Roundtable Los Angeles Kcon Concert Review

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Girls Day and SF9 are the first artists announced for KCON Los Angeles

KCON will be returning to Los Angeles in 2017 for the sixth straight year and theyve begun teasing fans with an exciting taste of their lineup.

KCON Los Angeles will take place between August 18-20 at the LA Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. It has been announced that the first 2 groups attending will be Girls Day and SF9. SF9 will also be attending KCON New York in June while Girls Day will be making their first ever visit to KCON.

[Concert Review] G-Dragon: Act III M.O.T.T.E World Tour in New York
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[Concert Review] G-Dragon: Act III M.O.T.T.E World Tour in New York

This past month, K-Pop royalty and global superstar G-Dragon made his return to the United States for his "Act 3: Moment of Truth - the End (M.O.T.T.E)" tour. After a string of successful dates throughout the country, he touched down at New York City's fresh venue the Barclays Center for a several hour extravaganza of a show, complete with everything from shifting stage parts to pyrotechnics. He showed off a mix of solo material both new and old, and enraptured fans with his powerful performance and commanding stage presence.

Roundtable: Two Nights of Concerts at KCON LA 2017
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Roundtable: Two Nights of Concerts at KCON LA 2017

Being the longest-running KCON running and having just completed its sixth year, KCON LA has arguably the strongest lineups and the best stages each year. This year proved to be no different as the two nights of concerts and three days of convention electrified the crowd at Staples Center. Those of us who were fortunate enough to attend got to experience three days of convention which included panels, workshops (including two of which was hosted by our very own Lindsay), and countless events meant to engage the fans and keep them entertained during the day. But its undeniable that the main reason why most people attend KCON is for the two nights of concerts, which is mostly what well be focusing on.

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[HanCinema's Film Review] "Blue Busking"

Ho-bin (played by Jo Han-seon) is a mildly famous person who is the drummer in an even more mildly famous band- the kind that gets booked for weddings. The other members want to try and improve their prospects with a road trip and Ho-bin, facing personal problems of his own, agrees. The gimmick is, they're going to take South Korea by donkey. While being followed by a car and camera, which kind of defeats the purpose of traveling around slowly with a donkey cart but whatever, I don't get social media marketing anyway.

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[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Merciless"

In the opening scene of "The Merciless", a couple of obvious criminals are having a dish of seafood, and discussing the unfortunate implications of of eating cuisine that appears to be looking at you. The end to their conversation is abrupt, and when the dust has settled, Jae-ho (played by Sul Kyung-yu) get one last ominous look at the fish, clearly the real villain. Then we see Hyeon-soo (played by Im Si-wan) exit jail and walk onto the set of a music video.

Both of these character introductions are interesting and noteworthy, and for awhile "The Merciless" continues that streak with a wild jailhouse scene where bored inmates entertain each other by playing mild restriction fight club. But after that, the more I try to remember of "The Merciless", the fuzzier the movie's actual plot becomes. It doesn't help that some of the most basic exposition is really weirdly late. We don't even find out why Hyeon-soo is in jail until maybe a third of the way through.