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Unknown Mortal Orchestra Faithfully Cover David Bowie's "Oh, You Pretty Things"

Recorded for a Sirius XMU session, it stays true to the original, right down to the apocalyptic undertones.
Alex Robert Ross
6.14.18
Essays

Seo Taiji & Boys Pioneered Socially Conscious K-Pop for Groups Like BTS

BTS’s trajectory leads fans to seek deeper meaning in their music, just as Seo Taiji did 25 years ago.
Blanca Méndez
8.1.17
Premieres

Justin Trash Gets Comfortably Buck in The “NORAEBANG”

“My mans look like Goku."
Andrea Gambardella
7.11.17
Noisey on VICELAND

Meet Taeyang of BIGBANG, the Justin Bieber of K-Pop

'NOISEY: Seoul' airs on VICELAND at 10 PM EST.
VICE Staff
2.1.17
Scene Reports

There’s a New Wave of Korean Musicians Thriving Outside the K-Pop Machine

A crop of producers are breaking free from your stereotypes.
VICE Staff
1.30.17
Premieres

Dive in and Get Some Money with Okasian, Keith Ape, and Bryan Cha$e in "Underwater Bank"

South Korea's Cohort crew makes waves with the first video in their "Last Orcas" series.
Noisey Staff
7.12.16
Interviews

Sexism, Deceit, and Power: The Corrupt Mechanics Behind Modern Pop Music

A conversation about the murky values of the music industry with John Seabrook, author of 'The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory'.
Moya Lothian-McLean
2.10.16
Features

2015 Was Korean Rap's Breakthrough Year

If 2014 was the year the underground Korean rap scene captured mainstream attention, 2015 was the year it grew so big that even the Pacific Ocean couldn’t contain it.
Madeleine Lee
12.1.15
Deep Ass Questions

Who Is CL and Why Is She Leading the Vote for the Time 100?

The breakout star of K-pop sensations of 2NE1 is dominating a reader poll of the world's most influential people, and you may be hearing a lot more of her name in the year ahead.
Madeleine Lee
3.27.15
SXSW 2015

The Craziest Rap Show at SXSW Was a Korean Import

SXSW is essentially the Turn Uplympics, and Keith Ape won the gold medal.
Kyle Kramer
3.22.15
Op-Eds

"It G Ma" Made Asian Rap History (In Addition to Sounding Like OG Maco's "U Guessed It")

Keith Ape, JayAllday, Loota, Okasian, and Kohh brought Japanese and Korean rap together to become new global trap overlords.
Dexter Thomas
2.2.15
The Noisey Guide to

2 Chainz and Rollies: The Noisey Guide to Korean Rap Label Illionaire Records

Dok2, The Quiett, and Beenzino have the hottest rap label in Korea.
Madeleine Lee
1.15.15
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