Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen is a studio and a musician's
collective in Brooklyn. Their old studio was flooded out
and they need to build a new space. Read about the studio,
the collective, and their fundraising effort here...
Wallach has been making a name for himself as a pop-rock
singer/songwriter, but he also has a young-adult novel coming
out soon and the video he created for his song "Whisper"
wound up being screened in museums. Jersey Beat's Eli Zeger
caught up with Wallach for the low down on this up-and-coming
talent. Read his interview here...
Testa reviews the first full-length from NJ scene favorites
Those Mockingbirds and catches up with
outstanding releases from Asbury Park's Wreaths
and Deena Shoskes of the Cucumbers.
Read Jim's reviews here...
A Broadway musical based on the music of Tupac Shakur? Sounds
implausible but "Holler If You Hear Me" is anything
but, using the late hip hop superstar's words and melodies
to tell the story of the struggle of an inner city community
to come together and end the cycle of black-on-black violence.
Read Jim Testa's review here...
Neil Sabatino is the owner/operator of Mint 400 Records,
lead singer of the NJ indie band Fairmont, and a longtime
friend of Jersey Beat. In this article, Neil explains the
nuts-and-bolts of home recording for the interested DIY
beginner. Read it here...
the last time you head from good folk-metal? Or how about
the latest releases from Crowbar, Mastodon, Cannabis
Corpse, and Septic Flesh? Now
we're talking party. Our heavy metal guy Eric
Walls reviews new releases from those metal masters as well
as red-hot discs from Fucking Invincible, Trap Them,
, Metsatoll, and Castle.
Read Eric's column here...
Listening to the Antlers in the past has sometimes been
an emotional trial, but Zac Coe reports that the band's
latest offering might just prove habit-forming. Read his
Hold Steady, on tour with the Drive By Truckers, recently
wowed a fervent Jersey crowd at the Stone Pony's outdoors
Summerstage. Read Eli Zeger's review here...
Front Bottoms' new EP "Rose" is filled with songs
the that Brian Sella and Matt Uychich were still singing
when they were just starting out at DIY shows, like the
one pictured above at the Meat Locker in 2010. The combination
of old songs performed by a well-oiled touring band with
fuller orchestrations makes "Rose" a complete
winner, according to Dan Bracagalia. Read his review here...
World Music from Afro-Jersey, pop-punk
from Beach Slang, female-fronted indie
rock from Dentist, and punk rock from Masked
Intruders are among the sounds in Paul's latest
column. He also reviews new releases from Alvaays,
Cretin Stompers, The Delines, Identical Homes, Jolie Holland,
the band called Life, Miss Ohio, two releases
from The Mostly Dead, Needles/Pins, Brooklyn
buzz band OBN III's, Soundtrack
To Sleep, and grunge revivalists Stranger
Read Paul's column here...
Temple senior Alex G makes music in his bedroom and releases
it on the Internet, but his latest album DSU has already
been favorablyreviewed by Rolling Stone, Conequence Of Sound,
and Pitchfork. Is this the end of the indie underground,
or the beginning of something else? Jackson Phinney ponders
these questions while discussing Alex G's unique genius
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
Chris Carrabba helped define the millennial emo movement
with his bands Dasboard Confessional and Further Seems Forever,
but now he's pursuing a country muse with his new project
Twin Forks. Deb Draisin caught up with the very busy frontman,
you can read her interview here...
Layne Montgomery checks out the second (or third) release
from buzz band Parquet Courts and thinks the band will stick
around long after the buzz wears off. Read his review here...
Chris Lucca, the trumpet man of the Harmonica Lewinskies,
knows a few things about horn-driven rock 'n' roll and quite
a lot about ska. And he's got nothing for good things to
say about the songwriting and arrangements on ska-punk veterans
Mad Caddies' latest release Dirty Rice, which proves that
ska's not dead, it's just waiting for innovative musicians
to bring it to yet another level. Read his review here...
There are two things we're sure about here at JerseyBeat.com:
The sun's gonna rise in the morning, and Layne Montgomery
loves the Strokes. So when Layne scored a pair of tickets
to see his heroes at Portchester's stately Capitol Theater
- one of the smallest venues the Strokes have played in
a decade - of course we wanted to hear what he thought.
You can read his somewhat surprising review here...
BAINS III & THE GLORY
FIRES BREATH AMERICAN
HISTORY INTO R'N'R
We Yankees here in NYC and New Jersey will probably never
understand the American South, but we can learn a little
from the hellfire rock 'n'roll of Lee Bains III & The
Glory Fires. That's the supposition that Jamie Frey posits
in his review of the band's latest release, Dereconstructed,
which you can read here...
Beat competed again at Punk Rock Bowling, the insane party,
bowling tournament, bacchanal, and music festival that BYO
Records hosts every year in Las Vegas. This year we had
photographer Lane Lovegrove with us to chronicle the madness;
check out his photos here...
Eli Zeger talks to Guided By Voices drummer Kevin March
about his career, GBV's new album, and his work as Creative
Director at NJ's School of Rock. Read Eli's interview here...
ELO Meets Kiss on Pujol's fractures Kludge
Daniel Pujol's certainly earned his stripes among his generation's
army of flannel-shirted, fuzzy-chinned post-garage rockers,
but on Kludge he throws in a kitchen sink's worth
of sonic geegaws that may leave fans scratching their chins
while banging their heads. Pete Kilpin reports here...
Deb checks out NJ rockers SHIFT at a recent
NYC gig and then serves up a review of their new album.
Read her column here...
With Givin' Up Free Jazz, the Everymen take that step from
your favorite anonymous bar bard to a signed, touring, rock
'n' roll machine. Drawing from influences that range from
streetcorner doo wop to Springsteen's arena-rock swagger,
Jamie Frey proclaims that the album "harnesses the
chaotic live energy of the band's shows but also condensing
the songs to fully exploit their pop potential." Read
his review here...
Emo Forefather Chris Carrabba Gets Happy
With New Folk/Rock Project Twin Forks
Chris Carrabba helped put American emo on the map with
Dashboard Confessional and Further Seems Forever, but his
new project Twin Forks will put a smile on your face. Deb
Draisin caught the band at a recent NYC gig and reports
Cool Is Cool Planet?
Layne Montgomery, the world's biggest Guided By Voices
fan, reviews the latest Guided By Voices album, Cool Planet.
This is the band's sixth full-length since its classic lineup
reunited in 2010, and - depending how your count - their
22nd overall. Is there anything this band still has left
to say, and can they keep finding original ways to say it?
Read Layne's review here...
LEWIS & THE JRAMS: Keeping it real
Jersey Beat's Jamie Frey recently had the
chance to get on stage with anti-folk mainstay Jeffrey Lewis
at a Lou Reed tribute. Now Jamie's reviewing Jeff's newest
album, recorded as a no frills trio he calls the Jrams.
The album includes Lewis' usual wry observations, lyrical
deftness, and some seriously rockin' jams as well as a spoken
word tribute to Pussy Riot.
Read Jamie's review here...
TROPHY SCARS - Energetic, gritty, heartfelt rock at CD release
Bergen County's Trophy Scars celebrated the
release of their new CD Holy Vacants at Teaneck's
Mexicali Live with an exciting, excellent showcase of their
material. Eli Zeger was there, read his review here...
Tim Erbach and Marcel Rudin are the young entrepeneurs behind
Hudson County's DIY label Mulberry Sound Recordings, which
showcases bands like the Delta'88 Band, Perenniel Reel,
Diplopia, Morus Alba and others, many featuring the same
rotating cast of young musicians. Eli Zeger sat down with
Tim at his Jersey City home to talk about the label, the
bands, and growing up in Jersey City.Read his interview
HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH:
Neil Patrick Harris reinvents an odd loveletter
to individuality and rock 'n' roll
Hedwig & The Angry Inch tells
the story of an "internationally ignored song stylist"
named Hedwig, a reluctant transsexual who struggles to conquer
the divides between East and West, male and female, love
and longing. Neil Patrick Harris shines in the role but
this new production adds a few new wrinkles of its own.
Read Jim Testa's review here...
Beat's favorite talk show host makes his comedy album debut
with a stream-of-consciousness standup routine that mostly
focuses on what it's like to be Chris Gethard. Fortunately
that's a pretty funny topic. Read John Ambrosio's review
Chris Gethard & Friends sold out the
Knitting Factory and saw the comedian play host to some
of his musical and comedy friends, including Mikey Erg,
Shellshag, Eugene Mirman, Mike Birbiglia, and Hannibal Burress.
Read Jim Testa's review here...
As the weather warms up, you'll be looking for something
to read in the park, at the beach, and on those warm Spring
afternoons. May we suggest these?
WHATEVER, IT'S COOL
Howler isn't simply a band: It's a signpost of millennial
thinking, and the group's new album World Of Joy may
just be the Rosetta Stone that unlocks the culture of today's
twentysomethings for future generations. Musical archaeologist
Pete Kilpin explains it all here...
Don Giovanni Records gives us three new releases for Spring:
The first live album from New Brunswick's Screaming Females,
the debut album from folk-legend Peter Stampfel and The
Brooklyn & Lower Manhattan Banjo Squadron, and the Replacements-ish
pop-rock of Long Island's Crow Bait. Read our reviews here...
West Coast Bureau Chief Paul Silver recently helped folk/punk
singer songwriter Jeff Berman (above) celebrate this birthday
with a performance that included Berman's band Divided Heaven,
Bad Sports, the Black Hands, and Brian Marquis Music. You
can read Paul's review here...
Jimmy Urine & Co. Get Golden at Irving Plaza
Irreverent punk/electronic/techno/industrial/hip hop collective
Mindless Self Indulgence invaded Irving Plaza recently for
what promised to be the group's last visit for the foreseeable
future. Deb Draisin was there and her report is here...
NYC's Driven Mad, rising from the ashes of the popular King
Hell, honors the classic thrash style of clean vocals and
powerful riffs. Jersey Beat's Damien Ellinghaus gets the
lowdown on modern metal from frontman Sam Walters here...
also reviews Driven Mad's new EP "Committed" here...
R.I.P. DAVE BROCKIE, Scumdog Of The Universe
Jersey Beat fell in love with GWAR a long time ago. The
alien invaders from Antarctica first appeared in our sister
publication GROT in the Fall of 1989, in an interview with
Brent Cold-Iron. More recently, our Metal Editor Eric Walls
interviewed Oderus Urungus himself on the release of the
band's 13th album, Battle Maximus. We've captured that early
and you can read Eric's more recent interview here...
NO FX - "Stoke Extinguisher" EP
THE SONGS OF TONY SLY: A TRIBUTE
MOIST BOYZ - V
NINE INCH NAILS - Hesitation Marks
DAVE HAUSE - Devour
BRICK + MORTAR - "Bangs" EP
MY HOMETOWN: A Tribute To New Jersey (Various Artists)
by Joe Wawzyrniak
Singer/songwriter Tommy Wallach comes
through with eleven utterly engaging story songs on
his debut full length album. Joe also reviews new
releases by Kris N., the Down Home Band, Broken
Twin, Sunshine Riot, and Cohfla.
Crunchy 'n' punch is how Joe describes the new release
from New Jersey's Little Dipper.
He also reviews new albums by Thunderegg,
Random Order, the collaborative effort from
Sam Densmore & Curtis Irie, elegant
songstress Matteah Baim, the energetic
folk-rock of Ed Tang & The Chops,
and poignant pop from Setting Sun.
Read Joe's column here...
Eli reviews NJ hard-rock quartet Killed The
Fixtion, then checks out the new release
from Calla frontman Aurelio Valle,
which he calls "a raspily-produced, demented
half hour of really out-there, yet elegant music."
Eli also reviews No No: A Dockumentary, a
documentary film about the life of pitcher Dock Ellis,
as well as the latest album from NJ emo rockers Sleep
In.. He also dives headfirst into the new
release from The Hold Steady, the
Brooklyn band's first since 2010's disappointing Heaven
Is Whenever, and the new release from NJ's
Trophy Scars, a concept album of sorts with
a mythical theme.. Read his review here...
Jamie reviews the latest album from profilic anti-folk
songster Jeffrey Lewis, recording
this time around as Jeffrey Lewis & The Jrams,
as well as new releases from Brooklyn bands Primes,
Video Beast, and the Gradients,
and from New Paltz' suprisingly fecund indie scene,
What Moon Things. Read his reviews
Rich finds "a monstrous amount of
twisted briliance" in the debut of Brooklyn-based
instrumental trio Iced Ink, and finds
former Hot Water Music lead singer Chuck Ragan's
new solo Americana album filled "with daring
candor and brazen sincerity." He also reviews
new releases from Scottish pop punkers Kimberly
Steaks, the cassette insanity of Space
Wolves, the exciting punk duo Street
Eaters, the Southern-fried twang of NJ's
Broken Darling, and the country/blues
fusion of NYC's Falling Birds.
Rich's column here...
What's new at Iris Records? Stephen Gritzan
reviews new releases from Honduras, Gillian, and young
NJ singer/songwriter Brett Steinberg. Read Stephen's
Chicago punk rock has no greater godfather than Marc
Ruvolo, from bands like No Empathy through his landmark
punk label Johann's Face to his sci fi/fantasy book
store, Bucket O'Blood. Now Marc is back with a solo
acoustic EP, and Tony B. reviews it here...
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