Hello Rookies of May 2016

For the 10th consecutive year, rookie band competition Hello Rookie is running. Online auditions began in March, and a month later the 7 acts to take part of the live auditions for Hello Rookie of May were announced: post-rock aspiring bands with vocalists Ahn Dayoung and Raw By Peppers, rock band Sons of Tiger, alternative… Continue reading

Gaon Charts April 2016

Korea’s national music chart Gaon published the charts for April last Thursday. Here’s a look at how the local indie music managed during the month. Gaon Korean Album Chart While March was a good month for album sales, April didn’t deliver to the same extent. On the indie front, Busker Busker‘s 2012 album continued to… Continue reading

Gaon Charts March 2016

Korea’s national music chart Gaon published the charts for March a week ago. Here’s a look at how the local indie music managed during the month. Gaon Korean Album Chart March appears to have been an overall very good month for album sales in Korea. Tearliner‘s soundtrack for tvN drama Cheese In The Trap (치즈… Continue reading

Korea Curated Giveaway

I first met Marie Frenette during my first trip to Korea, back in 2009, and we’ve remained friends since. While my time in Korea remains limited to the occasional vacation, Marie has successfully kept her life in the country for a decade. Her drive and passion (alongside her Korean proficiency) never ceases to amaze and… Continue reading

[History] Hello Rookies 2014

I frequently find myself looking up former contestants of Hello Rookie when writing small info snippets for various posts. Since the competition started in 2007 a large number of great bands and solo artists has gotten a share of the spotlight, and it’s particularly fun to see how the now more famous acts have evolved…. Continue reading