2019 MBC Gayo Daejejeon Recap (+ the 10 Best Performances)
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2019 MBC Gayo Daejejeon Recap (+ the 10 Best Performances)

Honestly, I came into tonight’s festival feeling pretty pessimistic. KBS’s Gayo was largely forgettable, and tonight’s line-up was missing some of my favorite acts. But, MBC ended up balking expectations and being the most enjoyable of the three gayos overall. When I think about it, this isn’t too surprising. I’ve always loved MBC’s more intimate … Continue reading

2019 SBS Gayo Daejun Recap (+ the 10 Best Performances)
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2019 SBS Gayo Daejun Recap (+ the 10 Best Performances)

The end-of-year festivals officially kicked off this Christmas, with SBS’s Gayo Daejun once again opening the three-night festivities inside the immense Gocheok Sky Dome. Unfortunately, this year’s proceedings were marred before they even started, with Red Velvet’s Wendy suffering a horrible accident during rehearsals. I’m sure that idols were (understandably) concerned about the safety of … Continue reading

Song Review: Twice – Fake & True
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Song Review: Twice – Fake & True

As Twice’s Korean output has shifted styles this year, their Japanese music has followed suit. This began with June’s striking Breakthrough, and continues with new single Fake & True. As with the last few years, Twice are churning out new singles with alarming speed, and that ubiquity has helped them make a convincing transformation in … Continue reading

Song Review: Twice – Happy Happy
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Song Review: Twice – Happy Happy

Paired with the more uncharacteristic Breakthrough, Happy Happy is one half of a double-sided blitz from Twice’s upcoming Japanese promotions. The two songs come together to represent contrasting moods for both hot summer days and steamy summer nights. As you might have guessed from its title, Happy Happy is dedicated to fun-in-the-sun excitement, and falls … Continue reading

Song Review: Twice – Breakthrough
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Song Review: Twice – Breakthrough

With a title like Breakthrough, you better have the goods to deliver. Thus far, Twice’s Japanese material has ranged from fair to frenetically frustrating. Last year’s BDZ hinted at some musical progress, but their immense popularity doesn’t exactly spawn motivation to change. More than a breakthrough, the group needs to take a sledgehammer to their … Continue reading