Paul's 222nd column for Jersey Beat sounds off
on the latest from Chicago punk trio Vortis,
Aussie ex-pats Allo Darlin', a double album
from NYC art-punk Ariel Pink, and new releases
from Earthnoid Federation, Entropy, Feral Trash,
Great Apes, The Gromble, Helen Earth Band, Lace Curtains,
New Colonies, Scars On 45, Single Mothers, and
the Space Jamz compilation 5 Bands,
1 Practice Space.
Read Paul's column here...
Butler is best known for his work in Tin Huey and the Waitresses
but he remains a working singer/songwriter who unlreashes
new albums from time to time. On Easy Life, Chris reminisces
about his years as a college student at Kent State, the
early days of the Akron punk rock scene, and the horrific
moment when National Guardsmen opened fire on a crowd of
unarmed students at a camps anti-war protest. We recruited
our old friend Jim Benson,, who's been a fixture in Cleveland's
indie underground for decades, behind the scenes and on
the radio, to write about the album. Read his review here...
Jim Testa reviews the latest albums from two stalwards of
the Jersey indie scene, the Porchistas
and Stuyvesant, the debut full length from
NYC psychedelic rockers Roofer's Union,
the latest release from Brooklyn queer/transcore trio Little
Waist, a solo EP from former Kid With Man Head
and Readymade Breakup bassist Matt Butcher (aka Gay
Elvis), and Mint 400's free compilation Transformed:
A Tribute to Lou Reed.
Read Jim's reviews here...
In an age in which punk rock can be interpreted in a myriad
of ways, it is wonderful to have Vortis back. This Chicago-based
trio of Jim DeRogatis, Louie Calvano, and Tony Tavano play
short, sharp, and biting songs that truly deserve the moniker
review continued here...
The controversial Cannibal Corpse takes center stage in Eric's
newest metal column, which also includes reviews of new
releases from Noctem, Abazaborath, Death Penalty,
Gormathon, and the Acacia Strain.
Read Eric'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
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)
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.
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
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
reviews the latest album from South Jersey power pop
veterans The Successful Failures.
Forrmer 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.
Rich'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
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...
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
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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