Thursday, April 19, 2018

Premiere: New Video from The Burns. They Play APYC on Friday, 4/20, with Wetbrain and latewaves

"I'll Be Back"

Jersey Shore four-piece, The Burns (Joey Henderson, Matt Fernicola, Chris Dubrow, Billy McCabe), released their debut album, Splenderson, last summer. Since then, they've been hard at work playing shows and getting ready to record the follow-up. Starting back in February, the band committed to releasing something new every month in the run-up to recording their second record. February brought the live video for "Wolves." Single "Hard On You" came out in March. Today, we have the video for "I'll Be Back."

Directed by Kevin Carlin, "I'll Be Back" features the band set up in 8 different locations -- like their home base at The Saint, Henderson's parents' basement where they first formed the band, and Dubrow's Firehouse Studio -- that hold particular meaning for them. They shot the entire thing over the course of just 10 "insane" hours.

According to the band, "I'll Be Back" is "a song about going as far as you can and knowing you're gonna make it back home one day, and it's a video about all the different places we feel lucky to call home." It's got an appropriately rambling feel about it anchored by some sweet guitar work.

Check out the brand new video for "I'll Be Back" right here. Check out The Burns when they play Asbury Park Yacht Club tomorrow, 4/20, with Wetbrain and latewaves. That show is FREE.

What's Going On: 4/19, 4/20, 4/21 & 4/22, 2018

Home Again

I'm back from Japan and home with the CoolFamily. I was there with one very cool family in The RockNRoll Hi-Fives, and I miss all of our adventures together. Sorry this post is a little late today, but I stupidly went to the Guided By Voices show in Jersey City last night. While the show was great, I'm operating on very minimal sleep at this point.

I'll keep this one brief and just tell you that there are lots of good shows this weekend, which you can see below. I'd like to call your attention to a few. On Friday, it's Yawn Mower's EP release show at The Saint with Darkwing, Sink Tapes, and Looms. Saturday's show at FM Jersey City is The RockNRoll Hi-Fives' homecoming show with Sharkmuffin, Tony Saxon, and Thee Volatiles. On Sunday, Little Dickman Records and I bring you Second Letter, a new band featuring members of Government Issue and Farside, along with The Vice Rags and The Brixton Riot. We'd love to see you at that one.

Whatever you get up to, have fun; and don't drink (or not sleep) and drive.


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

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Foxing / Dryjacket, 7pm, SOLD OUT

Baby's All Right (Brooklyn): Built To Spill / Rituals Of Mine, 8pm, SOLD OUT

BoonTunes (Boonton): Aviations / SAWCE / Circuitry / Moreso, 7pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): People of Substance Comedy Show, 7pm, $10

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): Project Object / Napoleon Murphy Brock / Denny Walley, 7pm

Finnegan's Pub (Hoboken): The Skullers / The Famous Few, 9pm, FREE

House of Independents (Asbury): Riff Raff, 7pm, $25-$75

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): The Cold Seas / Frank Lombardi, 9pm

Meatlocker (Montclair): Smock / Shred Flintstone / Jean Pool / Double Negatives, 8pm

Monty Hall (Jersey City): Indie Rock History Panel: JC & Hoboken, 7:30pm, FREE

Pino's (Highland Park): Zero For Conduct / The Crypt Keeper Five / TV Tramps / The Turnbucklers, 8pm

The Saint (Asbury): HAGS Comedy Show, 7:30pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): Heather Gillis, 10pm, $13

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Rodney Atkins, 7pm, $30

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Rodeo For Recreation ft. Des & The Swagmatics, 6pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): The Lizards (Phish covers), 8pm, $12-$15

FRIDAY (4/20)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): The Afraid Brigade / Jeff Linden & The Black Spot Society / The Clydes / Tim Hickson, 9pm, FREE

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): War On Women / Downtrodder / Erotic Novels, 7pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): The Burns / Wetbrain / latewaves, 9pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): Paddy Kaye / A Door With No House / The Understatement / Pheller, 7pm, $10

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Don Jamieson, 7pm, $13-$15

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): Bloodline / Degrader / Loser / Refinement / Mutilate, 6pm, $11-$13

El Cortez (Brooklyn): Desert Sharks / Nevva / Grace Vonderkuhn / Sister Munch, 7pm

House of Independents (Asbury): The Suffers / Ikebe Shakedown / The Shady Street Show Band, 8pm, $15-$17

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Sandy Mack, 9:30pm, FREE

Littlefield (Brooklyn): Dirty Waltz Band / Little Silver / Live Band Karaoke, 7:30pm, $12-$15

Meatlocker (Montclair): LKFFCT (EP Release) / Tula Vera / John Cozz / Sunflower / Rosey Bengal, 7pm

Monty Hall (Jersey City): Cults, 9pm, $18

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Lou Tambone / Rick Barth & The Line / Jenny & The Felines, 8pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): Yawn Mower / Sink Tapes / Darkwing / Looms, 7:30pm, $10

Secret Loft (NYC): The Zells / Baked / Lost Boy ? / Sharkmuffin, 8pm, $5-$10

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Jimmy Kenny and The Pirate Beach Band, 7:30pm, $15

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Splintered Sunlight / Karmic Juggernaut / Mirage, 7pm, $15-$20

Wonder Bar (Asbury): 420 Tribute Fest (Covers), 7pm, $10-$12


The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Emily Grove / James McCaffrey, 9pm, FREE

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Dark Blue / No Parole / Fuck It. I Quit / Fence Cutter / River Rats, 7pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): The Vansaders / Night Surf / Matty Carlock, 9:30pm, FREE

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Sex Pistols Tribute No Future / Baron Praxis / The Mighty Nothings / more, 5:30pm, $12-$15

Christ Church (Shrewsbury): Jouska / Snowhaus / Secret Mountain / Long Neck / The Big Easy, 5:30pm, $5-$7

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): a | b / The Nowhere / Hair Magic / RGD / The Brixton Riot, 8pm

FM (Jersey City): The RockNRoll Hi-Fives / Tony Saxon / Sharkmuffin / Thee Volatiles, 9pm

House of Independents (Asbury): Dying Fetus / Thy Art Is Murder / more, 6pm, $25

John & Peter's (New Hope, PA): Lowlight / Levy & The Oaks / Brian Rothenbeck & The Adventuring Party / Dinosaur Eyelids / Natalie Farrell, 7:30pm

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): MACK / Tor Miller / Jaob Schaeffer, 9:30pm, FREE

Millhill Basement (Trenton): The Cuts / Friction 57 / Sophistipunx / Pissed!, 9pm

The Saint (Asbury): Kat Phunk / Confidence Girl / Mojohand / Gettysburg Address, 1pm, $12

The Saint (Asbury): Mike Savage / Drew The Recluse / Bindi / C. Truth / Philosophical, 7:30pm, $10

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): The Darkness / Diarrhea Planet, 7pm, $25

Wellmont Theater (Montclair): Ministry / Chelsea Wolfe / The God Bombs, 7pm, $25-$40

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): Paula Cole / Ari Heist, 8pm, $27-$47

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Janiva Magness / Evangelia Alexica, 7pm, $17-$20

SUNDAY (4/22)

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

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Sunday Night Trivia, 7pm

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Karmic Juggernaut, 2pm, FREE

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Jeannie and The Drivin Wheel, 4:30pm, FREE

Convention Hall (Asbury): Asbury Park Punk Rock Flea Market ft. Hot Blood / Erotic Novels / The Fullers / Senseless, 10am, $10 early, $5 after 11

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): Teenage Halloween / Fond Han / Queer Kevin / Hill Boys, 7pm, $5-$7

House of Independents (Asbury): Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Fest, 1pm, FREE

Inkwell Coffee House (Long Branch): The Brothers: Apy / Baird / Resnick / Dubrow, 8pm, $5 for The Project Matters

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Billy Hector / The Queen, FREE

The Saint (Asbury): Second Letter / The Vice Rags / The Brixton Riot, 6:30pm, $10

Scarlet Pub (New Brunswick): The Planet You / The World's Afterparty / Sentient Moss, 8pm, $5

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Unloveable (Morrissey / Smiths covers), 8pm, $15-$20

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Harry & Joel Band, 4pm, $12-$15

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

PHOTOS: Foxanne & Andy Cook Celbrated EP Releases at Rose Gold with Lowlight and Evening Darling, 4/13/18


Photos By Rose Lamela

Brooklyn's Foxanne and Minneapolis artist Andy Cook celebrated EP releases with a show at Rose Gold on Friday, April 13th. Good Eye Records helped throw that party and stacked the bill with the additions of Lowlight and Evening Darling. Our, suddenly, extremely busy contributor, Rose Lamela, was there to document all of the action. Check out her photos below.

Foxanne's halfling and Andy Cook's Modern Man are available now.



Andy Cook

Evening Darling

The RockNRoll Hi-Fives Japan Tour, Nights 3 & 4: Tokyo, 4/11 & 4/13

The RockNRoll Hi-Fives at THREE

Tokyo Nights

So things kinda got away from me post-wise. Pictures started to build up, and it's always hard for me to resist editing them right away. That takes up a lot of time. We had less downtime between shows as the tour went on; and, during whatever downtime we did have, we tried to do some exploring.

I'm covering, mostly, our show experiences here. For more detail on our daily travels, I'll refer you to the travel journal that Eilee and Evren have been sharing via

I will mention that, on Tuesday night, we had a wonderful dinner with Maki from Custard Core and her husband, Harurou. They found an excellent Yakiniku (Korean-style BBQ) restaurant; and we all had a blast talking about music, comparing notes on our respective home countries, and cooking our own BBQ. We turned in early for the six-hour ride to Tokyo the next morning.

Looking tough one last time on the streets of Osaka.
Hitting the road for Tokyo.

The show on Wednesday night was in Tokyo at a venue called THREE. Also, on the bill were The Hum Hums and The Tweezers.

The Hum Hums play punk that draws from the same well of influences as The Ramones. There's definitely and old-school rock vibe, and the three-piece have a super-tight, spot-on delivery.

The Hum Hums

More than one person described The Tweezers to us as a legendary Japanese rock band, and Maki was thrilled to have gotten them on the bill. One member of the audience asked me if I was familiar with the band. When I said that I had never heard them before, he just said, "They can do no wrong."

Featuring members of Supersnazz (Sub-Pop) and Teengenerate, The Tweezers lived up to their billing, blasting through a set that had the crowd going nuts. Check out The RockNRoll HiFives' livestream from that show. I think Joe got the whole set.

The Tweezers
The Tweezers

Honestly, The Tweezers were the big draw for the evening; but, just like every night of the tour, people packed up to the front of the stage for The RockNRoll HiFives. The Tweezers were right there dancing and screaming along. When Joe broke a string, The Tweezers' guitarist was quick to lend his SG. That level of support and camaraderie was present at every show from every band.

The RockNRoll Hi-Fives
The RockNRoll Hi-Fives
The RockNRoll Hi-Fives

After the show, we met up at Poor Cow, a bar and "Rock n Roll Meeting Place," run by Tweezers singer Fifi. Joe and Gloree walked in, and everyone applauded. People pulled out records and played them on the bar's turntable. The room was heavy with smoke and the sounds of rock music. It was really one of my favorite nights of the tour.

The next day was a day off in Tokyo. Some convenience store chicken put a crimp in our exploring (Check Evren's journal.), but we still got to get a good feel for the area where we were staying. On Friday night, it was over to Penguin House for a four-band bill with M.A.Z.E., our friends in Foodie, and Flashlights.


Penguin House sits in the Koenji neighborhood of Tokyo, which is known as kind of a hub for underground music. The venue is, literally, underground sporting wood paneled walls and a DIY vibe. Like every show, though, it was a professional operation. All the bands that wanted one got a full soundcheck before the show.

Once again, Custard Core put together a solid bill. M.A.Z.E. are a punk band whose stoic delivery contrasts with the ferocity of some of their songs. Foodie were back with their offbeat pop. Flashlights are a great garage / fuzz rock-inspired band who played right into my wheelhouse. I heard hints of The Jesus and Mary Chain in a couple of songs and definitely dug their set.


The crowd at Penguin House probably takes the prize for most animated of the tour, if only by a hair. One fan, later identified as "Mr. Takadama from Car Crash," bounced and moshed throughout The RockNRoll Hi-Fives' set. When the band broke into "Do You Wanna Dance?" he surprised Eilee by bounding onstage to join her on the mic.

The RockNRoll Hi-Fives
The RockNRoll Hi-Fives
"Do You Wanna Dance?"

Following the show, it was back to our place in Tokyo, but not before some late-night ramen. The next day would be a long one with a 5-hour drive to Nagoya followed by the trip to Kobe that same night.


I keep saying this, but show after show proved that the enthusiasm for rock and for discovering new bands is almost boundless among the crowd of people that came to all these shows. That would only become more evident as the tour drew to a close.