Some really good shows coming up for the Halloween weekend — goth party at Sapiens 7, a really strong line-up at Soundholic. But if I may be so bold as to suggest a few that stick out in my mind…
The biggie on Halloween evening will be the Ssamzie Space show, featuring Byul and Baik Hyun-jhin. I have not been to see Byul since the band expanded to have so many more members and instruments, and am very curious to see what they are like these days. Hyun-jin is Hyun-jin, one of the hotter artists in Korea and the former lead of Uh Uh Boo Project, as always he does his own raspy, expressive thing. Together, a very solid combination. The show starts at 7:30 and costs 25,000 won.
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Mineri has long been one of my favorite bands in Hongdae,with a sound that just seems to get tighter and better time after time. Well the man behind the band, Jung-kyu, recently made some moves to the band, removing his drummer and bassist. For the moment, filling in on bass is Blair Lee (of the Animal Dads) and on drums is Ripley (formerly of Jet Echo). Very solid.
Mineri will be playing as part of a big line-up of bands Friday night at Club Ta. About 12 bands will be there, including Ynot? and Kafka. Show costs 10,000 won and starts at 7:30. I am told that Mineri will likely be starting late.
Mineri will also be playing at Rock in Shinchon on Nov. 6 and at Freebird on Nov. 7. Rock is one of the best and most-storied bars in Shinchon, not as well known as bars like Woodstock or Norihaneun Saram, but even older and more important (and it has a great, great vinyl collection). They do not have live music often, but when they do, they have a great set-up for it.
I cannot find the information about those two shows yet (start times, price), but will try to get them as soon as I can.