Trace Adkins – Cowboy’s Back in Town
It’s appropriate that this album is being released around the ninth anniversary of the attacks of September 11th because this album bleeds America. The first album to be released under fellow patriot Toby Keith’s record label should receive much praise from all red states.
Weezer – Hurley
Weezer just keeps on going, changing styles but never conforming to anyone else’s the group can add another hit album to their collection.
Ra Ra Riot – The Orchard
While I would love for this to be the group’s breakout album where they become a major player in the music business I just don’t see it. The album is good and well put together, but it’s just lacking something, something that would make me want to play it over and over.
Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
Katy Perry has made several mistakes this year; she has continued to stay with Russell Brand and also waited way too long to release her album. While the album is anything but summery her hits were all in June and July so the late release just seems out of place.
Lil Wayne feat. Drake – “Right Above It”
Somehow despite being behind bars for several months Lil’ Wayne continues to put out monster tracks. Alongside Drake the Nola native puts out a surprisingly uplifting song that should please even some of the rappers biggest naysayers.
Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver– “Monster”
While this song may not have been “officially” released yet it’s worth the trouble tracking it down. Just looking at the artists on this song it’s easy to write off Nicki Minaj, but in reality she delivers arguably the best verse on top of a beat oozing with bass and swagger.
Cee Lo Green – “Fuck You”
With his high pitched and almost Disney character voice it’s easy to forget that the song is called “Fuck You”, and is really just aimed at haters of all kind. Also, as a bonus there is a remix to this with 50 Cent on it, which is a good thing, trust me.
Jimmy Eat World – “My Best Theory”
I can still remember when Jimmy Eat World released “The Middle” and was subsequently played at every junior high prom known to man. While this may not be quite on that level is still more than deserves a listen and/or music download.
ZZ Top at the Beacon Theatre in New York at 8:00 p.m.
The members of ZZ Top may be the only living males that can pull off the 2 foot long beard and sunglass look, and it is for that alone that you should listen to these rock legends shred on double necked guitars.
Jay-Z and Eminem at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx at 7:30 p.m.
H.O.V.A. and Eminem on the same stage at the same time, in the Bronx, at Yankee Stadium; if you love hip-hop and you’re not in attendance you should turn in your headphones.
Modest Mouse at The Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn, NY at 5:00 p.m.
Somehow over the years past Modest Mouse has found a happy medium of relevance in the alternative rock scene without becoming oversaturated. This balance has kept them going alongside eerily similar sounding group, Franz Ferdinand.
Linkin Park at Nokia Theatre (Now the Best Buy Theatre with this performance) Times Square at 9:00 p.m.
Lead singer Chester Bennington’s live vocal performances make Metallica look like a bunch of whiny middle school talent show participants. Yeah Lars I said, don’t go suing me too.