Knee Jerk Reaction: “Permission to Dance” by BTS

BTS sure knows how to strike while the iron is hot: “Butter” is still going strong with no signs of slowing down, but now they’ve added “Permission to Dance” to the mix. Their third English single is a happy tune specifically meant to spread hope and cheer in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, andContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Permission to Dance” by BTS”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Weekend” by Taeyeon

I don’t really follow K-pop soloists as closely as I do K-pop groups, but I always love listening to Taeyeon. And one of the major reasons why is because her discography is so diverse and interesting. Though she certainly has her own unique artistic color and flair, her voice is also versatile enough to suitContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Weekend” by Taeyeon”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Beam Beam” by Jeon Soyeon

(G)I-DLE’s leader and resident composer Jeon Soyeon is the latest female idol to make her solo debut. Well, she’s dropped a few digital singles before… but this is the first time she’s had an official fully-promoted solo release with a mini-album and everything. Plus she’s the first (G)I-DLE member to get one, so it’s allContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Beam Beam” by Jeon Soyeon”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Tear Drop” by SF9

Now that I’m officially on summer break, I can FINALLY start checking out July comebacks. (After promotions are already over… SIGH) First up is SF9, a group that’s quite near and dear to my heart these days. I’ve been following them since their debut, and I even went to a fan meeting they had inContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Tear Drop” by SF9″

K-Pop Starter Kit: 5 Beginner Tips for Learning Korean

Though I’m including an introduction to Korean as part of my K-pop Starter Kit, I don’t believe knowing or speaking it is necessary in order to be a K-pop fan. I’m nowhere near fluent, and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying myself for over five years now. That being said, the reason I made it a monthlyContinue reading “K-Pop Starter Kit: 5 Beginner Tips for Learning Korean”

Mid-Year Check-In: My Favorite K-pop Releases of 2021 (So Far)

I genuinely can’t believe we’re already well into July!!! Seriously, where has the time gone??? Since we’re officially over midway through 2021, it’s time for me to make another “halfway point” post about the K-pop releases that I’ve spent the most time and energy on from January to June. I tried this out last year,Continue reading “Mid-Year Check-In: My Favorite K-pop Releases of 2021 (So Far)”

Favorites of 2021: June

We’re pretty much halfway through July, but whatever June in K-pop typically involves a rush of comebacks that can overwhelm a multifan, and this year was no exception. So many groups and artists I regularly follow dropped new music that I found it hard to choose favorites. In fact, no song released in June madeContinue reading “Favorites of 2021: June”