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Song of the Day: IVE – Kitsch

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I’ve been quite obsessed with K-pop this year. One of the things I like about Korean’s version of pop music is their complete disregard for sticking to one type of genre in their songs. Frequently a song will change on a dime from standard bubblegum pop fare to add something completely wild and it’s refreshing. The song “Kitsch” by girl group Ive is a great example. While most of their tunes are pretty much by the template K-pop, “Kitsch” is …

Song of the Day: Le Sserafim – No Return (into the Unknown)

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Truth be told, I’ve been listening to a whole lot of K-pop lately. I was originally introduced to it via Tik Tok, where there were all these clips of Mainland Chinese fashion bloggers walking down the street to some clip. I was like, this song sounds bangin’ and it turned out it was Blackpink’s “How You Like That.” Anyways, at some point I decided I should investigate more than just Blackpink so here I am. I don’t pretend to know …

Concert Review: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, July 3, Budweiser Stage

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View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ricky Lam (@panicmanual) I’ve been thinking about what makes a more concert memorable – is it a band that consistently puts out good songs throughout their entire set or is it a band that has valleys and peaks during their show, of which the peaks are astoundingly high? I think about this in regards to last night’s concert. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds was in town touring behind their latest, Council …

SXSW Reviews: Barrie, Model/Actriz, Blondshell

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Barrie, March 14, Cheer Up Charlies Bringing choreographed movements to their synthy, lo-fi, dreamy, soft pop melodies, Barrie (aka Barrie Lindsay and friends) charmed the afternoon crowd at Cheer up Charlies. Their songs were catchy and the harmonizing reminded me of Au Revoir Simone. Very pleasant. Barrie’s new EP 5K is out on March 31st. Model/Actriz, March 14, Cheer Up Charlies Pounding bass, disco beats and distant lyrics – the electrifying Model/Actriz show brought everyone back to a Brooklyn warehouse …