Thursday, September 20, 2018

What's Going On: 9/20, 9/21, 9/22 & 9/23, 2018

GayGuy / StraightGuy are back for another go-round at the Bond St. Block Party.

Local Summer

There are shows from Face To Face, Dentist, Agnostic Front. The re-scheduled Bond St. Block Party happens in Asbury Park along with Porchfest 2018. Neck Deep are at Starland with Trophy Eyes, WSTR, and Stand Atlantic. And, yes, I know there's a Night Birds show with Nervous Triggers, Fuck It I Quit, and Swamp City Rockers somewhere in the USA this weekend; but you'll have to ask someone who knows about that one.

Have fun. Hope you're enjoying "local summer." Don't drink and drive.

THURSDAY (9/20)

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

The Asbury Hotel, Salvation (Asbury): Quincy Mumford, 6pm

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

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Pohgoh / LEEDS / Above The Moon, 9pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Brother Andrew, 9pm

Barca City (New Brunswick): Flycatcher / 81 Rich, 8:30pm

Beacon Theatre (NYC): Neko Case, 8pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): Church Girls / The Spins / Junkanoo, 8pm, $10

Crossroads (Garwood): Face To Face (acoustic) / Austin Lucas / Sammy Kay, 8pm, $25

FM (Jersey City): Dancing Tony & Jonathan Levine BDay ft. Jeremy Wallace Trio / Cyclone Static / DIAP, 8pm

Pet Shop (Jersey City): Dentist / Young House, 8pm

Rec Center Beach (Highlands): Smile Mafia / Colton Kayser, 5:30pm

The Saint (Asbury): VX / Big Cuff & The Wendy Sues / Mikita, 7:30pm, $8

The Seafarer Bar (Highlands): Sweet Joey's Thing of Beauty, 6pm

Stanhope House (Stanhope): Agnostic Front / Comb The Desert / SideSlam / FULL SCALE RIOT, 6pm

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Eli Young Band / Cody Bryan, 7pm, $25-$28

Sunnyvale (Brooklyn): Whiner / Wave Table / Gesserit / Shadow Year, 7:30pm, $10

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Cosmic Jerry w Mark Diomede, 8pm, $5

FRIDAY (9/21)

10th Ave. Burrito (Belmar): Little Lesley and The Blood Shots, 9pm, FREE

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Morningside Lane / Brian Rothenbeck & The Adventuring Party / The Clydes / Rhonette Smith, 9pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): The Soul Compound / Dave Mooney & Viewers Like You, 8pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): String Bean & The Boardwalk Social Club, 9pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): Jean Pool / Pheller / Sentient Moss / Carmel Liburdi / Emily Rose, 7pm, $5

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): The Vibrators / Jon Caspi & The First Gun / Tight Lipped / Fetal Rage, 8pm, $10

Bushwick Public House (Brooklyn): Thin Lips / Ellen & The Degenerates / Cheer Up / Teenage Halloween, 8pm

Clash Bar (Clifton): Bodiless / Los Bungalitos / Unhinge / Woodland Tomb, 8pm, $10

FM (Jersey City): Uncle Ebenezer (Phish covers), 9pm, $10

House Of Independents (Asbury): Wrestling, 8pm, $25-$50

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Billy Hector's Electric Explosion, 9pm

New Lanes (Asbury): Talib Kweli, 8pm

Otto's Shrunken Head (NYC): The Coffin Daggers / Black Flamingos, 10pm, FREE

Rowan University Business Hall (Glassboro): afloat / Sugar Trip / Aw Shucks / Dentist, 5pm

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Benefit Concert for the Nevins Family w/ Know Your Enemy / Acid Cactus / Summer Project / Scout / Finding Feebas, 8pm, $12

The Saint (Asbury): Avery Mandeville & The Man Devils / Sailor Boyfriend / where is my spaceship, 7:30pm, $10

The Seafarer Bar (Highlands): Stringbean & The Boardwalk Social Club, 7pm

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): The Machine (Pink Floyd covers) / Raftree / Mikell's Plot, 7pm

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Dark Horse, 7pm, $17-$20

TCNJ (Ewing): WTSR Underground ft. Hunter's Run / The Cryptkeeper Five / Beauty / Grave Architecture / Algebra II, 10:30am

WMCX (West LB): Deal Casino / latewaves / Fake Blood / Beauty, 6pm, FREE

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Rock AP w Virago / Kathouse / Sundries, 7pm, $20-$25

SATURDAY (9/22)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Taylor Tote, 9pm

Abury Park (Asbury): Porchfest 2018, 1pm-5pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Blind Justice / Full Speed Ahead / The Long Defeats / The Wilds, 7pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Dark City Strings, 9pm

Bond St. (Asbury): Bond St. Block Party ft. Tide Bends / GayGuy/StraightGuy / Ribeye Brothers / Yawn Mower / Dentist / more, 2pm (after-party at 10pm in Basement), FREE

BoonTunes (Boonton): Lynden Street Barn / Out Of It / Back Pocket Alimony / Ronx, 7:30pm, $10

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Rockaway Bitch / Rust N' Stardust / Paper Geese / Moe Green's Eye, 6:30pm, $12-$15

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Alix Gagliastro / En Delirium / Where's Tino, 8pm, FREE

Crossroads (Garwood): Arc'd Angel / Crewman Number Six / Barren / more, 7pm, $10

John & Peter's (New Hope, PA): The Successful Failures / The Cryptkeeper Five, 9pm

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Jet Weston & His Atomic Ranch Hands, 9pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Big Lo / Wade Wilson / Miggs Son, 9pm, $7

New Lanes (Asbury): Tor Miller / Sonic Blume / The Vaughns, 8pm

Randy Now's Man Cave (Bordentown): Dibbs & The Detonators, 8pm, $10

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Harlem River Noise / The SaddleTones, 9pm, $15

The Saint (Asbury): Tara Dente / Dan Amato & The Sentimental Gentlemen, 7:30pm, $10

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Neck Deep / Trophy Eyes / Stand Atlantic / WSTR, 6pm

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Echoes (Pink Floyd covers), 7pm, $20-$25

Wonder Bar (Asbury): The Smokin' Jackets, 9:30pm, $5

SUNDAY (9/23)

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

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): No More Dysphoria Benefit ft. Queen Moo / Fire Is Motion / Jane / Gambo, 7pm, $10

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Hang Tight / Rough Start, 6pm, $10

New Lanes (Asbury): Random Test, 6pm

Randy Now's Man Cave (Bordentown): Steve Barton & Robert Darlington (TRANSLATOR), 7pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): MOTO Records Showcase ft. Georgia Owen / Just 6 Hours / more, 1:30pm, FREE

The Saint (Asbury): Lakehouse Side Show Big Gig, 5:30pm, FREE

Scarlet Pub (New Brunswick): P-Funk North / Heavy Flow / Motor Heart Man, 8pm, $5

The Seafarer Bar (Highlands): Predator Dub Assassins, 4pm

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Channeling Cornell (Chris Cornell covers), 4pm, $12-$15

Transparent Clinch (Asbury): Sea.Hear.Now. Covers Show, 4pm

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

North Jersey Indie Rock Festival Happening October 6th. Comment and Win 2 Tickets!

The NJIRF is back!

Contest Time

The North Jersey Indie Rock Festival returns for its third year on October 6th. Once gain, our friends at Mint 400 Records and Sniffling Indie Kids are hosting the party. This year, they've moved everything to a new venue, Jersey City's beautiful White Eagle Hall. That will allow for a slightly different structure to the event. There will be no stair-climbing this year, and set changes will be seamless. That's good news, because one thing that hasn't changed is that the festival is jam-packed with talent from a bunch of great New Jersey labels. You don't want to miss any of it.

Labels presenting at this year's festival, in addition to Mint 400 and SIK, are Rhyme and Reason Records, State Champion Records, and Little Dickman Records. 18 New Jersey bands will play 20-minute sets.

Asbury Park's Dentist return to the North Jersey Indie Rock Festival on October 6th.

The lineup:

Black Wail
The Components
Ex-Maid
Dentist
Glazer
Glenn Morrow's Cry For Help
Guilty Giraffe
LKFFCT
Professor Caveman
Psychiatric Metaphors
The Royal Arctic Institute
Secretary Legs
Shithead's Rainbow
Smock
Tony Saxon
Ultra Major
The Vaughns
Yawn Mower

That's a long list of FoCDMs right there, and this promises to be a great evening.

Things kick off at 4pm, and tickets are $10 right now or $12 at the door.

CoolDad Music is a co-sponsor of the event again this year, so I've got the hook-up for you on some free tickets. Just leave a comment below this post between now and noon on Saturday, September 22nd, and I'll pick TWO winners at random who will each receive 2 tickets to this year's event.

The Third Annual North Jersey Indie Rock festival takes place at 4pm on Saturday, October 6th, at Jersey City's White Eagle Hall. Good luck, and I'll see you there.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

New Video from The RockNRoll HiFives


Honey, you make the SAME. MIS. TAKES. I. DO.
"Same Mistakes"

Life can really pile some shit on you, you know? A very dear friend of mine just said to me, "What a rollercoaster year it's been." Damn if that ain't the truth. I've experienced some of the lowest lows over the last twelve months -- as I'm sure many people have. But I have also had some of my most joyous experiences.

Today, in the midst of more of that shit that life can pile on, I got a beautiful reminder of some of those highest highs in the form of the latest video from The RockNRoll HiFives. "Same Mistakes" is a standout track on the exuberant Re-Introducing The RockNRoll HiFives. It's a crowd favorite from the boardwalks of Asbury Park to the rock clubs of Tokyo and Osaka.

The band combed through video footage -- live footage shot by fan and dual-smartphone rig operator Tsuyoshi Hashimoto, Facebook Live videos, various and sundry clips shot by all of us as we toured Japan together -- and photos to assemble an amazing document of the time we all spent bringing New Jersey rock to gracious and adoring crowds in Japan.

I think the clip gives a real sense of the warm and loving welcome The RockNRoll HiFives received at every stop. That was thanks in no small part to the efforts of Custard Core, the band's Japanese label.

Check the video out below, and watch as I mouth the words "octopus balls."

The RockNRoll HiFives will be playing the Hoboken Fall Arts & Music Festival on September 30th. Go give the band a like on Facebook while you're thinking about them. Re-Introducing The RockNRoll HiFives is out now via our friends at Little Dickman Records.

As for me, I've got a lot of stuff piling up around here that I just haven't had the energy to get around to telling you about. I think this might have been the little kick I needed.



Monday, September 17, 2018

Premiere: New Single from Wetbrain

Wetbrain by me

"Echo Chamber"

Asbury Park's Wetbrain have been busy for the last year and a half or so. Last year, the band put out their debut album and an EP. On October 5th they'll be releasing their second full-length in the form of Things You Think You Thought You Knew. Today, we're sharing that album's first single, "Echo Chamber."

Wetbrain are now a full-time quartet with Rudy Meier on vocals / guitar, Nick Kaelblein on guitar, Ryan Grebel on bass / vocals, and Nick Aufiero on drums. They're not an easy band to define genre-wise, but "Echo Chamber" finds Wetbrain going for something a little more straight-up, frantic rock than the cerebral, off-kilter sound of their earlier work.

Meier explains, "'Echo Chamber' was the first song we wrote for the record. It started as an experiment to see if we could write a song using all major chords. It mostly worked, but we snuck a minor chord into the chorus. Lyrically, it was inspired by my love / hate relationship with comment sections on the Internet."

Check out "Echo Chamber" right here; and, maybe, leave a comment if you feel like it. Look for Things You Think You Thought You Knew on October 5th. Wetbrain play a release show for that record at The Saint on October 13th where they'll be joined by Dentist, Darkwing, and Sunshine Spazz.