“Brand New Eyes,” is the newest effort by Paramore, a female fronted pop act that walk the tenuous line between stealing New Found Glory riffs and stealing Maroon 5 riffs. Their newest album attempts to craft something original, which they do, albeit boring.
The Chronicle: Can you start off by giving me a short synopsis as to what your new documentary, “Dear Jack” is about?
High pitched shrieks, braces, and 6,000 people all add up to one night at Hofstra: Justin Bieber’s concert for 92.3 NOW FM. Youtube artist Justin Bieber is a mere 15 years old and performed in front of a sold out show on October 9th in the Hofstra Dome.
While the Epitaph tour brought its hurricane through Long Island’s famous Crazy Donkey this past Monday, Keith Buckley, singer of Every Time I Die sat down with me a few hours prior, like a calm before the storm, answering a plethora of questions, and showing himself to be one of the humblest and most humorous veterans of not only the hardcore scene, but any scene.
California pop punk/ indie rock band, Say Anything, played the Adams Playhouse Saturday. Opening for them was the forgettable Mike Del Rio and the annoyingly insincere TV/ TV. The performances, were, as always, thanks to Hofstra Concerts, engi¬neered flawlessly.
Mariah Carey released her 12th studio album, “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,” co-written and co-produced with The- Dream, on September 29. She’s not out to surprise anyone, sticking with the same R&B/hip-hop sound we’ve come to expect over the past four years.
The album opens with “Betcha Gon’ Know,” a mid-tempo, slightly angry track about seek¬ing revenge on a cheating boyfriend. The chorus has the potential to be catchy, but is offset by cringe-worthy lyrics reminiscent of R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” series. This seems to be the trend for this album, as the opener is followed by the lead single, “Obsessed,” a highly synthesized, failed attempt to rattle Eminem.
For the past seven months, Britney Spears has been extremely busy bringing her wildly suc¬cessful “Circus” tour to cities around the world. The tour has become the third-highest grossing tour of 2009 worldwide, grossing over $75 million within the first 48 shows. She must have not been too busy, however, to deliver another soon-to-be smash hit. Her brand new song, titled “3,” hit radios Tuesday, and has been getting a crazy response so far.
The quirky and sexual lyrics (the song is about having a three¬some) inspire a march of sorts when Britney sings, “1, 2, 3/Not only you and me/Got 180 degrees and I’m caught in between/ Countin’ 1, 2, 3/Peter, Paul, and Mary.” The track, produced by pop-producing powerhouse Max Martin, is club-ready with a pounding bass line, an irresistible chorus and Britney’s signature candy-coated vocals.
“3” is a part of “The Singles Collection,” which will be released on November 24, 2009. This collection of Britney’s hits will be available two edi¬tions. The standard con¬tains 17 of her singles all on one disc. The Ultimate Fan Box Set includes 29 songs with each disc.
I recently had the pleasure of seeing Algernon Cadwallader at the legendary Lower East Side punk venue ABC No Rio. After their set, guitarist Joe, drummer Tank, and singer/bassist Peter met me outside the venue to answer a few questions.
The Chronicle: How did you first form as a band?
Peter: I met Joe on the bus in high school, and he said “what’re you listening to,Weezer?” I blew him off, and then, like, a few weeks later we were in a band. And then we were playing in bands for a while. So it started in high school…
While sitting in my seat waiting for Kings of Leon at Nassau Coliseum, I noticed something peculiar. In front of me were three high school girls posing for the cliché’ self photographed Myspace picture. If someone had told me a year ago that not only would I see such a site at a Kings of Leon concert, but that it should be expected, I would have laughed at you.
Chances are you saw Kanye West steal Taylor Swift’s microphone. Chances are you Twittered or Facebooked or Tumblr’d about it. The funny thing was, I have a feeling he wants you to feel that way. Because whether you hate him or think Taylor Swift had it coming for being a steaming pile of crap: you’re talking about him. Every news site has something on their front page about Kanye West.