Shows for the Week
Saturday July 31st:
Nas and Damian Marley at The Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn, NY at 5:30 p.m.
Two legendary names will be performing in the late afternoon in the BK. Anyone who knows anything rap knows that Nas owns the title of best diss song with “Ether” and best first album with Illmatic. These two honors are enough for any musician to be regarded as a legend, but God’s Son has accumulated enough success to be placed next to names like Biggie and Tupac. Damian Marley isn’t necessarily legendary himself as much as the legacy of his last name. Whether you head into Brooklyn for Nas, Damian, or both you are guaranteed one hell of a night.
Sunday August 1st:
Maroon 5 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT at 7:00 p.m.
Normally I don’t like to send you guys to anywhere out of the tri-state area, but this is definitely worth the drive to Connecticut. Maroon 5 is back and I’m so excited that I might be driving north to see this show. Any fans of the band know that they’ve been on a slight hiatus, but luckily they are back now and looking to prove that their still the hit pop-rock band they were before.
Monday August 2nd:
New Found Glory at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park at 6:30 p.m.
The Stone Pony has had such great musical acts as Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi pass through its doors. Musicians across the country (or at least those within the New York, New Jersey area) know how hallowed the crumbling walls of The Stone Pony and I’m assuming New Found Glory do too. Taking this into account anyone who attends the show this upcoming Monday night will surely be met with one NFG’s best performances of their career.
Songs for the Week
Papa Roach – “Kick in the Teeth”
I remember the first time I heard Papa Roach, it was like the 5th grade and “Last Resort” has just come out. Some of my friends liked bands like System of a Down and Mudvayne, but for me Papa Roach had the perfect level of rage for my pre-teen years. Now that I’m getting older I’ve moved on from Papa and his Roaches, but I would be lying if I said that “Kick in the Teeth” isn’t a top notch song.
Trey Songz feat. Nicki Minaj – “Bottoms Up”
Before the incarceration of Lil’ Wayne his songs were all over the place, now that he’s not making any new songs his Cash Money sibling Nicki Minaj has taken his place. This was a tough song for me to listen to as I’m not the biggest fan of either Ms. Minaj or “Mr. Steal Your Girl.” The song’s chorus is thick with cheesy drinking lyrics from Trey Songz alongside a surprisingly decent rap from Nicki Minaj. This mixture leads to a song worth listening to if not just for the unintentional comedy from Trey.
Eminem feat. Rihanna – “Love the Way You Lie”
Personally this is my favorite song off of Eminem’s new less than stellar album (mostly because of Rihanna’s lyrics). While “Love the Way You Lie” isn’t even close to up to par with Em’s early work it’s better than a lot what else Recovery has to offer. The song follows the formula of other songs on the album; Eminem sings a verse about how he’s back and sorry with a softly sung catchy chorus sung by someone else.
Albums for the Week
Sia – We Are Born
Macy Gray – The Sellout
Buckcherry – All Night Long
If I had to put Buckcherry into a musical category I would throw somewhere in between classic rock and sex-rock. Before I go on let me explain the difference; The Rolling Stones are classic rock and Def Leopard are sex-rock. If you don’t know what I’m talking just go and listen to just one of each of their songs and you know exactly what I am talking. All of that being said the album does feature a good mixture of straight up rock and some power ballads making for a very complete piece of work.