South By Southwest

SXSW Song of the Day – Billlie – GingaMingaYo

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One of the greatest things about SXSW is the wide range of diverse acts that come in from all over the world. And one of the most consistently fun nights I have had in SXSW over the past years has always been the Korean pop night. In the past years I have seen several hit K-pop groups including:

Red Velvet

This year, K-pop returns. Things have changed – K-pop is now one of the biggest genres of music in the world (if you can call it a genre) and bands like BTS and Blackpink are among the most popular bands on Earth. Even on a personal basis, I have been listening to more and more K-pop bands. It’s fun, catchy music. I think they have figured out the formula for creating hooks – the thing I really enjoy is that there is no hesitation for bands in K-pop to mix genres – often songs in K-pop feature pop, electro, rap and rock all in one song. There’s no baggage there that seems to exist in North American music (imagine if Taylor Swift suddenly drops a hardcore rap – there would be some pushback)

The song GingaMingaYo is a great example of the blend of genres. The song dips and dives between pop and electro, all punctuated by choreographed dancing and ultimately becomes a year worm you can’t escape. The group behind this song is called Billlie. Debuting in 2021, the South Korean band consists of seven members and has had some success in the past few years with the single mentioned as well as other songs such as “Ring My Bell.” Given that they have not released new music since mid 2022, their reappearance in Austin might signal new material.

Either way – watch the video below. This will be a fun time

Billlie plays Elysium on March 13.

SXSW Song of the Day: Big Bill – Society Man

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Photo by Jackie Lee Young

Fun fact about Austin punk band Big Bill – their singer Eric Braden has almost the same name as the dude who plays Victor Newman on The Young and the Restless (who spells his name Braeden, by the way).

This fact, of course, holds no great relevance for Big Bill. After all, with the band having been around since 2011, they’re probably not all that young at this point, and I can’t really comment on just how restless the members of Big Bill may or may not be. What I can comment on, however, is the song “Society Man”, taken off of their latest release Public Freakout Compilation. And my comment on that particular tune is this: it’s a good one. Check it out below.

Big Bill plays The Creek and the Cave on Friday, March 17 @ 10:00pm.

SXSW Song of the Day: Shana Cleveland – A Ghost

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“A Ghost” is the latest single from La Luz singer/guitarist Shana Cleveland‘s upcoming album Manzanita, which is out March 10 on Hardly Art Records.

Sonically, the song is a departure from her main gig with La Luz, but its ethereal, haunting psych-folk sound will surely fit perfectly within the confines of Austin’s Central Presbyterian Church, where Cleveland will be sharing the stage next month with Thao, SOAK, Le Ren, and The Ophelias for a showcase presented by Distance Management.

Check out the video for “A Ghost” below.

Shana Cleveland plays Central Presbyterian Church on March 14 @ 10:00pm.

SXSW Song of the Day: English Teacher – Song About Love

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It’s Valentine’s Day, so what better time to listen to a song about love? And with their latest single, “Song About Love”, Leeds band English Teacher has given us just that.

Or … maybe it’s just a song about vacuuming and doing the washing? Either way, it’s a pretty good tune. Check it out below.