Thursday, December 5, 2019

What's Going On: 12/5, 12/6, 12/7 & 12/8, 2019

NJ's beloved Ergs! return to a sold-out House of Independents on Saturday.

Mazel Tov, CD2!!

Absolutely stacked weekend in the NJ / NY / PHL area. Stacked. Here, at CDMHQ, CD #2 becomes a bat mitzvah on Saturday, so mazel tov to her.

Thursday night alone features shows from Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, The Hold Steady, Thurston Moore, The Menzingers, Lucy Dacus, Bon Iver, Tallies, J. Robbins, The Joy Formidable, and more. It's more of the same throughout the rest of the weekend with the big, sold-out Ergs! show on Saturday in Asbury.

Have fun. Catch up on that holiday shopping. Don't drink and drive.


ALPHAVILLE. (Brooklyn): Tallies / Honey Cutt / End Scene, 8pm, $10

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

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): 1 Minute Talk Show, 7pm, $17-$20

Barca City (New Brunswick): From The Concrete / Lolo Shang / NovaBound, 8:30pm

Barclays Center (Brooklyn): Alt 92.3 "Not So Silent Night" 2019 ft. Mumford & Sons / Vampire Weekend / Cage The Elephant / more, 6pm

Beacon Theatre (NYC): Bob Dylan, 8pm, $59.50-$169.50

Boot & Saddle (Philly): J. Robbins Band / LAPĂȘCHE, 7:30pm

Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn): The Hold Steady / Wussy, 8pm

Brooklyn Steel (Brooklyn): Devendra Banhart / Black Belt Eagle Scout, 8pm

Chamber 43 (Highland Park): Glazer / Spowder / Mr. Phylzzz / Splundr, 7:30pm

The Clubhouse (Toms River): Mover Shaker / Halogens / Kissies / Ogbert The Nerd, 7pm, $5

FM Jersey City (Jersey City): Rappin' It Up 2019, 7pm

Kings Theatre (Brooklyn): Bon Iver / Tu Dance, 8pm, $40-$150

(le) poisson rouge (NYC): Thurston Moore Group / Devin Brahja Waldman, 7:30pm, $25

Rough Trade NYC (Brooklyn): The Joy Formidable / TWEN, 8:30pm

The Saint (Asbury): Bobbie Holiday / Coopah The Savage / BMB / Drew, 7:30pm, $10

Stanhope House (Stanhope): Sponge / The Nixons, 6pm, $20

Stone Pony (Asbury): Morgan Evans / Madison Kozak, 7pm, $25-$29

Trans-Pecos (Queens): Grim Streaker / A Deer A Horse / Luggage / Shop Talk, 8pm, $10

Warsaw (Brooklyn): The Menzingers / Tigers Jaw / Culture Abuse, 7pm, SOLD OUT

Webster Hall (NYC): Lucy Dacus, 7pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): lespecial, 7pm, $12

FRIDAY (12/6)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Fora and Fang / Jennifer Karma / Caisy Falzone, 9pm

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): Toy Drive ft. FEENY / Jesse Elliot / Brianna Musco / New Narratives / Elaine Rasnake, 6pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Kulick / Ella Ross / Blaise, 7pm, $12-$15

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Sunshine Spazz / Six Overs / Tiki Torture, 9:30pm

Baby's All Right (Brooklyn): Say Sue Me / Painted Zeros, 7pm, $15

Beacon Theatre (NYC): Bob Dylan, 8pm, $59.50-$169.50

BoonTunes (Boonton): With Sails Ahead / Destinatin Dimension / The Rocky Coasts / Scissorfish / Cephalapods and Their Allies, 7pm, $10

Boot & Saddle (Philly): Thurston Moore / Devin Brahja Waldman, 7:30pm, SOLD OUT

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Hub City Stompers / Turnpike Wrecks / Damage Done / The Way Of / Dusters, 8pm, $12

Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn): The Hold Steady / Lilith, 9pm

The Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Dr. Strange / X Men / 40 Pound Hound, 9pm

Clash Bar (Clifton): Low Roads Ghost / The O>Matics / Love's Over-Rated / Bob-omb, 9pm

The Clubhouse (Toms River): Tricia Band / Georgia Foreman / Citrus / Wyndup Kid, 7pm, $5

FM Jersey City (Jersey City): The Jack Moves / Fancy Colors / Peter Bark / Erika Bracy, 8pm, $8

Flemington DIY (Flemington): Roselove / StepheN Ferm / The Convincing Actor / Columnaris, 7pm, $5-$10

House of Independents (Asbury): Burlesque-A-Pades, 8pm, $18-$40

Kings Theatre (Brooklyn): She & Him, 8pm

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

Little Buddy Hideaway (Asbury): Slowey & The Boats, 9pm

Meatlocker (Montclair): Cassanova Valentine vs Jeff Cannonball / Chained To The Dead / Secret Cutter / Dutchguts / Orthopedic Cranial Encavement, 8pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Clamfight / Brain Candle / 19DRT / Bridge Under Fire / Which Witch, 9pm

Paramount Theatre (Asbury): Del McCoury, 7pm, $29-$79

Red Tank Brewing (Red Bank): Lost Transmission / The Red Room / The Way Out, 7pm

Rough Trade NYC (Brooklyn): The Joy Formidable / TWEN, 8:30pm

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Ring Of Fire, 8:30pm

St. Vitus (Brooklyn): J. Robbins Band / LAPĂȘCHE / Ageist, 7pm, $12

The Saint (Asbury): Current Swell / Carmanah / The Tide Bends, 7:30pm, $6-$15

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Michael Ray / Jimmie Allen / Walker Country, 6pm

Stone Pony (Asbury): Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why / Mike Pinto / Rachel Ana Dobkin, 7:30pm, $20-$25

Stosh's (Fair Lawn): The Milwaukees / Ruby Bones / Cyclone Static / World War IX / Defecting Grey, 7:30pm

Trans-Pecos (Queens): Common Holly / Sam Skinner / Cheeky, 7pm, $12

Underground Arts (Philly): Guided By Voices, 9pm

Webster Hall (NYC): Twin Peaks, 7pm, $25

Wellmont (Montclair): The Cult, 7pm, $30-$100

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): Reverend Horton Heat / Voodoo Glow Skulls / The 5678s / Dave Alvin, 8pm, $27.50-$30

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Glimmer Grass Band, 5pm, $5


The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Regina Sayles, 9pm

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): Reverend Horton Heat / Voodoo Glow Skulls / The 5678s / Dave Alvin, 7pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): A Will Away / Small Talks / Sunsleeper / Mandancing, 7pm, $12-$14

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): The Vansaders / <><>, , 9:30pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): Catch Me If You Can / RJ's Pizza / Engineers / SPITSHINE, 7pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Winter's Wake 2019, 7pm, $10

Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn): The Hold Steady / Ezra Furman, 9pm

Brooklyn Steel (Brooklyn): Manchester Orchestra / Nothing / Foxing / Oso Oso, 7pm, SOLD OUT

Championship Bar (Trenton): When Particles Collide / Nikki Nailbomb / Honah Lee / Joy On Fire, 7pm, $8

The Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Ham By The Pound / Flourish / JWaltzz / Ruby, 6pm

The Chubby Pickle (Highlands): The Pontiacs, 9pm

Clash Bar (Clifton): Chained To The Dead / The Sun The Moon The Stars / Triple Cripple / Dutchguts / Unhinge, 7pm

The Clubhouse (Toms River): KONG / Counterfeit Culture / Ovtlier / Saving Vice / Secret Eyes, 7pm, $10

FM Jersey City (Jersey City): The Elite Camp, 9pm, $10

The Footlight (Queens): Basic Bitches / Creek and Kills / Hekla / The Subtexts / The Whores, 8pm

House of Independents (Asbury): The Ergs! / School Drugs / Teenage Halloween, 7pm, SOLD OUT

John & Peter's (New Hope, PA): Brother JT / The Fletchers / Naughty Clouds, 8pm

Krogh's (Sparta): Brian Erickson / Old Currents / Mick Hargan / Amanda Rose Riley, 10pm

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Matt Wade, 9:30pm

Meatlocker (Montclair): Broken Heroes / South Class Veterans / The Despised NJ / The Ice Cold Killers / Diamond Dogz, 9pm

The Saint (Asbury): Josh Zuckerman Band, 7:30pm, $10

Stanhope House (Stanhope): The World/Inferno Friendship Society / The Damn Long Hairs / Ska-Walkers, 6pm, $15

Stone Pony (Asbury): Sinderella's Ball ft. Bobby Bandiera / Docs Of Rock / Strumberry Pie, 7pm, $25

Trans-Pecos (Brooklyn): Jelly Kelly / Whiner / Cindy Cane / Pink Mexico, 8pm, $10

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): Bettye LaVette, 8pm, $40

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Sean Tobin & The Boardwalk Fire, 7pm, $5

SUNDAY (12/8)

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

BoonTunes (Boonton): Pheller / Feeny / From The Concrete / Loyalty To Me, 5:30pm, $10

Concerts In The Studio (Freehold): Sam Amidon, 3pm

The Downtown (Red Bank): Chris Rockwell / Switch Mob / Pepperwine / S0ulFood / more, 6pm, $12-$15

FM Jersey City (Jersey City): GRLwood / A Deer A Horse / Splundr, 5pm, $7-$10

House of Independents (Asbury): Andrew McMahon's Winter in the Wilderness, 7pm, SOLD OUT

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Frank Lombardi / Renee Maskin, 1pm

Paramount Theatre (Asbury): A Very Asbury Holiday Show, 6pm, $29-$175

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Crash Gordon & Debra Dynamite / Max Jukes / The Razorbacks, 2pm, $15

Stone Pony (Asbury): Jody Joseph Christmas Concert, 12noon, $25

Trans-Pecos (Queens): Babes All Rock Fest ft. Crazy Pills / Sharkmuffin / Theophobia / Lady Bits / Catty / New Myths / tubafresh / PowerSnap, 3pm

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Comet Gain, Fireraisers Forever!, 2019

Album Review

By Henry Lipput 

If you don't know anything about Comet Gain, the London-based indie band, you've probably heard their great 2001 pop single "You Can Hide Your Love Forever" on the Fortuna POP! label. As Fortuna POP! was going out of business in 2016, it released a series of singles including the truly wonderful Fortuna POP! All-Stars cover of that song. 

"You Can Hide Your Love Forever" is just one side of Comet Gain. Founded in 1992, the band also seem steeped in the British punk and post-punk political legacy of groups like The Mekons, The Clash, and Close Lobsters. 

You can hear all of this and more on Fireraisers Forever! the new album by Comet Gain. Founder, singer-songwriter, and guitarist, David Feck, had led an ever-changing line-up of musicians over the years that seem to have hit their stride on this new collection of songs.

The opening track, the blistering "We're All Fucking Morons," has short, sharp guitar licks and bursts of organ. With the lyrics "We're all fucking morons / Don't you know it's true / We're all fucking morons / My finger's pointing straight at you," the listener is included in the accusation. "Victor Jara Finally Found!" is a tribute to the Chilean folk singer and activist who was killed by his own government in 1973. In many ways it's Comet Gain's "Spanish Bombs." "Society Of Inner Nothing" has some fine intertwined guitar work and also recalls The Clash's London Calling.

Moving from the political to the personal, "The Godfrey Brothers" is a lovely, jangly pop tune. "Your Life On Your Knees" tells the tale of a guy who has really messed up his life: "Four A.M. in an alleyway crying / Wishing I was loved by someone."   Two songs on Fireraisers Forever! contain echoes of The Replacements on Don't Tell A Soul/Dead Man's Pop. "I Can't Live Here Anymore" is about the end of a relationship and finishes with the heartbreaking sound of a child repeating his parent's "I can't live here anymore." And on "Her 33rd Perfect Goodbye," about a girl who glued her hopes to a sunset that never came and dances alone in her small room, Feck's vocal has a similar sound to Paul Westerberg on "Achin' To Be."

Fireraisers Forever! is out now on Tapete Records.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Rock and Roll Hair, July - December, 2019

Two more chances for shots of The RockNRoll Hi-Fives at the end of this month.

Not Quite Year-End

I'm doing this a little early. There are a few shows on the calendar towards the end of the year that I'm sure will produce post-worthy shots (namely, the last-ever RockNRoll Hi-Fives shows on 12/27 & 12/28). I've got to start the list-making somewhere, though; so here we go.

SHUT UP, The RockNRoll Hi-Fives, Blushing, A Giant Dog, Francie Moon, Merge Fest, and more.

You keep flipping, and I'll keep shooting.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

New Single From Dusty Wright

"Bad Moon Rising"

By Henry Lipput

Dusty Wright describes his acoustic version of John Fogerty's "Bad Moon Rising" as being "dedicated to climate change warriors everywhere."

The song begins with an acoustic guitar and harmonica that might remind you of an early 60s Dylan protest song, and it's a sign that Wright is going to turn the Credence Clearwater Revival classic into a protest song of his own. And like The Imposter / Elvis Costello's cover of Paul Simon's "American Tune," Wright doesn't have to change the words to make the song relevant to today.

With lyrics like "I hear hurricanes a-blowing," "I fear the river's overflowing," and "Looks like we're in for nasty weather," Wright couldn't have written a more apt description of our current situation. And he warns, as Fogerty did, "Don't go round tonight / It's bound to take your life."

And, it may just be a coincidence, but in the same month that Wright releases his single the Oxford Dictionary names "climate emergency" as the word of the year.

"Bad Moon Rising" is available on all digital platforms.