Need a new artist to follow? We’ve got just the girl! Check out Ka Lia Kang‘s music video for her single “Empty Soul”. Kang beautifully sings about the pains of heartbreak and false love. She may be young, but this girls got a big voice. We can’t wait to see whats in store for her.
I’m in love with Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” – and you’re lying to me if you say you’re not a fan. There are multiple covers out there (including this adorable one by David So and Paul Kim), but this by far – is my favorite, featuring Epik High’s Tablo and Lydia Paek, who put out a refreshing version of Timberlake’s comeback single, “Suit and Tie” – enjoy!
Many indie musicians have already gathered at the world-famous SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, but before heading to the Lone Star State, some of these artists and a few others took their show to the City by the Bay for two nights of unforgettable music mayhem. From sentimental soul and slinky blues to pulsating electronic beats and fist-pumping dance-rock, the East met the West in a duo of shows, delivering something special for every music lover.
As a special preview to the newly branded CAAMFest (Formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival), the inaugural San Francisco Music Matters Asia showcase brought together some of the hottest musical acts from Korea, China, and Taiwan at Broadway Studios on March 7 and 8. This Bay Area stop served as an extension of Music Matters, Asia’s yearly premier music event in Singapore. Partnered with local music promoters from the bands’ countries (DFSB Collective of Korea, Maybe Mars of China, and The Wall of Taiwan), SF Music Matters Asia was not only a rare opportunity for fans to see so many critically-acclaimed Asian artists together, but opened doors for these artists to share their music with a wider international audience.
Looking for a new boy group to fangirl over? Well here are the fresh faces of M4M! After auditions in Hong Kong and Taiwan, Cube Entertainment chose Jimmy, Vinson, Bin, and Alen to take the stage. The boys are scheduled to make their debut in both Korea and China starting March 13. Check out their official site here and click on for more pictures from this photoshoot:
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As a special preview for CAAMFest (formerly the San Francisco International Asian-American Film Festival), Asia’s premier music industry event, Music Matters, has teamed up with an alliance of Asia’s leading indie music promoters (China : Maybe Mars / Korea : DFSB Kollective / Taiwan : The Wall) and Singapore’s Viki.com to proudly present the launch of San Francisco Music Matters Asia (March 7th-8th, 2013).
A brand new extension of the highly successful Music Matters Live festival in Singapore (http://AllThatMatters.Asia/LIVE), the two-day San Francisco showcase will spotlight Asia’s top indie music artists. According to Music Matters Founder and CEO Jasper Donat, “Asia is smoking hot for talent at the moment and we’re delighted to have some biggest and best live bands from the region sharing the same stage for the first time ever in America.”
Tthe inaugural showcase headliners include the following critically acclaimed, SXSW music acts from China, Korea, and Taiwan:
Carsick Cars (2009 China MIDI Awards : Album of the Year – Nominee)
The Gar (2012 China MIDI Awards : Song of the Year – Winner)
White+ (2012 China Douban Awards: Electronic Music Album of the Year – Winner)
3rd Line Butterfly (2013 Korean Music Awards : Musician of the Year – Nominee)
Galaxy Express (2011 Korean Music Awards : Musician of the Year – Winner)
Goonam (2012 Korean Music Awards : Modern Rock Album of the Year – Nominee)
Lowdown 30 (2013 Korean Music Awards : Album of the Year – Nominee)
No Brain (2007 Korean Music Awards : Band of the Year)
The Chairman (2011 Taiwan Golden Melody Awards : Band of the Year – Nominee)
Kero One, a Korean-American rapper, producer and DJ from San Francisco, has been gaining more and more praise throughout the years. He has worked with and been endorsed by artists all over the world from Will.I.am. to Epik High. Now, he has made history. After hearing Kero One’s song ”What Am I Suppose To Do?”, the legendary Stevie Wonder asked the rapper to perform at his Benefit Concert on Dec 15th, 2012.
Watch this behind-the scenes video documenting Kero One’s experience:
Also, check out his latest music video (“R.I.P.”) that premiered earlier this week:
Hope you’re feeling this week’s jam featuring San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen and the Get Down Stay Down.
Recap some of the Golden Globes fashion from Sunday evening – all featuring some of your favorite Asian celebrities!
Formerly of popular indie group Lady Danville (and alums of Awaken A Cappella at UCLA), Michael Garner and Dan Chang have gone on to form Hunter Hunted. The duo’s latest track, “End of the World” is undeniably catchy – with a cool video to boot. Also catch them live – they’re performing February 6 at Soho House, February 8 at Harvard and Stone and February 12 headlining The Troubadour.
Audrey Magazine came out to support our sister publication, KoreAm Journal, for their annual event, Unforgettable at the Park Plaza Hotel on . The affair was bigger than ever, selling out prior to the event, and boasted a roster of big names within the Korean American community. Contributing Editor Ada Tseng and I took on the big task (read: fun task) of interviewing some of the red carpet arrivals, which included The Walking Dead‘s Steve Yeun, singer Clara C, R&B artist Amerie, and the recent winners of the Great Food Truck Race – the boys of Seoul Sausage Company.