Welcome back to this week’s edition of Best of Weekly Music Shows! This week, Sistar took home all the trophies on the shows aired for “I Swear” — Music Bank did not air due to a sports match. Comeback stages were from a number of artists such as Jay Park, Puer Kim, Kim Jong-min, and more, while Star Empire‘s newest subunit, Nasty Nasty, made their debut. This week is a tragic one with the loss of Ladies’ Code‘s EunB and Rise. M! Countdown aired a special video for EunB, and Inkigayo chose to end with a somber announcement instead of their normal fanfare. I’ve chosen some of my favorites below, but please join in with your own as well!
BESTie‘s “I Need You,” MBC Music Show Champion, September 3, 2014
BESTie is slowly climbing up in my personal rank of groups to watch because of their consistently strong performances and catchy songs. They’re engaging and look like their having fun performing.
Rose Motel‘s “That’s Not My Style,” SBS Inkigayo, September 7, 2014
Rose Motel never fails to put a smile on my face. Everything about them, from those giant flowers they always wear to their energy in every performance, always gets me involved in their songs. Special points for frontman Yook Joong-wan for freely moving, dancing, and interacting with the crowd, to great success.
Super Junior‘s “Mamacita,” SBS Inkigayo, September 7, 2014
I had to choose a Super Junior performance because there’s something so natural about the way they all move together, despite all doing the moves differently. But I think music shows temporarily forgot how to properly record large groups or something because none of this week’s Super Junior performances were able to adequately catch members at the right time or properly grab the choreography. And it’s a pity because this choreography is actually quite pleasant to watch as a whole. All that aside, I chose this performance, in spite of the erratic cameraman, because of the group’s outfits and Eunhyuk‘s lack of that dreadful bandana. Also, I like to play a game called “find and watch Siwon‘s face” because he is always on in some exaggerated fashion, even if he’s in a back corner.
Winner‘s “Empty,” SBS Inkigayo, September 7, 2014
Winner’s “Empty” by itself is fairly peaceful and soothing. But the movements and performance as a whole manage to inject new energy into the song, raising the intensity and maintaining the stage as one to watch. The movements are fairly simple, but done all together and on the beat give them more impact. I especially enjoy watching Kang Seung-yoon as he seems to have best adapted to live performance, for obvious reasons considering his performance history.
Orange Caramel‘s “My Copycat,” SBS Inkigayo, September 7, 2014
Orange Caramel’s concepts by nature are supposed to attract attention, and it’s no different with their live performances. They make their fun concepts shine on stage with their facial expressions, movements, and just whole demeanor.