4 Female Quartets Bringing the Heat this June

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This month has delivered some fantastic comebacks by K-pop girl groups. If you’re looking for a summer jam, check out these four new releases by these four-member groups! 

Kpop Summer Playlist 2015

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As we near the end of July, the back-to-school commercials begin and fall fashions start filling the shelves of stores. But summer isn’t over yet! There have been a lot of big name comebacks lately from Big Bang, Girls’ Generation, and more. Here are my picks for the best Kpop summer jams of 2015:

Enjoy the Masterful Music of Avatar: The Last Airbender + The Legend of Korra Unreleased Tracks (Soundtrack Review)

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Welcome to the first of several posts this week celebrating the 10th anniversary of Avatar: The Last Airbender which first aired on February 21, 2005 on Nickelodeon. Today we take a closer look at the wonderful music that contributed so much feeling and character to the show and its sequel series The Legend of Korra. I have already reviewed the Korra Book One soundtrack, the only official music release from either series, so this review will focus on the music from ATLA and the later seasons of LOK, both of which primarily consist of compositions by Jeremy Zuckerman.

A review of Zelda- Symphony of the Goddesses at the Nashville Schermerhorn

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Last Thursday my best friend and I attended the second night of the new Zelda-Symphony of the Goddesses concert at the Nashville Schermerhorn. Based on last year’s Final Fantasy performance at the Symphony Center, I expected a big crowd. I didn’t expect almost every seat, including the pricey box seats, to be full, especially since another performance of the show had taken place the night before.

We were delighted with the entire show. I’ve included many videos of good quality from Youtube of the songs (some official recordings off OSTs, others live concert recordings) so that you can get an idea of the selection and progression of the music. Clips from the video games accompanied the music on the big screen pictured above and television for those sitting in the boxes.

Jpop Review: EXILE/E-girls Family Mega-Release

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This weekend the EXILE/E-girls family released four new songs and videos.

Dream revealed two beautiful winter ballads. “こんなにも” (Konna Ni Mo) is certainly my favorite of the two as it is both a song that showcases Dream’s strong, heartfelt vocals and is catchy enough to want to play on repeat.

 

Exile Tribe’s unit J Soul Brothers released a new song called “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe!” I’m not feeling this song too much. The introductory instrumental sounds extremely similar to the hook from Ariana Grande’s “Problem” and the rest feels reminiscent of past Super Junior songs. I’m just getting an overwhelming sense of deja vu.

Finally, Flower released a Japanese remake of the famous song “Tomorrow” for the latest film version of Annie. This is one of those songs that I’m almost sick of hearing in English due to excessive overplay, but I really like the unique arrangement from Flower. The instrumental feels fresh and blends beautifully with Reina’s vocals.

And, just in case you missed it, the Dream and E-girls collaborative single “Move it!” came out the first of this month. It’s an EDM song similar to previous releases “E-Girls Anthem- We Are Venus” and “RYDEEN.”

Which song is your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments and thanks for reading.

Favorite Albums of 2014

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We’re just a few hours out from the New Year here in Nashville, so before 2015 hits, I’m bidding 2014 farewell with some of my favorite albums of the year.

This year saw me branching out a bit musically. While I wasn’t nearly as impressed with Kpop in general this year as in past years, there were still some really great albums from some of my favorite groups and artists. I also started listening to quite a bit more western pop and found several western- U.K. in particular- artists I enjoy listening to.

Favorite Kpop Rookies and Debuts of 2014: Girl Group Edition

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Kpop Girl Groups 2014

December is here. For Kpop fans that means end-of-year award shows, holiday special stages, and megamixes are just around the corner. As we count down to the last days of 2014, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Kpop debuts, songs, comebacks, and collaborations of the year. Today we look at some of the best rookie girl groups of the year. 

Lovendor’s 2nd Original EP “Ikujinashi” Rocks

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Lovendor Coward EP Review

On November 5, 2014, Jpop girl band Lovendor, lead by former Morning Musume member Tanaka Reina, released their second original EP. “Ikujinashi (イクジナシ; Coward)” is the group’s second indie album and the second EP of the year. While I really like “Bukiyou,” it’s clear that since last April the group has stepped up their game. Most of the songs on this EP lean more on the rock side of Lovendor’s pop/rock sound, and I’m loving it.