Thursday, August 16, 2018

What's Going On: 8/16, 8/17, 8/18 & 8/19, 2018

The RockNRoll Hi-Fives are back in Jersey! They'll be rocking APYC with The Vansaders on Saturday night.

The '59 Sound

It's a big, big weekend in Asbury with three shows on the Summer Stage where The Gaslight Anthem will be celebrating 10 years of The '59 Sound. The Asbury Park Surf Music Festival returns on Saturday with a bunch of pre- and post-parties all around the area, throughout the weekend. Ted Leo and The Pharmacists play New Lanes on Saturday. And our long-lost, traveling, touring family, The RockNRoll Hi-Fives return to Jersey for a pair of shows. We're hosting their show at Asbury Park Yacht Club on Saturday night with The Vansaders, and it would be really cool if you came out. Starts right after Gaslight finishes, and it's just a few steps away from the Pony.

Have fun.

Don't drink and drive.


5th Ave Boardwalk (Belmar): The Accidentals / Tara Dente, 5pm, FREE

Alphaville. (Brooklyn): Dances / Big Bliss / Birds / Twiga, 8pm, $8-$10

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

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Haunt Club / Jupiter Styles / Treadles / Cloud Hands / Hannah Burke, 7pm

Asbury Park Music Foundation (Asbury): BTS Supply Drive ft. Shoreshot xEWald / Ashley Delima / Grooves and Hip-Hop / SOF / Heather Hills / Icelyn, 7pm

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Skip Holly / Brother Andrew, 9pm, FREE

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Project BWQ / Matt Scuteri & The Jive Stewards / Blisstique, 7pm, $7

Debonair Music Hall (Teaneck): The Cryptkeeper 5 / Nine Eighteen / Chris Skel / Brian Rothenbeck, 8pm, $10

FM (Jersey City): The RockNRoll Hi-Fives / NO ICE / Lost Boy ?, 8pm

Hank's Saloon (Brooklyn): Feral Scouts / Slalomville / Kissed By An Animal, 7pm, FREE

Monty Hall (Jersey City): Vacation, 8pm, $10-$12

New Lanes (Asbury): Sparta / Sound & Shape / Sharkmuffin, 8pm

Pier Village (Long Branch): Danny V's 52nd Street Band (Billy Joel Covers), 7pm

The Saint (Asbury): Ham by the Pound / Cat's Den / Harborland / Caveart, 7:30pm, $8

Seafarer Bar (Highlands): APSMF Pre-Party w Lost Culture, 7pm, FREE

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Alkaline Trio / Together Pangea / Ogikubo Station, 7pm, $35

The Stone Pony Summer Stage (Asbury): Billy Currington / LOCASH, 5pm, $36.50-$50

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): Mxtape (90s R&B Covers), 9pm, $10-$15

Wonder Bar (Asbury): The Blasters / Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones / Jet Weston & His Atomic Ranch Hands, 7pm, $20-$25

FRIDAY (8/17)

10th Ave Burrito (Belmar): Frankie & The Pool Boys, 9pm

The Asbury Hotel, Salvation (Asbury): APSMF Happy Hour w DJ Devil Bat, 5pm-8pm

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): APSMF Dick Dale Afterparty w Ninth Wave, 9pm, FREE

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Rozwell Kid / Toy Cars / Secret Mountain, 7pm, $13-$15

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Sal Boyd / Arlan Feiles / The Mercury Brothers, 9pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): Barely Civil / Heart To Gold, 5pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): The AristoCants / Baron Praxis / Doc Rotten / Jankfoot, 8pm, $8

Championship Bar (Trenton): Iron Chic / Shades Apart / Great Wight / Brackish, 8pm, $12-$15

Clash Bar (Clifton): Hurt / Wholewrecker / Low Light / Vasoconstriction / owtmum, 8pm, $10

FM (Jersey City): Fringe Fest Equality Rocks Music Spectacular, 9pm, $5

Gutter Bar (Brooklyn): Satan's Pilgrims / The Nebulas / The Othermen, 8pm, $15-$20

House Of Independents (Asbury): Walker McGuire, 7pm, $10.60-$18

House Of Independents (Asbury): Gaslight Anthem Afterparty, 10:30pm, $5-$10

Le Poisson Rouge (NYC): Pere Ubu / Stuyedeyed / A Deer A Horse, 6:30pm, $25

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Ribeye Brothers, 10pm

Otto's Shrunken Head (NYC): Les Agamemnonz / The Cameramen, 10pm, FREE

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): The Surfrajettes / The Men In Gray Suits, 8pm, $10-$12

The Saint (Asbury): Ian Colletti / Rust N Stardust, 7:30pm, $10

Scarlet Pub (New Brunswick): J.I. Hudson / Vincent, The Owl / Jay Hollin / Silent Knight, 8:30pm, $5

Secret Loft (NYC): LKFFCT / Shred Flintstone / Delicate Flowers / Bueno, 8pm, $5-$10

The Stone Pony Summer Stage (Asbury): The Gaslight Anthem / Dave Hause and The Mermaid / Jared Hart, 5pm

Transparent Clinch (Asbury): Joshua Mark / The Porchistas / Bern & The Brights, 8:30pm

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): VAV 브이에이브이, 8pm, $49+

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Dick Dale, 7:30pm


The Anchor's Bend (Asbury): Asbury Park Surf Music Festival ft. Satan's Pilgrims / La Madeira / Les Agamemnonz / Black Flamingos / Surfer Joe / more, 12pm, $20-$22

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

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Staring Problem / The Escape / Wall Breaker / Prospect / Defiance Engine, 7pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): The RockNRoll Hi-Fives / The Vansaders, 9:30pm, FREE

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): The Bilsby Brothers, 8pm, $8

Christ Church (Shrewsbury): Peaer / Garage Sale / Fond Han / Fake Blood, 7pm, $10

Crossroads (Garwood): Know Your Enemy / Gathering After Ashes, 7pm, $10

Elsewhere (Brooklyn): Mitski (Album Release) / sidney gish, 7pm, SOLD OUT

House Of Independents (Asbury): Glenn Tilbrook / Leon Tilbrook, 6:30pm, $30-$35

House Of Independents (Asbury): Gaslight Anthem Afterparty, 10:30pm, $5-$10

John & Peter's (New Hope, PA): Lowlight / Yawn Mower / LEEDS / Brian Molnar, 7:30pm

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Top Secret (?)

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Honah Lee / The Cryptkeeper Five / The Plurals / Statues Of Liberty, 9pm, $10

New Lanes (Asbury): Ted Leo & The Pharmacists / Frankie Rose, 8pm

Rough Trade NYC (Brooklyn): Lazyeyes / Vlad Holiday / Monograms, 8:30pm

The Saint (Asbury): Ballyhoo! / Waylaid, 7:30pm, $15

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Fuel / The Revel / Ropetree / New Theory / Views Into Vastness, 5:30pm, $20

The Stone Pony Summer Stage (Asbury): The Gaslight Anthem / Chuck Ragan / Jared Hart, 5pm

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): JC Wave Fest Performing Arts Festival, 7pm, $15

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Zebra for Asbury Boardwalk Rescue, 9pm, $33-$38

SUNDAY (8/19)

The Anchor's Bend (Asbury): Tiki Brunch w/ Slowey & The Boats, 10am

The Asbury Hotel (Asbury): Hangover Pool Party w/ The Surfrajettes / The Primitive Finks, 12pm-4pm, FREE w wristband

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

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Hysteria / Jaws / Booth & KPG / Stü, 7pm, $10

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Agent Orange / Fea / HUGE / more, 2pm, $15-$20

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Katherine Quintana / Dan Apy / Gwynne Alden / Morningside Lane

House of Independents (Asbury): Concert Crave Presents: Artist Showcase Volume IV, 4pm, $15-$20

House of Independents (Asbury): Gaslight Anthem Afterparty, 10:30pm, $5-$10

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Cop/Out / Destroylet / Teenage Bigfoot / Bunchajerks, 7pm, $6

New Lanes (Asbury): lovelytheband / Rad Horror / latewaves / Luxtides, 7:30pm

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Ford Theatre Reunion, 9pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): Samantha Aurelio, 6pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): Kasper Korleone / The Dead Ramblers / DeZeaz / Rebelle, 9:30pm, $10

The Stone Pony Summer Stage (Asbury): The Gaslight Anthem / Chuck Ragan / Jared Hart, 5pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Enjoy!, 3pm

The Working Artist (Belmar): Lunch Ladies / Professor Caveman / Winnebago Vacation / foxy dads / ok friends, 7pm, $7-$10

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tony Molina, Kill the Lights, 2018

Album Review

By Henry Lipput

Tony Molina's outstanding new album Kill The Lights has ten songs that clock in at no longer than two-and-a-half minutes each, and the whole album has a less than fifteen-minute running time. His previous release, 2016's Confront The Truth EP had songs that were even shorter. But don't let the length of Kill The Lights put you off. It's chock full of musical gems that will more than satisfy a power pop lover's minimum daily requirements.

Although I have nothing to back up my impression that Kill The Lights is a breakup album, because Molina wears his influences -- and his heart -- on his sleeve, I can't help comparing the lyrics in many of these songs to other fairly recent lost-love albums like Beck's Sea Change and Duncan Sheik's Phantom Moon

"How can I ever let you know / It seems that there's no place for us to go," Molina sings on the opening track "Nothing I Can Say." With its gorgeous Rickenbacker jangles -- one of many great guitar sounds on the album -- and warm harmonies, it's like a classic early Byrds single. 

"Now That She's Gone," with the lyric "And I wonder if she'll ever come back home," has a tune that recalls John Lennon's "Oh My Love" as written and performed by Elliot Smith. "Before You Go" also brings to mind the beautiful acoustic songs in Smith's catalog. 

The lovely, heartbroken "When She Leaves" is an acoustic gem. "When she leaves me / Where am I to go? / If it's over / I'm old enough to know / I know I always let her down / But I can't live without her now." 

With "Jasper's Theme," we're in prime Teenage Fanclub territory with Norman Blake at the helm and signs of a tentative new love: "But when I see her now / She's the only joy my life will allow." 

If "Nothing I Can Say" could be from the Roger McGuinn songbook, "Give He Take You" is Byrds-era Gene Clark and contains more new love hints in this melancholy but hopeful lyric: "I do not know if I should see her / 'Cause I've been here for some time / She's always on my mind" and "She's the only love I've found."

Kill The Lights is out now on Slumberland Records.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Videos: Sharkmuffin, Secretary Legs, Bethlehem Steel, Dentist

Friday Movies

Yesterday, I shared the latest video from Night Birds; and that reminded me of a few new clips I've seen and been meaning to share lately.

Sharkmuffin, "Space Glow"

A trio of silver pineapple aliens trying to blend in. This is off of the recently re-issued Tsuki which comes with two brand new tracks.

Secretary Legs, "Windblown and Well Versed"

Being slippery is in a banana peel's nature -- kind of like the scorpion in that little fable about the scorpion and the frog (look it up). But we all have room in our hearts to forgive. One of the best songs of 2018 from one of my favorite records, Cool Myths.

Bethlehem Steel, "Florida 2"

I'm actually kind of on the ball with this one, since the band just released it. "Florida 2" is off of Party Naked Forever, one of those albums I've really enjoyed and been meaning to say something about for a while now. Beautifully discordant and backed by solid songwriting like the rest of the album.

Dentist, "Night Swimming"

I shared this one as part of my review of Dentist's latest album. This is the title track. Emily feeling kind of invisible in social situations. One of the great regrets of my life is not being able to make it to the shoot for this one.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

New Video from Night Birds

"My Dad Is the BTK"

NJ punks, Night Birds, just released a new video for their single "My Dad Is the BTK." I had to post it because it is all Spike Jonze "Sabotage" levels of awesome.

The song is off of the band's upcoming mini-album, Roll Credits, which is due on 9/21 from Fat Wreck Chords. Night Birds have a few area shows lined up for the fall including 10/19 at Brooklyn's Market Hotel with Radioactivity and  Spiritual Cramp as well as a two-night stint at Asbury Park Brewery on 11/9 & 10. You can head over to the band's website for all of that kind of info.

With that all out of the way, just check out the video.