December 31, 2009

On the Beat Dec. 31-Jan. 6

Kelly Carvin

“Mistletoe,” the award-winning area singer-songwriter’s just released holiday warmer, belongs on one of those Christmas coffeehouse collection CDs. According to Carvin, who’s headlining the free New Year’s Eve party at Hamilton Lanes (1200 Kuser Road, Hamilton) tonight, the song is “about how life changes like the seasons do and we need to flow with it like how you would just kiss someone under the mistletoe.” “It just happens,” Carvin says, “why think about it or try to explain it?” The perfect sitting-by-fire-sipping-coco-with-a-special-someone-tune, “Mistletoe” features holiday bells, girlie harmonies and a lyrical map that shows off Carvin’s sweet and spiritual side. Show starts at 10. 18-plus.


The beat selector spins in the next decade at Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) tonight at 8. The “Good Riddance” party runs till 5 a.m. Tickets cost $5 and that includes a bunch of New Year’s Eve discounts and goodies. 21-plus.

Paul Green School of Rock

Get jealous of these kid-rockers-in-training. At the start of its all-star team’s Holiday Tour ’09, Yes’ Jon Anderson greeted the teens backstage during sound check. The British prog-God was brought in as a “guest professor” in preparation for their Philly show at the Trocadero – instructing a couple of Paul Green’s prodigies to not be so “noisy” when passing between rhythm and lead guitars. The tour - which ran up and down the east coast throughout December - concludes with a New Year’s Eve bash tonight at Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park). Show starts at 8. Tickets cost $10. All-ages.

Footage of a Yeti

The Queens death-metalers get the head-banging going with neck-snapping breakdowns and creature-conjuring devil screams. Sounds like a hell-ride through “The Devil’s Rejects” if the movie took place in Jigsaw’s basement of barbed wire. Featured on the MINOtour with Hallow Ties, the foursome shakes the walls of Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) on Saturday afternoon. Show starts at 2. A Dream Worth Dying For, The Crowning, I Am Forever and The Goodnight Armada open. Tickets cost $10. All-ages.


The pulsating instrumental dementia delivered by these Trenton/Philly metal mentalists explores an infatuation with doom-driven grinds constructed to bite you in the ass with hammering guitar and drums just as you get lassoed in by the dreamy jazz elements found in the opening minutes of their songs. The thunder clappers - who place elements of Isis, Russian Circles and Neurosis in its sonic projectiles – play their first show since May at Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) on Saturday night. They’re will be new songs to digest, too. Show starts at 9. Prog rockers Holluck Rex and Entelechy open. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.

Driver Side Impact

The Cleveland emo rockers – think Taking Back Sunday or Jimmy Eat World – leave no frown upside down at The Court Tavern (124 Church St., New Brunswick) Saturday night. Victory Records. Show starts at 8. American Living, Further North and Kickdown Kickdown round out the bill. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.

Montagna & the Mouth to Mouth

Indie-folk space distortion a la vintage Flaming Lips, Sebedoh and Pavement, and breathy song structuring in a Band of Horses sort-of-way make this Asbury Park group a band to keep your eye on. Also sounds like Bright Eyes, but heavier on percussion, weirdo sound additives and go-go boots. The eight-piece open for .448 at Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park) on Saturday. Show starts at 8 p.m. Chemtrail and The Obvious round out the bill. Tickets cost $8. 18-plus.

The Loved Ones

Pop-punk royalty in Philly through its associations with Kid Dynamite and Paint It Black, Dave Hause and company “find the will to survive” by playing a few shows during the holidays – including Wednesday night at Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park) - as each member works on their quieter solo recordings. Hause did his dusty-country acoustic thing when opening for AFI twice in November and last week with the Bouncing Souls at the Stone Pony, and is expected to drop a solo record sometime in 2010. Show starts at 8. Trenton’s The Great Explainer (The Roskoes) and New Brunswick’s Let Me Run open. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.

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