Music To Get You Off Your A.S.S. from Sept. 18—24

Albums
Don Omar featuring LucenzoDanza Kuduro
My entire sum of experience with Don Omar is from the closing scene of Fast and the Furious 3, that being said I liked what I heard; this album is no different.

HeartRed Velvet Car
Think the White Stripes with a brother and sister as opposed to an awesome guitarist husband and a so-so drummer wife. While Heart don’t quite have the name recognition or respect that the White Stripes have but, this album is a definite step in the right direction.

Ryan Bingham & The Dead HorsesJunky Star
Gritty is definitely a good word for the songs of Ryan Bingham however, so is beautiful. Soulful and rustic Junky Star is a much smoother album than its oddly clunky title.

Goo Goo DollsSomething for the Rest of Us
I thought the Goo Goo Dolls were lame when I was in middle school, so what should change now? Well apparently they’ve changed into a legitimate rock band and seem a whole lot less whiny making them at the very least tolerable.

Songs
La Roux“In for the Kill”
“Bulletproof” was cute and catchy, but “In for the Kill” in dubstep and original version is a killer. How this little orange haired chick belts out such strong vocals is beyond me, and I’m not going to be the one to ask her.

Far East Movement featuring the Cataracts & DevLike a G6 (feat. Cataracs & Dev) – “Like a G6”
I knew about this song months ago when my friend refused to stop playing it for a month straight. Months later the song has been officially released and is kind of refreshing to hear this repetitive club song again.

The Ting Tings –“Hands”
Somehow The Ting Tings have been labeled as being alt-rock, personally I think a genre for them exists. Maybe if quirky-awesome was a genre then that’s where they could be put.

Lupe Fiasco“Go To Sleep”
With intelligent, new age rappers like B.o.B., J. Cole, and Curren$y rising on the scene fast it’s easy to forget how popular “Superstar” was just a short while ago. However, don’t listen to Lupe, don’t go to sleep, wake up and bask in the exact opposite of Plies (if you know who Plies is you’ll know exactly what I mean).

Shows
Tuesday the 21st:
Shakira at Madison Square Garden in New York at 8 p.m.
Shakira is the perfect performer; she can offer something for both men and women. Women love her amazing singing voice and ability to sing beautifully in both Spanish and English. Men just think she’s hot. Whether you’re a man or a woman you’re sure to leave “the garden” happy.

Wednesday the 22nd:
Bret Michaels at Northern Lights in Clifton Park, NY at 7:30 p.m.
A list of my opinions on Bret Michaels: he’s washed up, unintentionally hilarious, balding, does not need another VH1 show, and should probably just go away. Despite all of that people love him, and if you’re one of those people this is when and where he’s performing.

Thursday the 23rd:
John Legend and the Roots at Terminal 5 in New York at 7:30 p.m.
John Legend and Black Thought may be two of the three smoothest rapper/singers in the world (Common being the other).Together these two will no doubt put on an amazing performance in greatest city in the world.

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