Music To Get You Off Your A.S.S. from Oct. 23 – 29

Albums

Far* East MovementFree Wired
Undoubtedly riding the wave of success of their recent release, “Like a G6”, the Asian pop/techno band offers a wide range of dance infused songs. Most songs on the album have that upbeat catchy feel to them that will probably land the group a second big single to go with robust album sales.

Faith EvansSomething About Faith
Faith Evans could have been Mary J. Blidge, actually she could have been the next Aretha Franklin. Sadly Faith doesn’t recapture the days where Notorious B.I.G. and Method Man ruled the radio. Her sound sounds dated and unpolished, it appears Evans couldn’t knock all the dust of her microphone.

Belle and SebastianWrite About Love
Coming to us from over the pond, alt-rock veterans Belle and Sebastian offer upbeat music from the birthplace of golf, good ol’ Scotland. 2010 may go down as the year of the newly discovered European alt-rock band with Phoenix also hitting it big despite also being around for many years.

The Secret Sisters“The Secret Sisters
Jack White may very well be the King Midas of the rock world, everything band or guitar he touches always seems to turn to gold. Since their vinyl single release with the rock legend The Secret Sisters have been picking up steam and deservedly so.

Songs

Fantasia“I’m Doin’ Me”
Former American Idol winners haven’t been doing so well in recent years, Ruben who? Clay who? Fantasia has had a wild few years that included an odd reality show on VH1, which has never helped anyone’s career (see: Flavor Flav).

Randy Houser“A Man Like Me”
Calling Randy Houser a country singer is like calling Bob Marley a reggae singer, they are both not simply a singer within a genre, but personify the entire brand of music. Houser has the beat up car, the plaid shirt and the country twang that country fans just love.

Jesse McCartney“Shake”
The blonde haired Justin Bieber, before there even was a Justin Bieber, is back for the tween consumer crown.  I’m not sure who I’d want to win that battle, but God-willing they would just take each other out.

Mike Posner“Please Don’t Go”
If “Cooler Than Me” is the independent anthem calling out superficial girls then “Please Don’t Go” is the heartbroken lover in all of us. Posner’s skill is apparent not just in this song but in excellent covers of both “Birthday Sex” and “Halo”.

Shows

Saturday the 23rd:
Muse at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, NY at 7:30 p.m.
Known for being showy and over the top Muse’s songs already seem like they’re being performed in concert, so seeing them in concert can only make them better.

Ke$ha at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT at 8 p.m.
Still hanging onto the last 30 seconds of her 15 minutes of fame Ke$ha takes her talents to Connecticut, a state that makes me think of Vampire Weekend more than it does Ke$ha. I hope for all of you going that the seemingly constantly intoxicated pop star can make it a few more days before entering rehab.

Sunday the 24th:
Steve Miller Band at the Beacon Theatre in NY at 7:30 p.m.
With the upcoming vote to legalize marijuana in California, Steve Miller Band will be putting on a concert to commemorate this moment (no, not really). All joking aside, Steve Miller Band’s “Joker” is in my top 25 most played on iTunes, and should be in yours too, even if you haven’t heard it.

Tuesday the 26th:
Matt and Kim at Webster Hall in NY at 7 p.m.
Matt and Kim are a tribute to how effective viral marketing can be, the duo first achieved success through marketing themselves on YouTube and MySpace the band gained more and more radio plays. With no computer needed this performance comes to you live, and also free of creepy friend requests from “bikini models”.

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