Knee Jerk Reaction: “Popping” by ONF

I can’t believe this is the THIRD time I’m writing about ONF in six months – they’ve truly been everywhere recently. But all that hard work is clearly paying off, because 2021 is turning out to be one of their best years yet. After earning their first ever music show win and getting some greatContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Popping” by ONF”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “After Midnight” by ASTRO

ASTRO generally does pretty well for themselves, but I’ve always hoped that they would become more “mainstream” successful and get some more attention. (Like I mentioned in my last post about them, my Korean elementary school students – aka the ones who know about all what’s trendy in pop culture – only recognize Cha Eunwoo.)Continue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “After Midnight” by ASTRO”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Ra Pam Pam” by Golden Child

Golden Child is definitely a group that I’d like to see get some more recognition. Their discography is so solid, and they consistently do good work. They’ve also been getting more creative as time goes by, which I find pretty impressive. When they released “Burn It” in January, I was so taken by their musicContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Ra Pam Pam” by Golden Child”

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: “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″

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Make It” by 2PM

It’s been nearly five years, but 2PM has finally made their much-anticipated and long-awaited return as a full group. Plus this is the first time a group has been able to make a comeback with a member who changed agencies, which hopefully means it will be possible for others in the same situation. Though IContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Make It” by 2PM”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Hello Future” by NCT Dream

Given NCT Dream’s massive – and I mean MASSIVE – explosion of popularity in South Korea this spring, having a repackage makes total sense. Unfortunately for me, my habit of going all-in on a group’s comeback and then taking a break from them is not conducive to repackages. “Hot Sauce” took over most of myContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Hello Future” by NCT Dream”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Ready to Love” by SEVENTEEN

(Sorry about cropping most of Seungkwan out of the profile picture – this was the only comeback-related photo that somewhat fit my blog’s required dimensions ^^”’) I’ve always found myself in a bit of a strange place with SEVENTEEN. I like them a lot and I always check in on their comebacks, but I justContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Ready to Love” by SEVENTEEN”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Spin Off” by UP10TION

I tend to say a lot of K-pop groups are underrated, but UP10TION is most definitely one that gets slept on. I got into K-pop not long after their debut, and I remember there was definitely some buzz about them at the time (at least in the international fan community). They had so much promiseContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Spin Off” by UP10TION”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Bye Bye Bye” by WEi

I really don’t know much about WEi except that all of the members have been on survival shows like Produce 101, Under 19, and YG Treasure Box. Most of have been in project groups related to those shows as well, and/or they’ve been able to do some solo work. (Fun fact: I always forget KimContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Bye Bye Bye” by WEi”