the Graveyard Kids impress with II, their second full length
that takes the band from pop-punk upstarts to post-psychedelic
experimentalists. NYC's orchestral pop combo Sharp Things
impress with their latest release, Gainesville's ageless
Less Than Jake delivers another winning collection of ska
punk, and NYC's The Harrow delves into the ethereal real
of Eighties cold wave.
Read Jim's reviews here...
Deb Draisin caught Kansas City's Architects on their recent
NYC tour stop and was blown away by both the headliner and
the opening bands, NJ's own Scandals and former My Chemical
Romance member Frank Iero's new project Death Spells. Read
her review here...
Outstanding Band - Sylvana Joyce & The Moment
Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Hoboken Music
Outstanding Female Solo - Allison Strong
Outstanding Male Solo - Rob Nicholas
Outstanding EP - Waking Lights, "Weeknights"
Outstanding Album - Karyn Kuhl, "Songs For The Dead"
Outstanding Video - Khaled Dajani, "A Mad World"
Outstanding Contribution To The Music Scene - Jim Mastro
People's Choice Award - Allison Strong
Living Legend Award - Jim Testa, Jersey Beat/Jersey Journal
River City Extension has spent the last several Thanksgiving
Eves celebrating at their home base, the Stone Pony in Asbury
Park, with a benefit called Simple Gifts. This year, the
show on Wednesday, November 27, will include Kevin Devine,
Those Mockingbirds, and Harper's Fellow. Tickets
for the all-ages show are only $13.99 in advance, or
$17 at the door, and the band will be requesting that fans
bring donations to the Double Blessings Food and Clothing
Drive of Ocean and Monmouth Counties.
We caught up with lead singer Joe Michelini, who was eager
to share what's been up with Tom's River's most popular
exporters of Asbury Americana. Read his interview with Jim
New documentary profiles one of rock's great cult bands,
the timeless and ageless Mekons
Stephen Gritzan reviews "Revenge Of The Mekons,"
the new documentary about one of punk's great overlooked
bands. Read his review here...
Most of the staff here at Jersey Beat won't even eat sushi,
but our reporter Deb Draisin and her friends love one delectable
Japanese import, the iconic metal band Dir en grey. Deb
reports from the group's recent show at Irving Plaza here...
REMEMBERING JIM RENSENBRINK
Editor Jim Testa's first professional writing gig after
college was at the Aquarian Weekly, and his boss was a rumpled
hippie eccentric named Jim Rensenbrink, who continued to guide
the paper for several decades. He passed away recently at
age 81; read Jim's remembrance here...
Kevin Devine has released two new albums,
the more acoustic Bulldozer and
the more rocking Bubblegum (recorded
with his longtime backing group, the Goddamn Band.) Jim
Testa and Stephen Gritzan give both an unqualified thumbs
up, plus you can read Jim Testa's interview with Kevin about
his successful Kickstarter campaign that funded these albums
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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...
Jamie Frey remembers Lou Reed, who passed away at age 71
after more than five decades of being one of the most innovative,
influential, and controversial figures in rock 'n' roll.
Read Jamie's remembrance here...
Anytime Motorhead releases a new album,
it's an event, so we had two of our crack reviewers tell
you what they think about it. Read ourreviews by Rich
Quinlan and Eric Walls.
Stephen Gritzan reviews the new release from Sonic
Youth's Lee Ranaldo and his new band the Dust, Last
Night On Earth. Read Stephen's review here...
Finnish rockers HIM recently rocked the Williamsburg waterfront,
unleashed a well-received new album, and will soon be embarking
on a U. S. tour. Deb Draisin caught up with the group's
lead singer Valo to ask about the music, the band, and curiously,
why there was a bottle of Febreeze sitting in their dressing
room. Read her interview here...
Volbeat, HIM, and All That Remains live at Williamsburg
Deb wangled her way backstage to interview Valo...and
then couldn't get out to see most of the show! Read about
her adventures on Planet Williamsburg here...
a new album about to be released and a national tour on
tap, the gods of South Jersey Hard Rock are back and in
a big way. Jersey Beat's Metal Editor Eric Walls had a chance
to chat with MM's main man Dave Wyndorf on the new album,
his demons, his love of comic books, and the current state
of music. Read it here...
Deb Draisin checks in with Japanese metal powerhouse Dir
En Gray as they release a new album and embark on a major
U.S. tour. Read her interview here...
THE SWINGIN’ PARTY DOWN THE LINE/CHILDREN BY
RIOT FEST CHICAGO:
Riot Fest Chicago 2013 brought together
a who's who of punk rock greats, from Blondie to Iggy &
The Stooges to the Violent Femmes, but the band everybody
was talking about was the reunion of Paul Westerberg and
Tommy Stinson as The Replacements. Jersey Beat's Jamie Frey
was there, and he tells you all about it here...
Our fearless metal editor Eric Walls took his life into
his hands and trekked to the wilds of Antarctica to confront
Oderus Humungus, Scumdog of the Universe and frontman of
the world's greatest intergalactic jizz-spewing metal band,
GWAR. They talked about world domination, of course, and
also a bit about GWAR's 13th album, Battle Maximus,
We're got a new feature for records that flew under the
radar, got passed over the first time, or that we somehow
just never heard about. It's called Overlooked But Awesome
and in this first installment, we catch up with music from
Edelweiss, Dead Mechanical, The Brooklyn What, and Bright
Primate. Check it out 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...
by Joe Wawzyrniak
Joe welcomes the debut album from Jersey City young'uns
Perennial Bliss as "seven songs
worth of deliciously sunny sonic bliss," then
goes on to rave about new releases from the
Paper Jets, Englishman, the Appleseed Collective,
Gatsby's Green Light, NYC's orchestral pop
group Sharp Things, veteran punk
rocker Andy Shernoff, and a beautiful
compilation that benefits underserved students called
You Be My Heart.
Read Joe's column here...
Crazy, laidback, bluesy, jazzy, and folksy, Minneapolis'
Patches & Gretchen cover a lot
of ground sonically but always deliver with a compelling
listen. The equally innovative and unclassifiable
Joan of Arc released a limited edition
vinyl album which you might be able to snag if you
catch them on tour. Paul also reviews new releases
from Caskitt, Free Machines, L.A. Drugz, Payoff,
Squarecrow, and a split 7inch from Worthwhile
Way and Madison Bloodbath.
Kim Gordon has put Sonic Youth behind her and Paul
reviews the latest release from her collaboration
with guitarist Paul Nace called Body/Head,
which Paul dubs a return to the experimental, noisy
side of her former band. He also reviews the tour-only
cassette from punk rockers The Distressers,
and new releases from old school hardcore thrashers
Entropy, Don Giovanni noise-punk terrorists Kicking
Spit, and more punk than you can shake a mohawk at
from Muhammadali, Sundowner, and
the Sweat Shop Boys. Read
Paul's column here...
Rich freaks out over the latest from punk/metal
progenitors Motorhead and 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...
The Bongos broke up nearly 25 years
ago but magically they've unearthed a never released
album called Phantom Train, and Stephen says
it was well worth the way for the Hoboken combo's
fans. He also dissects the new release from former
Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo & The
Dust, and the electro-pop debut from The
Bynars. Renowned record collector and Iris
Records owner Stephen Gritzen joins JerseyBeat.com
as our newest reviewer. In his first column, he reviews
the FDR Records compilation My Hometown: A
Tribute to New Jersey and the buzzed about
new album from Speedy Ortiz here...
Eric marvels over the latest from ageless metal gods
Motorhead, and reviews new releases from Skeletonwitch,
Terminus, Tragodia, and Lumbar, as well as the latest
from industrial icons Ministry. Read his 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...
You might know Jamie Frey as the garrulous frontman
of local garage-punks the Brooklyn What, but now Jamie
joins us as Jersey Beat's newest reviewer. His take
on the new album from Bellerose, NY's Butcher Blind
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