Press Play At Home: Kang Daniel Goes All Out For Jaw-Dropping "Antidote" Performance
K-pop singer/songwriter Kang Daniel delivers a mesmerizing performance of his 2021 single "Antidote," complete with colorful lights and fierce choreography
Within the first 30 seconds of his Press Play At Home performance, Kang Daniel's intentions for the episode seemed clear: he wanted to put on an unforgettable show.
Initially bonded by yellow tape on a dimly lit stage, the K-pop singer/songwriter danced in the spotlight before breaking free and diving into a special rendition of "Antidote." The South Korean multi-hyphenate combined awe-inspiring dance moves with colorful lighting, creating a Press Play At Home performance for the ages.
"Antidote," an alternative R&B record with rock elements, served as the lead single of the 26-year-old's fourth EP, Yellow. The EP was the final installment of Daniel's experimental EP trilogy and featured darker sounds and themes that were similar to the EP's lead single.
When he's not making music, the K-pop star remains plenty busy. Daniel started his own entertainment company in 2019, appeared as the host of two Mnet survival shows Street Woman Fighter and Street Dance Girls Fighter in 2021, and most recently acted in the 2022 Disney+/Star original series Rookie Cops.
Check out Daniel's Press Play At Home episode above, and catch new performances from the series every Thursday.
Press Play At Home: Watch Dodie Perform A Morning-After Version Of "Four Tequilas Down"
In the latest episode of Press Play At Home, singer/songwriter dodie conjures a bleary last call in a hushed performance of "Four Tequilas Down"
"Four Tequilas Down" is as much a song as it is a memory—a half-remembered one. "Did you make your eyes blur?/So that in the dark, I'd look like her?" dodie, the song's writer and performer, asks. To almost anyone who's engaged in a buzzed rebound, that detail alone should elicit a wince of recognition.
Such is dodie's beyond-her-years mastery of her craft: Over a simple, spare chord progression, she can use an economy of words to twist the knife. "So just hold me like you mean it," dodie sings at the song's end. "We'll pretend because we need it."
In the latest episode of Press Play At Home, watch dodie stretch her songwriting muscles while conjuring a chemically altered Saturday night—and the Sunday morning full of regrets, too.
Check out dodie's hushed-yet-intense performance of "Four Tequilas Down" above and click here to enjoy more episodes of Press Play At Home.
Press Play At Home: Francisca Valenzuela Performs Her Courageous Feminist Paean "La Fortaleza"
The outspoken Chilean singer/songwriter Francisca Valenzuela sings of womanhood and will to power
For Francisca Valenzuela, feminism isn't a radical notion, but a self-evident truth. The daughter of two renowned Chilean scientists, she's published muscular, experiential poetry (like her 2000 book, Defenseless Waters, which she published in her early teens) and founded Ruidosa, a festival, platform and community that elevates female voices.
In this episode of Press Play At Home, Valenzuela sings "La Fortaleza," which contains her worldview in microcosm. "Everything that has happened has led me to today," she sings in Spanish. "I look ahead to the horizon and I bury the guilt and leave/I pack a suitcase, take a deep breath and don't look back/Setting sun, rising sun will accompany me."
Check out Francisca Valenzuela's riveting performance of "La Fortaleza" above, and watch other episodes of Press Play At Home.
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Press Play At Home: Aaron Lee Tasjan's Playful Performance Of "Computer Of Love"
"Some advanced technology is eating through my brain," Tasjan laments at the start of the lively folk-rock song
In the latest episode of Press Play At Home, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan offers a playful yet piercing take on technological dependency in his performance of "Computer of Love."
"Some advanced technology is eating through my brain," Tasjan laments at the start of the lively folk-rock song. Watch his full performance below.
Featured on his forthcoming, genre-bending album, Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!, out Feb. 5, 2021, the song references the disconnection caused by technology and social media and the emotional barriers they create within and between people.
Press Play At Home: Francesco Yates Delivers A Magnetic Performance Of His Aptly Named Single "Jimi"
Toronto-born singer/songwriter Francesco Yates fuses the inspirations of rock legend Jimi Hendrix with his modern take on past R&B pop sounds. For Press Play At Home, Yates channels the classic rock star and guitar hero to deliver an electric performance.
When you name a track after a guitar-slaying rock icon, you set a high bar for the song's quality and its performance. Canadian singer/songwriter Francesco Yates lives up to that standard with his performance of his Jimi Hendrix-inspired single, "Jimi."
Operating somewhere between Hendrix and '90s R&B/pop, the bold forthcoming single allows Yates to show off his diverse skill set. Watch the 26-year-old Toronto native perform the captivating track below in his episode of Press Play At Home.
After being propelled into stardom following his contribution on Robin Schulz's 2015 multi-platinum track "Sugar," Yates earned an opening slot on Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods Tour from 2018 to 2019. Three years later, the multi-instrumentalist has proven he’s more than ready for his own spotlight.
Check out Yates' must-see performance above, and keep track of new episodes of Press Play At Home every Thursday.