#MusicMonday, Vol. IVX: Nicki Minaj, The Fling, Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire + more

Find out what the Creative Loafing music team is listening to this Monday to get us through the day...

Andrew Nicki Minaj, Barbie World (The Mixtape) (2010)

A FEMALE RAPPER! What happened to those? Missy Elliot, Eve, and Lil Kim' used to crank out the hits as fast as the male majority and kind of faded into oblivion after the early 2000's. Well, Minaj is bringing a long-lost sense of bad-bitchess to the game and quite frankly, it rules. Her verses aren't always the most mentally stimulating, but they command attention and hit hard. Her norm-breaking confidence is refreshing, and quite bold in an age where being a female pop star is such a safe and calculated undertaking. Barbie World finds Minaj in wildly schizophrenic state both verse and beatwise. She'll switch intonation within and between songs and sing (quite well) throughout this lengthy and varied mixtape. If Barbie World is any indication, her full length (slated for a November release) should be, well ... I don't know. That's exactly why she's so good.

Ivan J Roddy Walston and The Business, S/T (2010)

This is the best straight-ahead rock 'n' roll album I have heard in years. The lyrics are strong, the melodies soaring. It's reassuring to know that this sort of music still exists out there and people are buying into it. Kudos to Vagrant for finding this gem of a band.

Taylor The Fling, When The Madhouses Appear (2010).

Look for a review soon.