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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...

Chris 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...



Editor 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 of punk.
Rich's 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 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)

 



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.



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...



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...




Rich 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.

Read 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 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...

 


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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