August 18th, 2011 Jaurim released their eight …

August 18th, 2011 Jaurim released their eight album: Eummoron

Jaurim (자우림) is a popular mixed band that has been around since 1997. If you’ve been a K-Pop fan for a long time, you probably know their iconic hit song, “Hahaha Song” as the song is pretty funny, and the music video for the track had the members performing in a ring while a massive fight was going on around them. By contrast, “Idol” is a much tamer song but is still their style.

Are you a fan of Jaurim? Tell us what’s your favorite song by them!

August 17th, 2010 HybRefine released their fir…

August 17th, 2010 HybRefine released their first album: 2010

HybRefine (하이브리파인) was an electronica boy group who debuted in 2008. “Cosmic Dance” lives up to its name, as it’s an electronica track with cosmic sound effects. Unfortunately, HybRefine was just a project group consisting of one person, and hasn’t had any new releases since 2010.

Are you a fan HybRefine? Let us know what your favorite track by them is!

August 14th, 2014 PepperTones released their f…

August 14th, 2014 PepperTones released their fifth album: High Five

PepperTones (페퍼톤스) is a rock and electronica group who have been around since 2004. You might assume by their style that they would produce primarily high-intensity songs, but actually their music tends to be on the chiller-side of things.”I Don’t Know” is a good example of this, as it’s a calm song with funky instrumentals. They have been featured on many drama soundtracks over the years.

Honorable Mention:
2012 – Clover (클로버) – Pork Soup
         Their single, with the track: “Pork Soup

August 11, 2011 HarryBigButton released their …

August 11, 2011 HarryBigButton released their debut EP: Hard ‘n Loud

HarryBigButton (해리빅버튼) is a three-member rock band under Hard Boiled Music. The group’s name is a reference to the “slang term for a vintage car stereo with chunky big buttons”. The next year in 2012, they shot to stardom following the release of their first album King’s Life.

August 10, 2009 Crying Nut released their sixt…

August 10, 2009 Crying Nut released their sixth album: Uncomfortable Party

Crying Nut (크라잉 넛 ) is a five-member indie rock band under Drug Records.

This album had three other songs with music video releases: Uncomfortable Party, Dove, and Ghost MIA

Even though they started out as an indie band, they are quite well known to the general public and often chart well upon release of their albums– they have even been given the title of “best selling Korean indie band of all time”!

August 6th, 2014 GoGoStar released their third…

August 6th, 2014 GoGoStar released their third album: Broken Night

GoGoStar (고고스타) is an Indie band with an 80s sound. “Broken Night” is the best example of this, as the track combines rock music with an electric keyboard. While it sometimes can be hard to find music for Korean Indie bands online, GoGoStar has their own bandcamp page.

Honorable Mention:
2015 – Galaxy Express (갤럭시익스프레스) – Walking on Empty
         Their fourth album, with the track: “Time Keeps Rollin

August 5, 2010 DAYBREAK released their second …

August 5, 2010 DAYBREAK released their second album: Aurora

DAYBREAK (데이브레이크) is an indie band under Happy Robot Records. The group formed in 2007 and later the same year the debuted with their first album Urban Life Style. The group consists of Lee Won-suk (vocalist), Jung Yu-jong (guitarist), Kim Sun-il (bassist), and Kim Jang-won (keyboardist). 

Honorable Mentions:
2010 – Dear Cloud (디어클라우드) – Take the Air
       Their first EP, with the title track: “Don’t Disappear

August 3rd, 2015 Pony released their second al…

August 3rd, 2015 Pony released their second album: I Don’t Want to Open That

Pony (포니) is an indie band under Tree Machine Records. The group released their first album in 2008 with The Pony: Vol. 1. The group can be described as an experimental rock group, dabbling in different rock genres for each of their releases– this album in particular tries out various ones for a fresh sound. 

August 1st, 2012 Jang Jane released her EP: Su…

August 1st, 2012 Jang Jane released her EP: Summer Night

Jang Jane (장재인) born Jang Jae In is a solo artist and composer under Mystic89. She has been writing songs since the age of 15, lending her voice to multiple OSTs, and even making a cameo in the 2015 K-Drama Perseverance Goo Hae Ra

July 31st, 2013, Sinawe released the special a…

July 31st, 2013, Sinawe released the special album: Mirrorview

Sinawe (시나위) is Korea’s first heavy metal band and has been around since 1986. The band has gone through a number of lineup changes, including having Seo Taiji (서태지) as a bassist. The sole member who has been around since debut is Shin Dae Chul (신대철), who is the leader and guitarist for the band. Interestingly, while Sin Dae Chul started Korea’s first heavy metal band, his father, Shin Jung Hyeon (신중현), is known for being Korea’s “Godfather of Rock”, as he is the first rocker in Korean history and formed Korea’s first rock band (Add4). Sinawe shares the same name in Hangul as Sinawi, which is type of traditional Korean music.

Honorable Mentions
2012 – Neon Bunny (야광토끼) – Happy Ending
         Her first EP, with the title track: “Oh My Prince

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