Korean Hip-Hop and RnB Corner – February

I can’t believe we are in February already! This year seems to be flying by. Before we get any further into 2018, I want to be sure to update everyone on which idol groups or solo artists are coming to North America as well as new music I’ve found this month. Have you found a song or an artist you like? Let me know in the comments below!

Songs of the Month

I think it would great to continue this year with two songs of the month instead of trying to find my favorite one so the first song I selected is from a rookie group called Day Mood. They’ve released three songs from their debut album and my favorite is called “Venus”. It’s a smooth mid-tempo R&B groovy song that seems to be perfect for relaxing on a warm summer evening. I wish I could have gathered more information about this duo, but they remain a mystery. I hope that as their popularity builds, we can find out more about them.

The second song of the month goes to Jay Park for his song “Run It. Good grief this song is amazing. If you ever have a bad day and need something to perk you up, listen to this song. Trust me, it will get you so amped up to do, well anything really, you won’t be disappointed. Jay Park tapped Jessi and Woo Won-Jae to feature on the song and they both fit the style of the music perfectly. The MV was an ad for Nike and I really wish it were longer because I love seeing people training for their various sports. It makes me feel like I need to be training for something. This song is uplifting so check it out if you haven’t yet.

SXSW Lineup Favorites

I won’t be attending this year’s SXSW, which I’m sad about, but good grief the prices. So even though I’m not going, I wanted to talk a bit about the lineup for the Korea Spotlight. SXSW will take place in Austin, TX from March 12-18 and the Korea Spotlight showcase happens on March 16th (the same day as Zion.T’s concert in New York). Of the Korean artists that were announced, I’m really looking forward to hearing how DPR Live, Sik-k and pH-1 will be. I’ve been fans of them for a while, so I feel proud that they are going to be performing at such a big festival. I know Crush and Jay Park will be amazing. Let me know if you will be attending and which artist you’re looking forward to seeing.

Concerts To See

Zion. T

photo credit: KpopMe

My life is now complete. Zion.T, my ultimate number one bias is doing a North American tour. I have been waiting for this day since I’ve got into K-pop back in 2011. The tickets are a bit pricey, they range from $89 to $219, but I’m super thankful to KpopMe for bringing such an amazing artist. By the way, tickets go on sale on February 14 on Ticketmaster, so make sure you have your money ready.

March 16 – New York, NY – Playstation Theater

March 18 – Toronto, Canada – Queen Elizabeth Theatre

March 21 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater

March 23 – San Jose, CA – California Theatre

March 25 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo

March 28 – Vancouver, Canada – Hard Rock Casino Theatre

Dumbfounded

photo credit: Dumbfoundead Official Cite

Dumbfounded will be starting his Yikes! Tour in March. Tickets are actually a great deal with the VIP package being only $65. They are already on sale so be sure to buy them as soon as possible.

March 19 – Vancouver, Canada – Fortune Sound Club

March 20 – Seattle, WA – Neumos

March 21 – Portland, OR – The Hawthorne Theatre

March 23 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom

March 26 – Santa Cruz, CA – Atrium @ The Catalyst

March 27 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones

March 29 – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl

April 2 – San Diego, CA – Soma Side Stage

April 3 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre

April 4 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room

April 6 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

April 7 – El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace

April 9 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s

April 10 – Houston, TX – The Bronze Peacock at House of Blues Houston

April 11 – Dallas, TX – The Cambridge Room at the House of Blues Dallas

April 13 – Atlanta, GA – Heaven at The Masquerade

April 14 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

April 16 – Washington, DC – Union Stage

April 17 – Baltimore, MD – Stage

April 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

April 19 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom

April 21 – Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall

April 22 – Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs

April 23 – Montreal, Canada – The Belmont

April 24 – Toronto, Canada – The Opera House

April 26 – Detroit, MI – The Shelter

April 27 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

April 29 – Minneapolis, MN – Loring

April 30 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada

May 1 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater

May 5 – Honolulu, HI – Republik

Final Thoughts

That’s it for this month’s Hip-Hop and RnB Corner. 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 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!

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