Knee Jerk Reaction: “Lock Down” by EPEX

C9 Entertainment has debuted another boy group! EPEX, a name which seems to be a blend of the words “eight” and “apex,” has arrived on the scene with their powerful first song “Lock Down.” (Though according to the Hangul, it’s pronounced “ee-pex” rather than “apex.”) I must say that I’m slightly questioning C9 Entertainment’s choiceContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Lock Down” by EPEX”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Don’t Fight the Feeling” by EXO

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know how much I love EXO. They weren’t the ones who got me into K-pop, but they were the second group I discovered and they quickly became one of my favorites. They’ve consistently remained in my Top 5 groups throughout the years, and seeing themContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Don’t Fight the Feeling” by EXO”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Gambler” by Monsta X

Monsta X was one of the very first K-pop groups I discovered and started following, so they’re truly near and dear to my heart. One of the great things about being a long-time K-pop fan is seeing how your favorite groups evolve over the years, and I’ve really loved watching Monsta X’s musical journey inContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Gambler” by Monsta X”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “OX1=Love Song (I Know I Love You)” by TXT

It’s pretty clear TXT is blossoming as one of the leaders of K-pop’s fourth generation. And while they’re doing really well for themselves now, I predict that success and popularity is going to rise exponentially over the next few years. But although I definitely see and understand the hype, I must admit I don’t personallyContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “OX1=Love Song (I Know I Love You)” by TXT”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Butter” by BTS

I’ve been listening to BTS for over five years now, and I’m constantly impressed by everything they’ve accomplished. I’ve seen their whole meteoric increase in global popularity – something that will never cease to amaze me – and I’m certain that “Butter” will help their star rise even higher. That being said, I must confessContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Butter” by BTS”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Black Mirror” by ONEUS

I have to say, I’m consistently really impressed by ONEUS. This up and coming boy group has been working so hard at building both their discography and their brand as musicians and artists, and it shows. They’re already on their second comeback this year, and we’re not even halfway through! While I don’t regularly followContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Black Mirror” by ONEUS”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Hot Sauce” by NCT Dream

Before I talk about NCT Dream, I just want to say how excited I am that NCT has become so popular in Korea recently. I remember when I first came here in 2019, and I told my students NCT was one of my favorite K-pop groups. I figured it was possible they would have heardContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Hot Sauce” by NCT Dream”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Not the End” by Highlight

Sorry for the delay on this post! Normally I try to do reactions within a week of a song’s release, but I’m super behind because I’ve been writing material for the K-pop Starter Kit. I debated just moving on to this week’s music, but I didn’t want to skip over Highlight because I’m quite fondContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Not the End” by Highlight”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Ugly Dance” by ONF

It’s been a long time coming, but ONF is FINALLY getting the attention they deserve. After receiving their first ever music show win with “Beautiful Beautiful” in February – a major milestone achievement – they’ve made a quick turnaround and released “Ugly Dance” as their repackage single. While I already liked it from the start,Continue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Ugly Dance” by ONF”

Knee Jerk Reaction: “Drunk-Dazed” by ENHYPEN

I’m honestly so behind with ENHYPEN that it’s not even funny. I didn’t have time to watch I-LAND when it aired last year, so I decided I wouldn’t spend too much time on them until I did. (I like watching survival shows because it helps me get to know a group better.) Per usual, IContinue reading “Knee Jerk Reaction: “Drunk-Dazed” by ENHYPEN”