Good Charlotte –Cardiology
Just this morning I was watching T.V. and Good Charlotte’s newest video came, as this happened I thought to myself just how much they sound like a Blink-182 rip-off. As a positive kind of guy I look at this as a way of getting new Blink-182 sounding music while the band continues to be separated.
Weezer – Death to False Metal
Weezer, a band that seems to think they can put out any kind of music and think that they will be successful at it. While they are to be applauded for their effort, they don’t really succeed with their latest album in that the band seems like a fish out of water in this genre.
My Chemical Romance –Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
Subtracting a little bit from their usual over the top dramatic music and adding some party attitude, along with just the right amount of recklessness. This specific album is far less alt-rock and far more punk rock, unlike Weezer, MCR seems to thrive in this genre, achieving a very natural sound.
Lyrics are not the strong suit of the pop/rock/hip-hop trio formerly known as The Neptunes, but bass rattling beats always have been. Strangely enough, the more lyrically driven and heartfelt songs with a message on “Nothing” far outweigh the typical club hits for which the group is known.
Plain White T’s – “Rhythm of Love”
Oh “Hey There Delilah,” you touched my little teenage heart when I was in high school, now I’ve changed greatly since those days, but the band that first brought us that love song is back with more of the same. The song title says it all, the Plain White T’s aren’t trying to be tricky with it, it’s an overt love song that will undoubtedly melt the young hearts of high-schoolers around the nation.
Ke$ha – “We R Who We R”
Clearly not the most grammatically sound singer of all time, (she has a dollar symbol in her name instead of a letter) Ke$ha is back, and spitting in the face of grammar once again. Apparently she comes from the Lady GaGa school of thought, and continues to release single after single until every song on her album has been played on the radio.
Robyn – “Indestructible”
Swedish techno pop may not be the most popular brand of music in the country, or really in the world, but it has to be one of the most fun. All over the place, with beats that are reminiscent of “Jet Set Radio” the album may be seen as just noise to a lot of listeners, is actually quite a legitimate piece of music.
Greyson Chance – “Waiting Outside the Lines”
When hearing the name Greyson Chance you may be triggered to think of such things as summers in the Hamptons, and boating with Chad and Thayer. Greyson does nothing to change this view on his latest album, soft pop is the best to describe his songs; the kind of songs you hear at the end of “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Saturday the 20th:
Hanson at The Dome at Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT at 7:30 p.m.
Like puberty did to Peter Brady, it has done the same to Hanson, it wiped the boy band trio from the music scene, but now they are back. By back I mean some slight touring and trying to rejuvenate their careers in light of the success of the Jonas Brothers.
Sunday the 21st:
Jin Akanishi at Best But Theater in NY at 7 p.m.
Honestly, I originally thought that this might be the Jin from 106 and Park, freestyle fame, but it turns out that Jin Akanishi is a gigantic pop star in Japan. Familiar with his music, or not, there’s never a good reason to not expand your listening and cultural palette.
Monday the 22nd:
Ryan Leslie at S.O.B.’s in NY at 9 p.m.
How Ryan Leslie didn’t become insanely popular is beyond reason, the combination of smooth lyrics and singing ability has blown up in recent years (see: Drake, B.o.B.). Songs like “Diamond Girl” may have just been ahead of their, the good news however is that you get to see Ryan Leslie in person now, right when his music should be garnering the most recognition.
Thursday the 25th:
Nicki Minaj at Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom in NY at 7:30 p.m.
Nicki Minaj may be one of the final signs of the apocalypse, but with the Mayan destruction of Earth not being called for until 2012, you still have a chance to see her. While many of songs may sound the same and she isn’t necessarily the best performer, the show is worth a visit just to see how shockingly bad of a dancer the rap diva is.
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