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Modern rock band Zitten splits
by | November 20, 2011 | 25 Comments
Well, this is a bummer, since I love this group and their moody, melodic music: The two-member indie rock band 짙은, or Zitten, is losing one of its members. Granted, the group isn’t necessarily over, because singer-guitarist Sung Yong-wook will be continuing on as a solo act under the name Zitten. But losing drummer Yoon... More »

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Artist profile: Lucid Fall
by | December 25, 2009 | 37 Comments
I posted up a song, “Les Miserables,” from Lucid Fall‘s new album this week for the Episode 7 Will It Snow For Christmas recap, which got me once again marveling at how wonderfully composed his songs are. The track has a Part 2 sung by a woman, and the two fit together as two halves... More »

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Artist profile: Winterplay
by | July 26, 2009 | 51 Comments
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. (Past profiles: folk-indie artist Jang Kiha and the Faces, rock singer-songwriter Yi Sung-yol, and indietronica artist Oldfish.) Now it’s Korea’s foremost and possibly only mainstream jazz group Winterplay, which is out with a new album and poised to enjoy even greater success than it did... More »

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Honey Lee performs fusion jazz
by | May 23, 2009 | 18 Comments
The talented Honey Lee — Seoul National University grad, classical music major, 2006 Miss Korea, 2007 Miss Universe 3rd runner-up — is taking her much-lauded skills at the gayageum (classical stringed Korean instrument) and using them for a fusion jazz performance. She’ll take the stage on May 27 and 28 as part of the “Yoon... More »

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Artist Profile: Jang Kiha and the Faces
by | March 28, 2009 | 34 Comments
If you’re into Korean indie or rock music, you may already know about Jang Kiha and the Faces — and if not, you should be hearing about them very soon. Jang Kiha has all but exploded onto the scene recently, and is being called the “indie Seo Taiji,” accruing enough acclaim and buzz in the... More »

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Seo Taiji gives “Juliet” a White Day launch
by | March 13, 2009 | 12 Comments
Seo Taiji‘s back! The k-rock icon released the first part of his 8th “Atomos” album last year (“Part Moai”), and now he’s released the second (“Part Secret”), which went on sale this week. And to kick off the round of promo work for this disc, he’s holding a White Day concert — two, actually, on... More »

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Roller Coaster vocalist goes solo
by | March 5, 2009 | 29 Comments
Ooh. Interesting. This may only interest a handful of you out there who also happen to love Roller Coaster, but this is for us fans of the laid-back, acid-jazz/lounge/groovetronica group: the voice of the band, Jo Won-sun, is finally coming out with her own solo album 17 years after her debut. I’d been wondering when... More »

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Profile/Giveaway #2: YI SUNG YOL
by | June 20, 2008 | 151 Comments
First, I’d like to say that I know having lots of ads can be distracting on blogs. I’ve deliberated a lot on which ad blocks to use or not, and I’m never perfectly satisfied. But the ads are also why I’m able to give away free stuff like this, so there’s that silver lining. Since... More »

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Welcome to the Jaurim family
by | June 19, 2008 | 11 Comments
Isn’t this adorable? Rocker, songwriter and Jaurim frontwoman Kim Yoon-ah poses with husband Kim Hyung-kyu and their eight-month-old baby son for July’s issue of Marie Claire. The article notes how Kim Yoon-ah displayed a different side at the photo shoot, ditching her glamorous onstage image to spend some simple, quality bonding time with her son.... More »

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Artist profile and free giveaway: OLDFISH
by | May 9, 2008 | 189 Comments
All right, new Dramabeans game! Based on several suggestions made in my recent song repost thread, I’m trying out the idea of profiling some indie/underrated Korean musicians outside the sphere of general kpop music, with songs and background information and such as. I don’t know how often I’ll do these, but hopefully I can manage... More »