Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown
Since “Sex on Fire” hit it big Kings of Leon have never looked back, their rise to fame was quick and still hasn’t fizzled. Come Around Sundown should not disappoint anyone as the Kings will undoubtedly hold onto the crown of the alternative rock genre.
Tricky – Mixed Race
Trip-Hop and trance music doesn’t often make it to the mainstream, as is the case with Tricky. Regardless of radio plays Tricky still makes great music to lean back in a La-Z Boy and eat an entire pizza, if you get what I’m saying.
Toby Keith –Bullets In the Gun
Oh Toby Keith, when will stop making albums? The answer to that question is never, his albums still do well and he has a huge fan base. If you like chewing tobacco, Budweiser and NASCAR, odds are this album will fit in perfectly where that Dixie Chicks CD used to rest.
Fran Healy –Wreckorder
Simple music, that’s Fran Healy. He’s never going to be compared to Bob Dylan or any other great singer/songwriters Fran Healy still puts out music that makes you think a little differently in one way or another. He proves that simple can still be sophisticated.
My Chemical Romance –“Na Na Na”
This song is being ripped pretty heavily for being a rip-off of numerous other punk band sounds. Normally I would discount this as blatant internet hating, however it is curious since this song does sound very different form their usual sound.
Mumford and Sons – “Little Lion Man”
Part rock and part folk, Mumford and Sons are a bit of a singing enigma. What is very clear though is why “Little Lion Man” is a great song, both catchy and original the lyrics come off as endearing when the background music doesn’t trample the lead vocals.
Muse – “Undisclosed Desires”
Muse has a thing for grandiose, overdone power ballads; “Undisclosed Desires” is a bit of a departure from that style. The offbeat tempo of the song and lack of yelling show that despite my personal dislike for the band, they can in fact make really good music.
Soulja Boy – “Blowing Me Kisses”
Just as faith in Soulja Boy was being restored with “Mean Mug,” out comes “Blowing Me Kisses,” which makes “Kiss me through the Phone” look like a work of musical genius.
Wednesday the 20th:
Mae at Gramercy Theatre in New York at 6 p.m.
The Multi-Sensory Aesthetic Experience may soon me coming to an end with no future song plans currently in the works. Don’t wait and hope the many membered band reunites in the future, catch them now in the greatest city in the world.
Shwayze at Crazy Donkey Bar and Girl in Farmingdale, NY at 6 p.m.
Although they have died off a bit since hitting it big with “Corona and Lime” and “Buzzin’” their musical talents are obviously still present. Put their lack of new singles aside and enjoy the good old days with a juicy burger and, well, a Corona and lime.
Ghostface Killah at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY at 7 p.m.
Ghostface is not nearly as well known as Method Man, Redman or even O.D.B., but the Wu-Tang member is just as talented, if not even more, let’s be honest O.D.B. mumbled, a lot.
Phoenix at Madison Square Garden in New York at 8 p.m.
Phoenix may not have made the French likable, but they sure have boosted their standing in my book. Around for over a decade, Phoenix has only recently risen to fame in the U.S. after “1901” blew up. Not lacking in talent the Frenchmen should put on a great performance only miles away from France’s other big gift.
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