Jane's Addiction, Weezer, the Descendents, Wu Tang Clan...
the lineup at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 read like a twentysomething's
wet dream. Our man Jamie Frey was there to soak up the ambience,
sun, mud, and alcohol. Here's his report....
TEAM SPIRIT - Killing Time (Vice)
Our newest contributor Mady Thuylein reviews the
debut full-length NYC garage-rock pros Team Spirit, who
tear up the genre while showing all their johnny come lately
peers how it's done. Mady also reviews the debut from the
Dark Ages, a new NYC band playing danceable
"doom improv." Read Mady's reviews here...
Our San Diego correspondent Paul Silver recently caught
up with filmmaker Bill Perrine, who's started screening
his new docmentary “It’s Gonna Blow!!! The San
Diego Music Underground 1986-1996.” Paul talks to
Bill about his career and what he found so fascinating about
San Diego's indie-rock scene. Read his interview here...
EASTERN ANCHORS/ZERO FOR CONDUCT
This split 7" from two veteran NJ bands finds Eastern
Anchors roaring through a big fat ROCK song with a monster
beat called "Above Your Station" that sounds like
Superchunk and Cheap Trick jamming at the Court Tavern.
Zero For Conduct offers a more angular post-punk track,
"Average Marks Make Shitty Sparks," produced by
Chris Pierce with a guitar sound as sharp as shark's teeth
and a roiling live vibe.
Another Labor Day Weekend has passed, and with it another
summer, and out in San Diego, another Awesomefest. This
pop-punk festival brings together fans and bands from all
over the country (and the world) for four days of punk rock,
beer, hanging out, and if you're our busy scribe Paul Silver,
snapping photos and taking notes. Read Paul's account of
this year's shindig here...
- Madman (reviewed by Leslie Snyder)
Britanys - It's Alright EP (reviewed by Eli Zeger)
Eaters - Bleeding Moon (reviewed by Rich Quinlan)
Mr. Payday - Music Explopsion (reviewed by Joe Wawrzyniak)
Testa reviews punk rock from Austin's Capitalist
Kids, power-pop from Beacon, NY's The Flurries,
country twang from Trenton's Successful
Failures, and the fourth album from Asbury Park
trio Black Wine.
Read Jim's reviews here...
Two of NJ's most important bands released new records this
month. Rich Quinlan provides his analysis of the Gaslight
Anthem's Get Hurt, while Paul Silver looks at Cymbals
Eat Guitars' third full-length, Lose. Read Rich's
and Paul's here.
Revolution In The Elbow of Ragna Agnarsson Furniture
Painter is the new Off Broadway musical from Iceland,
about the inhabitants of an imaginary, microscopic town
called Elbowville. Jim Testa checked it out and still isn't
sure what he saw, but you can read his review here...
Richard Linklater's Boyhood has received nearly
universal praise for following a cast of actors through
12 years in their loves, as we watch the film's protagonist
Mason grow from a child of 6 to a college freshman of 18
in real time. Ellar Coltrane is probably looking at an Oscar
nomination, but what would an actual teenager think of Mason's
coming-of-age story? JerseyBeat's Eli Zeger has quite a
different take on the film from most of its adult critics;
read his review here...
Frey and his band The Brooklyn What first came to Jersey
Beat's attention one night when they opened for Joe Jack
Talcum at a club in Manhattan. Since then, Jamie's become
a reviewer here and to bring this all around in a perfect
circle, here he is reviewing the latest solo offering from
Joe, a collection of lo-fi home recordings made from 1993-1999.
Read Jamie's review
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...
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...
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
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...
Paul's got a fully loaded column this month, with
punk rock from Beverly, The Creeps, The Dirty
Nil, and Sharpless, some
singer/songwriter excellence from Marc Sloan,
and Gareth Dickson, garage and power
pop from Paul Collins and Kool
Klub Katie, and the excellent indie rock
of Slow Club. Paul also reviews three
recording from San Diego punk legends Octagrape.
Read Paul's column here...
Our newest columnist Leslie Snyder samples recent
albums by African-American chanteuse Lady
Esther, singer songwriters Daniel
Lovegren and Karen Haglof, Austin
folk-rock artists the Belle Sounds,
and NJ alternative pop quarter Framing Dakota.
Read Leslie's reviews here...
by Joe Wawzyrniak
We found a "lost" column that never got
posted and it's a doozy, with reviews of New Brunswick
vets Mr. Payday, the Felice
Brothers, Ruthann Friedman's remarkable comeback
LP, and new releases by the Raving Knaves,
Neil Holyoak, Tiinnarose, and Speak.
Then Joe sounds off on the latest from Asbury Park
troubador Tommy Strazza and the Brazilian
flair of Mia Doi Todd, then reviews
new albums from Joshua Worden, Ugly Kids Club,
Jupiter In Velvet, Rob Drakin, and Steven
Casper & Cowboy Angst.
Read Joe's column here...
Sweden Switzerland, Canada, the U.K., Russia... if
there's some kind of metal band there, our man Eric
Walls will find it. In this edition of his More Metal
column, Eric reviews new releases from Black
Trip, Almost Human, H5N1, Witch Mountain,
the SID Metal of Machinae Supremacy, Secret
Cutter, The Hell, Kafirun, Phobiatic, Halcyon Way,
Mutilation Rites, Bjarm, and This
Will Destroy You.
Read Eric's column here...
Eli checks out two young bands from Brooklyn with
new EP's, the Britanys and the Gradients,
as well as Austin metal outfit Funeralbloom.
He also 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...
Ever hear of Regan's Polyps? We hadn't
either, but when Rich received three reissues from
this obscure Arkansas-based band, he flipped out and
reviewed all three of them. He also tackles new releases
from Teenanger and Useless
Eaters, then 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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