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Don't think of them as a teen band - even though San Diego's Big Bad Buffalo can't legally order a beer yet - just think of them as one of the best up 'n' coming groups in the fertile San Diego punk scene. Jersey Beat's Paul Silver keeps the lowdown on these phenoms here...

Dan McLane, RIP


Our world was shattered by the loss of Dan McLane this past week. Dan was original member of the Harmonica Lewinskies and more recently his own group, the Dan McLane Family Band. He was a musician, singer, songwriter, but more importantly, one of the brightest spirits I've ever know. Oliver Ignatius, the guru of Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen, said it best: "It is our most crushing loss, and it is our deepest defeat to confirm the untimely passing of our beloved soul brother number one Dan McLane, pillar of our community, life-giving lover of the universe, the warmest, gentlest and most kind human we have known."

In remembrance, I'm reposting this interview I did with Dan and the Harmonica Lewinskies in 2012, when Octopus Wallstreet was released. Dan was one of the first friends I made when I discovered the Mama Coco's collective and all it took was about a second; one big smile and one of Dan's gregarious bear hugs and he made me feel like we'd already been friends for years. Dan had that effect on everybody. All we can do to honor his memory is to try and follow his example: Be a little kinder, a little more generous, a little more loving, and a little more life-affirming every day we remember him. And we will remember him always. - Jim Testa

Read my 2012 Harmonica Lewinskies interview here...



How much you want to bet a few of the albums in Paul Silver's latest column wind up on your Year End Best Of List? There's plenty to pick from: Power-pop from The All-About, hilarious pop-punk from The Maxies, vintage Hoboken indie-pop from East Of Venus, Japanese legends Shonen Knife, and the long-awaited full-length from punk rock heroes Mean Jeans, as well as new releases from Bastards Of Young, Bullnettle, DFMK, Divers, Pinned In Place, and a split 7-inch from Bruiser Queen and The Girls.

Read Paul's column here...


You might've heard that Punk Rock Bowling, the annual bowling tournament/punk rock festival/bacchanalia that BYO Records hosts in Las Vegas, is coming to New Jersey this year. We finally have ALL the details -- who's playing, where, when, and how much it will cost. Check out the details here...

YouTube, Soundcloud, and Bandcamp make it easy for musicians to have their music heard, but how do you get your fans to pay for it? Three local music industry experts will help musicians address that topic as part of a special panel at this year's Hub City Festival in New Brunswick.

On Saturday, April 16, at 7:30 pm in the Court Tavern, musicans can get that advice from Joe Steinhardt (of Don Giovanni Records,) Mike Mehalick (Of Speak Into My Good Eye.com) and Keith Roth
(host-producer for Sirius XM Satellite Radio and 95.9 the Rat, co-founding producer of Main Man Records, member of Frankenstein 3000, session player and sideman, and star of the recently released “Let Me Down Hard” feature film.)

The panel has been organized and will be moderated by Bob Makin, veteran NJ music journalist. Topics will include touring, the legal minefield of publishing, the question of whether a band needs management, and effective ideas for distribution and marketing your music.

The panel will be followed by a concert featuring five bands from the New Brunswick and Asbury Park music scenes: Cold Weather Company, The Vaughns, The Roadside Graves, Battery Electric, and Professor Caveman. For more information, visit The Hub City Music Festival website.

Bob Mould - Hold On (Merge Records)

Bob Mould's been enjoying a late-career renaissance which his latest album Patch The Sky continues. These are passionate, private songs with exquisite guitar tones that recall Mould's best work in Husker Du.





Hoboken's Diplopia is the solo project of former Perenniel Reel guitarist Evan Dibbs, a beautiful collection of jazz-inflected folk with finger-picked guitar and sophisticated composition. Roy Orbitron offers heady cowboy rock, Experiment 34 come out of New Brunswick with a solic classic rock approach, while Baltimore's Underlined Passages serve up a warm pop jangle. Finally the prolific Sink Tapes from New Brunswick move their shoegazey sound into new and unexpected directions.

Read Jim's reviews here...


by Joe Wawzyrniak

Joe W. is back and swinging from the heels on his first column of the Spring, raking through new releases from Hoboken singer/songwriter Ryne Meadow, classic rockers Peter Wolf and Willie Nile, indie buzz bands Deardarkhead and Adult Books, as well as Holy Wave, Black Peaches, Save Ends, the High Violets, and Brett Harris.

Read Joe's column here...

 




On Revol, NYC's Sons Of An Illustrious Father jump from DIY orphans of the storm, buffeted by the vagaries of Brooklyn's flavor-of-the-week class system, and make a bid for national recognition with an album that's alternately dark, blusey, heavy, and transportingly spiritual. Read Sam Braverman's review here...

New Age Healers' new release 'Ghost' showed up in our inbox with only a heavily redacted press release and an ethereal video that we found both fascinating and slightly disquieting. We share this with the proviso that you listen at your own risk. For more information, visit New Age Healers.

Game Theory's sprawling double album Lolita Nation is the latest album from this underrated band to be reissued by Omnivore Records, and our Joe Merklee says it's well worth another visit. " Hearing it all again after so many years was a revelation," Joe writes. "Here was a band firing on all cylinders. Anyone who was fortunate enough to have heard this lineup live could vouch for the fact that they were capable of rocking as hard as anyone while being skilled enough to deliver on the more understated songs." Read his review here...


The future voice of American theater?

Ramin Karimloo is a rising star in theater and films. David Boyle profiles this exciting new actor here...

 

 

 

 


Back when I first started going to the open mic at Muchmore's in Williamsburg, I met Samantha Roche and Trevor Rue, a young folk-pop duo who sang together under the name Bitterheart. I instantly became a big fan and now I'm proud to have Jersey Beat introduce a brand new track from the pair called "Someone Told Me."



Anthrophobia's back! Jersey Beat's favorite heavy band has come out of retirement with "six sludgy, heavy slabs of no frills, angst-fueled power" on the "Rewired" EP. Rich also reviews new extreme metal from NJ's Toothgrinder, indie punk from Boston's Kal Marks, melodic metalcore from High Hopes, and new releases from New Jersey's Holy City Zoo, Florida punks Up For Nothing, Useless Eaters, and Slow Buildings. Read Rich's column here....

Leslie Snyder reviews David Bowie's final album "Black Star," a fascinating foray into jazz that proves that Bowie, even when dying of cancer, continued to explore new sonic territory fearlessly.

Read Leslie's review here...

 

 


It's that time of year when we look back at the last 12 months and remember what we liked, what we loved, and what we'll want to hear again in the future. Jim Testa and Paul Silver present there Top o' 2015 lists here...



A year after Amy Wuelfing and Steve DiLodovico's oral history comes Steve Tozzi's documentary Riot On The Dance Floor, telling the story of Trenton's City Gardens and its promoter, Randy "Now" Ellis. Read Jim Testa's review here...



It's only taken 40 years but finally there's a sequel to Have Moicy!, the groundbreaking freaky folkie compilation that critic Robert Christgau proclaimed "the greatest folk album of the rock era." Peter Stampfel is back but this time there's a new cast, including his daughter Zoey, Jeffrey Lewis, Baby Gramps, Robin Remaily, and Brooklyn's Down Hill Strugglers contribute songs, fiddles, banjos, jew's harp, harmonica, and vocals. Read Jim Testa's review here...

The Chills -

"As Long As It Takes"

As our Joe Merklee notes, it's remarkable that the Chills even exist in 2015, given the band's travails - their inability to find a large audience, ongoing difficulties keeping a stable lineup together, depression, substance abuse, and serious health issues. So the band's new album Silver Bullets comes as not only a pleasant surprise but something close to a miracle. Silver Bullets is a triumph that stands comfortably alongside their finest work. Read Joe's review here...

Leslie Snyder reviews new releases from Brooklyn's Rio En Media, cowpunk artists Jenny Don't & The Spurs, and Dallas, Texas' The Disappearing Act.

Read Leslie's reviews here...



The Hold Steady's Craig Finn is Jim Testa's guest on the latest episode of the Jersey Beat Podcast. Craig talks about his new solo album Faith In The Future, about living in Brooklyn and going out to see bands, and even offers some advice for young musicians. Check it out here...


A college student and two of his best friends started a band back in the Eighties, and wound up riding the thrills of making loud weird music well into their forties (with a serious hiatus in the middle) as Bitch Magnet. Jon Fine tells that story here, which captures the zeitgeist of a generation of bands that toured in vans, slept on floors, and rarely made a dime, yet helped lay the way for the indie-rock of today. Did that revolution fail? Fine seems to think so, but you'd never notice from his insightful and well-documented tour stories, including quotes from a small army of like-minded contemporaries. If you liked Our Band Could Be Your Life, you're gonna love this.

Read Jim Testa's review here...

Eric travels around the world for his latest edition of "More Metal," with informative and engaging coverage of new releases from Abstruse, After Birth, Child Bite, Cretin, Cuff, Dimesland, Einherjer, Ensiferum, Gale, a split EP from Graveyard Ghoul/Cryptic Brood, Hate, Hateful Abandon, Horncrowned, In The Company Of Serpents, Innsmouth, Kauan, Obsessor, Poshum, Primordial, Shredhead, and Triumvir Foul,

Read Eric's column 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...

 

 


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