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
Glenn Morrow's Cry For Help
Guilty Giraffe
Professor Caveman
Psychiatric Metaphors
The Royal Arctic Institute
Secretary Legs
Shithead's Rainbow
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.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

What's Going On: 9/13, 9/14, 9/15 & 9/16, 2018

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers play Baby's All Right in Brooklyn on Thursday.

Ides of September

We're kind of right in the thick of things already here at CDMHQ: School, swimming, shows. Lots of juggling. Lots of conflicts. We always seem to make it work somehow. I hope your start to the fall has been uneventful.

Lots of cool stuff this weekend. I'll be heading to Brooklyn tonight to catch Sarah Shook & The Disarmers for the first time since SXSW. There's another installment of Let's Get Folked Up! tonight at Langosta. Little Dickman have a show at The Saint tomorrow featuring Miami's Jacuzzi Boys. Saturday was gonna be Jawbreaker on the Summer Stage, but that got canceled given the travel concerns surrounding Hurricane Florence (stay safe NC fam). Instead, The Black Clouds headline a show inside the venue. On Sunday, Dentist open for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at HOI. And, if you missed Hurry Up at Asbury Park Brewery last night (...and, inexplicably, you did.), you have another chance to catch them at Everybody Hits in Philly on Sunday.

Lots of cool stuff. Get to a show. Don't drink and drive.


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

The Asbury Hotel, Salvation (Asbury): Emily Grove, 6pm

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

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

Baby's All Right (Brooklyn): Sarah Shook & The Disarmers / Babies' Babies, 8pm, $15

Barca City (New Brunswick): Apollo Sonders / Foxanne / Scout, 8:30pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): Jean Pool / Future Reflection / No Recall / Loyalty To Me / Deviant Youth, 7pm, $10

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Dave Mooney / Christine Mitchell, 8pm

FM (Jersey City): Sound In Color / Baby Mama / Priyya / Conundrum, 8pm

First Unitarian Church (Philly): Subhumans / War On Women / Dark Thoughts, 8pm

The Glove (Brooklyn): Stringer / Kitten / The So So Glos / Emmerson and Her Clammy Hands / Huffers, 8pm, $10

Gutter Bar (Brooklyn): The Mad Doctors / Tongue Party / Vamanos / Bosco Mujo Palace, 8pm, $7

House Of Independents (Asbury): The Movement / Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad / Clinton Fearon, 8pm

Knitting Factory Brooklyn (Brooklyn): Adult Mom / Fits / Pom Pom Squad, 8pm, $16-$18

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Let's Get Folked Up 3 ft. Chris Brown / Pamela Flores / Ron Santee / Tara Dente / Rachel Ana Dobken / Matty Carlock, 8pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Conor Choi / Mega Ran / The Microphone Misfitz / Fuzzbrain, 8pm

New Lanes (Asbury): ARIZONA, 8pm, SOLD OUT

Rockwood Music Hall (NYC): Sean Kiely Band, 8pm

The Saint (Asbury): Michael McDermott, 6:30pm, $15

Union Pool (Brooklyn): Moaning / Russian Baths / No Swoon, 8pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Decade (Neil Young Covers), 8:30pm, $5

FRIDAY (9/14)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Erik Mason / Ernest / Colton Kayser, 9pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Karma Gambit / Extensions / Afraid Brigade / Hell Yeah Babies, 7pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Steven & Yanni, 9pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): The Company Kept / SPITSHINE / Entierralos / Strings, 7pm, skatepark benefit

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Brother & The Apostles / Mark Aguilar Band / Kevin Daly, 8pm, $10

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son / Switch Mob, 9pm

Elsewhere Rooftop (Brooklyn): High Waisted / Reality Something, 5pm

FM (Jersey City): The Defending Champions, 9pm

House Of Independents (Asbury): Everette, 7pm, $12

Jax Garage (Seaside): Stuyedeyed / Smock / Judo Chop, 8pm, $10

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Sandy Mack, 9pm

Mercury Lounge (NYC): Ash / Lost Boy ?, 7:30pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Urban Waste / OS101 / Dusters / Over Everything / Tough Shit / Roadkiller, 9pm, $6

Monty Hall (Jersey City): Mystic Braves / Creation Factory, 8:30pm

New Lanes (Asbury): Okkervil River / Chris Mills, 9pm

Our Wicked Lady (Brooklyn): Las Rosas / Max Pain & The Groovies / BIRDS, 7:30pm, $10

Pino's Gift Basket (Highland Park): The Molice / Brenyama / Psykidelic Oven Mit, 8pm

The Saint (Asbury): Jacuzzi Boys / Von Mons / Ba Babes / TV Afterlife, 6:30pm, $12

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

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Propagandhi / Iron Chic / Dark Thoughts, 7pm

Stosh's (Fair Lawn): Delicate Flowers / The Nectars / Levy & The Oaks / Guilty Giraffe / Kate Dressed Up, 7:30pm

Sunnyvale (Brooklyn): Darkwing / Veda Rays / Unknown Caller, 7:30pm, $10

The Well (NYC): Geometers / Superblonde / Carparts / Feral Scouts, 8pm, $10

Wonder Bar (Asbury): John Eddie, 8pm, $20


The Anchor's Bend (Asbury): Indian Summer Festival: Purling Hiss / Ecstatic Vacation / gods / Heaven / Birthwater / latewaves, 12noon, $10

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Jason Portizio, 9pm

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Chris Rockwell / King Ramses, 9pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): Stakeout / Ladder Match / Delicate Flowers / Palamino, 7pm, ACLU Benefit

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Street Walking Cheetahs / Society Hill / The Carousers / Drive, Kid / Dan Amato & The Sentimental Gentlemen, 7:30pm, $8

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): The Knuckleheads / Broken Past, 9pm

Clash Bar (Clifton): Defcon 1 / Dead Blow Hammer / Silence Equals Death / Fiction Zero, 8pm

House Of Independents (Asbury): Tilian / Royal Coda / AndrĂ©s / Sunsleep / Until We Get Caught, 5pm

House Of Independents (Asbury): 90s Dance Party, 9pm

John & Peter's (New Hope, PA): Lowlight / Fairmont / Ser Xerri / Sourland, 8pm

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Gallagher's Guest Housel, 9pm

Meatlocker (Montclair): Secret Cutter / Locus Mortis / Nerveshatter / Woodland Tomb, 9pm, $10

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Puppyboy / Breaklite / The Sickies / Creeping Hush, 8pm, $7

The Music Ward (Philly): Parrot Dream / Overwinter / Foxanne / Mattress Food, 7:30pm

Old Franklin Schoolhouse (Metuchen): Beerfest 2018 ft. Circle Of Trust / Hair Magic / Lowlight, 2pm, $35-$40

Prudential Center (Newark): Paul Simon, 8pm

Randy Now's Man Cave (Bordentown): Bush Tetras, 8pm, $20

Red Wheel Barrow (Paterson): ZETA / brokenballs / Splundr / ToVanishTomorrow / Etierralos, 6pm, $7-$10

The Saint (Asbury): This Is Hip Hop ft. Fat gorilla / Offtopkills / Jae Bird / TrapBang / Ace Boogie / more, 4pm

The Seafarer Bar (Highlands): Jet Weston & His Atomic Ranch Hands, 7pm

The Stone Pony (Asbury): The Black Couds / Yorkshire Tenth / Body Face / Shadow Box, 7pm, $10

Two Boots Williamsburg (Brooklyn): Backyard Acoustic ft. BIRDS / Huh / Warm Body / Beau Alessi / Stephen Perry, 3pm

West End Park (Long Branch): Funk Fest ft. Dub Proof / Eastbourne / Quincy Mumford / Just 6 Hours, 5pm

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): Joseph, 7pm, $25

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Mickey Avalon & Dirt Nasty, 8pm, $20-$23

SUNDAY (9/16)

The Anchor's Bend (Asbury): Indian Summer Festival: Steady Sound System / The Holdfast Asbury Sound, 12pm, $10

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

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Algiers / Sunshine Spazz / Wetbrain, 7pm, $10-$12

Debonair Music Hall (Teaneck): Life Of Agony / Silver Tomb, 7pm, SOLD OUT

Everybody Hits (Philly): Hurry Up / RunHideFight / No Thank You / Wildflowers Of America, 9pm

House Of Independents (Asbury): Clap Your Hands Say Yeah / Dentist, 7:30pm, $18-$20

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): KG & His Magic Drums, 1pm

New Lanes (Asbury): Asbury's Got Talent, 5:30pm

New St. Balcony (Metuchen): Batting A Thousand / RJ Noebels / Rhonette Smith / Joe Galuppo / Brendan Macie / Chris Dubrow / Brian Erickson / Finding Feebas / Alejandro Atacusi / Anthony Carrera, 3:30pm, $5

PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel): Outlaw Music Festival ft. Willie Nelson & Family / Tedeschi Trucks Band / Sturgill Simpson / more, 3pm, $18-$150

Randy Now's Man Cave (Bordentown): Midge Ure, 7pm, SOLD OUT

Scarlet Pub (New Brunswick): The Dead Flowers / Zoochie / Adventure Lost, 8pm

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Tribute to Bruce Wacker ft. Matt O'Ree Band / Stormin' Norman Big New Orleans Band / The Bobby Donofrio Band / more, 4pm

Trans-Pecos (Brooklyn): Maeka / Sonny Falls / Water From Your Eyes / Language, 8pm

Union Transfer (Philly): FIDLAR / Dilly Dally / NOBRO, 7pm,

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): Mason Jennings, 6pm, $20-$25