single Back 2 The Wild (백투 더 와일드). The music video is also set in Korea. The Korean track is available on the special edition of their 2014 album Junto. (HT: Giacomo d. Lee)

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The Massive reports from this week’s UKISS gig

by Philip Gowman 28 September 2014
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Many of us were torn on Wednesday between the IRIS screening with Q&A at the Curzon Soho and the UKISS concert at the Forum. Those who chose to go to screening instead of the gig should see what they missed by reading the Korean Class Massive’s review of the evening. They’ve got some great photos […]

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UKISS at the Kentish Town Forum

by Philip Gowman 26 August 2014
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So the first, and maybe the only, big live K-pop event in London this year is UKISS, at the Forum, a 2,300 capacity venue in Kentish Town, on 24 September. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.

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DJ Joonki’s K-pop mash-up

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2014
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For those of you who couldn’t make it to the opening event of the Korean Artists Association residency on 12 August, here’s the DJ set from Joonki, via his YouTube channel. He was only alotted 5 minutes, but did pretty well to cover 30 years of K-pop. I’d like to hear something a bit longer […]

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K-pop world festival 2014

by Philip Gowman 3 August 2014
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I’m sure you’ve all heard about this from sources more K-pop focused than LKL, but just in case… Deadline for entries is 20 August. K-pop World Festival 2014 The chance to perform on stage to tens of thousands, shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best idols in K-Pop, could all be yours with the KBS K-Pop […]

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Hugh Keice and Peterpan Complex in Artist Talk Party at the KCCUK

by Philip Gowman 2 May 2014
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If you can’t make it to Liverpool Sound City, you can catch five of the six Korean bands who are performing there, in London. The only one you won’t be able to catch in London is Hellivision. Dead Buttons, asian chairshot and Patients will be at AAA on 9 May. And on Tuesday 6 May, […]

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Three Korean underground bands come to Kensington

by Philip Gowman 27 April 2014
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After last year’s Hyundai Card tour by four Korean rock bands, this year we have several more coming to England. In London we have Dead Buttons, asian chairshot and Patients performing at AAA on Friday 9 May; on Saturday 10 May Dead Buttons and Patients return to perform at the Astbury Castle in Peckham; while […]

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Book review: Mark James Russell — K-POP Now!

by Philip Gowman 19 March 2014
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Mark James Russell: K-POP Now! – The Korean music revolution Tuttle Publishing, 2014, 128pp If the only thing you know about K-pop is Gangnam Style, this book is for you. And even for someone who knows a bit about the subject, this is a handy book to browse. For me, as an occasional lurker and […]

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If you’re into J-pop as well as K-pop, Japako is for you

by Philip Gowman 9 March 2014
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I just received an email from Japako magazine in my inbox – a new magazine (available by preorder) that covers Korean and Japanese pop music and culture. There 2nd issue is available for preorder now, with a special deal to get the first issue as well. Here’s what they told me: Japako Music was founded […]

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K-Pop Now! by Mark James Russell – coming soon from Tuttle Publishing

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2014
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At LKL, we loved Mark James Russell’s first book on the Korean entertainment industry, Pop Goes Korea. So we’re looking forward to his follow-up, focusing more narrowly on K-pop, which is due to be launched in April from Tuttle Publishing. It’s already available for preorder on Amazon.co.uk. Below is the official press release, or you […]

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DJ Masa Live in London

by Philip Gowman 10 February 2014
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There have been K-pop nights in London before, but not one that has created this amount of buzz… DJ Masa Live in London Get ready for the biggest K-pop club night London has seen yet – DJ Masa, the most famous international K-pop DJ is coming to perform LIVE in London for his last international […]

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Korean indie musician invited to Glastonbury

by Philip Gowman 31 December 2013
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Is this a first for a Korean musician? Singer-songwriter Choi Go-eun (최고은, also known as Gonne Choi) will be performing at Glastonbury in 2014, according to the Chosun Ilbo. Here’s hoping she stops off in London on the way. Here she is singing Eric’s Song: You can find some of her tracks on iTunes under […]

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