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
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...
"Black Stone" EP
Our newest reviewer Leslie Snyder tackles this new EP from
the Belle Sounds, which Leslie calls "wonderful, yet
haunting tracks with sorrowful vocals and dark folk pop melodies
dealing with sadness and hope. "
Read her 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...
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
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
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...
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
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
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...
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)
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
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.
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
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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