Thursday, April 20, 2017

What's Going On: 4/20, 4/21, 4/22 & 4/23, 2017

Sharkmuffin are in Lake Como on Thursday to open for Sheer Mag.

Fake Holiday Weekend!

We've got a weekend full of ersatz holidays to celebrate. Hopefully, your job doesn't make you work on 4/20, and you can spend some quality time with your family on Record Store Day. And, if you haven't made your Earth Day brunch reservations yet, I don't know what to tell you. You can celebrate all of these, and whatever else you feel like making up, at some great shows this weekend, which also brings us The Asbury Park Music and Film Festival.

Things get started on Thursday night when Chris Carrabba's Twin Forks come to House of Independents. Whiner, Sunflower, LKFFCT, Hoboken Moms, and Basement Beers play Montclair's Meatlocker. Modern Crowds, The Mercury Brothers, Yawn Mower, and Primal Static are at The Saint. Lake Como punk hotspot, Paul's Tavern, hosts Sheer Mag, Sharkmuffin, and Teenage Halloween in what promises to be what the kids call a real "banger."

On Friday night, The Asbury Hotel has Cold Weather Company, The Mercury Brothers, and (I believe) the first-ever full-band performance from Wetbrain. Bobby Mahoney & The Seventh Son play APYC with The Vaughns. Dez Cadena brings his band to Brighton Bar with Jon Caspi & The First Gun, Zombie Mafia, and The Slants. Mint 400 records hosts one at Cathedral Hall in Jersey City that features The Ones & Nines, Don Kincaid & The Wait, The Skullers, Underlined Passages, and Young Legs. Mike & The Mechanics are at House of Independents. That show will be broadcast on a future airing of PBS's Front & Center. It's the second installment of the Makin Waves Rock Circus at Roxy & Dukes with The Paper Jets, Lowlight, Black Flamingos, Yawn Mower, and between-set performances from Vivi Noir and Vertical Fixation. Robert Randolph and The Family Band are at The Stone Pony.

Saturday brings a rooftop Earth Day rally to the AP Festhalle & Biergarten featuring music from Black Flamingos. New Brunswick's Court Tavern hosts a benefit for Elijah's Promise featuring Comb The Desert, Lowlight, Disposable, RockNRoll HiFives, and The Turnbucklers. Lots of Asbury Park Music and Film Festival stuff at House of Independents all day culminating in a late-night show from The Battery Electric, The Cold Seas, and Geez Louise. Waiting on Mongo are at Langosta. Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul are at The Paramount. Stevens Institute in Hoboken hosts Jeff Rosentstock, Hodera, and The Moms. Me First & The Gimme Gimmes play a sold-out show at The Stone Pony. It's Volume 2 of "Fight for Your Right to Potty" at Paradise in Asbury with music from Rick Barry and Geena and Dragster. All proceeds from that one go to benefit the TransYouth Project.

Record Store Day is also this Saturday. After a contentious senate confirmation hearing, Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent) is the official RSD Ambassador. The RockNRoll HiFives play Asbury's Groovy Graveyard with The Junk Rumblers. Check your local record store for events and what stuff they'll have in stock.

On Sunday, APMFF rolls on with "Beatles Day" featuring Marshall Crenshaw at The Paramount in the afternoon and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band taking over the space for the evening. Noise In The Attic is back to raise money for Monmouth and Ocean County Food Bank at The Inkwell in Long Branch. That one features Ashley McKinley, Alexander Iannone, Meg Cannon, Dan Whitener, and John Conte. Danny Clinch, Blue Lizard, and Kat Phunk close out APMFF with a show at Wonder Bar.

There is really a ton to do this weekend, and I'm sure you'll find something. Here's wishing a peaceful 4/20 to you and yours.


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

Clash Bar (Clifton): Sunrot / Dutchguts / Fuzzy Osborne / Pisskvlt

House of Independents (Asbury): Twin Forks / Dan Layus, 7pm, $20

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Leo Bud Welch w/ Stringbean and The Boardwalk Social Club, 9pm, FREE

Meatlocker (Montclair): Whiner / Sunflower / LKFFCT / Hoboken Moms / Basement Beers, 9pm, donations

Monty Hall (Jersey City): Witch Taint, 8pm

Paul's Tavern (Lake Como): Sheer Mag / Sharkmuffin / Teenage Halloween, 7:30pm, $12 adv, $14 door

The Saint (Asbury): Primal Static / Modern Crowds / Mercury Brothers / Yawn Mower, 7:30pm, $10

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Testament, 6pm, $25 adv, $30 door

The Wonder Bar (Asbury): Teddy Midnight, 7pm, $8 adv, $10 door

FRIDAY (4/21)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Cold Weather Company / Wetbrain / The Mercury Brothers, 9pm, FREE

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Bobby Mahoney & The Seventh Son / The Vaughns, 9pm, FREE

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Dez Cadena Band / Jon Caspi & The First Gun / Zombie Mafia / The Slants, 8pm, $8

Cathedral Hall (Jersey City): The Ones & Nines / Don Kincaid & The Wait / The Skullers / Underlined Passages / Young Legs, 7:30pm, $10

Chef House (Ask): Shiloh / Shark Club / Kova Tova / The Beekeepers / FeedMe To The Forest, 7pm, $5

Clash Bar (Clifton): Electric Frankenstein / Voices of Doom / Symbol Six

Gold's (New Brunswick): The Dead Flowers / Experiment 34 / The Off-Brand / Electric Sensei / A Boy Named John, 7:30pm, $5

House of Independents (Asbury): Mike & The Mechanics, 8pm, $35-$125

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

Meatlocker (Montclair): Vendors Market ft. ok friends / ANNA OH / Shred Flintstone / Sad Lips / The Little Engineers / Hiroshi Jaguar / New Alone, 5pm, FREE entry

Millhill Basement (Trenton): From The Archives / Old City Revival / Sojourner / Prior Engagements / Like The River, 9pm, $5

Roxy & Duke's Roadhouse (Dunellen): Makin Waves Rock Circus ft. Lowlight / The Paper Jets / Black Flamingos / Yawn Mower / Vivi Noir / Vertical Fixation, 8pm, $15

The Saint (Asbury): Prim / Geraldine Val / Little Vicious / Nyland, 7:30pm, $10

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Jake Owen, 7pm, $39.50 adv, $43 door

Studio Luloo (Oaklyn): Laureate / Kids These Days / Our Fair City / Hand Me Downs, 9pm

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Robert Randolph & The Family Band / Matt O'Ree Band, 7pm, $22 adv, $27 door

The Wonder Bar (Asbury): Lucky Chops / Roots of Creation, 7pm, $18 adv, $20 door


Anchor's Bend (Asbury): DC and Friends, 8:30pm, FREE

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Emily Grove and David Ross Lawn, 8pm, FREE

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): DJ Atom Worth, 11pm, FREE

Asbury Park Festhalle & Biergarten (Asbury): Earth Day Rally on the Roof ft. Black Flamingos, 12pm

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): DJs Riff Raff, Jack The Ripper, Foggy Notion, 9:30pm, FREE

The Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Operation: Anarchy 2017, 12pm, $10

Clash Bar (Clifton): Paul Mauled / Jersey Panic / Stereo Jo / Minor King

Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank): Bobby Bandiera Presents: The Music of the Traveling Wilburys, 8pm, $29-$99

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): Comb The Desert / Lowlight / Disposable / RockNRoll HiFives / The Turnbucklers, 8pm, $10 donation to Elijah's Promise

Crossroads (Garwood): The Slackers / Screwface / Overmind, 8pm, $15

Groovy Graveyard (Asbury): Junk Rumblers / RocknRoll HiFives, 4pm

House of Independents (Asbury): Finding Joseph I screening, 12:30pm, $15 adv, $20 door

House of Independents (Asbury): A Conversation with Max Weinberg, 4:45pm, $25-$150

House of Independents (Asbury): Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why Tribute to James Brown / Get on Up! screening, 6:30pm, $15 performance, $20 film & performance

House of Independents (Asbury): The Battery Electric / The Cold Seas / Geez Louise, 10:45pm, $10

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Waiting On Mongo, 9pm, FREE

Meatlocker (Montclair): Hexxus / Sunrot / Devoidov / Wholewrecker / Come And Get It, 8pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Dinosaur Eyelids / Alpha Rabbit/ Doc Rottens / Casino Sundae, 9pm, $5

Outpost In The Burbs (Montclair): The Jayhawks / Johnny Irion, 8pm, SOLD OUT

Paradise (Asbury): Fight for Your Right to Potty 2: Rick Barry / Geena and Dragster, 8pm, $8 adv, $12 door, All proceeds benefit TransYouth Project

Paramount Theatre (Asbury): Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul, 7pm, $127+

Paul's Tavern (Lake Como): Spinal Ramones / Fuck It, I Quit / Ides / Swamp City Rockers, 8pm, $8

Pino's Gift Basket (Highland Park): Brenyama / Youth Moose / We're Ghosts Now / The Afraid Brigade, 8pm, FREE

The Saint (Asbury): Asbury Park Music & Film Festival, 11:30am

The Saint (Asbury): Drewcifer, 7:30pm, $15 adv, $17 door

Stevens Institute (Hoboken): Jeff Rosenstock / The Moms / Hodera, 7:30pm, Free for SIT students, $5 for guests

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Me First & the Gimme Gimmes / Masked Intruder / Pears, 7pm, SOLD OUT

The Wonder Bar (Asbury): Waynard Scheller, 7pm, $16

SUNDAY (4/23)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Sunday Night Trivia w/ Gentleman Jim, 6pm, FREE

The Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Speed Queen / Tight Lipped / Erotic Novels, 8pm, $5 donation to Greenpeace

House of Independents (Asbury): Morricone Youth live re-score of Mad Max, 4pm, $15

Inkwell Coffee House (Long Branch): Noise In The Attic ft. Ashley McKinley / Alexander Iannone / Meg Cannon / Dan Whitener / Jon Conte, 8pm, $5 donation to Monmouth / Ocean County Food Bank

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Tribute to Lee Morgan, 1pm, FREE

Muchmore's (Brooklyn): Evvergreen / Sunflower / LKFFCT / Benchmark, 9pm

Paramount Theatre (Asbury): APMFF Presents Beatles Day w/ Marshall Crenshaw, 1pm, $26

Paramount Theatre (Asbury): Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 7pm, $32-$50

The Saint (Asbury): Asbury Park Music & Film Festival, 11:30am

The Saint (Asbury): Culture feat Kenyatta Hill / Random Test, 7pm, $20 adv, $25 door

Scarlet Pub (New Brunswick): Cover Show: Powerlines (Led Zeppelin) / Renee Maskin (Bowie) / Alejandro Atacusi (Beatles) / Erin Walsh (Amy Winehouse), 8pm, $5

The Wonder Bar (Asbury): Danny Clinch / Blue Lizard / Kat Phunk, 7pm, $16

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