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screen shot from T-ara's music video for their 2009 single

K-Pop Throwback: Why T-ara's 2009 Single 'Like The First Time' Still Holds Up [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 06.12.15 | 08:26PM EDT

what is it that makes K-pop girl group T-ara's 2009 single "Like The First Time" worth talking about after all these years? In a word, it's the songwriting.


K-Pop Throwback: SISTAR Reveal A Path Not Taken On The Raw, Hard-Hitting 2011 Brave Brothers Production 'Over' [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 06.05.15 | 11:25PM EDT

With a hard-edged urban sound and edgy, super-charged vocals devoid of digital gimmickry, SISTAR's 2011 song "Over" shows an entirely different and virtually untapped dimension to an already versatile act

a still from SISTAR's

K-Pop Throwback: SISTAR Mix The Sounds Of Amadou & Mariam, The Bee Gees And Bollywood On Their 2012 Hit 'Alone' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 05.18.15 | 08:54PM EDT

SISTAR's 2012 hit "Alone" still sounds as fresh as the day it was released, another master class from producer Brave Brothers on how to use familiar sounds to create something strikingly new.

The reclusive and sinister mastermind of Infinite Hatred.

Korean Rock Recall: Relive The All-Out Assault Of Infinite Hatred's 2004 Track 'Forest Of Black Shadows' [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 05.15.15 | 11:58AM EDT

On the raging 2004 musical missive "Forest Of Black Shadows" Korean one-man black metal band Infinite Hatred seek to destroy all good will, but create some compelling music in the process.


K-Pop Throwback: Remember When 4Minute's eSNa-Penned 2014 Album Track 'I'll Teach You' Made You Want To Dance All Day? [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 05.04.15 | 07:27PM EDT

There is a fresh and arresting quality to 4Minute's 2014 track "I'll Teach You" from the album "4Minute World" that makes it a must to revisit even though it's been over a year since its release.

The skate punk band The Strikers, seen here not skating.

Korean Rock Recall: The Strikers Go Beyond Skate Punk On Their 2011 Song 'Radio Action' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 05.01.15 | 11:11AM EDT

On their 2011 anthem "Radio Action," South Korean skate punk band The Strikers defy arbitrary categorization.

cover of Beenzino's 24:26 album

K-Pop Throwback: Beenzino Teams Up With Dynamic Duo On A Beat That Is Pure Native Tongues For The 2012 Gem 'Nike Shoes' [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 04.09.15 | 06:33PM EDT

On his 2012 track "Nike Shoes," South Korean rapper Beenzino is clearly channeling the Native Tongues vibe, with some help from longtime collaborators Dynamic Duo.

The aptly named Dark Ambition.

Korean Rock Recall: Experience The Epic Sonic Journey Of Dark Ambition's Blazing 2007 Track 'Bird' [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 04.16.15 | 07:31PM EDT

On their 2007 album-closing cut "Bird," Korean melodic death metal band Dark Ambition show that stretching out has its benefits.

The young punks of Rux.

Korean Rock Recall: Reliving The Rebellion Rock Of Rux's 2009 Release 'Eternal Kids' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 04.09.15 | 04:32PM EDT

On their 2009 single "Eternal Kids," Korean street punk band Rux explored a sound that, while familiar to some, represented something much more significant to a whole generation of young music fans.

album cover for Zzapa's

K-Pop Double Take: Why Korean Hip-Hop Artist Zzapa's 'Till The Night Is Over' Deserves Your Attention [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 03.27.15 | 09:23PM EDT

Using a relatively generic minor piano progression, Zzapa carves out a groove that is unique and downright funky on "Till The Night Is Over," from the EP "Time For Love," released in January.


K-Pop Beyond The Charts: Clazziquai Project Celebrate 10 Years Since Their Debut Album On The 2014 Single 'Call Me Back' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 04.02.15 | 11:44AM EDT

The Clazziquai single "Call me back," celebrate the best attributes of these three inventive musicians.

Han Hee Jung in light and shadow.

Korean Rock Recall: The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts On Bluedawn Singer Han Hee Jeong's 2013 Release 'Soil' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 03.20.15 | 04:21PM EDT

On her 2013 single "Soil," Bluedawn vocalist Han Hee Jeong showed how a few small ideas can come together to make a big impact.

still from the Wonder Girls video

K-Pop Throwback: Clap Your Hands If You Want To Relive The Exhilaration Of The 2012 Wonder Girls Hit 'Like This' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 03.18.15 | 09:20PM EDT

On "Like This," Wonder Girls use a simple handclap pattern as a springboard for a dance groove that sounds as fresh and as innovative as it did the day in spring of 2012 that it was released.

Purfles promo photo

K-Pop Double Take: Relive The Moment Purfles Proved Themselves On Their 2014 Debut '1,2,3' [VIDEO]

Reviews 03.11.15 | 09:38PM EDT

When the three-member K-pop girl group Purfles debuted back in October with their first single "1,2,3" they had so confidence right out of the gate, you'd think they'd been making hits for years.

Galaxy Express performs at SXSW 2014

Korean Rock Recall: Galaxy Express Prove The Best Rock 'N' Roll Is Primitive On Their 2013 Track 'Horongbul' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 03.06.15 | 05:32PM EST

On their crushing 2013 single "Horongbul," power trio Galaxy Express prove that you don't need any fancy electronic gadgetry to get the job done.

producer G-Slow

K-Pop Throwback: G-Slow's 2009 Collaboration With Rimi And Urban Zakapa's Jo Hyun Ah 'Hold Me' Still Sounds Fresh [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 03.03.15 | 06:21PM EST

Like a master chef, on "Hold Me," G-Flow combines seemingly random ingredients, a mellow Fender Rhodes chord progression, a gritty synth bass, a Dirty South drum loop, and turns them into something daringly divine.

vocalists Daeho and Banseok

K-Pop Covers: Why The Daeho And Banseok A Capella Version Of JYP's 'You're The One' Is Better Than The Original [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 02.26.15 | 04:42PM EST

Recorded live in one take and filmed with a single unedited camera shot, Daeho and Banseok perform an a capella cover of JYP's "You're The One" that far surpasses the original in vocal greatness.


Last Month's Hallyu Hits: U-KISS Blend Their Powerful Vocals With Passionate Guitar Playing On 'Playground' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 02.19.15 | 04:58PM EST

Taken from the group's "Always" EP, the 11th in the U-KISS catalog, "Playground" is anchored around a silky smooth acoustic guitar part and powerful vocals.

The Solutions: hell bent for leather.

Korean Rock Recall: Why The 2014 Solutions Single 'Movement' Cuts Across Musical Genres [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 02.13.15 | 05:10PM EST

The Solutions's latest single "Movements," released back in May, proves that the ecstasy of an anthemic chorus can cut across dance or rock music idioms..

The dance-rock diplomats of Rock 'N' Roll Radio.

Korean Rock Recall: Exploring The Dance-Rock Fusion Of Rock 'N' Roll Radio's 2013 Single 'Shut Up And Dance' [VIDEO]

Old K-Pop 02.06.15 | 05:23PM EST

On 2013's "Shut Up And Dance," Rock 'N' Roll Radio present a happy marriage between rock fury and dance energy.

Narsha of Brown Eyed Girls

K-Pop Throwback: Reliving The Elecro Bliss Of Brown Eyed Girls Singer Narsha's Appearance On Humming Urban Stereo's 'REFORM' EP [AUDIO]

Old K-Pop 02.05.15 | 09:51PM EST

Vocalist Narsha, from one of K-pop's more innovative acts, Brown Eyed Girls, proves to be the perfect compliment to Humming Urban Stereo's intoxicating retro synth landscape on "BULLSHIT."


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