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Former members of Weston turn up in two reviews in Rich's new column, the new EP from Beach Slang and an excellent album from The Transmission Now. Rich also reviews new releases from the self-proclaimed New Jersey "supergroup" The Satisfactors, Tetherball, Aaron & The Burrs, Meridian, Courtesy Drop and Entropy.

Read Rich's column here...


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)
Here are two takes on the new album from NYC garage rockers Team Spirit: One by Pete Kilpin and another by our newest contributor Mady Thuylein. You can read Pete Kilpin's review here... 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
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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...

 

Sean Rowe - Madman (reviewed by Leslie Snyder)



 

The Britanys - It's Alright EP (reviewed by Eli Zeger)

 

 

Useless Eaters - Bleeding Moon (reviewed by Rich Quinlan)









Mr. Payday - Music Explopsion (reviewed by Joe Wawrzyniak)

 




Jim 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 review here 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...



Jamie 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 here...



Tommy 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 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...


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...


Leslie checks out two reissues from the seminal Bristol, UK post-punk group The Pop Group, as well as recent albums by San Francisco indie Americana group New American Farmers, 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...

What's new at Iris Records? Stephen Gritzan reviews new releases from Honduras, Gillian, and young NJ singer/songwriter Brett Steinberg. Read Stephen's review here...

By Tony B.

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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