The 100 Best Songs of 2013: Complete!


After a year filled with numerous albums and even more songs, choosing 100 of the best is an incredibly difficult task.  Like with the best albums of 2013, there will be surprises as well as snubs.  Sometimes the snubs are oversights while at other items there are just so many notable songs that some just…

The 100 Best Songs of 2013: Part 3 (#50 – 26)


After a year filled with numerous albums and even more songs, choosing 100 of the best is an incredibly difficult task.  Like with the best albums of 2013, there will be surprises as well as snubs.  Sometimes the snubs are oversights while at other items there are just so many notable songs that some just…

Opinion: I Love R. Kelly, But… ‘Black Panties’ Oversteps


  R. Kelly is one of the most interesting cats in the R&B game; few would deny this.  Personally, he’s always been one of my favorite R&B artists – don’t judge me!   Throughout an illustrious career, Kelly has teetered and tottered between risqué bedroom music and more balanced, sometimes conservative, soulful affairs.  Spend the time…

Playlist: Bangers That Get It Poppin’ At The Club… (Part 2)


Who says that a twenty seven year old trained musician with a masters degree in music theory/composition can’t throw down to a banger? Nobody, so don’t judge me!  I have compiled a list of  twenty club bangers (not BANGERZ) and have divided it into two parts.  See you at the club snitches! 11 August Alsina…

Review: DJ Khaled, ‘Suffering from Success’


Khaled’s Not ‘Suffering from Success’, perhaps suffers from a lack of innovation…  DJ Khaled⎪ Suffering From Success⎪ Cash Money ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 22, 2013 If there is one reservation I (and likely others) have with DJ Khaled’s albums, it is that generally they all seem ‘one-dimensional’.  Maybe that is a harsh critique, or…

Review: Katy Perry, ‘Prism’


A maturer Katy Perry isn’t a total deal breaker… Katy Perry⎪ Prism ⎪ Capitol ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 22, 2013 “I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter / dancing through the fire / ‘cause I am a champion, and your’e going to hear me roar…” I suppose there comes a time for…

Review: Fall Out Boy, ‘Pax-Am Days’


Pax-Am Days leaves more to be desired… Fall Out Boy⎪Pax-Am Days ⎪ Island ⎪⎪ October 15, 2013 Um, what does one say about an eight-song EP that lasts just over 13 minutes? Well not very much to be honest.  To add to the lack of words from my pen (or computer keyboard in this case),…

Review: Us3, ‘The Third Way’


20 years later, Us3 still got it  Us3⎪The Third Way (Hand on the Torch, Vol. II)⎪Us3.com ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 14, 2013 Of latest album The Third Way, Us3 co-founder and bandleader Geoff Wilkinson calls it “the follow up album I never made at the time [of Hand on the Torch].  Throughout The Third…

Review: Danny Brown, ‘Old’


Danny Brown delivers one of the year’s most intriguing rap albums  Danny Brown⎪ Old ⎪ Fool’s Gold ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 8, 2013 How does one describe Old, the new album release courtesy from one of rap’s brightest up-and- comers, Danny Brown?  My ideal adjective for Old would be intriguing.  Just how ‘intriguing’? Brown…

Review: Panic! at the Disco, ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die’


  Panic’s latest effort packs a sizable punch despite its brevity Panic! At The Disco⎪ Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! ⎪ Fueled By Ramen⎪⎪US Release Date: October 8, 2013 Panic! At The Disco is: Brendon Urie, Spencer Smith & Dallon Weekes Produced by Butch Walker If there is one thing that has…