In recent years, Seoul Jazz Festival have established themselves as a serious presence in the Korean capitals live music scene. Their stellar lineups have been bursting at the seams with top quality acts. This year they have outdone themselves with their first lineup announcement of 2018.
Internationally renowned festival South by Southwest has announced another set of acts due to appear at the event in 2018. Similar to last year, Korean artists feature heavily on this release with an incredible NINE artists listed.
Earlier today, Gigguide.Korea reported that French indie band Phoenix will be returning to Seoul later this year.
Podcasting is a particularly popular medium for those who want to write about Korean culture, especially music. The vast majority of them cover K-pop, and that's not something we have the slightest interest in here at KSM. There is hope, however, thanks to an evergrowing group of broadcasters who want to expose some of the real gems coming out of Koreas alternative scene. Here's our rundown of the best English language Korean music podcasts you should follow.
Is the new DTSQ album a symbol of an inevitable 2018 armageddon? Almost certainly not. But if it does happen, Neon-Coloured Milky Way wouldn’t be a terrible soundtrack for it.
So here it is, our final rundown of the 40 best songs produced in Korea or by Korean artists. We already did part one of our list and you can read it here. Now we're getting down to the real nitty gritty with our top 20 songs of the year.
What a year it has been for music here in Korea. Last time we did a run-down of our favourite tracks it was only ten songs long but there was so much great stuff this year, we couldn't cut it down any smaller than 40. Here're the first half of our selections with the second half coming soon.
British indie pop band Oh Wonder are coming to Korea. The band will be returning to Seoul in 2018 for the first time since Holiday Land Festival back in August.
Garage-blues guru and troubadour of spicy guitar jaunts Grey Watson treated fans to his latest single Radical Passenger today.
Jennifer Kim, AKA J.Knife, gives a soulful performance on her debut album, familiar sounds. This collection of 11 deeply personal and incredibly well-produced songs demonstrate a creative talent way beyond the 14-year-old singer-songwriters years.
Due to the small but rich nature of Seoul’s indie music scene whenever a band pops up with that little bit of something special music fans are quick to perk up their ears.
Korean synth-pop singer Neon Bunny has released her new single 지금 (Now). The track is being released by Warner Music Korea and is available now on BandCamp and Youtube.
It was announced earlier today that American hip-hop star Joey Bada$$ will be playing a date here in South Korea. Following his forthcoming tour of Australia, the Pro Era founder will be performing in live in Seoul.
UK electronic-indie outfit The xx will be returning to Korea. Entertainment promoter Private Curve company announced this weekend that the much-loved three-piece will be playing a show in Seoul very soon.
Earlier this weekend, Seoul-based punk band Machines released their debut album Be Nice. The three-piece is made up of Ali Safavi, Michael and Paul Johnson who have been involved in Seoul’s alt-music scene for a while, playing in various bands. They’re also doing a release show this Sunday.
Earlier this year, Korea-based music producer Young Jae Yoo released his debut album under his moniker Palmbeach Wasted Youth Club. The album blends together Jae Yoo’s love of contemporary R&B with his ability to write lush, dreamy hooks.
Seoul-based two piece TwoMyung have been releasing music since 2010. Since then they’ve seen their sound change and develop several times. From gentle piano pop to an intensely brooding electronica to a sweeping, classical style, this band are constantly evolving. Ahead of the release of their new album, we look back at their work so far.
Hypnagogic pop band Ducktails will be returning to Seoul in November as part of their Asia tour. Tickets go on sale today.