Gaon Charts May 2016

Korea’s national music chart Gaon published the charts for May ten days ago. Here’s a look at how the local indie music managed during the month. Gaon Korean Album Chart Plenty of excellent albums were released during May and many of the indie releases did show up on Gaon’s weekly Korean album chart. However, only… Continue reading

SXSW 2016

It’s mid-March and just a day away from the start of the world’s largest music showcase festival–South by Southwest–in Austin, Texas. The music portion of SXSW 2016 lasts from March 15 to March 20 and offers more than 2,000 showcasing artists. 16 of those are Korean.   Anna’s Recommendations Chris from Korean Indie took the… Continue reading

Stephen Epstein’s Us and Them

End of November the Asia-Pacific Journal published a peer-reviewed article by Victoria University of Wellington professor Stephen Epstein on Korean indie music: Us and Them: Korean Indie Rock in a K-Pop World. More specifically, it complements the 2014 documentary of the same name co-produced by Stephen Epstein and Timothy Tangherlini. The article does a great… Continue reading