Michelle Hyun Kim is a writer, editor, and curator based in Brooklyn.

Selected Works


MOST RECENT 


Erika de Casier Makes a Y2K Sound All Her Own | W Magazine

How “Slowcore” Blew Up With Gen-Z on TikTok—Thanks to ‘90s Band Duster | How Music Charts

What “My Love Mine All Mine” Means for Mitski | How Music Charts

Searows on Separating Anxiety From Useful Pressure | The Creative Independent

Laufey Opens Up About Life on the Road | Teen Vogue



COVER STORIES


Anna Cathcart Steps Into Her Own Spotlight in XO, Kitty | Teen Vogue

Rina Sawayama’s Big Feelings | Them

How Yaeji Found Her Voice | MixMag

Ethel Cain: Portrait of a Lady on Fire | Crack Magazine

Arooj Aftab Is Reimagining the Music of Centuries Past, and Making History as She Goes | Crack Magazine

Haley Kiyoko: Feeling It All | Them

Lachlan Watson Wants to Play Every Role in the World | Them



OTHER PROFILES & INTERVIEWS


V Shares the Journey That Led to Layover | Rolling Stone

Ella Mai Just Wants to Have Fun | Vulture

Crying in Michelle Zauner’s KitchenThem

Breaking the Boundaries of Language and Genre, Hikaru Utada Finds Freedom | NPR Music

Beabadoobee on Fairies, Shrooms, and Standing Up for Her Vision | Rolling Stone

The Ever-Expanding World of SEVENTEEN’s Vernon | Teen Vogue

Get to Know 070 Shake, G.O.O.D. Music’s Shape-Shifting Secret Weapon | Pitchfork

Phoebe Bridgers Is the Spooky Prophet of End Times America | Them

How Is Raveena Surviving the Apocalypse? By Making a New Album | Them

Wet Leg On How A 6-Week Sleepover Spawned Their ‘Jaggedy’ Indie Rock — And Global FameGRAMMY.com

Salamanda Create Imagined Worlds That Feel Both Familiar and Strange | Crack Magazine

Meet 100 gecs, the Absurdist Pop Duo Inspired By Everything on the Internet | Them

How Rico Nasty’s Rapper Dad, Churchgoing Mom, and Bossy Son Help Shape Her MusicPitchfork

Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Son on Directing His Father’s Final Concert Film, Opus | Pitchfork

Mad Tsai Is Writing Queer Pop Anthems — and Rewriting ‘American Coming-of-Age’ | Teen Vogue



CRITICISM & ESSAYS


BTS Leader RM Pushes Against the Weight of Fame, Looks Towards a Bright Future on ‘Indigo’ | Rolling Stone

Narrative Playlists Bring Storytelling Back to Music in an Algorithmic World | The Distance

Charli XCX: Charli album review | Pitchfork

Are Ghosts Gay Canon?: A Review of Angel Olsen’s Big Time | Creem Mag

How William Basinski’s Masterpiece, The Disintegration Loops, Captured a World Crumbling Around us In Slow Motion | Crack Magazine

How Solange and Mitski Reconsider Who Can Be the Cowboy | Pitchfork



REPORTING


Inside the Bunny Hat’s Global Craze | NYLON

Iceland’s LGBTQ+ Music Scene Is Beautiful, Bold, and Daringly Creative | Them

5 People Describe Their Experience With Dissociation | BuzzFeed News

How My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way Became a Queer Icon | Them

‘Do You Listen to Girl in Red?’: How a Queer Pop Artist Became TikTok Code | Them

Corporate Swag-Jacking: How Can ‘Fortnite’ Profit Off BlocBoy JB’s ‘Shoot’ Dance? | Pitchfork

How the Record Industry Is Trying to Make Vinyl More Environmentally Friendly | Pitchfork




GUIDES


8 Essential J-Hope Songs | Vulture

The 100 Greatest Songs in the History of Korean Pop Music | Rolling Stone



LIVE REVIEWS


Solange’s Collaboration With the New York City Ballet Is a Treat for the Eyes and Ears | Pitchfork

Was Frank Ocean’s PrEP+ Party the Inclusive Queer Utopia He Promised? | Them

Arca’s New York Residency Is a Chaotic Deconstruction of the Pop Diva | Pitchfork

What Does an Ancient Pot Sound Like? | Pitchfork