The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams
Our newest critic Eli Zeger dives headfirst
into the new release from The Hold Steady, the Brooklyn
band's first since 2010's disappointing Heaven Is Whenever.
Read his review 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?
WHATEVER, IT'S COOL
Howler isn't simply a band: It's a signpost of millennial
thinking, and the group's new album World Of Joy may
just be the Rosetta Stone that unlocks the culture of today's
twentysomethings for future generations. Musical archaeologist
Pete Kilpin explains it all here...
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...
West Coast Bureau Chief Paul Silver recently helped folk/punk
singer songwriter Jeff Berman (above) celebrate this birthday
with a performance that included Berman's band Divided Heaven,
Bad Sports, the Black Hands, and Brian Marquis Music. You
can read Paul's review here...
Jimmy Urine & Co. Get Golden at Irving Plaza
Irreverent punk/electronic/techno/industrial/hip hop collective
Mindless Self Indulgence invaded Irving Plaza recently for
what promised to be the group's last visit for the foreseeable
future. Deb Draisin was there and her report is here...
NYC's Driven Mad, rising from the ashes of the popular King
Hell, honors the classic thrash style of clean vocals and
powerful riffs. Jersey Beat's Damien Ellinghaus gets the
lowdown on modern metal from frontman Sam Walters here...
also reviews Driven Mad's new EP "Committed" here...
R.I.P. DAVE BROCKIE, Scumdog Of The Universe
Jersey Beat fell in love with GWAR a long time ago. The
alien invaders from Antarctica first appeared in our sister
publication GROT in the Fall of 1989, in an interview with
Brent Cold-Iron. More recently, our Metal Editor Eric Walls
interviewed Oderus Urungus himself on the release of the
band's 13th album, Battle Maximus. We've captured that early
and you can read Eric's more recent interview here...
Finnish metal gods HIM rock Irving Plaza
In our bid to foster warm international relationships,
our intrepid reporter Deb Draisin caught the Finnish metal
favorites HIM at their March 14 appearance at NYC's Irving
Plaza. Read her review here...
By some reckoning, Punk Rock turns 40 this year and the
occassion was commemorated in Manhattan with various events,
but maybe nothing caught early punk's spirit better than
a concert by the pride of DIY Bushwick, the So So Glo's,
at Judson Memorial Church. John Ambrosio was there, read
his report here...
The 27th SXSW Music Festival brought thousands of musicians
and hundreds of thousands of fans and industry attendees
to the city of Austin. It was messy, chaotic, and crazy,
punctuated by noise, nostalgia, corporate branding, and,
sadly, tragedy. And, if you were lucky (and smart,) it was
also a lot of fun. Jim Testa writes about it here...
Jersey Beat is proud to introduce our newest writer, Pete
Kilpin, who was faced with the age-old journalist's
dilemma: Objectivity. How do you review a record by someone
you not only know, but hang out with all the time? In reviewing
the new album by singer/songwriter/musician/relentless Facebook
punster Michael Goodman, Pete came up with three solutions:
Be objective, be personal, or be vindictive. Read his review(s)
3 Reviews Of Goodman's Is It Sad
Zac Coe reviews Cope from Manchester Orchestra here...
Our intrepid San Diego Bureau Chief Paul Silver decided
to climb aboard the Maxies tour van - well, make that jet
- and keep a journal while the pop-punk gods from Greenland
toured the Land of the Rising Sun. Check out Paul's story
and photos here...
remarkable new female vocalists, singer/songwriter Odetta
Hartman and Sun Looks Down's Diana
Flanagan, are spotlighted in Jim Testa's latest reviews,
along with New Brunswick stalwarts The Clydes
and a tribute album to Harry Nilsson.
Read Jim's reviews here...
400 Records' new tribute to the Beach Boys' Pet
Sounds both updates and honors the classic album,
and the Gingerlys emerge from Mama Coco's
Funky Kitchen with an effervescent pop sound that blends
chill wave with power pop. Editor Jim Testa then grades
some of the many releases that have come our way recently,
including new albums by Dr. Skinnybones, Battleme, the Creepshow,
Dismemberment Plan, Ezra Furman, Karyn Kuhl, Los Campesinos!,
Lovers, Marc & Shane, Patches & Gretchen, Swellers,
and Upset. With apologies and all respect to Robert Christgau,
check out the Guide here...
NO FX - "Stoke Extinguisher" EP
THE SONGS OF TONY SLY: A TRIBUTE
MOIST BOYZ - V
NINE INCH NAILS - Hesitation Marks
DAVE HAUSE - Devour
BRICK + MORTAR - "Bangs" EP
MY HOMETOWN: A Tribute To New Jersey (Various Artists)
Editor Jim Testa checks out the latest album
from New Brunswick's Sink Tapes and the
debut EP from Two Strike Mark, as well
as reviews of Boxed Wine, Quincy Mumford,
and the new collaboration from Jeffrey Lewis and
Read his reviews here...
Swdish punk, Industrial clamor, an electronica diva,
and lots of punk rock from two of our favorite labels,
Fat Wreck and Dirt Cult: Paul reviews new releases
from Allvaret, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Banner Pilot,
Haunted Hearts, Odonis Odonis, Unwelcome Guests, White
Hinterland, and a split 7 inch from
Walk The Plank and Daycare Swindlers.
Read Paul's column here...
Eric pays tribute to the late Dave Brockie
of GWAR, then dissects releases from two Brooklyn
bands, So Hideous and Mothers,
digs into the latest from NYC hardcore/metal/industrial
gods Prong, and reviews more metal
from Animals As Leaders, Conquering Dystopia,
Magnum, The Tower, and Polar.
Read his column here...
might know Jamie Frey as the garrulous frontman of
local garage-punks the Brooklyn What, but now Jamie
joins us as a Jersey Beat's reviewer. He takes on
three current buzz bands, the latest from NYC's The
Men, the solo album from the Beets' Juan Wauters,
and the sophomore release from indie/roots chanteuse
Angel Olsen 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
by Joe Wawzyrniak
Joe W. dips into the Jersey undergrounds with reviews
of new releases by Ropetree, Lost In The Trees,
Lifeguard Nights, and Graham Repulski,
then reviews new releases from an eclectic mix including
Demitasse, Butcher KNives, and Valery Trails. Jenny
& The Felines serve up some sassy pop
rock from New Jersey; that's Joe W. standing under
the mistletoe. He also reviews new end of the year
releases from Reckless In Vegas;
singer/songwriters Terry McCarthy, Matt Boroff,
and Daniel Canna; and the comedy
stylings of Kill the Band.
Read Joe's column here...
"Well-honed modern pop-infused punk that still
leaves enough rough edges" is how our Rich Quinlan
gushes - nearly pukes - praise all over the debut
album from NYC vomitpunks Panther Monderns,
while the Generators earm praise
blasting out grizzled punk 20 years in the making,
then freaks the fuck out over the latest from punk/metal
progenitors Motorhead. He also reviews
new albums from Young Turks, Isolated,
and Mickey Melchiondo's long-dormant Stooges-esque
duo Moistboyz. Jersey Beat's Paul
Silver has revived his long-dormant label Radius Records
and Rich has nothing but good things to say about
its first release, a split EP from Gentlemen
Prefer Blood and Hands Like Bricks.
Rich also reviews new releases from "one of hardcore's
most authentic scene veterans, Terror, and
the latest from Jersey City's Black Numbers Records,
an album from Placeholder.
Rich's column here...
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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