Friday, March 23, 2018

Worriers' Lauren Denitzio Played Asbury Park Brewery w/ Natalie Newbold, Emily Bornemann, and Mikey Pellegrino, 3/22/18

Lauren Denitzio of Worriers

Solo But Not Alone

There's been a lot of "stuff" going around town this past week. We finally heard the plans for what's going to happen to the building that used to house Asbury Lanes, and it's caused some... ...conversation. Much of that conversation has centered on what it was that made Asbury Lanes special; and, while Asbury Lanes no longer exists, some of that spirit still flickers around town at shows like the one Aftermath Collective and House of Independents threw at Asbury Park Brewery last night.

Lauren Denitzio of Worriers returned to Asbury Park for an intimate solo set and headlined a bill that also included Natalie Newbold (Well Wisher), Emily Bornemann (Dentist), and Mikey Pellegrino (latewaves). It was a special evening. Each performer usually plays as part of a full band; and, naturally, there had to be some nerves. But everyone playing was in the same boat; and I think that gave everything a nice, communal feel. At any rate, if there were any nerves, they didn't hurt a single performance.

Mikey Pellegrino

One of the great things about hearing the songs stripped of their full-band arrangements, guitar solos, drum fills, is that you really notice what good songs they are. Natalie Newbold and I discussed this with reference to Emily Bornemann and Dentist following Newbold's set, but it was true across the board. latewaves, Dentist, Well Wisher, and Worriers can all get pretty loud in their own way; but, last night, everyone's songs held up -- shone even -- in the more intimate setting.

Emily Bornemann

And the interactions with the audience -- from Pellegrino's pointing out where the band would come in, to Bornemann's revealing that this was her first solo set in a decade, to Newbold's forgetting the opening line to one of her earliest songs, to Denitzio's admitting that they liked to be able to do shows like this whenever the rest of the band was unavailable -- felt natural, like a shared experience among friends.

Natalie Newbold

Just a sweet, sweet night. I could go on about it, but I just wanted to acknowledge that there are still plenty of chances to support cool things in and around Asbury Park. It's easy to get down on the way things are trending, and I forget that sometimes. Last night was a nice reminder of what we can still do.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

What's Going On: 3/22, 3/23, 3/24 & 3/25, 2018

Solo set from Worriers tonight at Asbury Park Brewery

Another Damn Snow Day

This is a tough week to come back from warm, snow-free Austin, Texas. I'm an East Coaster through and through, but the last month has me seriously considering getting out of here. It will never happen. Too many roots and too much good pizza here. Also, lots of access to good music.

This weekend's festivities (hopefully) kick off tonight when Worriers' Lauren Denitzio plays a solo set at Asbury Park Brewery. They'll be joined by Emily Bornemann of Dentist, Natalie Newbold of Well Wisher, and Mikey Pellegrino of latewaves. Also on Thursday, Teenage Halloween head up to Brooklyn Bazaar for a show with Iron Chic, Bigwig, and Ellen and The Degenerates. Lost Boy ? are at Brooklyn's The Glove with Poppies, Sean Henry, and Tilted Planet. I Am The Avalanche hit House of Independents in Asbury with Nightmare Of You. Knuckle Puck come to Jersey City's White Eagle Hall with Boston Manor, Free Throw, Hot Mulligan, and Jetty Bones.

On Friday, The Double Negatives, The Burns, and Little Vicious are at the brewery. Thee Idea Men and Coach N Commando play APYC. Headliners, Playing Dead, Meeko Brando, and Shannon Perez are at Court Tavern in New Brunswick. Turnover, Summer Salt, and Pronoun play a sold-out House of Independents. Jamie Coppa holds an EP release show at The Saint that also features Tara Dente and Pamela Flores. Matt and Kim are at Starland. Tony Saxon, The Components, The Brixton Riot, The 65s, and SHRB play Stosh's in Fair Lawn. Sunnyvale in Brooklyn hosts Lionlimb, Kissing Is A Crime, Teen Body, and Buni Hate Mail.

Bobby Mahoney & The Seventh Son have a release party at Asbury Park Brewery on Saturday night with Secret Mountain, Haunt Club, and The Warhawks. High Waisted are home from tour with a late show at Baby's All Right featuring Bodega and Elliot & The Ghost. Modern Chemistry, The Vaughns, Milkmen, and oldsoul play Court Tavern. Wreaths are back for a show at The Saint with St. James & The Apostles, Hotel 10 Eyes, Career Opportunities, and The Vice Rags. Robin Trower plays Montclair's Wellmont. Lost In Society support Red Sun Rising at Wonder Bar. Mike Doughty is at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City.

On Sunday, the brewery keeps it going with Modern Crowds, The Shapeshifters, and Joe Ruff. ManDancing, Fire Is Motion, and Use Big Words are at Scarlet Pub. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Bigwig, and Westbound Train play a sold-out White Eagle Hall.

Keep your eyes on your local listings for updates and cancellations. Don't overdo it with the shoveling. Don't drink and drive.


The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Open Mic, 8pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Worriers (solo) / Emily Bornemann / Natalie Newbold / Mikey Pellegrino, 7:30pm, $10

BoonTunes (Boonton): Surprise Of The Century / Gladiators Of 2037 / Entierralos / Board Games / Moot Point, 7pm, $10

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Acqui / In Angles / Homestead / My Lonely Heart, 7pm, $8

Brooklyn Bazaar (Brooklyn): Iron Chic / Bigwig / Teenage Halloween / Ellen and The Degenerates, 8pm, $12-$15

FM (Jersey City): Max Feinstein / Project FWQ, 9pm

The Glove (Brooklyn): Lost Boy ? / Poppies / Sean Henry / Tilted Planet, 8pm, $10

House of Independents (Asbury): I Am The Avalanche / Nightmare Of You, 7pm, $20-$25

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Tor Miller / Evangelia, 8pm, FREE

Meatlocker (Montclair): The Growling Hounds / Spineapples / Nerve Damage / Rareflowers / Foster & The Pranksters, 8pm

The Saint (Asbury): Jigmakers / Daniel James & The Loveless / Jasper & The Kids, 7:30pm, $8

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Panic! At The Disco Secret Show, 7:30pm, $30 on the door ONLY

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): Knuckle Puck / Boston Manor / Free Throw / Hot Mulligan / Jetty Bones, 6:30pm, $18-$21

FRIDAY (3/23)

Anchor's Bend (Asbury): So You Want To Be A Comedian?, 8pm, FREE

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Quincy Mumford, 9pm, FREE

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): The Double Negatives / The Burns / Little Vicious, 8pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Thee Idea Men / Coach N Commando, 9pm, FREE

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Black Water Rising / Slow Drag / Warhammer / Black The Sky / Flatleaver, 6pm, $10-$15

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Chad Morales & The Champs / Gabesquatch Trio / Jessie McCormick, 9pm, FREE

Clash Bar (Clifton): Sycarian / Tallah / Crystal Plains / Eternal Raven, 8pm

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): Headlines / Playing Dead / Torpedoes / Meeko Brando / Shannon Perez, 8pm, $10

Crossroads (Garwood): Black Dog (Led Zep covers) / Audible Soul, 8pm

FM (Jersey City): Eliza Neals & The Narcotics, 9pm, FREE

House of Independents (Asbury): Turnover / Summer Salt / Pronoun, 8pm, SOLD OUT

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Sharief Burgundy, 9:30pm, FREE

Millhill Basement (Trenton): The Iron-On Legion Rap Tour, 9pm, $7

Monty Hall (Jersey City): Danger: Diabolik live score by Morricone Youth, 8pm, $10

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Tweed & The Sugar Daddies / Fat City Rockers, 7pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): Bruce off Broadway Ukulele Tribute, 7pm, $15

The Saint (Asbury): Jamie Coppa (EP Release) / Tare Dente / Pamela Flores, 10pm, $10

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Matt and Kim / Cruisr / Twinkids, 7pm, $29.50

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Anthony Krizan / Mad Kings / Flycatcher, 7pm, $12-$15

Stosh's (Fair Lawn): Tony Saxon / The Components / The Brixton Riot / The 65s / SHRB, 7:30pm

Sunnyvale (Brooklyn): Lionlimb / Teen Body / Kissing Is A Crime / Buni Hate Mail, 7:30pm, $8-$10

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): Marc Broussard / Pet Fangs, 8:30pm, $20-$40

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Steve Moakler, 7pm, $18.50-$20


Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Bobby Mahoney & The Seventh Son (release show) / Secret Mountain / Haunt Club / The Warhawks, 7pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): DJ Shawn Francis, 9pm, FREE

Baby's All Right (Brooklyn): High Waisted / Bodega / Elliot & The Ghost, 12midnight, $10

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Map Of Rome / In Our Glory / The Ones You Forgot / Mind Riot / With Sails Ahead, 7:30pm, $10

Clash Bar (Clifton): Singaya / Rest Assured? / The Last Stand / Houston & The Dirty Rats, 8:30pm, $10

Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank): Glen Burtnik's Summer of Love Concert, 8pm, $29-$75 plus lots of fees

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): Modern Chemistry / The Vaughns / Milkmen / oldsoul, 8pm

FM (Jersey City): Dorsia / Fish House Road, 9pm, FREE

House of Independents (Asbury): 90s Dance Party, 10pm, FREE

John & Peter's (New Hope, PA): The Fletchers / The Paper Jets / Sourland / Andrew Ludewig, 8pm, FREE

Kung Fu Necktie (Philly): Earth Telephone / Dentist / Bike Thiefs / Tact, 6pm, $7

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Xol Azul, 9:30pm, FREE

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Cancer Benefit for a Friend: Meeko Brando / Cheeky / Bodega Satellite / Shagbark, 9pm

Monmouth University Arts (West Long Branch): Songwriters by the Sea ft. Willie Nile, 8pm, SOLD OUT

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Dean Shot's Tribute To Howlin' Wolf, 8pm

The Saint (Asbury): Wreaths / St. James & The Apostles / Hotel 10 Eyes / Vice Rags / Career Opportunities, 7:30pm, $10

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Pop Evil / Black Map / Palaye Royale / Ronin, 6:30pm, $19.50

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Epilepsy Benefit, 1pm, $25

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Eathshare NJ Rocks ft. Dirty Shine / Jack Names The Planets / The Troubles / Night Shift, 6:30pm, $20 ($10 students, $30 pair)

Wellmont Theatre (Montclair): Robin Trower, 7pm, $69.50

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): Mike Doughty, 8:30pm, $20-$25

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Red Sun Rising / Lost In Society, 7pm, $15-$18

SUNDAY (3/25)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Sandy Mack, 4pm

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

New Stuff from Ella Ross, The Cold Seas, A Deer A Horse

"Cold Shoulder" artwork and layout by Rachel R. Adler.

Gettin' Back into the Swing of Things

I won't be able to ride this excuse for much longer, but I've spent the better part of March getting ready for, attending, or recovering from South By Southwest. The world keeps turning, though, even when I'm on my little musical Spring Break; and there are a few things I wanted to share with you even though I may be a little late to the party.

Ella Ross, "Hurt."

Asbury Park-based singer / songwriter, Ella Ross, is working on the follow-up to last year's Uncharted Waters EP. Her sophomore effort, Wasted Youth, is due this summer; and, earlier this month, Ross shared single "Hurt."

Ross co-wrote "Hurt." with Tor Miller; and, like she did with Uncharted Waters, Ross went into Asbury's Lakehouse Recording Studios to record the track. The song is expansive, danceable pop rock about moving forward with someone against your better judgment. "Hurt." has a sound that I could see taking Ella Ross pretty far.

"Hurt." is available from your favorite digital music outlet.

The Cold Seas, "Retrograde"

Another Asbury Park band, The Cold Seas, released the video for their single "Retrograde" last Friday.

The Cold Seas are Eric Rudic (guitar / keys), Nash Breen (drums), and Chad Sabo (vox / guitar / keys). The band are coming off a string of successes that include a tour with NJ compatriots, Armor For Sleep, a set at Brooklyn's Barclay's Center alongside Deadmau5 and D.R.A.M., and Sabo's production and songwriting work on Rihanna's platinum-selling Anti.

"Retrograde" is the first of several singles the band plan to release throughout 2018 as a follow-up to last year's Bad Dreams EP. "Retrograde" is brooding, synth-heavy pop; and the black and white clip directed by Dom P plays right into the song's overall mood. The song deals with longing for the past, and there's a dreamy quality to the video that has moments that play like memories.

A Deer A Horse, "Cold Shoulder"

From slick, Asbury Park pop, we turn to jagged, Brooklyn rock.

A Deer A Horse are back with a new single "Cold Shoulder." The song finds the trio of Rebecca Satellite (guitar / vox), Angela Phillips (bass / backing vox), and Dylan Teggart (drums) hammering out another artfully aggressive slice of post-punk noise. Confrontational both sonically and lyrically, "Cold Shoulder" builds tension and demands your attention through tempo changes and some off-kilter beats.

It's available now over at A Deer A Horse's Bandcamp page as a download or as a limited edition cassingle from GP Stripes.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Premiere: New Video from Michael VM

"Oh Susie"

At the end of last year, former Everymen frontman and our very good friend Michael VM, released his debut, solo album. the happiest man on earth traded the beer-soaked, sweaty rock of The Everymen for more subdued, more studied Americana. The album grew from the many changes that Michael had experienced in the preceding years, from marriage and impending fatherhood to his move to North Carolina to the loss of his mother.

It's that last, most devastating change that Michael VM addresses in the song "Oh Susie." Back in November, I wrote:

"Oh Susie" deals with Michael's despondency following the loss of his mother. The song itself, though, is a sonic party. It features handclaps, whistling, and a saxophone. It's possible to celebrate those we've lost even in our darkest moments of missing them.

Michael's partner in crime, Emily, has called the song "the happiest, saddest song there ever was."

Today, I'm happy to share Michael VM's video for "Oh Susie." The clip, shot by Madden Meiners, combines lyrics, live performance footage, and some joyful moments with friends and family into a montage that captures the idea of living the best life you can as a tribute to those you've lost.

Michael VM recently announced that he'd be playing a show back in his old NYC stomping grounds on Sunday, May 20th, at Mercury Lounge. It's an early show with doors at 5:30. Joining Michael VM on the bill will be Metal Mountains.

In other news, Michael's impending fatherhood recently changed to, simply, fatherhood as he and Emily welcomed a baby boy to the world. I'm sure, somewhere, Susie is smiling.