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Jim Testa reviews the fourth album from Asbury Park trio Black Wine, the latest album from former Brooklynites Bishop Allen, a terrifically twangy comeback album for former Band Of Susans guitarist Susan Haglof, and the debut full length from Fayette, Arkansas' SW/MM/NG.

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...



We are pleased to introduce our newest staff member Leslie Snyder, a alt-rock femme fatale with a sharpened pen whose prose has launched careers and broken hearts. She starts with a glowing review of the new EP from West Milford, NJ folk-pop darlings Framing Dakota. Read her 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...


Listening to the Antlers in the past has sometimes been an emotional trial, but Zac Coe reports that the band's latest offering might just prove habit-forming. Read his review here...


The Hold Steady, on tour with the Drive By Truckers, recently wowed a fervent Jersey crowd at the Stone Pony's outdoors Summerstage. Read Eli Zeger's review here...



The Front Bottoms' new EP "Rose" is filled with songs the that Brian Sella and Matt Uychich were still singing when they were just starting out at DIY shows, like the one pictured above at the Meat Locker in 2010. The combination of old songs performed by a well-oiled touring band with fuller orchestrations makes "Rose" a complete winner, according to Dan Bracagalia. Read his review 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...



As the weather warms up, you'll be looking for something to read in the park, at the beach, and on those warm Spring afternoons. May we suggest these?


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...


SHIFT - Molly

NO FX - "Stoke Extinguisher" EP

THE SONGS OF TONY SLY: A TRIBUTE

THE MOIST BOYZ - V

NINE INCH NAILS - Hesitation Marks

DAVE HAUSE - Devour

BRICK + MORTAR - "Bangs" EP

MY HOMETOWN: A Tribute To New Jersey (Various Artists)

 




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...


World Music from Afro-Jersey, pop-punk from Beach Slang, female-fronted indie rock from Dentist, and punk rock from Masked Intruders are among the sounds in Paul's latest column. He also reviews new releases from Alvaays, Cretin Stompers, The Delines, Identical Homes, Jolie Holland, the band called Life, Miss Ohio, two releases from The Mostly Dead, Needles/Pins, Brooklyn buzz band OBN III's, Soundtrack To Sleep, and grunge revivalists Stranger Cells.

Read Paul's column here...


by Joe Wawzyrniak

Singer/songwriter Tommy Wallach comes through with eleven utterly engaging story songs on his debut full length album. Joe also reviews new releases by Kris N., the Down Home Band, Broken Twin, Sunshine Riot, and Cohfla.

Crunchy 'n' punch is how Joe describes the new release from New Jersey's Little Dipper. He also reviews new albums by Thunderegg, Random Order, the collaborative effort from Sam Densmore & Curtis Irie, elegant songstress Matteah Baim, the energetic folk-rock of Ed Tang & The Chops, and poignant pop from Setting Sun. Read Joe's column here...


Eli 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...


Rich finds "a monstrous amount of twisted briliance" in the debut of Brooklyn-based instrumental trio Iced Ink, and finds former Hot Water Music lead singer Chuck Ragan's new solo Americana album filled "with daring candor and brazen sincerity." He also reviews new releases from Scottish pop punkers Kimberly Steaks, the cassette insanity of Space Wolves, the exciting punk duo Street Eaters, the Southern-fried twang of NJ's Broken Darling, and the country/blues fusion of NYC's Falling Birds.

Read Rich's column 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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