The 100 Best Songs of 2013: Part 1 (#100 – 76)


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 50 (+1) Best Albums of 2013


Ranking the very best albums of any year is incredibly difficult; there are always misses.  2013 was filled with some triumphant musical moments, though not all of their parent albums were necessarily ‘worthy’ of being considered the best of the year. Because of various factors, this list has its surprises and like any album reviewed,…

November’s Playlist: The Best of October 2013


I’ll admit that during the month of October I missed out on a couple of albums (Pearl Jam, Scotty McCreery, Korn, Paul McCartney, etc.).  Alas, that is the life of a music journalist and music critic – you can’t listen to ‘em all.  Despite this, from the albums I did partake of, I’ve assembled a…

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: Pusha T, ‘My Name Is My Name’


Pusha T captures a darker portrait of life exceptionally on his ‘official’ solo debut Pusha T⎪ My Name Is My Name ⎪Def Jam ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 8, 2013 To call ‘street life’ captivating would probably be an incredibly irresponsible statement to make.  What isn’t an irresponsible description is that Pusha T delivers and…

Six New Music Videos: JT, Lil Wayne, Bruno, Drake, Pusha T & Fall Out Boy


Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z,  “Suit & Tie” One of the most anticipated music videos for sure, JT goes all classy and classic on us with the B&W video clip for “Suit & Tie”.  Timberlake makes sure we know he is going blue-eyed soul, showing his studio musicians prominently (horns, bass, drums, etc.). As expected, Timberlake dances suavely,…

Genre Series: 15 Rap Songs You Shouldn’t Miss from 2012


So along with my Grammy nomination prediction/analysis series, I am examining memorable songs that I have encountered throughout the year in various genres. To start the series off with a bang, I’m initiating with one of the most ‘colorful’ genres, rap.  With Rap music, you just never know what outlandish lyric will captivate or how much the minimalist…

Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer: Album Analysis


Introduction… Anytime that Kanye West’s name is attached to anything musical, the ‘hype’ machine accelerates ‘full throttle.’ The oft-delayed and much talked (rumored) about, and confusingly titled G.O.O.D. (Getting Out Our Dreams) music compilation Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer finally materializes as of September 18, 2012.  The set’s final track list was even…