Tuesday, March 11, 2014

[interview] 장기하와 얼굴들 (Kiha And The Faces) talks 3rd album

With critically acclaimed first and second album, a mega-hit tune part of the soundtrack for 2012's Nameless Gangsters, and with fantastic collaboration with Infinity Challenge in 2013 - Kiha & The Faces are probably the hottest band in Korea right now. I posted about their upcoming American tour earlier this month which I was really excited about (along with many others who were planning on attending, I'm sure), but I am deeply sorry to announce that all their American shows have been cancelled due to visa issues. Shaking my fist at America and its immigration! 

Initially I interviewed the band mostly about their American shows, which I was planning on posting last week. However, as with each cancellation update I had to push off on posting the interview because a lot of it had to do with their American tour. Now that it's completely cancelled, I thought about not posting it at all because it was too damn sad. But I still wanted to share some more information about the band with the international fans out there and decided to post parts of the interview that has to do with their music and their upcoming third album in particular. 

Check out the interview below for some information on their upcoming third album, Kiha's side activities, and their plans for the future. 

Monday, March 3, 2014


Some more exciting news! Seoulsonic will be kicking off their 2014 USA Tour soon! This year, the tour features Glen Check, Rock'n'Roll Radio, and Love X Stereo. Starting with sxsw, they will be hitting San Francisco, Detroit, New York, Washington DC and L.A. If you can make it to any of the shows, I suggest that you do! I have seen Glen Check and Rock'n'Roll Radio and they are not to be missed - probably two of the most fun bands I've seen live. Love X Stereo's music is pretty awesome as well, so this is a great package here :) I'm sort of bummed that they're not dropping by Chicago but I might just be able to make it to the NYC show. Fingers crossed!

Here's the full tour schedule:

SXSW Official Show presented by Seoulsonic
Date : March 13th (Thu), 12am-12:40am
Venue : Icenhauer's (83 Rainey Street)
Lineup : Love X Stereo, No Brain, Glen Check, Big Phony, Hwang Boryung=SmackSoft
Badges : Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Music Festival Wristband, Artist Wristband
Link: Here

Date : March 20th (Thu), 9:30pm
Venue : Brick & Mortar Music Hall (1710 Mission St)
Lineup : Love X Stereo, Rock 'N' Roll Radio, Glen Check, No Brain. Hosted by Kero One & DJ Relic
Cover : $20
Link: Here

Date : March 25th (Tue), 6pm
Venue : Pike Room @ Crofoot (1 South Saginaw, Pontiac, MI)
Lineup : Love X Stereo, Rock 'N' Roll Radio, Glen Check, Reckless Scamps
Cover: $10 in advance / $12 at the door
Link: Here

2K14 Seoulsonic @ NYC
Date : March 29th (Sat), 7pm
Venue : Marlin Room @ Webster Hall (125 E 11th St)
Line Up : Love X Stereo, Rock 'N' Roll Radio, Glen Check, Big Phony
Cover: $12 (19+ event)
Link: Here

2K14 Seoulsonic @ DC
Date : March 31st (Mon), 7pm
Venue : Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre @ George Washington Univ. (800 21st Street NW)
Line Up : Love X Stereo, Rock 'N' Roll Radio, Glen Check, Big Phony
Cover : $9.99
Link: Here 

2K14 Seoulsonic @ Los Angeles
Date : April 6th (Sun), TBA
Venue : SEED Center (1917 Bay St)
Line Up : Love X Stereo, Rock 'N' Roll Radio, Glen Check
Cover : TBA
Link: Here 

Rock'n'Roll Radio just won the Best New Artist of the Year award at the 2014 Korean Music Awards, while Glen Check won Best Electronic Album of the Year at the KMAs. 

Here are some videos of the three bands, if you have yet to listen to their awesome music: 

Original images provided by Seoulsonic. Images edited by Sangha. All information regarding the shows are provided by Seoulsonic.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

장기하와 얼굴들 (Kiha & The Faces) NYC Tour!

Be excited! Critically acclaimed and famed Korean band Kiha & The Faces (장기하와 얼굴들) is coming State side in March! They will be performing at sxsw on March 11 at the K-Pop Night Out event, and then will head to New York City for two shows. One is already sold out, but there are still tickets available for their second show, so if you are in the area and can make it, I strongly recommend that you do! A fabulous band, with some really, really great music. Their first album is one of my all-time favourites, and although I wasn't the biggest fan of their 2nd album initially, it's really grown on me as well. Everything they've released so far has been awesome, awesome! 

Their NYC show at Rockwood Music Hall is already sold out, but you can still grab tickets to their show at Knitting Factory. Information below.

Bulgogi Beast
Venue: Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
March 19, Wednesday
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
$15 online, $18 at the door 

This show will also feature two Brooklyn bands, high-energy Southern rock & roll band Jumbo Brown, and rising new indie rock band Sheep Psyche

Check out Kiha & The Faces' music video for "그렇고 그런 사이 (A Sort of Relationship)" for a taste of their music: