August 13, 2009

On the Beat: Aug. 13-18

Cute cowgirls Audra Buick hits Asbury Lanes with The Loved One' Dave Walsh Thursday night.
Amleah rock Joe's Mill Hill Saloon Friday night.

Flo Rida

When this Grammy-nominated 2 Live Crew prodigy and dance-rap revivalist “says jump, you say how high, because (he) ain’t never seen anyone soar so high.” Or that’s at least the deep content your kids are getting “Low”  to on the hip-hop star’s silly new party jam, “Jump,” which is set on booty shake at Six Flags Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Northern Star Arena at 7 tonight. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

Demic & Bawsten

Gotham City hip-hop duo - storming Six Flags Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Live & Local stage at 2 this afternoon – have “a passion for flashin” when getting down-right greasy and grimy on their branded bling raps. Get past their song’s misogynistic framework and you’ll find a fare share of street-poet thinking Mob Deep fans could raise the roof to. Deejay Non-Chalant spins also. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

Dave Walsh

Loved Ones guitarist spends an off night reincarnating solos from his days in The Explosion while the rest of the fiery Philly punk bunch heal up for its nationwide Tour with New Brunswick’s The Gaslight Anthem. He’ll accompany Nashville country-pop beauty Audra Buick for tonight’s show at Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park). Show starts at 5. Austin Lucas and Two Cow Garage open. Tickets cost $8. 18-plus.  

Kings X

Dream Theater’s funk-metal tour chums cast sophisticated prog-soul wizardry on The Stone Pony (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) at 7 tonight. Friends of Bill Wilson open. Tickets cost $17.50 and $20. All-ages.

Honah Lee

The new tracks from the city geek-rock super-group - debuting at tomorrow night’s free record-release dance party at Maxine’s (120 S. Warren St., Trenton) - emit a refined ’90s Brit-pop-party-invasion flavor you’d expect with the combined minds of Philo, Dead Flowers and Moscow Girls behind the music. “A Loss For Words” comes at you with an Arctic Monkeys/Dandy Warhols vibe, while “I’m Insane” follows Weezer’s slacker-anthem design. Doors open at 7:30. Trenton’s Too Much Too Fast Too Soon and The Cryptkeeper Five, open the show, along with New York’s Crooked Looks and Statues of Liberty. All-ages. 


Former Riotones get high on harmony-enriched jam-core with System of a Down-spun melodies and Dredg vocal techniques – play Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon’s (300 S. Broad St., Trenton) Mill Hill Rock Out 2 charity concert at 6 tomorrow night with Mark Dapp, The Escapists, The Mean, Eastside Vibe, DaddyGreenJeans, Lost in Company, Chattahoochee Payload and Sideshow Prophets. A $10 suggestive donation will be collected at the door. 21-plus.

The Tea & Whiskey

Old Bridge trio, playing Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) at 9 tomorrow night, will keep its gleeful indie-pop melodies slow and steady - or should we say The Hold Steady? Terror! On the Screen and Factor X play, too. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.

Uncle Monk

An original Ramone (and sole survivor) when Joey couldn’t keep up the tempo in 1974, the N.Y. legends’ original skinsman is 60 and starring in a bluegrass duo  - playing The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) at 7:30 tomorrow night - with The Simplistic’s Claudia Tienan. Known for penning “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” and most of “Blitzkrieg Bop,” Tamas Erdelyi also produced The Replacement’s LP that spawned the hit “Bastards of Young.” The Spinning Leaves and Laura Baird open. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.


Three good reasons to see the Lambertville minstrels and former Mad Elephant players three times this weekend: Katie Campo’s accordion rocks - and her smile ain’t bad either - the new record features killer ukulele and trumpet work and there’s no other band in Trenton that’ll ever successfully blend the best of Felice Brothers, Cake and Camaron De La Isla into a gigantic collection of sounds. The official record-release party is at 9 p.m. Sunday at Clydz (55 Paterson St., New Brunswick). But there’s also shows set for 9 tomorrow night at The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia) and at John & Peters (93 S. Main St., New Hope, Pa.) at 8 p.m. Saturday. Walking With Cavemen and Terminal Reynaldo open-up at all three. The Sunday show is free. Tickets cost $5 for the others. 21-plus.   

Kelly Carvin

Trenton singer’s soulful voice will take a little piece of your heart now, baby – at Six Flags Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Exploration Station stage at 2 and 3 tomorrow. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

Hammer of the Gods

New Yorkers get the Led out at the Paramount Theatre (1300 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) at 7:30 tomorrow night by recreating, “the mystical aura of an authentic Zeppelin concert, complete with a thunderous sound, a spectacular light show, authentic instruments and vintage-period clothing.” That means middle-aged men in puffy shirts pulling off killer shreds on two-headed axes. Dazed and confused, indeed. Tickets cost $20 and $40. All-ages.

Legend of the Fall

Ridgefield brothers - hitting up Six Flags Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Live & Local stage at 2 tomorrow afternoon with Boy Wonder - combine Hanson’s sensibilities, Metallica’s theatrics and Sum 41’s goofiness into its unique pop-core brew. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

Sleep For Sleepers

California emo trio - who stick to the one-eye covered by your mop top look - sound like an edge-less Saosin, co-headline Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) at 3 p.m. Saturday with Ruth. Entelechy, These Branches, The Man With Dynamite Hands, Skies on Fire and Theory of Noise round out the bill. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.


Trenton electro-jam-heads’ spin-cycling, guitar-synth grooving take a passive – less trance, more rock – stab at Sound Tribe Sector Nine’s hippie-hypnotic force-field of funk. The guys hit up McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) at 10 p.m. Saturday with The Escapists. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

Ras A’sia

Trenton rap queen-bee’s classic wordplay and R&B, soul and reggae clashes rekindle the tough-girl attitude of MC Lyte, the fluid flow of Fugees-era Lauryn Hill and the sass of Erykah Badu. And it will be on display at The All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) at 9 p.m. Saturday when her sisters in Royal StarR Entertainment show off their mic skills. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

Clifford Adams

Kool & The Gang trombonist gets down – and as jazzy as you’re more customary to with this Trenton legend - Saturday night at The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown). It’ll be the man - and his remarkable resume of studio work with Ella Fitzgerald and Jimmy Cliff - going head to head with a jazz organ trio. Starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.

The Billies

Lancaster bluegrass duo strum uplifting county-fair country folk and cowgirl blues at Six Flags Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Live & Local stage at 1 p.m. Saturday. Mark Milkos, the Scott DeCarlo Band, the Tom Hood Band and Quixote Project play, too. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

The Autumn Offering

This generation sees its first glam metal takeover with the popularity growth of this Florida emo band and its overtly-dramatic-yet-heavy-hitting, crouch-grabbing ballad battles heard on “Silence is Golden.” There’s still something exciting to look forward to when a Victory Records band – as saturated as the label’s gotten – hits town, especially when the hardcore parade includes skull-crushing Canucks, Threat Signal, as the ringleaders. The Canadians call Nuclear Blast home – which translate into body-bruising metallic crunch that’ll haunt you in your sleep (and a little Dez Fafara impersonating on the sing-alongs). The Agonist, Sybreed, Sicker Than Most, Triggered Impulse, Through The Grey, I Am The Trirme, Barbarism, Burning Hypocrisy and Circle Down play, too. Tickets cost $13 in advance, $15 at the door. All-ages.   

Paul Green School of Rock

The Princeton chapter’s summer camp super squad celebrates the 40th anniversary of Woodstock at Six Flags Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Live & Local stage at 1 p.m. Sunday with a few Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Sly & the Family Stone covers. The Running Year is also on the bill. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

No one ever expected the Boston ska-core kings to be a full-on band again, even with a few spot shows last year – two in New Jersey. Singer Dickey Barrett – who lives in California these days and is the announcer for “Jimmy Kimmel Live” - even confirmed in an interview with The Trentonian before their reunion stop at Bamboozle April 2008 that those spot starts were all we’d get from the plaid pipers. “Where’d You Go?” with those proclamations, Mr. Barrett? Too young for retirement, the Beantown bombers skanked through a few more and their dynamite live shows – then posted two new tracks on MySpace for their ninth record. Always loving New Jersey, especially The Stone Pony, the boys decided to hit the beach, The Stone Pony Summer Stage (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) at 3 p.m. Sunday. Catch 22, The Creetons and Speakeasies & The Ice Picks open. Tickets cost $26 in advance, $30 at the door. All-ages.   


The radio hit “Downfall,” the largely-popular, post-Alice In Chains, fresh-faced, teen-friendly, vocally-centered nu metal of the times and early 2000s tours with Korn and Disturbed catapulted this Alabama post-grunge band to Gold-record status in 2002. Now seven-years since “The Lonely Position of Normal” peaked at 34 on the Billboard charts and reached sales into the 200,000, and years since Linkin Park was considered cool, the guys hit up Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) at 4 p.m. Tuesday two-years gone from its two-year hiatus with a new record brewing for the fall. And Trenton’s one of its first four stops to taste the fresh material. Lesser Of Two, Decades Lost, Cubed, One Good Reason and Vessel, open. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $14 at the door. All-ages.

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