Welcome back, dear readers! KCON season is officially over and everyone is heading back to school. I don’t know about you but I’m looking forward to next summer already. Don’t be discouraged about the cooler weather. There are still plenty of concerts to see this month and new music to dig into, so keep reading!
Song of the Month
Killagramz’s “Dirty Dog” from The Outlaws OST is this month’s song of the month. You might recognize Killagramz, who’s on Cycadelic Records, from Show Me The Money 6. He did extremely well on that show but no spoilers!
“Dirty Dog” is a hip-hop song with smooth vocals, both performed by Killagramz. The lyrics talk about working hard and partying harder. This is my first time listening to Killagramz outside of his SMTM6 performances and I’m pleasantly surprised. I will definitely be checking out more of his work.
Heize’s KCON Performance
My fellow ATK writer, Leah Westbrook did a great write up on KCON’s concerts, which you can check out here but I wanted to focus on Heize’s performance on Sunday and why it was everything to me. Before I jump on my fangirl soap box, let me explain who Heize is.
Heize is a singer/rapper that I first learned about during Unpretty Rapstar 2. She debuted in 2014 with her mini album Heize and most of her work since then has placed very high on the Korean music charts. She writes her own lyrics as well as arranges the music.
Sunday night was the last night of concerts for KCON LA and I was most excited about finally being able to see Heize perform. She opened with “Don’t You Know” while rising from underneath the stage. The crowd went wild. The song is upbeat so everyone was quickly on their feet dancing along. It seemed as soon as the song started, it was over. Heize took a moment to introduce herself and explain how happy she was being at KCON LA. Then she announced that the next song would be her last. The screens above her flashed an announcement to turn on our phone’s flashlights which naturally everyone did.
Once Heize realized what was happening, she started crying. Naturally, everyone else, including myself, started crying as well. I was so happy for her, for all the hard work she’s put in and how far she came in her musical career. The final song was “Star”, was a perfect ending to her set but I wished it lasted longer. There isn’t an official video of her “Star” performance so check out the video below and let me know what you think!
Concerts To See
Many of the concerts we talked about last month are still going strong, but I feel that is important to mention them again. Lots of the venues still have tickets available and there is always a chance that you didn’t see our article and want to buy tickets to a concert. Please let us know which event you attended in the comment section below.
Hyukoh will be making their first appearance around North America in September. They are a Korean indie band and are pretty dope to hear if you are interested in hearing something new.
- September 14 – Vancouver, BC – Albatross Music Festival
- September 15 – San Francisco, CA – Social Hall
- September 17 – Seattle, WA – Columbia City Theater
- September 19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan
- September 23 – Arcadia, CA – Modern Sky Festival 2017
K.A.R.D will be touring the United States this September so if you are interested in seeing them, make sure you head to the nearest city and do just that! I saw them during KCON LA and they were amazing.
- September 15 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
- September 17 – Washington DC – Warner Theatre
- September 20 – New York – PlayStation Theatre
- September 22 – Miami, FL – James L. Knight Center
- October 8 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
Taeyang is on the last part of his North American solo tour. I’ve been hearing great things about his performance and I’m so bummed that I missed him. Tickets are still on sale so hopefully, you’ll be able to see him before he heads to his next destination.
- September 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
- September 15 – Vancouver, BC – The Orpheum
I will be the first to admit that I know zero about the YB band. I know it’s a Korean rock band and that they’ve been together for well over a decade but other than that, I’ve got nothing. I’m always interested in finding out about new music, however. I wish that they were performing closer to where I live. Please let me know if you attend and whether you like their music.
- September 16 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre
Thank you so much for continuing to check out the hip-hop and R&B corner of ATK Magazine. I hope you learned something new! Let us know in the comment section below if you plan on attending any of the concerts listed above! Also, make sure you follow ATK Magazine on social media and me on Twitter @young_ajummah to stay up to date on all things Korean Hip-Hop and R&B. Thanks for checking us out and we’ll see you next month!