James Damion catches up with Cinema Cinema, the two man demolition derby that's been rocking New Jersey - and the world - with its throttling brand art-damaged noise-punk since 2008. James and the band's guitarist/vocalist Ev Gold discuss Cinema Cinema's origins, its motivations, and its future.

Read James' interview here...

James Damion catches up with Jerry Lardieri, singer/guitarist of NJ's long-lived Brixton Riot, to talk about their upcoming record, the band's history (and future,) the changing landscape of the Jersey club scene, and even a little baseball.

Read James' interview here...

So what do YOU want for Christmas? You'll find lots of ideas in Paul Silver's winter column, with a plethora of reviews of tasty new releases, including NJ's own aBIRD, Brendan Kelly & The Wandering Birds, A Cast of Thousands, Drug Church, Jagger Holly, Jigsaw Youth, John Mafa, Neighborhood Rats, the Rev. Horton Heat, Tightwire, Israel's Useless ID, and Western Star.

Read Paul's column here...

Jim Testa reviews three favorite local releases of 2018: Rockstar Racecar's second album The Real Housewives of Pyongyang, Sunshine & The Rain's sophomore release Beneath The Stars, and anti-folk mainstay Brook Pridemore with his latest release, Metal Is My Only Friend.

Read Jim Testa's reviews here...

You might know New Jersey musician Adam Bird from Those Mockingbirds, but his new persona as aBird chucks the chunky guitars in favor of multi-dimensional synths. James Damion chats with Adam about his new sound and his personal struggles. Read James' interview here...


In the video for "Conspiracy Theory," Tris McCall connects the dots behind the greatest mysteries of the last one hundred years. Directed by George Pasles of Overlord, the video will not only blow your mind but also have 'it's all connected' running through your head for days!

Loud, fast (still) rules, so check out James Damion's reviews of an exciting new demo from St. Louis' Time & Pressure and Redding, CA's Dying For It. He also reviews a single from Dare, and new releases from old-school hardcore bands Slapshot and Sheer Terror, as well as some old demos from Harley Flanagan's Cro-Mags. He also reviews a powerful collection of film music from John Carpenter.

Read James' column here...


Burning Down The Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and The Fall of the Berlin Wall tells the story of how punk rock kids in East Berlin helped foment the revolution that brought down the wall.

Read Jim Testa's book review here...


Jersey Beat's Paul Silver chats with Round Eye, a remarkable group of friends from three different countries who relocated to Shanghai and are bringing punk rock to China. Read his interview here...

Reviews by Joe Wawrzyniak

Joe W. reviews new releases from Karen Haglof, the Morlocks, the Demos, the Sha La Da's, and Ricky Lewis.

Read his reviews here...

Brooklyn's DIY heroes Stringer, the soulful harmonies of The Brazen Youth, the roaring pop punk of The Studs, and a late-career comeback by the legendary Kinky Friedman take center stage in Rich's column. Also, Asbury Park's Karmic Juggernaut unleash a psychdelic groove masterpiece, and Pale Blut Dot returns with seven tracks that "bubble over with an enthusiasm and energy, while still being truly beautiful in their delivery." Rich also reviews new albums by Abolitionist, The Plurals, His Name Is Alive, Sharp Violet, the insanely prolific Grim Deeds, the Lords of Acid, Dead Girls Academy, Human Adult Band, Chandler Travis Three-O, and Four Lights.

Read Rich's column here....

John Lisa played an important role in the Staten Island hardcore and punk scene of the late Eighties and early Nineties. He talks about those days, his infatuation with EDM, and his legacy in the hardcore scene with James Damion here...

Kinky Friedman - irascible, uncouth, politically incorrect, and one of the wittiest songwriters ever to come out of Texas - returns with his first album of all-new original songs in 40 years with Circus Of Life. Kinky mouths off on his career, songwriting, Imus, Nelson Mandel, Barbara Jordan, and most of all, politics, with editor Jim Testa. Read his interview here...

Leslie Snyder reviews new releases from NJ's Sean Kiely, Eureka CA, The Innocence Mission, We Are Muffy, Adrian Aardvark, Jesse Ainslie, and lots more!

Read Leslie's reviews here...

Ask Peter Horvath to provide a list of all the bands he’s played in and after he stops laughing, he'll rattle off "just the main ones:" Etcetera, P.E.D., September Violence, Seething Grey, Separate Peace, Halo Boots, Greyhouse, and finally, The Anderson Council (1999- present) and the Beatles tribute band Hey Bulldog (2004- present.) There is simply no way to talk about the last 30+ years of New Jersey music – punk, indie, underground, call it what you will – without mentioning Peter Horvath, and so we happily and proudly present James Damion's long overdue interview...

Omnivore, the label that's given us first-class reissues of nearly-lost albums from Game Theory, Alex Chilton, Jellyfish, and dozens of others, steps up its game with the release of Peter Holsapple's first new studio album in 21 years, Game Day.

Holsapple hasn't lost his ear for melody and his soulful yowl has aged like a fine wine; what's new here comes from Peter's ability to look back over a long and well-lived life and reflect on his successes, failures, joys, and disappointments. This is a standout collection of adult songwriting from one of the pioneers of power-pop.

Read Joe Merklee's review here...

Jersey Beat's newest correspondent Kyle Andrew Smith talks about a recent show at Jersey City's weekly outdoor concert series Groove On Groove that featured an array of local talent. Check out his report here...

Tory Anne Daines's brave search for self and fulfillment: Read James Damion's interview here.

The Weehawken based team of Jack Skuller and Luigi Sardi (plus the drummer guy) have been racking up acclamations and quality gigs while moving towards the release of their debut album "Meet The Skullers." Today you can hear their new single "I'm Your Man," a cover from one of NYC punk's major innovators, Richard Hell.

As most of our readers know, Jersey Beat has competed at BYO's Punk Rock Bowling tournament and punk festival for quite a while now, so this year we're presenting a report from someone new to the whole thing. With our new friend Rex Stickler relating his experiences, this Jersey Beat PRB report bears a striking resemblance to another account of a wild Vegas weekend by a certain Dr. Thompson. So, complete with bowling, punks, alcohol, drugs, bands, crazed Uber drivers, and a joie de vivre that's hard to miss, here's Rex's account of Beer & Bowling in Las Vegas...

We dragged our old metal columnist Eric Walls out of retirement to review the comeback covers album of Burn The Priest, who of course became metal gods under the name Lamb Of God. Eric (and editor Jim Testa) were there when Burn The Priest played a blistering, sweaty set at the Wilmington Exchange Festival back in 1998, and Eric remembers that night as well as reviewing this new release. Read his review here...


If you were a fan of Garden Variety - or Retisonic, or Blue Tip, or the Hasbros, or Red Hare - you know drummer Joe Gorelick, one of the most underrated and overlooked stickmen in the punk rock underground. James Damion caught up with Joe for an extensive interview about his career, his passions, and where he's going next. Read James' interview here...

Jersey Beat's newest staffer Jesse Gillett offers his opinions on the new releases from two of Brooklyn's best and brightest, post-punk art-rockers Big Ups and singer/songwriter Eleanor Friedberger. He also reviews records by Digital Criminals and the Chris Gethard Show's house band, The LLC.

Read Jesse's reviews here...

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club comes to Jersey City's White Eagle Hall on Friday, May 11. Our Deb Draisin caught up with guitarist Peter Hayes to ask the band's health and career struggles and how their latest album and tour have the 10-year old group back on the right track. Read Deb's interview here...

Jersey Beat is very proud to be bringing you the Rock N Roll Hi-Fives' tour diary as Jersey City's favorite family band - dad Joe, mom Gloree, son Evren, and daughter Eilee - tour Japan! Eilee and Evren will be checking in whenever they can with stories and photos of their adventures. (Poor kids, they go to Japan and they still have homework!) We've added the final two chapters, Part 4 and Part 5, which winds up the trip and the group's last show in Japan. Read it here...

Mark Hughson reviews Resettlement, the latest from freeswinging electronic band Red Black Red.

Read his column here...

This year's Asbury Music Awards had been postponed from last November to April, 2018, and yet very little was done to promote the event, not even emailing invites to the nominees, ballots to the voters, or a press release to New Jersey media. Editor Jim Testa wondered what the consequences of that inaction have been; the answer isn't pretty. Read his editorial here...

For a while there, it looked like the annual SXSW music festival in Austin had lost its
soul to corporate branding and superstar headliners, but this year's iteration turned
out to be a pleasant throwback to the days when it functioned primarily as a show-
case for young or little-known bands struggling to reach a wider audience. Read
Jim Testa's story here...

Our good friend Oliver Ignatius of Holy Fang Studios (formerly Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen) is back with a new single, a mind-bending funk exploration called "Citys A Hell." Check it out!


Jersey Beat favorite Adam Bird (formerly of Those Mockingbirds and Perfuma) has
rebranded himself as aBIRD and offers this beguiling video (shot by another
longtime scene stalwart, Rob Fitzgerald) showcasing his new sound. The track
combines an Eighties retro-vibe with a modern edgy sound, and is well worth
checking out.

Editor Jim Testa picks ten songs from 2017 that summed up the best of the
2017, including tracks from old favorites like the Feelies, Ted Leo, Wyldlife,
the Front Bottoms, Peter Stampfel, and Antietam, and new bands like Rips
and Downtown Boys.

See Jersey Beat's Top 10 Songs of the Year here...


Our editors and writers have been busy going through all the music they've heard in 2017 and picking their favorites.

Jim Testa

Paul Silver

Joe Merklee

Rich Quinlan

James Damion

Damfino blends catchy pop with heartbreaking lyrics and adult insight. Recorded at Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen, One False Move And I'm Yours will be released on September 22. The first single and video from the album, "Visit To A Women's Planet, mixes a delightful childlike animation with Joe Merklee's plaintive vocals." Catch Damfino at Issyra Gallery in Hoboken on Monday, Sept. 25.

The Band: Damfino
The Album:
One False Move And I'm Yours (avail. Sept. 22)
The Video:
"Visit To The Women's Planet"
Director: Wyatt O'Connell


Check out Mr. Flannery & His Feelings' new video

"Embers of Dead Fires" from Rhyme & Reason

The Band: Mr. Flannery & His Feelings
The Album:
Try Your Hardest (Rhyme & Reason)
The Video:
"Embers Of Dead Fires"
Facebook page:

Photo by Paul Silver

Vince Lombardi High School was the nickname of a beloved SoCal DIY space that recently had to close. Paul Silver was at the final show, dubbed the VLHS Graduation. See his report and photos here...


The Band: ex-mothers, Brooklyn NY
The Album:
Strange Fortune
The Video:
"Neon Drones"
Tek Ken Siu (http://tekkensiu.com/)
Video Release show: Sunday, June 25 at Cobra Club - https://www.facebook.com/events/1949262471997144/
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Jersey Beat celebrated it's 35th anniversary with an amazing show at Maxwell's Tavern on April 14. Jim Testa wrote up a short history of the zine here...

Highlights from Jersey Beat's 35th Anniversary Show at Maxwell's Tavern:

Jamie Frey interviews the legendary Mike Watt, currently promoting the release of Ring Spiel '95, a live album recorded on the Ball Hog?Or Tugboat tour in 1995. Watt talks about how the album came out, the remarkable Ring Spiel touring band (which included Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, and Pat Smear,) and his role in punk rock history. This is Jersey Beat's fifth interview with the irascible, effusive, and totally original Mike Watt, and we can't wait till the next one. Read Jamie's interview here... And read Rich Quinlan's review of Mike Watt's Ring Spiel '95 here...

It's been eight years since the Ergs! disbanded and almost ten since their last full-length album, so Mikey Erg's first solo album Tentative Decisions arrives with with a lot of expectations. Happily, Mikey delivers on all fronts, with a more mature but still passionate rendering of his trademark pop-punk, complete with crunchy sonic guitars and punchy drums, melodic basslines and emphatic vocals delivered in Mikey's trademark nasal yowl. Read Jersey Beat's reviews 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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