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Editor Jim Testa reviews new releases from Jersey shore veterans Bobby Mahoney, Jem's salute to Jagger/Richards, the three-guitar attack of Uncle Skunk, Swedish rockers Freedom, and the female trio Loveletter.

Read Jim's reviews here...



Hot enough for you? Check out the summer heat as Paul reviews new music from Hungrytown, No Teeth, Smokers, Subb & Mudie, and Wild Yaks. Also check out his takes on Aerial, Annabel, HotLung, Marcel Wave, the Ratchets, Walt Disco, and a split EP from Body Farm and Dry Socket. Paul also checks in on new releases from Big Life, Couch Potato Massacre, Hotbods, Late Slip, Matt Hunter & The Dusty Fates, Skyway, Ultrabomb, and the 45 Adapters.

Read Paul's column here...


Rich reviews new albums from DVRK, Insanity Alert, Rotting Christ, along with Benighted, Paraline, the legendary Einsturzende Neubauten. Rich takes a deep dive into the Season-of-Mist Records catalog with reviews of Atrophy, Sylvaine, Vltimas, Brodequin, and Merrimack Of. He also checks out releases from Helga, Helfro, and Wormhole, Germany's Plattenbeau, glam punks Velvet Insane, deathmetal gods Cannibal Corpse, post-punk rockers Abolitionist, and Seoul's Dabda. Plus lots, lots more.

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Rich Quinlan interviews Dan Presland, the drummer of Vipassi, a multi-national, instrumental progressive band that's making waves around the world.

Read Rich's interview here...


Rich Quinlan interviews Brodequin, the Knoxville death metal band whose lead singer moonlights as a nuclear scientist and who, as a musical entity, have just made an unlikely comeback from a 20-year hiatus with a powerful new album. For fans of the dark and heavy, Brodquin is a name you should know.


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Rich Quinlan interviews Kathrine Shepard, known worldwide as the Norweign artist Sylvaine, whose fairy tale-like songs offer gossamer melodies and passionate contemplations of nature.

Read Rich's interview here...


James highly recommends the career-spanning compilation of groundbreaking noise band Angel Hair just released on Three One G Records. Then he reviews some new hardcore bands - yes, they do exist! - including Vidro, Peace Decay, Bad Beat, Conservative Military Image (skinheads, no less,) Trenchkoat, Teen Kobra, the Stools, and Kid You Not, the radio-friendly rock of Sleave, along with Faz Waltz, the Boatsmen, and Wallbreaker... but remains unmoved by a reissue from ABC No Rio tough guys Merauder. He also digs into a demo from the early days of the Fastbacks, new music from indie rock goddess Mary Timony, and a suprisingly excellent demo from Poland's female-fronted Moira. He also reviews new releases from Poland's Heatseeker, NYC's Junta, MooM, and Stymie.

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Editor Jim Testa reviews "Jersey Metal," an impressive, heavily-illustrated coffee table book that covers the Jersey metal scene from the Seventies through 1986. Jim also reviews "The Gospel Of The Hold Steady, Or What A Resurrection Really Feels Like," an oral history of the band augmented with tons of photos and testimonials by critics, insiders, and fans, as well as "Backstage & Beyond," Jim Sullivan's book of essays (compiled from 45 years of concertgoing and interviews)on over 30 heroes of the classic rock era.

Read Jim's book reviews here...

Jersey Beat's James Damion interviews Chris Weinblad of the hardcore/punk label and retailer Trip Machine Laboraties. Chris discusses his long career, the nuts and bolts of DIY labels, and what to look for next.

Read James' interview here...

Jersey Beat's editors look back at their favorites of 2023.

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  • Paul Silver
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  • Mark Hughson
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  • The Breeeders / Screaming Females - Kings Theatre - 9/23/23

    Review and photo by Sean Coulter

    So, it’s been 30 years, we’re all a little grayer around the edges and it’s time to stop throwing our “hands in the air” and pretending “we just don’t care,” because in reality, the kids' college bill is in the mail. Thanks to the Breeders, though, we can jump in the DeLorean and time machine back to ‘93 for a night to kick it with Dayton's cool kids, old school style. It was a blast from the past to see them perform their breakout LP Last Splash from start to finish for a 50-plus minute bliss-filled mass of musical mayhem.

    Kim and Kelley traded off leads and vocals as the JJ’s - Jim Mac and Josephine Wiggs - laid down a brick-solid foundation that paved the way to the band’s best release. It was rougher around the edges than the record, but as you know, this 50-year old critic likes it rough 'n' tumble, so it worked well. Sometimes the shit got sloppy and fun and that’s the warts and soundscapes that we love about the Deal sisters. They’re unapologetic in their professional and personal successes and failures, and alluded all night to the history that haunts them as well as make them one of the best bands from the Indie Rock revolution.

    I’ve always thought the band was best when playing instrumentals and S.O.S. didn’t disappoint. Kim and Killey seemed to hit their stride on “Driving on 9” as their vocals warmed into a sugary sweet serum and felt fully flexible from then on out. I would’ve loved if J Mascis was in attendance for his cover of “Divine Hammer” on the recent Last Splash remastered bonus cut “Devine Mascis,” but hey, can’t have it all, ya know. Like a '67 Chevelle, the Breeders banged into gear for tune after tune and finally started flying when they started playing Side 2 and Kelly stepped up to sing on “I Just Want to Get Along.” After blowing through the rest of side 2, they killed the reprise of “Roi,” then said good night.

    Of course they came back and played a shit ton of more songs and two encores, pumping out their best tunes from the rest of their discography, and Kim performed an absolutely killer “Gigantic,” before finally bowing out just before closing time at the Theater. It was great to see the band joking and enjoying each other again, reliving their youth and playing like they did when I caught them open for Nirvana at the Coliseum 30 years back.

    New Brunswick's fave sons and daughter Screaming Females scorched the opening slot as only they can, eliciting Kelley to proclaim, “How do we follow them?” Mixing up a few of their more melodic material with their totally thrashy early cuts, the band brought Brooklyn’s cool kids to their feet for a few and purged their inner Jersey Devils for 45 minutes.

    As always, my mind wandered to the “What If ?” game and the inner old man in me was thinking about another Jersey trio from ‘90s, Sexpod, who would’ve crushed as openers for the Deal kiddies and crew given the chance, especially as I had my “foot on the gas on the Westside Highway" on the way back to the ‘burbs.



    Jersey City's Tris McCall returned to the Sugar Factory when he and his band performed his 2003 album 'Shootout At The Sugar Factory' to commemorate its 20th anniversary at Jersey City's Art House Productions. Jim Testa talked to Tris about the album, his love of Jersey City, his longtime involvement with visual art, and how those interests will come together.

    Read Jim's interview here...

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    Sean Coulter joins the Jersey Beat staff with reviews of new releases by Sadlands and Jersey dad-rock combo The Make Three.

    Read Sean's reviews here...



    Everything's biggest in Texas, including the heavy metal. Rich Quinlan interviews the Lonestar State's groundbreaking rockers Necrofier.


    Read Rich's interview here....


    Mark "Bort" Hughson reviews a slew of singles from 1-94 Records, including releases by Ricky Rat, Danny Zaj & The Looks, Pat Todd & The Rank Outsiders, and more. Mark also reviews the new Bouncing Souls, the comeback album from The Van Pelt, and pop punk from The Brokedowns. Also check out his reviews of the latest from Screeching Weasel, a new literary-themed EP from Vista Blue, and lots more stuff including Maladukados, Long Drag, Buglite, and a bizarre compilation of songs from a prank call website. Also, reviews of Black Midi, School Of X, John Savage's Alternate History of Electronic Music, and another comp of video game music.

    Read Mark's column here...

    MCRACKINS - Wake the Fun Up (mcrackins.bandcamp.com)

    With every passing year and with every new Mcrackins release, I feel a lot less weird screaming to anyone who will listen that a bunch of Canadians who dress like eggs (and a dog) are making some of the best pop punk since the genre began. I think their discography and longevity have long since proven that point. Wake the Fun Up, their newest full-length since 2010's It Ain't Over Easy, is 11 tracks of pop-punk sugar with an emphasis on the pop. Hooks, harmonies and melodies continue to be the Mcrackins' stock in trade and I can't name one other band who does it better! With the addition of new member AC Mcrackin on back up guitar and vocals, the Mcrackins have only doubled down on the vocal and guitar pyrotechnics they've long been known for. Still, you can listen to Wake The Fun Up and then throw on 1995's What Came First? or 2006's Bat Out of Shell and if it wasn't for a brief mention of the pandemic lockdown on the new album, you'd think they'd all been recorded on the same day!? Normally I'd chastise a band for lack of growth, but when you nail the vision your first time out, well, why mess with perfection? With the Ramones and Cheap Trick as their lodestars, Mcrackins have easily put themselves in the same canon as their idols; bands whose every song would be a number one hit in an alternate just and perfect world. That's not the world we live in but we are lucky enough to live in a world with the music of the Mcrackins. And for that, I remain eternally grateful. - Oliver Lyons


    Leslie reviews the new album from Pennsylvana ska-reggae group Elephants Dancing.


    Read Leslie's column here...




    By Deb Draisin

    Jersey Beat's Deb Draisin catches up with Chris Cain, half of the NYC duo We Are Scientists, to talk about songwriting, touring, and the band's path through covid.

    Read Deb's interview here....



    Four of Jersey Beat's staff - editor Jim Testa, Paul Silver, Rich Quinlan, and Mark Hughson - review the new album from NJ pop-punk heroes Bouncing Souls. Read the reviews here...


    Jersey Beat's James Damion interviews Darin Galgano, drummer of the NYHC band At All Costs, about the recent release of the band's influential demos.

    Read James' interview here...

    By Deb Draisin

    Deb Draisin interviews up 'n' coming singer/songwriter Julia Wolf, whose stagename Wolf has earned her worldwide exposure as one of Spotify's first Fresh Faces.

    Read Deb's interview here.

    Jersey Beat's staff list their favorite releases of the year. Read them all here or check out each list separately.

  • Jim Testa
  • Paul Silver
  • Richard Quinlan
  • James Damion
  • Mark Hughson

  • "Chew A Little Ice," one of the standout tracks from Damfino's 2022 album "Skywriting By Word Of Mouth," comes alive thanks to this animation by Wyatt O'Connell. The song is by Damfino's Joe Merklee and Joel Bachrach. Enjoy the video, then check out the album at
    damfino.bandcamp.com.


    My Chemical Romance emerged from the fabled Jersey all-ages scene at the beginning of the 21st Century, becoming MTV fixtures and international superstars before flaming out and breaking up in 2013. Now they're back, and when their tour hit New Jersey, Jersey Beat's Deb Draisin wasn't going to miss it. Read her review and check out her photos here...


    Haley & The Crushers play a vivacious brand of upbeat punk and pop with a bit of metal for crunch, and the big, bright, ebullient personality of Haley Cain at its center. Jersey Beat's Deb Draisin sat down with Haley to dish about life, rock, and (sigh)drummers.


    Read Deb's interview here...


    Richard X. Heyman has been a force in the Greater New York music scene since helping to form the Doughboys back in the mid-60's. He's been a sideman to superstars, a solo artist, and rocked with the reunited Doughboys since 2000. Now he's about to release a new album. Jersey Beat's Deb Draisin caught up with this indefatigable rock 'n' roll lifer.

    Read Deb's interview here...



    15-year old Kjersti Long may not have a lot of experience in the dating world yet, but her catchy new single "Boys In Jersey" shows wisdom beyond her years, as well as a healthy sense of humor and a great ear for melody. Thanks to our friends at Hip Video for passing this along.




    Deb Draisin interviews musician/songwriter/producer/sound engineer Paul Roessler, who was there at the beginning of the Los Angeles punk scene and continues to make important contributions to the world of indie rock.

    Read Deb's interview here...



    Jersey Beat's James Damion talks to Ralph Malanga about his new band Cathedral Ceilings, his other band Stuyvesant, his long association with Dromedary Records, and the ins and outs of being a staple of the Jersey rock scene for three decades.

    Read James' interview here....




    When Tim Sommer was a student at NYU, he hosted Noise: The Show, which turned a generation of listeners (including your editor)onto obscure early hardcore bands like Flux of Pink Indians and Even Worse. A few years later, Tim had an A&R job at Alantic Records and talked his boss into signing four South Carolina frat boys with the unlikely name Hootie & The Blowfish. Now, nearly 30 years later, Tim has written the definitive story of that band and its generation-defining album cracked rear view, along with an unsparing look at the record industry of that era.

    Read Jim Testa's review here...


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    Editor Jim Testa reviews new releases from cartoonist turned musician David Heatley, longtime fave Kevin Devine, NH's New Norde, NYC's Lovechild, South Jersey's the dt's, Montclair's Roy Orbitron, NYC's Super User Friendly, and the UK's Curse Of Lono.

    Read Jim's reviews here...

    Jersey Beat's Rich Quinlan chats with Tracy Hightop, the veteran lead guitarist of Long Island blues powerhouse Jane Lee Hooker.

    Read Rich's interview here....


    James Damion speaks with Michele Cruz Gonzales, the outspoken author, activist, teacher, public speaker and onetime drummer of the groundbreaking East Band band Spitboy. They talk about her music career, feminism, and much more.

    Read James' interview here...





    Jon D'Amore is a Jersey guy who headed to Hollywood to work in music as well as television and film, but he's also the author of six books. The latest, George & Me, combines scifi with American history in a unique way. Jon talks to editor Jim Testa about his books, his process, and offers some advice for aspiring writers.

    Read Jim's interview here...



    James Damion interviews teacher and author Nancy Barile about her new memoir I’m Not Holding Your Coat: My Bruised-And-All Memoir of Punk Rock Rebellion. Nancy reminisces about coming of age in the punk and hardcore scene and how that influenced her as a person and a teacher.

    Read James' interview here...

    It's that time of year again when Jersey Beat's staff shares their favorites albums, EP's, and singles. Check out the lists from Paul Silver, Rich Quinlan, Jim Testa, James Damion, and Mark Hughson.


    Check out our staff's top picks here.


    Jersey Beat's Grady Trexler talks with Jarrett Dougherty of New Jersey's Screaming Females about the interactive tour archive he's compiled, as well as the how the trio survived the pandemic and the Screamales' approach to keeping their band DIY and independent.

    Read Grady's interview here...



    Jersey Beat's newest reporter Grady Trexler catches up with Rob Romano to chat about his new project Chico Romano, his longstanding band Professor Caveman, and the state of the New Brunswick music scene.


    Read Grady's interview here...


    Tris McCall presents another video culled from his ongoing project "McCall's Alamanac," which features songs, stories, and tour guides inspired by cities in our fifty states. Today, Jersey Beat premieres the video for "On Indian Schools," representing Phoenix, Arizona.
    For more, visit McCall's Almanac.com.


    Ricky Rochelle is a drummer, singer, songwriter, and now a newlywed and solo artist. We caught up with the veteran pop-punker to talk about his new release "Unleash The Demos," Ramonescore, and post-covid life on his native Long Island


    Read Jim Testa's interview here...



    You may recognize Michael Kelly’s name from the album credits on releases from Ash Williams or Matt Caskitt & The Breaks. But Kelly has a solo project too, under the name Buckley’s Angel. Begun around 2015 as a solo acoustic folk-pop-punk effort, Buckley’s Angel has evolved over time, with Kelly recruiting some friends to record full-band songs. Now Buckley’s Angel are announcing their upcoming debut EP, “Pinnacle Room,” due out in August via Paper Street Cuts. Jersey Beat is proud to present the premiere of the first video single from the EP, “Exit Culture.” - Paul Silver

    Deb Draisin interviews Lizzie Edwards, the scintillating frontperson of NYC's Lizzie & The Makers.

    Read Deb's interview here...



    Legendary folk-rock guru Peter Stampfel illustrates the history of pop music in the 20th Century the only way he knows how - by picking and playing a favorite tune from each of the century's 100 years. The project is called Peter Stampfel's 20th Century In 100 Songs, available now in a CD box set, digital download, or stream. Editor Jiim Testa caught up with Peter in COVID lockdown to talk about this magnum opus and the other many projects this busy octagenarian has in the works.

    Read Jim Testa's review here...


    James Damion talks with Pete Tabbot of Vision about his life in the NJ hardcore scene, his career as an educator and health officer, and his work on the City Gardens documentary, Riot On The Dance Floor.

    Read James' interview here...



    The first thing Jersey Beat's James Damion did when he moved to Seattle several years ago was find all the good record stores. One of his favorites is Singles Going Steady, manned by Byron Wilson. In this interview, Byron talks about the store, his experiences growing up near Gilman Street, his love of cooking, and his band The Expendables.

    Read James' interview here...




    James Damion talks to Pete Martinez, owner and proprietor of New Jersey's only drum shop, The Drum Den in Hoboken. Pete talks about following his passion, playing in bands, and what you'll find at his unique store.

    Read James' interview here...





    The Happy Fits - Calvin, Ross, and Luke - started playing together for fun in the summer before they started college, back in their hometown of Pittstown, New Jersey. Five years later, these up-and-coming, tour-seasoned, full-time musicians will be releasing their much-anticipated sophore album, What Could Be Better, at the end of August. Jim Testa talked to the exciting young trio about their music, their passionate singalong fan base, their early DIY touring, and how to be a band in 2020.

    Read Jim's interview here...



    Joe Darone first grabbed Jersey Beat's attention as the teenaged drummer of The Fiendz, but these days he's best known for the experimentalist Suit of Lights. With a new album on the horizon, Joe chatted with Jersey Beat's James Damion about his long career in both music and graphic arts, his approach to music, and what might come next.

    Read James' interview here....




    New Jersey lost one of its finest bands when The Everymen disbanded in 2017 and frontman Michael VM relocated to North Carolina with his family. Jersey Beat's James Damion catches up with Mike to talk about living in the South, remembering the Everymen, and looking at what comes next in his career.

    Read James' interview here...



    Jersey Beat's Rich Quinlan was so moved by the latest EP from Gdansk, Poland's Trupa Trupa that he contacted the band and interviewed lead singer/guitarist Grzegorz Kwiatkowski. Here, Kwiatkowski talks about his band's process, his denunciation of Holocaust deniers, and the realities of being a rock band in Poland.

    Read Rich's interview here...


    Photo by Kevin Durkin

    Bloomfield, NJ's Joy Cleaner has been one of the happiest surprises of 2019, emerging (with their second album, You're So Jaded) as one of the state's most promising punk bands. Andrew Merclean caught up with the trio to talk about the band, the new album, and the future. Read his interview here...




    Amy Rigby has long been one of our favorite singer-songwriters. Now she's one of our favorite authors too, with the publication of Girl To City: A Memoir, the story of her life from a young girl worshipping Elton John on the radio through the tumultuous NYC club scene of the 70's, to the release of her debut solo album in the Nineties.

    Read Jim Testa's story here...



    Jersey Beat's James Damion interviews Steven DiLodovico, one of the partners in DiWulf Publishing, the startup that brought us the oral history of City Gardens. Steve talks about other projects in the hopper, how he became a publisher and why he loves doing it, and shares some personal information about his battle with Crohn's Disease.

    Read James' interview here...


    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...

     

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