I have a thing about songs with saxophone riffs. And that thing is: I can’t resist them.
When you’ve delved into K-Pop as deeply as I have (to be clear, this is not a brag), YouTube sometimes suggests artists, and songs, that you had no idea ever existed. This is how I found Haruna.
Drug Restaurant (yes, that is their name) is a four-member Korean indie band that is perhaps most well-known for its lead vocalist, Jung Joon Young, who rose to fame through Superstar K, a popular music survival program.
There are two instances of Blue Moon as a proper noun. One is a resoundingly mediocre beer that college seniors buy when they take their first steps into microbreweries. The other is this. Rest assured, this is not resoundingly mediocre.
How often do you see a new idol group that debuts with an expiration date already set in stone, even before their first performance? With I.O.I, that’s exactly what happened.
Method-2, the Korean mecha, has captured the tech world’s imagination. However, newly revealed footage seems to show the company’s exec Yang Jin-ho allegedly brutally beating employees and even apparently forcing them to kill animals.
When Bekah, one of the original members of After School, became the latest victim of the group’s “graduation” concept, she released a surprise digital single that left her fans with not a dry eye in sight.
Welcome to Goodbye Songs Week, where we go through some of the most heart-rending and saddening goodbye songs from K-Pop groups whose numbers came up before their time.
What if voodoo dolls came alive and turned into K-Pop idols? We’ve all had that dream, right? No? Just me? Okay, then.
Halloween is nearly upon us, and for the rest of this week, I’ll be dropping some tracks that fit the mood. First up: this very-awkward-to-properly-Romanize song.
Yours truly is easing back into things from a weeklong vacation, so let’s dip our toes back into the pool with a classic track that I already know backward and forward.
In South Korea, PUBG has announced it’s issuing machine bans for players caught using hacks and cheats. Meaning? Players would have to create a new account on another PC. According to the announcement (via tipster Sang), it will apparently also apply to Korean Kakao service and the global Steam release.
I’ve used a lot of words to describe a lot of songs in this column, but I rarely call songs iconic—because words have meaning. Big Bang’s Lies is iconic.
Jesse Jackson might have lost his 1988 bid, but his campaign lives on in South Korea as youth fashion.
Out of all former Sistar members, Soyou has probably been the most successful at striking out on her own, thanks to a robust pre-breakup solo and collaboration discography that set the baseline for her continuing success in K-Pop.
Does any song capture all of the shy, timid flutterings of a schoolyard crush as well as First Love does? I’m inclined to say no.
This is LoL Park. Located in Seoul, it’s a brand new esports arena for Legend of Legends. It’s very cool, so let’s check it out.
Bossa Nova and Korean indie? Works better than you think.