July 16, 2009

On the Beat: July 16-22

(Top Left) Full Blown Chaos
(Middle Left)Ashlee Monaco
(Middle Left) Jesse McCartney grabs Paris Hilton's skinny butt.
The Jersey-based singer, who played Philly’s July 4th pre-fireworks festivities in front of Sheryl Crow, plays sweet teen pop like Avril Lavigne at Six Flag’s Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Live & Local stage at 1 this afternoon. Brock Storm, Tiffany Giardina, Keeley Marshall, Alessandra Cartranovo and Courtney Drummey play, too. Free with admission to the park. All-ages. 

Mitchell Musso

Hanna Montana’s mop-top side-kick’s Radio Disney-style bubblegum pop and hit single “Hey!” is “covered in rain, but feel like it’s the sun.” Know for his quirky comedic timing on the show and Three Doors Down musical impressions on stage, the teen sensation hits up Six Flag’s Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Northern Star Arena at 7 tonight. Honor Society, opens. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

Stringbean and the Stalkers

Funk-tified beach bums get wavy gravy with Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby at Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park) at 8 tonight. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.

Honah Lee

Last calls fail to stop these disenchanted party poppers – flexing their hopelessly-nerdy alt-rock clout at McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) at 9 tomorrow night - from double-fisting till dawn. A warm-up show for the ex-Philo, Frantic and Dead Flowers players’ mini tour to Brooklyn, Baltimore, South Carolina and, of all places, the Princeton Rec Center in Princeton, W. Vir., the concert also includes sets from 12 Miles Offshore and High Fire Skyline. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.   


Rhode Island space-metal mindbenders guide a voyage of low-fi - and less technical - translations of Isis, Pink Floyd and Opeth into The All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) at 6 tomorrow night. These Branches, which buzz jam-rock instrumentals with a White Stripes feel, headline The All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) at 6 tomorrow night. Jesuscentric, Ghosting, The Shade Planet Bandits and Dirty Josh play, too.  Tickets cost $7. All-ages.

Live Set Disaster

Philly flyboys hit the All Call Inn (214 Weber Avenue, Ewing) at 9 tomorrow night with Local Demise and a jaded suburbanite point of view that showcases an astute punk spirit and appreciation for Bad Religion, The Descendants and Black Flag. Karma Bat and The Last Barbarians are also on the bill. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus. 

Joe Zook and Blues Deluxe

Trenton guitar guru, getting down and dirty at The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) at 7:30 tomorrow night, politics with ’dem “Jersey Blues,” with every-man prose showcasing the state’s biggest problems: amusement park deaths, toxic waste and sensational tabloid headlines. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages. 

The Acacia Strain

The Massachusetts scream-dealing scar-makers lead the mosh-pit express at Maennerchor Field (3650 Cold Spring Creamery Road, Doylestown, Pa.) at 5:30 tomorrow with Metal Bladers Evergreen Terrance, Cruel Hand, Unholy, Mother of Mercy, Nailed Right In and Spectral Empire. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $14 at the door. All-ages.

Conceived In Suffering

Beast-core behemoths Earth-rattling metal tricks remain consistently brutal. And the monster voice will be in full effect at noon Saturday at Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton). The Grieving Process, A Moment of Anguish, A Red Sky In Mourning, Ash Monday, OLMEC, Mass Punishment and Die Area join in on the fun. Tickets cost $10. All-ages.

Full Blown Chaos

Tough-core tyrant’s hate-breeding metallic crunch left a sickening trail of bruised ears when blazing through the 2005 Sounds of the Underground tour. Now the Long Islanders are here in Trenton - at 8 p.m. Saturday in the basement of Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon (300 S. Broad St.) – to prove they still got the faster-than-most speed-core muscle to crush skulls and melt faces. The head-banging super show also includes sets from Everything’s Ruined, Dead & Buried and Isyou. Tickets cost $10. 21-plus.

Sunday’s Murder

Lumberton cotton-candy rockers scream Nickelback – headline The All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) at 5 p.m. Saturday. Oratory and Liberal Media Bias, open. Tickets cost $7. All-ages. 

Wanda Jackson

Seventy-one year old Oklahoma country “Queen of Rock ’N’ Roll,” who hung out with Elvis Presley in rockabilly’s early incarnations in the mid-’50s, still has some cowgirl kiddy-up left in her songbird voice. As the story goes, Jackson – headlining a pair of shows at The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday – was hitting the same concert halls as The King when it was suggested to switch out of country music tradition and into the radio mainstream. It landed her Top 15 hit, “I Gotta Know,” and a 2009 Rock ’N’ Roll Hall of Fame induction. Jet Weston and His Atomic Ranch Hands, open. Tickets cost $30 in advance, $35 at the door. All-ages.

Paul Green School of Rock

The Princeton chapter’s rock ’n’ roll summer campers flashes its power stances and flexes its classic rock knowledge of Alice Cooper, John Lennon and The Who, at Six Flag’s Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Live & Local stage at 1 p.m. Saturday. On the Beat has also learned that a Beastie Boys cover of “Fight For Your Right To Party” is also on the set list, along with covers by alt-rock superstars Weezer and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.


New Hope neo-hippie noise flunkies’ campfire songs make for a  killer beach party soundtrack to Saturday’s Stone Pony Summerstage (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) performance at 8:20 p.m. Tickets cost $30. All-ages.

The Ghost Is Alive and Well

Prog-punk tricksters get high on At The Drive In fumes, dazed by Led Zeppelin at The All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) at 5 p.m. Sunday. Hamilton’s The Cretins, who’ve grown into their barking lyrics and grandiose metal-guitar faze (think Circa Survive or Atreyu), are also on the bill. So are Gene Smilek and Dave Servoldio. Tickets cost $7. All-ages.         

Laura Monaco

New York teen, whose breathy Barbie pop models Emily Osment’s bubbly tone, joins Gee Davey at Six Flag’s Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Live & Local stage at 1 p.m. Sunday. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

Stephanie White & Philth Harmonic

Sassy North Jersey singer, who refused to let Simon Cowell bust on her leg warmers during Season 5’s Hollywood Week of American Idol, shows off her sultry, Sarah McLachlan, jazz-pop pose at Six Flag’s Great Adventure’s (Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Live & Local stage at 1 p.m. Monday. Free with the price of admission. All-ages.    

Jesse McCartney

The “Summerland” actor and R&B star, headlining Six Flag’s Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Northern Star Arena at 7 p.m. Monday, looked totally cheesed when caught groping – that’s a butt grab – a tickled-pink Paris Hilton at February’s Grammy’s. McCartney was nominated for Record of the Year. Paris was to sip from Lil Wayne’s “goblet.”  Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

The Marionette Roulette

Montclair spook-skankers, whose special effects sound like Madness and Squirrel Nut Zippers orchestrating a Tim Burton movie, headline Six Flag’s Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Live & Local stage at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Free with paid admission to the park. All-ages.

Gym Class Heroes

Rap front man Travis McCoy - leading his alt-hop crew at Six Flag’s Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) at 7 p.m. Tuesday - kissed it girl Katy Perry and liked it, toured with the pop hottie on last summer’s Warped Tour, hit the beach over Christmas, then called it quits in January. And in a strange turn of events, McCoy professed love for his laptop on his blog, saying “it’s loyal, listens and never lets me down.” Ouch! Well, America can breathe easier, the couple are back together, taking their clothes “off, to have a good time, oh no.” Boys Like Girls, The Veronicas, The Academy Is … and Never Shout Never round out the bill. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

The Stoners

Who says you can’t always get what you want? Just because The Rolling Stones haven’t toured in nearly a decade, doesn’t mean there’s no one out there to get your rocks off. There’s tribute bands, too, including this Rome-born version of the rock legends featuring an Italian-American Mick Jagger from Haddon Heights and a righteous live show set for The Wonder Bar (1213 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets cost $5. All-ages.

The Briggs

California skate-punk punishers, who fling dagger-like “woh-oh’s” a la Pennywise/AFI, headline Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park) at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Left Alone, The Creetons and The Scandals, open. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.     

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 hit up the Trentonian's Features Section for the best in entertainment news.


July 15, 2009

DJ Non-Chalant: Hot Chip-ed

Need a little geek love. Well, DJ Non-Chalant got a little bored in the studio the other day, so he decided to embrace his fans with a Hot Chip mix tape. We collected a bunches of hot mixes and reworks over the years, and figured it was time to mash them up. Linked below is a pretty hot half-hour of robo-rave for all the nerds in the house. Enjoy, and don't forget to comment!

July 13, 2009

That's Some Bull!

People are crazy. And if it wasn't for a couple bum knees and not enough Benjamin's banked, I would have been one of these thrill seekers taking on the raging bulls in Pamplona, Spain, July 4 weekend. That's how I'd like to celebrate my Independence - running for my life and hoping not to get impaled by a rampaging, two-ton bull-dozer. I think someone died this year. Gotta be quicker bud. 

DJ Non-Chalant: Swedish Meatball 2: Seconds

DJ Non-Chalant finished up his second Swedish Meatball mix tape. This time there's more electro, dance rock, remixes and reggae than mashed up hip-hop and Crookers remixes. 
We think it's his best mix tape yet, and of course it's coming to you via free download at the site below. Got the new Simian Mobile Disco on it and some rad Peter Bjorn & John and Juan McClean remixes. Enjoy it, pump it out of your ride and get down to some true techno passion. And don't forget to leave your thoughts on the comment section.
DJ Non-Chalant: Swedish Meatball - Seconds
Here's the track listing:

1. Muppets Suit Up

2. Simian Mobile Disco – Audacity of Huge (Naum Gabo Remix)

3. Dubbel Dutch – Maser

4. Bookah Shade – Mandarin Girl

5. Juiceboxxx & Dre Skull – Sweat (Dusted Bass Mix)

6. The Juan McClean – One Day (Surkin Mix)

7. Chairlift – Evident Utensil (Sinden Remix)

8. DJ Kaos – Love The Night Away

9. The Field – Over The Ice

10. Peter Bjorn & John – It Don’t Move Me (Miike Snow Remix)

11. Mujaba – Township Funk (Dilpo Remix)

12. AC Slater – BanGer (Tittsworth Remix)

13. S12 – Way In My Brain

14. Diplo – Bingo Players/Get Up

15. Major Lazer – Pon De Floor

16. Dre Skull – Gone Too Far (Lee Mortiner Remix)

17.  Count of Monte Cristal – B-More Forward

18. Trip – Benny Got Back

19. Zion I & Grouch – Lift Me Up (Amp Live Mix)

20. AC Slater – Party Like Us (Udachi Mix)

21. Alex Gopher – Aurora (Sin Ichi Osawa Remix)

22. Presets – Kicking and Screaming

23. N.A.S.A. – Gifted (Steve Aoki Remix)

24. Busta Rhymes feat. Estelle – Word Go Round (DJ Mehdi



July 12, 2009

Bill Cosby: A Traitor to his People

     Phillies win 5-2, go 10 games over .500, and 3.5 in front of the second-place Marlins, and the Great and Powerful Cos sits pretty in the dugout of Fenway Park in Boston, where the dreaded Red Sox slaughtered the Royals. Seriously? What are you going to do when your hometown World Champs march into Boston come October to take the title again? 
     Traitor. Don't care how many Temple games you attended, you need to represent the real Junkyard Gang at all cost, back home, here, Mr. Pudding Pop! Kind of a perverted photo, you think? Bill whatcha gonna do with that bat? 
     Like school in the summer time ... No Class!