Since it is the summertime that means that I have more time and hopefully you do too, so because of this I have expanded this week in to do as well as all future weeks.
Shows for the Week
Saturday July 17th:
- Dave Matthews Band at Citi Field in Flushing, NY at 7:00 p.m.
- Santana with special guest Steve Winwood at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY at 8:00 p.m.
Carlos Santana has been a successful blues/rock/latin singer and performer for nearly forty years. Carlos Santana, and his group Santana’s success may only be matched by their respect in the music business.
- Tiesto at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ at 10:00 p.m.
There is a reason that the show doesn’t start until 10 p.m., Tiesto’s dance music is much better with the lights low and the stars out. Tiesto has become almost its own brand of music along with having its own satellite radio station and numerous CDs.
Sunday July 18th:
- Vans Warped Tour at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, NJ at 10:30 a.m.
Yup, the Warped Tour is still around and going strong. Providing a platform for young and struggling groups to shine in the spotlight; as well as allowing more established fans to perform for swarms of adoring fans the Warped Tour has something for everyone.
Tuesday July 20th:
- Counting Crows at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ at 7:00 p.m.
While I may not be the most diehard Counting Crows fan I do know one thing, they are known for their impressive live performances. Many bands have been accused of sounding less than studio quality when performing live, (cough cough Nickelback couch) and thusly have led to lawsuits from fans claiming that they were ripped off. However, on several occasions the Counting Crows have gone over their set list as well as expanding on the original versions of their songs. So what better way to spend a Tuesday summer night than to hear “Rain King” and “Round Here” performed live only feet away from where you stand.
Albums for the Week
- Delta Spirit – History From Below
- M.I.A. – MAY
For the average or casual music listener in the United States M.I.A. only came to prominence when her single, “Paper Planes” was used for the promotion of Pineapple Express. MAYA is actually her third album and hopes to ride her American success of her second album, Kala. After listening to the album I was blown away by the unique beats and creative productions. The album is definitely worth a listen to, but sadly it lacks a possible hit single, which is disappointing and may be detrimental to her stateside success.
Songs for the Week
- Nicki Minaj – “Your Love”
The self proclaimed princess of the Cash Money label is back with less rapping and more singing. I’m not going to go into specifics, but the metaphors used by Ms. Minaj in this song are just simple and pretty outlandish. All of that aside, it’s pretty good to put into a playlist when at a party which is really all that it’s good for.
- Maroon 5 – “Misery”
Being a huge Maroon 5 fan I have been waiting for their third album for quite some time now and “Misery” marks the first single off of their upcoming album. Despite the long layoff Adam Levine and group have returned to form and still possess the pop-rock sound that lured myself and many others in.
- Taio Cruz – “Dynamite”
Taio Cruz has been placed into the R&B category by many, but to me he is closer to the dance genre. He is successful in developing catchy choruses and “Dynamite” is no different. The track reminds me most of Flo Rida’s singles that were so popular in summers past. This could be the summer that launches Taio Cruz into superstardom in the United States and makes his name more than just popular among Jersey shore club goers.