Pop rock and indie

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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The Confused Westerner’s Response to K-Pop

by Matthew Jackson 5 September 2015
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Have you read the Wikipedia article on K-pop? It’s really, really long. Seriously, I did not know most of that stuff. When you next have a sufficiently large mug of tea, I highly recommend giving it a read. Changing tack, did you see the article on Yahoo about K-pop? It’s shorter, and chimes with a […]

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Event news: Infinite returns to London

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2015
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After their well-attended appearance at the Hammersmith Apollo two years ago, Infinite are returning to the Shepherds Bush Empire this year. Infinite 2nd World Tour: Infinite Effect Friday 9th October 8:00 pm O2 Shepherds Bush Empire Shepherds Bush Green, W12 8TT London. Tickets: www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.ticketweb.co.uk On sale 11:00 am, 5th Sept

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Event report: the 2015 Trafalgar Square Korean Festival

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2015
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Trafalgar Square is one of London’s premier venues for free open-air events, and Korea is ideally situated to take advantage of the space to showcase its culture, given that the Cultural Centre is a stone’s throw away. The square had already hosted two Korean festivals in the summer of 2007 and 2008, presenting a mixture of […]

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Event news: K-music 2015 — No Brain, 11 Sept

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2015
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This one will definitely be worth checking out: K-Music: No Brain + support Friday 11 September | 7:00PM LONDON Scala | 275 Pentonville Road | Kings Cross | London N1 9NL £10 + Booking fee In England, we know a bit about Korean art music and hold some preconceptions about K-Pop – but we don’t […]

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Event news: K-music 2015 — The Barberettes, 4+5 Sept

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2015
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Two appearances from The Barberettes will be a really fun highlight of K-music 2015. K-Music: The Barberettes Friday 4 September | 8:00PM Saturday 5 September | 8:00PM LONDON Forge | 3-7 Delancey St | London NW1 7NL £15 + Booking fee The Barberettes are a spectacular vocal harmony trio, a timeslip girl group who turn […]

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Event news: Topp Dogg appears at the Troxy, 4 Sept

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2015
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Among all the other music events this month we also have hip-hop boy band 탑독 battling for our attention. Their appearance clashes with the Barberettes, but you can also catch the latter the following night – so if your tastes are wide-ranging you can get to both. Topp Dogg Friday 4th September 2015 Troxy | […]

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The Massive reports from the Boys Republic concert

by Philip Gowman 25 July 2015
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It seems the Boys Republic gig in Islington on 4 July went down well with the audience. The Korean Class Massive has a detailed account of the evening on their blog, and loads of photos on their Facebook page. Sounds like a good evening.

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London Korean Festival 2015 – a celebration of Korean culture in Trafalgar Square, 9 August

by Philip Gowman 11 July 2015
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It’s been a while since there was a big Korea-related event in Trafalgar Square – 7 years to be exact. Let’s hope the Korean food stalls clean up after themselves this time and so it won’t be another 7 years before the next big event. There’s something for everyone in the line-up for 9 August. […]

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Boys Republic + Choi Soo Min at O2 Academy Islington

by Philip Gowman 24 June 2015
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These gigs seem to pop up from nowhere – unless you’re plugged into the fan network I guess. As of now, ten days to go before the gig, the venue hasn’t been given much information, and we’re left to google / guess that the support act, Choi Soo Min, is the ex-boxer turned crossover pianist. […]

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Juck Juck Grunzie to play the Windmill Brixton

by Philip Gowman 17 June 2015
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The Windmill seems to be turning into a regular venue for Korean bands passing through London looking for a gig: JUCK JUCK GRUNZIE + Meatraffle + Primordial Soup 30 June 2015, 8pm Windmill Brixton | 22 Blenheim Gardens | London SW2 5BZ | windmillbrixton.co.uk Book Tickets (£5 + £1 service charge) Crazed, sleazy psych-noise-postpunk girl-boy […]

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BoA’s 8th – a nicely comforting comeback

by Philip Gowman 17 May 2015
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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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