Monday, July 16, 2018

Screaming Females Played The Colony in Woodstock, NY with Kyle and The Pity Party and Spowder, 7/6/18

Screaming Females by Rose Lamela

Words and Pics by Rosi

By Rose Lamela

One of my favorite places on the East Coast is Woodstock NY. Even though the infamous festival never happened there, the nostalgia of an era of music, tie dye, and patchouli lives on in the streets of Woodstock. My first relationship with music was classic rock and the hippie culture I pretended to be part of 30 years too late. I always fall right back to my roots when I visit even though I retired the tie dye.

It's no secret that I love Screaming Females and have found myself following them a lot this year. When I heard they were going to play in Woodstock, the 2 hr drive was not inconvenient, especially since Spowder would be opening up for them. This would be my third time seeing Spowder open up for Screaming Females. I phoned a friend and said, "Let's go up the country."

So we didn't play the actual Canned Heat song but we headed up to The Colony. It was a very interesting looking bar with its intimate lighting and wooden balcony. It was going to be a loud show for such a quaint venue. Maybe Bethel will hear the rumble.

Kyle and The Pity Party
Kyle and The Pity Party
Kyle and The Pity Party

Kyle and The Pity Party opened up the show and seemed more fitting with the atmosphere of headbands and birkenstocks. Their melancholy strums and beats had me feeling like it was time to maybe put some of those old records on. That didn’t last too long as Spowder disrupted the show with their fast punk drive. I especially love watching lead singer Declan McCleary push the cinderblock up against the bass drum in between songs because Jenna Fairey is a powerhouse behind the drums. They shredded through tunes from their last album Health Palm. If you don't own a copy then, it’s time to get on it if you want to be one of the cool kids.


Next up was the main reason for the drive up past the Jersey state line. I can't really say much about a band that never seems to disappoint. Marissa will shred through songs with extra riffs and always get me pumped especially when they decide to play "Ripe" from Rose Mountain. The crowd was pushing about, but when Marissa threw down the mic stand, I ran for some cover. The crowd took off and the music got louder and more energized only to lead us to yelling and stomping for an encore. They came back out and played "I'll Make You Sorry" and their live take on "Deeply" from their latest album, All at Once.

Screaming Females
Screaming Females

I always leave these shows pumped with adrenaline. I was most appreciative of that as I needed it this night for the long drive back. I took a minute to look up at the sky to actually see the stars, and I thanked the rock gods for always introducing me to these amazing indie bands that blast through my car speakers to fill the silence of long summer drives.

Screaming Females
Screaming Females

CoolDad Notes: You can check out the rest of Rosi's shots from this show over at Flickr. Screaming Females will be coming back to Asbury Park on August 3rd as part of the Stoked for the Summer pre-party at House of Independents. They'll be supporting Paint It Black with help from HIRS, GIVE, and Bacchae. Something tells me that Rosi and I might be there.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Favorite Live Shows from the First Half of 2018

Hinds at Warsaw in May

Going Live

It's been a weird year here for the site. I'm working up a "State of the Site" post that I hope to get up here at some point. The State of the Site keeps changing from one day to the next, though, so nothing I think about writing remains relevant for very long. One constant is still my love of live music. I got to experience shows in some very cool places like Japan and Austin this year in addition to my usual spots around the tri-state area. Here are a few that really stick with me from the first half of 2018.

Russian Baths

Russian Baths Record Release with Dentist, Baked, Grace Vonderkuhn, and The Black Clouds at The Saint, 2/22/18

A Thursday night show at The Saint in the dead of winter. The Front Bottoms were holding a listening session for their new album next door at Asbury Park Brewery. Maybe we didn't pack this show out the way I would have liked, but any time I can get friends like Dentist, Baked, and The Black Clouds together with some Asbury first-timers like Russian Baths and Grace Vonderkuhn (both of whom absolutely blew everyone away), it's a good night.

Grace Vonderkuhn had to make their way up from Delaware in a rainstorm to kick off the show and managed to be onstage, playing about 15 minutes after they arrived. Russian Baths brought their own lights and shook The Saint. Baked, Dentist, and The Black Clouds all turned in great sets making this one I was proud to have slapped with a "CoolDad Music Presents."

And The Front Bottoms eventually brought their crowd over.

A Giant Dog

A Giant Dog at Hotel Vegas for SXSW, 3/12/18

This one was a tough decision for me. It was my first night in Austin for this year's South By Southwest. I'd spent the early part of the evening over at The Mohawk where I caught Shamir and Bully. The rest of the schedule there for that night included Wye Oak and Superchunk. The Superchunk set, though, conflicted with one of only two A Giant Dog sets happening at the festival. I sucked it up and hoofed it over to Hotel Vegas to catch A Giant Dog on their home turf.

Such a good call. I was right up front in the dust as the band took the stage. The Hotel Vegas crowd went absolutely apeshit, and I think it was just about the most violent scrum I've ever tried to shoot from at a show. My camera and I got slammed down on the stage -- HARD -- multiple times before I decided to shoot from someplace a little safer.

When it was all over, I was sweaty, spent, and sore. I wouldn't have traded it for anything. What a welcome to Austin.


Rock or Die V at Valhalla Presented by Little Dickman Records, CoolDad Music, and The Garden State Beard and Mustache Society for SXSW, 3/17/18

Months of planning. 9 bands. The run up to this one was pretty stressful, but things ultimately went off without a hitch. Gloomies, Dentist, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Fruit & Flowers, Sharkmuffin, Kino Kimino, BOYTOY, High Waisted, Honduras. Lots of great music made by lots of great friends.

Several of the bands were running across the street to play a Pianos showcase at Sidewinder. The Glory Fires pushed their whole, big setup into Valhalla for a 25-minute set. We were streaming CoolDaughter 1's swim meet on my phone and cheering her on as we bounced to Honduras. Afterwards a bunch of us went over to Ladybird Lake to catch Roky Erickson and A Giant Dog.

Just a great day.

Pretenders, Lowlight at Count Basie Theatre, 3/30/18

My second time seeing Lowlight open for Pretenders, this time just 5 minutes away from CDMHQ in Red Bank, NJ. The Basie was sold out thanks to the turnout of Lowlight friends and fans. As always, Lowlight turned in a professional and emotional performance. If you want to hear some of it, check out the band's recently released live album, It's Later Than You Think, which includes selections from the show. It's on Spotify.

Pretenders and Chrissie Hynde amazed again, rattling off an unrelenting string of hits during a 20-or-so song set. Chrissie Hynde still hates mobile phones at her shows and stopped the band once or twice to call people out. She maintains a gruff sense of humor about it though: "I saw the Rolling Stones with Brian Jones: No Phone. Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs: No Phone. Iggy and The Stooges: Well, I wish I had a fucking phone."

The RockNRoll Hi-Fives, Maki, and The exkilll

The RockNRoll Hi-Fives, Piggies, Foodie, The exkilll at NOON+CAFE, Osaka, JP, 4/8/18

The entire trip to Japan with The RockNRoll Hi-Fives was a beautiful experience that I'll never forget. I can't thank the Centenos enough for including me on their once-in-a-lifetime trip and for making me feel like the fifth member of their family. Every show was wonderful for different reasons; but, if I had to pick a favorite, it would be this one in Osaka.

NOON+CAFE is a great venue. The artist "green room" is above the stage, and I snuck up there for some shots during The Hi-Fives' set. The exkillll were playing only their first or second live show ever and were a blast. Piggies were one of my favorite bands that we saw on the whole tour. Our host, Maki, plays in Foodie who have their debut album coming out this month. We made friends with everyone. The show was just a nice microcosm of the whole tour: gracious fans, discovering new bands, making new friends.


Hinds, QTY, Sharkmuffin at Warsaw, 5/10/18

I'd seen Hinds maybe about two or three times before either at SXSW or Northside Festival. I never got to see a headlining set from the Spanish four-piece; but, even in those abbreviated appearances, the band's exuberance spread to the entire crowd. Hinds play simple, shambolic garage rock; but they do it with so much joy, and they have so much fun on stage, that you can't help but get swept up in it. By the end of their set at Warsaw, Carlotta Cosials and Ana Perrote were surfing the crowd as the band did their cover of "Davy Crockett."

This was also a great opportunity for our pals in Sharkmuffin who kicked off the sold out evening, and I found a new favorite band in QTY.

Sweet Spirit

Sweet Spirit at Johnny Brenda's, 5/18/18

This was one of those game-time decisions for me. I had spent the early part of the day with my family at the sentencing for the man who, back in September, caused my brother's fatal car accident. When I got home, I remembered that Austin's Sweet Spirit, the pop / soul project that features Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen of A Giant Dog, were playing Philly that night. "Fuck it," I said. I got in my car and made the drive to attend the show.

Damn, I needed that. Sweet Spirit bring it live with pretty much the same intensity as A Giant Dog. And the songs are so damn strong. It was such a fantastic night.

I feel weird putting this kind of responsibility on people who don't know me from a hole in the ground; but Sabrina and Andrew and their bands were there for me during a couple of pretty intense times, right when I needed them. I'm just grateful is all.

Snail Mail

Snail Mail and The RockNRoll Hi-Fives at Asbury Park Brewery, 6/9/18

Just a day or so before this show at Asbury Park Brewery, Matador Records announced that Interpol would be releasing a new record and going on tour. The tour would be bringing them to Madison Square Garden next February where the openers would be label mates Car Seat Headrest and Snail Mail. Snail Mail had just been tapped to play Madison Square Garden, and we were all going to see them at Asbury Park Brewery.

Snail Mail's debut LP, Lush, is one of the best releases of 2018. Lindsey Jordan brings a fresh take and a different voice to guitar-based indie rock, showing that there's still lots of life left in the genre. The brewery was absolutely packed out; and, while it really isn't the most conducive place to see a sold-out show, I staked out a spot up front and enjoyed the whole thing.

The RockNRoll Hi-Fives got the opening slot at the very last minute, and Eilee especially was seriously stoked about it. They made the most of their short set and won over some new fans.

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Secretary Legs, Algebra II at The Saint, 6/17/18

This was another CoolDad Music Presents joint. I gotta say. Something about this one was just really special. The Glory Fires bring me to the verge of tears with the passion and intensity and just plain rocking out that they bring to every set. Secretary Legs put out another of my favorite records of the year, and it's been my dream to book them ever since I heard it. Algebra II are some beautiful and supportive people with great songs who helped put the whole show together.

This was also Father's Day. I spent a fun day with the family and then I got to experience this show. We took over The Saint and made it our own for a night. Thanks to Scott for letting us do that.


Superchunk and Sneaks at White Eagle Hall, 6/20/18

"Reviewers keep saying 'It's such an angry record,'" said Mac McCaughan of Superchunk's What a Time To Be Alive from the stage at White Eagle Hall. "With everything that's been going on, though, I don't think it's fucking angry enough."

For this show at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, Superchunk brought every ounce of their high-strung intensity. McCaughan, bassist Jason Narducy, and guitarist Jim Wilbur bounced and bounded around the stage. Jon Wurster played drums with his usual exuberance. The show was -- like the album -- angry but also hopeful. Maybe if everyone, like me, who was shaking their fists and singing along go out and do something...

Sneaks opened and worked through a few minor technical difficulties to deliver a sparse and engaging set.

The RockNRoll Hi-Fives

The RockNRoll Hi-Fives Record Release at Mercury Lounge with Lost Boy ?, 6/24/18

This one started at 5:30pm on a Sunday, so CoolMom was able to come with me. That always makes the show better. Davey Jones and Lost Boy ? kicked things off, and they never cease to amaze me. Jones is a songwriting machine and cranks out winner after winner. They played mostly new songs, and the next album sounds like it's going to be great.

A few songs into The RockNRoll Hi-Fives' set, Gloree broke a string on her bass and didn't have a replacement. It didn't matter. Evren and Eilee worked the crowd with jokes and stories while Mom and Dad tried to deal with the problem. When the band finally started up again, they just made the best of the situation. Everybody laughed and smiled along with them. After the show, it was pictures, autographs, hugs, and congratulations; and The RockNRoll Hi-Fives were off on their next adventure.

So that's the first half of 2018. I don't write as many extensive reviews of shows as I once did, so I wanted to say something about all of these. See you out there.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

What's Going On: 7/12, 7/13, 7/14 & 7/15, 2018

Sharkmuffin are back in Asbury for a cassette release on Saturday.

World Cup Final Weekend

People who love soccer will be having a blast this Sunday when France meets Croatia in the 2018 World Cup Final. Me? I'll be at a swim meet somewhere as the cooldaughters have separate events at Rutgers and Princeton. I hope I'll find some time to work in a show or two.

I procrastinated on this today, so no big blurb. I will let you know that Avery Mandeville has a release show at The Saint tomorrow with Dentist, Lowlight, and Julian Fulton & The Zombie Gospel. Sharkmuffin return to Asbury on Saturday when they play the Yacht Club with Davey from Lost Boy ? and Lola Pistola. Lucky 7's Rock N Roll BBQ is back in JC this Saturday with lots of music including The Battery Electric, Hey Anna, and Crazy & The Brains. 

Have a great weekend. Go team! Don't drink and drive.


5th Ave Boardwalk (Belmar): Songwriters on the Beach ft. Don DiLego / Jason Morton & The Chesapeake Sons, 7pm, FREE

10th Ave Burrito (Belmar): Folkfaces, 9pm

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

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Brother Andrew / Gary Mayer & David Ross Lawn / Cat London, 9pm

Barca City (New Brunswick): Alejandro Ataucusi / Matt Cook, 8:30pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): Wyatt Siroka / Learning / The Round / Wizard Brain / Matt DeVoti / paul from the internet / Teddy Owen, 7pm, $10

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Eastbourne / Jeff Shadows & The Moths / Skanko & The Polite Gentlemen / Joint Operation, 7pm, $7

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Cranston Dean / Riley Schiro / Kev Daly, 8:30pm

FM (Jersey City): James Calleo / The Defending Champions, 8pm

House of Independents (Asbury): Summer Nights: Grease Sing Along Band, 7pm

The Kingsland (Brooklyn): Ugly Sun / Spowder / Language / QWARK, 7pm, $8-$10

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Symptoms / Playground Justice / Vengents, 8:30pm, $5

Pet Shop JC (Jersey City): Paper Maker / Cyclone Static, 8pm

Pianos (NYC): Grim Streaker / Dead Stars / Gustaf / Big Bliss / more, 7pm, FREE

Pier Village (Long Branch): South, 7pm

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Duane Mark / Western Star, 10pm, $5

The Saint (Asbury): Barrbarians / Mirage / Ralph Heuser / Downstream, 7:30pm, $5

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Who's Bad (Michael Jackson Covers), 7pm, $17.99+

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): Todd Barry, 8pm, $20

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Dwayne Gretzky (Yep. Covers.), 7pm, $10-$12

FRIDAY (7/13)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): 5J Barrow / Double Day / We're Ghosts Now, 9pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Lemats / The Cold Seas / The Big Drops, 7pm, $8

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Well Wisher / The Vaughns / Yawn Mower, 9pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): Beach Bully / Machines Never Forget / Champ / The Neverends, 7pm,

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): The Penniless Loafers / The Damn Long Hairs / Girth Control / The Defending Champions, 7pm, $10

Brooklyn Bazaar (Brooklyn): Color Tongue / Darkwing / QWAM / Desert Sharks / Nihiloceros, 8pm, $10

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): The Apy Brothers / Arcs & Edges / Jacob Daniels, 9:30pm

Crossroads (Garwood): Levy & The Oaks / Nine Eighteen / The Nasty / Natalie Farrell / Seamstress, 8pm

Flemington DIY (Flemington): Special Lady / Fox Memorial / Guest Policy, 6pm, $5

House of Independents (Asbury): Chris Smither, 7pm, $25-$27

In The West (New Brunswick): Secretary Legs / Iffy / Freezing Cold / Decoration, 7:30pm, $5-$10

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Very Be Careful, 9:30pm

Meatlocker (Montclair): Organ Dealer / Fluoride / Bea$ters / Vasoconstriction, 9pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Out Live Death / Walk The Plank / Coach's Son / Doc Rotten, 9pm, $7

Music Hall Of Williamsburg (Brooklyn): Garthapalooza ft. Lyons / Cassandra / Crucial Taunt, 7pm

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Appalachian Gypsy Tribe / Mr.Revelator / Jay Regan Band / Albert Savage, 7pm, $15

The Saint (Asbury): Avery Mandeville / Dentist / Lowlight / Julian Fulton & The Zombie Gospel, 7pm, $10

Scarlet Pub (New Brunswick): Feeny / Ernston / Sunbowl / Erin Walsh, 8pm, $5

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Splintered Sunlight (Dead covers), 7pm, $15-$20

Stosh's (Fair Lawn): Wild Moon / Erica Russo / Alpha Rabbit / The Extensions / Shimmy, 7:30pm, FREE

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): The Get Up Kids / Racquet Club / Ageist, 8:30pm, $26

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Jobonanno and The Godsons of Soul, 8pm, $10


209 4th Ave. (Asbury): Sonic Blume, 6pm

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Alex English, 9pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Hub City Stompers / The Cryptkeeper Five / Molly Rhythm / Experiment 34 / Chalk & The Beige Americans, 6pm, $5

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Sharkmuffin / Lost Boy ? Davey Jones / Lola Pistola, 9pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): Mosura / The Convincing Actor / NGGA / Picnic, 8pm, $10

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): MushFest: A Psychedelic Saturday, 2pm, $10-$15

Christ Church (Shrewsbury): Hysteria / Sister Munch / Opaque Melodies / Secretary Legs, 7pm, $10

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Plato Zorba / Sweet Joey's Thing Of Beauty, 10pm

Clash Bar (Clifton): Huge Pupils / SHRB / C.R. & The Degenerates, 7pm

FM (Jersey City): ManDancing / Hodera / Future Teens, 9pm, $8

Fox & Crow (Jersey City): Jack Skuller / Sasha Dobson / Bryan Wood, 10pm

House of Independents (Asbury): Hip Hop Dance Party, 9pm, FREE

In The West (New Brunswick): Big Mess / Kiss Concert / Youth Expire / Resounding No, 7pm

Index Arts Center (Newark): Jean Pool / Happy Fits / Crust / LKFFCT / Electric Sensei, 6pm

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Sandy Mack, 10pm

Lucky Bar (Jersey City): Lucky 7's Rock n Roll BBQ ft. The Young and The Rest Less / Sean Kiely / Terra Electric / Hudson City Rats / CC Roots / CHANGE√∂RDER / Hey Anna / The Battery Electric / The Components / Crazy & The Brains, 1pm

The Saint (Asbury): Black Suburbia Music Show ft. Drew The Recluse / Taylor Tote / Sousa / Philosophical Tom / The Moja Experience, 7:30pm, $10

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Tramps Like Us (You guessed it. Bruce covers), 7pm, $18+

West End Park (Long Branch): Whirling Dervishes, 5pm, FREE

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): Hamilton Leithauser, 8:30pm, $25

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, 8pm, $20-$25

SUNDAY (7/15)

10th Ave Burrito (Belmar): The Royal Pacifics, 2pm

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

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Divided Heaven / Erotic Novels / The Fullers / Steve Burks, 7pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Bobby Mahoney & The Seventh Son, 1pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): NJ Is Dead ft. High Time, 5pm, $5

Flemington DIY (Flemington): Tula Vera / Florence Foster Jenkins / Tula Vera / Sad Lips, 7pm, $5-$10

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): PJ Rasmussen, 8pm

The Saint (Asbury): Reefer Madness / Big Cuff and The Wendy Sues / Wind Up Kid, 7pm, $10

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Enjoy!, 3pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): The Hip Abduction, 8pm, $15

Friday, July 6, 2018

Asbury Park Music Foundation Teaming with Tito's to Bring AP Artists to CBGB (at EWR)

Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy Some Music

Asbury Park Music Foundation and Tito's Handmade Vodka announced today that they'll be teaming up for The Mockingbird Summer Series, a 10-week, live music series that will showcase artists from Asbury Park. The artists will serenade travelers from the CBGB Terminal C location at Newark Airport.

Acts including The Burns, Drew the Recluse & Miles NxBxDy, Accidental Seabirds, Bobby Mahoney, Rachel Ana Dobken, and more will perform on select Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday mornings during the last 10 weeks of summer (July 12th - September 15th). Travelers can get a taste of the Asbury Park music scene while enjoying Tito's Handmade Vodka cocktails at CBGB. For each cocktail sold, Tito's will donate $1, up to $20,000, to Asbury Park Music Foundation. The Foundation strives "to keep the Asbury Park music legacy alive by providing underserved youth with life-changing music education, helping the local music scene thrive and uniting a diverse community through music."

"At Tito's, our mission is to turn spirits into love & goodness," said Zack Flores, Director of Philanthropic Programs at Tito's Handmade Vodka in a press release. "Asbury Park Music Foundation shares our vision of supporting local communities and we're grateful to be able to partner on The Mockingbird Summer Series to support emerging musicians."

"We want passionate music fans from throughout the US and the world to enjoy a taste of what Asbury Park musicians have to offer," said Jim Lenskold, President of the Asbury Park Music Foundation (and avid local music fan). "The CBGB stage in the Newark Airport is a great opportunity to introduce a new audience to Asbury Park's diverse original music. We hope to encourage travelers and locals to experience the live music playing every night of the year in one of our 20+ great venues."

Lenskold continued, "We are thankful to Tito's for spotlighting our current musicians while also contributing to the next generation of musicians through their donation supporting music education for underserved youth."

So far, APMF and Tito's have confirmed:

Accidental Seabirds
Drew the Recluse & Miles NxBxDy
Chris Brown
Emily Grove
Bobby Mahoney
The Apy Brothers
Rachel Ana Dobken
Eryn O’Ree
Pamela Flores
The Burns
Mackenzie Brown
Natalie Newbold

The entire series will feature over 20 up-and-coming artists from Asbury Park and kicks off with Accidental Seabirds on July 12, Drew the Recluse & Miles NxBxDy on July 13, and Chris Brown on July 19. Additional scheduling info, artist bios, a Spotify playlist, and more will be available at by July 12th.