Jersey Beat is very proud to be bringing you the Rock N Roll Hi-Fives' tour diary as Jersey City's favorite family band - dad Joe, mom Gloree, son Evren, and daughter Eilee - tour Japan! Eilee and Evren will be checking in whenever they can with stories and photos of their adventures. (Poor kids, they go to Japan and they still have homework!) We've added the final two chapters, Part 4 and Part 5, which winds up the trip and the group's last show in Japan. Read it here...

It's that time again...

Jersey Beat has been a part of Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas since 2003 and we wouldn't miss it. The music festival brings together the best of old-school punk and hardcore with exciting young bands (including, this year, Jersey City's Crazy & The Brains!.) The club shows are off the hook, there are free pool parties, and of course there's the bowling and poker tournaments. If you want to spend a wild weekend surrounded by people who live punk day in and day out, there's no better party anywhere.

Joe chimes in on And Now..., the latest from the remarkably long-lived Speed The Plough, whose multi-generational lineup cotinues to produce enchanting chamber pop.

Read Joe's review here...

This year's Asbury Music Awards had been postponed from last November to April, 2018, and yet very little was done to promote the event, not even emailing invites to the nominees, ballots to the voters, or a press release to New Jersey media. Editor Jim Testa wondered what the consequences of that inaction have been; the answer isn't pretty. Read his editorial here...

Rich reviews new albums by Animal Flag, Digital Criminals, and Parlor Walls, and some punk rock singles and 7-inch EP's by Punkemon, Radiation Risks, the Bunny Gang, and a split 7-inch from Sharkfist/Brown Plaid and

Read Rich's column here....

Paul Silver turns his silver tongue (and reviewer's ear) to new releases from Archie & The Bunkers, Buckley, Dusk, Fashionism, Freak Genes, The Fur Coats, God's Children, Giuda, La Armada and Pandemix.

Read Paul's column here...

For a while there, it looked like the annual SXSW music festival in Austin had lost its
soul to corporate branding and superstar headliners, but this year's iteration turned
out to be a pleasant throwback to the days when it functioned primarily as a show-
case for young or little-known bands struggling to reach a wider audience. Read
Jim Testa's story here...

Our good friend Oliver Ignatius of Holy Fang Studios (formerly Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen) is back with a new single, a mind-bending funk exploration called "Citys A Hell." Check it out!


Jersey Beat favorite Adam Bird (formerly of Those Mockingbirds and Perfuma) has
rebranded himself as aBIRD and offers this beguiling video (shot by another
longtime scene stalwart, Rob Fitzgerald) showcasing his new sound. The track
combines an Eighties retro-vibe with a modern edgy sound, and is well worth
checking out.


Editor Jim Testa checks out the latest album from Amy Rigy as well as releases from Stardust One, Tuffy, L.A. scenemakers Starcrawler, Jersey garage rocker Tony Saxon, and a psychedelic masterpiece from comedian Chris Hill and stoner-rock legend Chris Reifert under the name Painted Doll.

Read Jim Testa's reviews here...

James has some very outspoken comments about Revelation Records' The Last Lies (bad) and Fat Wreck's The Last Gang (very good.) Then James reviews Urban Styles, Freddy Alva's book about how NYC's graffiti scene influenced NYHC, looks back at his teenage years with a reissue from the band Cable, and writes about the debut album from Tory Anne Daines' new group Fair Panic. James also covers albums from Rahway's J Hacha De Zola, Rats In The Wall, Voice Of Addiction, then discusses a new book of hitherto unseen photographs of the Dead Boys .

Read James' column here...


Tory Anne Daines's brave search for self and fulfillment: Read James Damion's interview here.

Reviews by Joe Wawrzyniak

The exciting debut album from Jersey City's The Components kicks off Joe's latest column, which includes new releases from Sarah McQuaid, Jaguwar, Runaway Brother, Todd & Jingyu, Red Black Red, Peter Karp, Stephen Clair & The Pushbacks, The Naked Sun, and Robert Stewart.

Read his reviews here...

Editor Jim Testa picks ten songs from 2017 that summed up the best of the
2017, including tracks from old favorites like the Feelies, Ted Leo, Wyldlife,
the Front Bottoms, Peter Stampfel, and Antietam, and new bands like Rips
and Downtown Boys.

See Jersey Beat's Top 10 Songs of the Year here...


Our editors and writers have been busy going through all the music they've heard in 2017 and picking their favorites.

Jim Testa

Paul Silver

Joe Merklee

Rich Quinlan

James Damion

Mark Hughson reviews Professionals, the offbeat electronic project of Sam Davison, and finds it weird, wacky, and fun.

Read his column here...



Damfino blends catchy pop with heartbreaking lyrics and adult insight. Recorded at Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen, One False Move And I'm Yours will be released on September 22. The first single and video from the album, "Visit To A Women's Planet, mixes a delightful childlike animation with Joe Merklee's plaintive vocals." Catch Damfino at Issyra Gallery in Hoboken on Monday, Sept. 25.

The Band: Damfino
The Album:
One False Move And I'm Yours (avail. Sept. 22)
The Video:
"Visit To The Women's Planet"
Director: Wyatt O'Connell


Check out Mr. Flannery & His Feelings' new video

"Embers of Dead Fires" from Rhyme & Reason

The Band: Mr. Flannery & His Feelings
The Album:
Try Your Hardest (Rhyme & Reason)
The Video:
"Embers Of Dead Fires"
Facebook page:

Photo by Paul Silver

Vince Lombardi High School was the nickname of a beloved SoCal DIY space that recently had to close. Paul Silver was at the final show, dubbed the VLHS Graduation. See his report and photos here...

Leslie Snyder reviews new releases from Jenny & The Felines, Jake Tavill, King James & The Special Men, Jupiter In Velvet, Stutter Steps, Bodies Of Water, and Jake & The Growlers.

Read Leslie's reviews here...


The Band: ex-mothers, Brooklyn NY
The Album:
Strange Fortune
The Video:
"Neon Drones"
Tek Ken Siu (
Video Release show: Sunday, June 25 at Cobra Club -
Facebook page:

Jersey Beat celebrated it's 35th anniversary with an amazing show at Maxwell's Tavern on April 14. Jim Testa wrote up a short history of the zine here...

Highlights from Jersey Beat's 35th Anniversary Show at Maxwell's Tavern:

Jamie Frey interviews the legendary Mike Watt, currently promoting the release of Ring Spiel '95, a live album recorded on the Ball Hog?Or Tugboat tour in 1995. Watt talks about how the album came out, the remarkable Ring Spiel touring band (which included Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, and Pat Smear,) and his role in punk rock history. This is Jersey Beat's fifth interview with the irascible, effusive, and totally original Mike Watt, and we can't wait till the next one. Read Jamie's interview here... And read Rich Quinlan's review of Mike Watt's Ring Spiel '95 here...

It's been eight years since the Ergs! disbanded and almost ten since their last full-length album, so Mikey Erg's first solo album Tentative Decisions arrives with with a lot of expectations. Happily, Mikey delivers on all fronts, with a more mature but still passionate rendering of his trademark pop-punk, complete with crunchy sonic guitars and punchy drums, melodic basslines and emphatic vocals delivered in Mikey's trademark nasal yowl. Read Jersey Beat's reviews here...

Jim Testa sits down with the godfather of punk rock to talk about his folkie beginnings, New York City in the Fifties, the joys of collaboration, and much, much more. Read our interview here... is an independently published music fanzine covering punk, alternative, ska, techno and garage music, focusing on New Jersey and the Tri-State area. For the past 30 years, the Jersey Beat music fanzine has been the authority on the latest upcoming bands and a resource for all those interested in rock and roll.












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