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SXSW Song of the Day: Nur-D – All My Friends Are So Hot

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Nur-D is a Hip Hop artist from the hip hop hotbed known as Minneapolis. From the few songs I have sampled, I have enjoyed the goofy, nerdy themes of his tracks. They are fun, unique and refreshing – I am actually listening to the lyrics. Reminds me of early ’90s hip hop acts. He’ll be at SXSW, check him out. Nur-D plays Flamingo Cantina on March 16 at 1:30am.

SXSW Song of the Day: Bubble Tea and Cigarettes – 5AM Empanada With You

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I love Bubble Tea, so naturally I will gravitate towards any band with Bubble Tea in their name. I also love Empanadas, so when I saw on the SXSW Playlist that there was a band called Bubble Tea and Cigarettes with a song called “5AM Empanada With You,” it was an easy “lets check out what this song is about.” Unsurprisingly, this song was good. To the title’s credit, it really does have that 5am, I’m too awake to sleep, …

Song of the Day: IVE – WAVE

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Apparently K-pop bands also sing songs in Japanese in order to reach the ever elusive Japanese market. So basically what I’m saying is that K-pop groups sing songs in: Korean English Japanese Talk about over achievers. This song by IVE popped up on my YouTube recommended feed and it’s ridiculously catchy. What is the song about? I haven’t a single clue. Why do they spell out the word Wave? I don’t know. “WAVE” is unabashedly simple in it’s execution and …

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 …