July 23, 2009

On the Beat: July 23-29

We're All Broken play the Mill Hill Basement on Saturday.
Set Your Goals plays The Stone Pony tonight (Thursday).

Set Your Goals

CIV-named Bay Area punk rockers - headlining The Stone Pony (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) at 6 tonight – score “the music to (their) own lives” with weighty melodic, smart aleck, hardline pop seen in Senses Fail/Sum 41 on the group’s bouncy new CD, “This Will Be The Death Of Us.” The LP dropped on Tuesday, and it’s infectious, confused-teen lyrical tones and sing-along choruses make for the perfect summer time drive-around record. Four Years Strong, Fireworks, The Swellers and Grave Maker round out the bill. Tickets cost $16 in advance, $18 at the door. All-ages.

Lake Avenue

Colonia techno-punks, whose video-game-inspired breakdowns and pop melodies resemble a sonically infused fight between Panic! At the Disco Mega Man, hit Six Flag’s Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Live & Local stage at 2 this afternoon. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

Guerilla Radio

It’s nothing but bombtracks for this Rage Against The Machine tribute band, set to take the power back at 9 tomorrow night at McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence). Horror Biz, a Misfits tribute band featuring members of Local Demise and Shined, are playing, too. Phantasm and Tomorrow Never Dies, open. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.


Local weep-core punks act like Taking Back Sunday, headline The All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) at 5 tomorrow night. The Last Barbarians, Against It All, All In Blind and Lost In Society play, too. Tickets cost $7. All-ages. 

The Grither

These South Jersey metalers crank out crunchy, crud-grunge smashes in the style of Helmet, Prong and Alice In Chains with Triple Shot at Championship Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) at 9 tomorrow night. Decades Lost, Downcast Theory and A Time For Fire play, too. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.

Mike Burro

The journeyman folk rocker plays The All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) with Sunday’s Murder, Evelyn Rose and Groove Train Riders at 9 tomorrow night. Tickets cost $7. 21-plus.   

Graham Parker

The Brit-rock icon, who made waves in 2003 by collaborating with The B-52’s Kate Pierson and Buffalo Tom’s Bill Janovitz on an album of lost Beatles songs, returns for an intimate encounter The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) at 7:30 tomorrow night. Parker, who sold out his show in Bordentown several months a month in advance, saw his “The Mona Lisa’s Sister” LP ranked as the 97th all-time best album of the ’80s by Rolling Stone magazine.  Smash Palace’s Stephen Butler, opens. Tickets cost $22 in advance, $25 at the door. All-ages.


Eighties shred-punk superstars – headlining two shows at 8 tomorrow and Saturday at Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park) – like to mix it up between classic New York hardcore a la The Gorilla Biscuits, DC reggae-rage in its membership with The Bad Brains and vibe-laden, beach-grooves seen fIREHOSE. War Hungry, Get Real and Our Turn to Win open tomorrow’s festivities. Cutlass, Soup Sandwich and Rusted Destruction round out Saturday’s bill. Tickets cost $15. All-ages.

We’re All Broken

“Bear Country” post-grunge gallopers - whose new EP “Blacktop Cry” depicts a less mathy Minus The Bear or Thrice with fervent harmonies comparable to ’90s-era Revelation bands like Farcide, hit The Mill Hill Basement (300 S. Broad St., Trenton) at 10 p.m. Saturday, play Dan Maxwell and His Band headline the show. Hello Midnight, open. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.   

Blackened Blue

Bucks rock-radio rebels, playing Championships Sports Bar & Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) at noon Saturday with Ender and Oh The Queen, swing an alt-metal hybrid that gets a little jammy – check out the end of “Little Miss Guided” on their MySpace page - when it’s not mirroring Disturbed. Atrophia, Legacy of Lies, Gravelight and Orphus round out the bill. Tickets cost $10. All-ages.

Mummified In Circuitry

Anvil-heavy death sets has these barbaric Entombed-sounding New Englanders – beating down the All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) with In Wake of the Plague, Taking The Tide and Under A Dead Sky at 5 p.m. Saturday – going berserker. Tickets cost $7. All-ages.

Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby

Husband and wife pop team, headlining the Record Collector at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, strum ’60-era sugar-psychedelics in a “Please Please Me”-era Beatles vibe. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 at door. All-ages.

Kelly Carvin & The Future

The sultry Trenton songstress, whose spunky attitude is redolent of Liz Phair with a artsy Joni Mitchell quality, is a finalist on NBC 10’s “Singing Sensation” contest and a featured attraction at this weekend’s Ab n’ Jacks All-Betterfest at Snipes Farm (890 W. Bridge St., Morrisville, Pa.). Carvin hits the stage at 2 p.m. Saturday. The show runs through Sunday, with overnight camping available. Sound From Atlantis, Bohemian Sunrise, Painted Blue and Steppin’ Razor play, too. Tickets cost $30 a day, $50 for the entire weekend.  


Rhode Island dub-copy-cats got “something for your punk ass” – in the form of Sublime covers – when headlining their annual Garden Groove Festival at the Stone Pony Summer Stage (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) at 4 p.m. Saturday. Openers include Ballyhoo, Flights Kool, The Ice Picks, Underground Logic, Entelechy, Scotty Don’t, The Pony At Night, Almost There, Barry and the Penetrators and Good Question. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door. All-ages.   

Shadows Lie

New York-based goth-rock dark angels – playing Six Flag’s Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Live & Local stage at 2 tomorrow afternoon – share the despondent harmonies and metallic riffage seen in nu metal maidens Lacuna Coil/Evanescence. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

Nindy Kaur

Body-moving Bollywood beauty, starring in Saturday’s Mid-Summer Masala at Six Flag’s Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Northern Star Arena at 6 p.m., merges hip-hop beats with traditional Indian music in perfecting her own brand of modern belly-dancing music. Think Missy Elliot adding a dash of urban spice to “The Slumdog Millionaire” soundtrack. Sukhbir, Mitch Hyare, Jess Tooray and deejays Masti and Ladla round out the bill. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

Not In Public

Trenton funk-punk cats get lifted on Nebula-style stone grooves, hit The All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) with Hydra Melody, Montauk, Vertigo, Our Fair City, The New Divide and Tagle at 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $7. All-ages.      

Geri Mingori Band

The Central Jersey singer keeps her vocal range at Stevie Nicks-type proportions, while her love-lost poetic stanzas and alluring lyrical tearjerkers keep the live element emotional and uplifting. Her band is slated to get everyone holding hands by the time Asia and Yes hit Six Flag’s Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Northern Star Arena at 5 p.m. Sunday. Free with admission to the park. All-ages. 

We Are The Union

Motor City ska-punks, hitting Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park) at 8 p.m. Sunday with The Snips, get strung out on the Less Than Jake structure – survive long drives listen to Kid Dynamite. Tickets cost $7. All-ages.  

The Great Explainer

Trenton post-rock insurgents rage Against Me! at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park). Such Gold plays, too. Tickets cost $7. All-ages. 

Scott Frost’s On The Beat concert listing appears in The Trentonian every Thursday. If your band is playing around town, hit up the On the Beat webline at djscott111@aol.com. And for links to the bands above, photos from Sunday’s Warped Tour in Oceanport, an interview with Bad Religion, free downloads, videos and information on other cool music happenings from around the world, check out http://onthebeatphilly.blogspot.com.


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