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"'Cause you're in my city": Examining Seoul through K-pop

"'Cause you're in my city": Examining Seoul through K-pop

I was walking down the streets of histories
I was weaving all the wasteful energies
I see a million different faces in my dreams
Can’t tell if it’s fake or reality

-Love X Stereo, Soul City

 The enterprise of K-pop music is a highly geographical one: performers…

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Thou Shalt Not: Christianity and Personal Freedom in Sunny Hill's "Pray"

Thou Shalt Not: Christianity and Personal Freedom in Sunny Hill's "Pray"

In an industry mostly fuelled by toothache-inducing sugary melodies and sweet visuals, the music video of Sunny Hill’s “Pray” takes the road much less travelled by introducing the haunting and ‘creepy’ story of a physically deformed man. In all its morbidity and dark message that markedly different individuals…

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Tips For Newcomers To The World Of K-Pop

Tips For Newcomers To The World Of K-Pop

Image: If the K-pop thing all gets too much, there is many an unknown boy (and sometimes girl) group that we’re sure will be willing to hug it all out with you. This one is called F.Cuz.
Calling all newcomers to the wonderful, magical world of K…

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BH Playlist: Ctrl-Alt-K

BH Playlist: Ctrl-Alt-K

This week’s playlist is all about Korean alternative bands. We have seen a lot of changes in the way alternative musicians promote their music both in and outside of Korean. As the K-Indie scene has quickly been able to attract more listeners allowing them to expand easily into…

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Korean Films in Review: Night Flight

Korean Films in Review: Night Flight

At first glance Night Flight gives off a soap opera feel with its subdued colouring and generally soft palette, yet stick with this film and allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised as its many intricate layers soon weave elegantly throughout the film. Despite the soft outer shell, Night Flight harvests…

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Mamamoo demonstrate how to make a successful K-pop debut in 2014

Mamamoo demonstrate how to make a successful K-pop debut in 2014

Much ado has been made recently about the state of the idol industry. It seems that everyone and their grandmother has something to say online about girl groups and their talents (or lack thereof). With Soshi failing to live up to their glorious past, 2NE1’s future in trouble after…

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Stories of Seoul gives a glimpse of the realities of LGBT life in Korea

Stories of Seoul gives a glimpse of the realities of LGBT life in Korea

LGBT issues in Korea seem to be a hot topic both domestically and internationally at the moment. The concepts of coming out and outing have been gaining traction over the past few years and fashion designer Kim Jae-woong forcible outing on reality TV show Sharehouse brought it to the…

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Korean Films in Review: Han Gong-Ju

Korean Films in Review: Han Gong-Ju

Director Lee Su-jin brings us his first independent feature debut: Han Gong-ju. We follow Gong-ju (Chun Woo-hee) who is, in theory, your typical teenager; she goes to school, has a part time job and she loves music above all. Well, Gong-ju would be your typical…

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Cults, crashes and K-pop: Who is Yoo Byung-eun and how is he related to JYP? Read More