South Korea made quite an impact at SXSW 2013, bringing a diverse lineup of artists, including the first K-Pop idol act f(x) to perform at the festival. We expect the country's presence to turn even more heads this year, with 15 Seoul-based acts performing in Austin next week.
Head to the K-Pop Night Out showcase on Tuesday, March 11th at Elysium (705 Red River St) to see synth-driven dance act Idiotape, Jambinai, who blend avant post-rock with traditional Korean instruments, rapper Jay Park, indie folk pop act Kiha and the Faces, Korean punk royalty Crying Nut, indie rockers Nell, and former Wonder Girls and current 4Minute K-Pop star HyunA, who you may recognize from Psy's "Gangnam Style" video.
On Thursday, March 13th, head to Icenhauer's (83 Rainey St) for Big Phony's infectious Postal Service meets Elliott Smith-esque indie pop, 90's obsessives Love X Stereo, punk legends No Brain, experimental rockers Smacksoft, and dance rock/electronic acts Glen Check and Rock N' Roll Radio. If that weren't enough, Korean screamo act Hollow Jan can be found at Lit Lounge Upstairs on Wednesday, March 12th and stadium rockers YB (Yoon Do Hyun Band), the very first Korean act to perform at SXSW, will be returning this year with a new english-language record at Buffalo Billiards (201 E 6th St) on Wednesday, March 12th.
Big Phony photo courtesy of the artist