Jersey Beat Music Fanzine

Heading to Austin for SXSW? Here are ten bands from New Jersey that we highly recommend:

Making their first foray to Austin, the Front Bottoms are singer/guitarist Brian Sella and drummer Matt Uychich. They're certainly no strangers if you're a regular Jersey Beat reader, but if you haven't seen them before, prepare to be dazzled by Sella's deliciously flippant, post-emo lyrics, nimble singalong melodies, and Uychich's powerhouse drumming. Wednesday 7:45 pm Lamberts. Also see flyer below.


New Brunswick's Screaming Females blew away audiences at a Brooklyn Vegan showcase at last year's SXSW, but this year they'll be riding the extra buzz of their forthcoming album Ugly, recorded with the legendary Steve Albini at his Chicago studio. Wednesday, 11 pm Studio By HGTV








Brandon Asraf (bass guitar, vocals) and John Tacon (drums, electronic samples, vocals) comprise this powerful duo from Toms River, who use reggae and dub beats to create a memorable post-punk rumble. Wednesday, 11 pm Clive Bar

No less an authority than frontman Joseph D'Agostino's mom proudly proclaims this quartet as a New Jersey band, given that D'Agostino and drummer Matt Miller began honing their unique fusion of soaring melodies, sonic dissonance, and ferocious dynamics in Manahawkin. Now touring behind their sophomore release Lenses Alien, Cymbals Eat Guitars will be performing no less than seven times at SXSW and, no doubt, blowing away audiences at each and every appearance. Thursday, 12:10 am Red Eyed Fly


Guitarist Steve Marion was discovered by David Byrne and quickly signed to his Luaka Bop label for Delicate Steve's debut instrumental album, Wondervisions. The band is about to release its second album; you can download the new track "Afria Talks To You" at Saturday 9 pm Mohawk



Hammonton, NJ's Early November were signed to Drive-Thru Records barely out of high school and rode the early-00's emo wave to huge popularity and sales. Frontman Ace Enders released several well-received solo albums under the name I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody's Business before the Early November reformed last year. Expect hordes of twentysomething reliving their 'tween years and singing along at their SXSW appearances. Friday midnight Palm Door

Asbury Park's hard-touring folk/rock collective mixes strings, horns, and percussion into a roiling mixture of folk. Americana, and rock 'n' roll. When they performed at last year's SXSW, the audience would not let them leave the stage and the band wound up playing acoustically on the back patio for hours after their official showcase ended. The band is about to release its second album, Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger. Wednesday 10:45 pm Lamberts


The Newark Star Ledger's Tris McCall wrote "Westfield’s Static Jacks walk the line between two styles that are usually incompatible: the sharp, angular British post-punk of bands like Franz Ferdinand and Maxïmo Park and the exuberant, romantic Turnpike pop-rock of Steel Train and the Harlem Shakes." They're young, they're angry, they're loud, and they'll make you forget all about the Strokes. Wednesday 8:25 pm Sony@Red 7

Jersey-bred and UCB trained comic Chris Gethard will be bringing his local access TV show cast to SXSW, including his zippy studio band The LLC (featuring the Unlovables' Hallie Bullitt and onetime Jersey Beat scribe Joe Evans III.) Gethard famously got P Diddy to make an appearance when he was still doing this mock talk show at UCB, no telling what he'll pull off at SXSW. Wednesday, 10:10 pm Esther Falls

Asbury Park's The Amboys have been at the forefront of New Jersey's surging indie-folk movement for the last several years, following their muse from traditional country and folk stylings to bluegrass to danceable rock 'n' roll. They're touring with River City Extension and while they don't have an official SXSW showcase, they will be performing at several parties, so keep an eye out for them.







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