K-Popathon: It’s Happening!

For those of you who have been tuning in to my show Midnight with PearlGirl and Sonia Universe, it’s not a surprise that my buddy Sonia and I are now BIG fans of K-pop. For those of you who haven’t been tuning in, SURPRISE! We love K-pop!

Over the past few months, we’ve experienced a lot of emotions from getting sucked into the world of Korean pop music. We’ve listened to K-pop music nonstop at our apartment and on our show. We’ve obsessed over our favorite groups on tumblr, twitter, and facebook. We even started planning a potential trip to see one of our favorite groups, BTS (Bangtan Boys), perform when they come to the US for their Wings Tour.

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It’s been a very happy three months of living and breathing K-pop. Now, it’s time for us to take the next step in our journey… by hosting a 4 hour-long K-pop show on Midnight!

Tomorrow, we will be dedicating our entire show to playing our favorite K-pop tunes and discussing K-pop with our friends. So join us from 2-6pm on UIC Radio to hear us geek out about our favorite groups, music videos, live performances, K-pop celebs, and Korean dramas on-air! What better way to end this crazy semester?

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In case you’re in dire need of some K-pop right this second, here’s a few of our favorite K-pop (and other K-genre!) songs that you can check out below!

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An Interview With “Dreamers” At Lollapalooza 2016

Magical things happen at Lollapalooza. You get to discover lots of talented, new bands, but you also get to be reunited with old favorites. At this year’s Lollapalooza, I was fortunate enough reunite with one of my favorite up and coming bands and talk to them about their journey thus far.

Dreamers is a band that I saw two times prior to their Lolla performance (I got to see them open for Stone Temple Pilots and Zella Day). Seeing them perform on the festival stage and witnessing how much they have grown since the last time I saw them live was one of my favorite moments at Lolla 2016.

At the festival, I was able to have a brief conversation with the band members Nick, Nelson, and Jacob about how Dreamers first got together, their experience with touring, and their upcoming debut album (which will be released on Aug. 26). So without further ado, here’s my final Lolla interview! Check out my interview with Dreamers below!

Dreamers at Lolla 2016 (Photo by me)
Dreamers at Lolla 2016 (Photo by me)

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An Interview With “Mothers” At Lollapalooza 2016

One of the things that I loved the most about Lollapalooza is how the festival allowed me to see so many of my favorite bands over the course of one long weekend. BUT in addition to that, I also loved how the festival gave me a chance to discover many talented bands that I may not have discovered on my own. That’s how I came across the band Mothers!

I came across the band and their music, when I saw their name listed on the 2016 Lolla lineup. Mothers is an indie-folk band from Athens, Georgia which consists of four incredible musicians: Kristine Leschper, Matthew Anderegg, Drew Kirby, and Patrick Morales. After hearing Kristine’s delicate voice and really getting to experience the band’s intimate tunes live at Lolla, I haven’t been able to stop listening to their songs. Check out my interview with the band below!

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Photo by Shervin Lainez

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Lollapalooza 2016 – Everything I Desired And More

First of all, let me put it out there that despite being an avid concert-goer, music lover, and a born and raised Chicagoan, I’ve never been to Lollapalooza before in my life. That’s pretty nuts, considering that the music festival is an enormous part of both Chicago and music culture in general. However, this year, I was lucky enough to venture into the vast greenery of Grant Park and join the celebration for Lollapalooza’s 25th anniversary!

(Photo by Charles Reagan Hackleman, Lollapalooza)

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Take It Slow

As if my excitement for the upcoming DC Comics film, Suicide Squad, wasn’t flying off the charts already, I recently found out that one of my all-time favorite bands – Twenty One Pilots – would be featuring a brand new song for the movie’s original soundtrack.

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The featured track, titled Heathens, was “leaked” onto the deep depths of the interwebs just last week. “Heathens” has a dark melody and haunting lyrics – traits that aren’t uncharacteristic for the band. However, even for Twenty One Pilots, a band that notably writes dark-ish songs such as “Car Radio” and “Stressed Out,” the song was undeniably grim.

As soon as the song dropped, the Skeleton Clique (a nickname dubbed for the TOP fanbase) started making speculations about whether or not there would be more to the sudden release of this song than meets the eye. It turns out that they were right. The following day, news that the song will be featured on the Suicide Squad soundtrack was released, and the Clique went wild.

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A few days after the big news, an official audio of the song was uploaded as well as the music video for the single. And let me tell you – the music video is amazing. I can gush about the music video all I want, but ultimately, you’re going to have to see for yourself.

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Anyway, you know the drill. If you haven’t heard the song or watched the music video, check it out below! Whether you’re a fan of the comic, film, or band, I’m pretty darn sure you’ll like it.

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“You Took me As Safe”: An Interview With Dumbfoundead

Just a few weeks ago, one of my favorite rappers, the LA/ Korea Town native Dumbfoundead (aka Parker), dropped a powerful single titled “Safe.” The track, which states lyrics like “The other night I watched the Oscars and the roster of the only yellow men were all statues/ We a quarter of the population there’s a room of f**kin’ one percenters laughing at you,” talks about some issues that have been very prominent in Hollywood: whitewashing and the discrimination of minorities.

I was recently able to chat with him about his inspiration to write “Safe,” what it means to be an Asian-American, and the importance of being true to your identity. Check out the interview below!

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Are You Listening to Midnight?

Hi everyone, it’s been a while! I just wanted to update you on some exciting things that have been happening on Midnight with Pearl Girl!

First of all, it’s not “Midnight with Pearl Girl” anymore. It’s now “Midnight with Pearl Girl and Sonia Universe“! Our resident blogger and blog director, Sonia Vavra, will now be joining me as my co-host every Wednesday.

Secondly, “Midnight” is no longer just a music-based show, but more centered around talk or variety. That being said, we want to know what topics you want to hear. Let us know us know if you want us to discuss a certain topic or event by tweeting at me (@pearlgirrrl) or at Sonia (@sonia_universe). Feel free to let us know your song requests as well. We’ll try our best to play it on-air!

Next, Sonia and I usually live steam our shows on UIC Radio’s ustream account. If you’d like, you can watch us talk in the station/ chat with us during our show on the ustream channel as well.

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If you want to listen, just go to our home page and click on the big, red button under “listen live” or simply click here! We hope you’ll join us on Midnight with Pearl Girl and Sonia Universe on Wednesdays from 4-6pm!

-Pearl

Reunited With an Old Friend: City and Colour

Okay, so the singer City and Colour isn’t actually an old friend of mine, but considering the fact that I’ve been listening to his songs for nearly a decade, I feel like his songs really have become like an old friend to me. On Friday, I was able to see the singer perform at a sold out show at The Metro. The venue was literally packed to the brim with fans, but City and Colour still managed to perform an incredible set that felt intimate and had me mesmerized throughout the entire night.

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TanZen: from Battle of the Bands to Spark 2015

Last semester, UIC Radio hosted our second annual Battle of the Bands. Out of the many talented bands that competed at the battle, one band rose above the rest and was crowned the winner of the of the 2015 BOTB. The winning band, TanZen, will now be joining us at this year’s Spark. In addition to our two amazing performers, Twenty One Pilots and Wale, we will also have UIC’s very own TanZen performing in our diverse musical line up at Spark 2015!

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Didn’t get to see TanZen perform at the Battle of the Bands? Not a problem. You can listen to their songs on bandcamp or on the playlist below and also see them open for Spark 2015 next week! Check back with UIC Radio for more news about Spark! The concert is at the UIC Pavillion on Thursday, September 3rd, with doors opening at 6pm. Hope to see you all at Spark 2015!

Welcoming Wale

Along with our headliner Twenty One Pilots, we have the incredible, chart-topping rapper Wale joining us at Spark 2015!

Wale, a rapper from Washington, D.C., quickly gained the public’s attention with the unique soulfulness of his music. His songs like “Lotus Flower Bomb” and “Matrimony” show his ability as both a rapper and musician. His newest album, “The Album About Nothing“, which includes collaborations with Usher, Jeremih, and Spark alum J. Cole especially show his growth and maturity as an artist.

The raw sound, catchy beat, and addictive lyrics that are featured in all of his songs are things that everyone will experience first hand when they see him at Spark 2015!

Looking forward to his set? Get pumped up for Wale‘s performance at Spark with this playlist below! Check back with UIC Radio for more news about Spark! The concert is at the UIC Pavillion on Thursday, September 3rd, with doors opening at 6pm. Hope to see you all at Spark 2015!