September 2, 2009

On the Beat: Sept. 3-Sept. 10

Pennsy alt-rockers play Muse music, hit up Six Flags Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Live & Local stage today with a brand-new EP, “In Your Favorite Colors,” in tow. Shows start at 2 p.m. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

Happy Machine

Moody electronics and synthesized blips and beeps has this Red Bank duo – playing Championship Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) tomorrow night –  getting off on Ladytron-styled computer love. Show starts at 9 p.m. The Timid Roosevelts, Midtown Dickens and The Tea & Whiskey round out the bill. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.   

To Live and Die in NJ

Thrash-rapping “self-loathing ego maniac, (who) stays partying like Rodney Dangerfield in ‘Caddy Shack’,” rips comedic slim-shadys with MC Paul Barman flows at McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) tomorrow night. Lawrence’s “new rap Fonzi’s” lyrical slugs also works with gnarly, mosh-inducing punk rock. Show starts at 9 p.m. Karma Bat! and 14 Points play, too. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

The Successful Failures

The Dipsomaniacs alt-country side set – headlining The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) tomorrow night – remains stellar in its harmony-driven guitar pop seen in early Wilco, Superdrag and The Smithereens. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Mike Chorba, a Burlco English teacher who fronts both the Dipsos and Failures, opens the show with a solo set on guitar and piano. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.

Telling On Trixie

Lead singer can do a killer Belinda Carlise, as in the way-too-serious “Mad About You” cover the New Yorkers do. The rest of the alternatives – firing up the Live & Local stage at Six Flags Great Adventure (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) tomorrow - sounds like either Incubus or Live, sometimes both. Shows start at 2 p.m. Beyond Hope Lies gets to rock log flume, too. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

The Reverend Horton Heat

Western-wrangling without a psychobilly freakout in sight, the guys mosey into The Stone Pony (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) tomorrow night with its 12th LP, “Laughin’ and Cryin’ With The Reverend Horton Heat,” and its Roy Rogers selling moonshine to a pack of wild Indians vibe. Show starts at 7 p.m. Nashville Pussy, opens. Tickets cost $22.50 in advance, $25 at the door. All-ages.

Misery Index

Balti-morbid death-core crushers jet in from Finland – the metal holy land – to drop a giant-sized anvil of musical brutality through left-wing theologies on Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) Saturday. For fans of hating your parents and Dying Fetus. Show starts at noon. Criminal Element, In Wake of the Plague, Esquilax, Saws of Cerberus, Her Dead Womb, Napier, Jettison Grey Matter, The Necrophiliac, Yacht Club, Catalyst of Thought, Tomorrow Never Dies and Sedna play, too. Tickets cost $12. All-ages.

The Love Me Nots

Go-go glorious desert dwellers – headlining The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) Saturday night - get tripped out on slinky ’60s psychedelics through stinging keyboards and a vixen lead lady with a Jim Morrison complex. Also good for fans of The Cramps, cheapo alien conspiracy movies from the ’50s and Jefferson Airplane. Show starts at 6 p.m. Philadelphia garage-rock legends, Mondo Topless, and New York’s The Anabolics round out the bill. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.            

The Black Crowes

Boo to no chance of spotting Kate Hudson sunbathing by the Atlantic. Yay to a great rock show in a relatively tiny venue like The Stone Pony (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) on Saturday night and the chance to absorb the melodies from the Robinsons’ eighth studio album, “Before the Frost … Until the Freeze.” Hand jiving to “Hard to Handle” is fun, too. Show starts at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $40 in advance, $45 at the door. All-ages.           

Splintered Sunlight

Crazy to say, but it’s these Philly downtowners - playing The Stone Pony (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) on Sunday night – who constructed the Grateful Dead tribute band model the many, many others in this area follow. Show starts at 4 p.m. And you better get your jam-face on, because it’s going to get hippie silly with Lemon Juice, Doug Mikula & Domino Effect, Greg Herritt’s Heavy Road and Karmic Juggernaut in on the fun, too. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. All-ages.        

DJ Pat Money

With any luck, this Bronc-rooting sound selector lets a bevy of college babes  slide on some of his hip-hop bangers at The All Call Inn’s (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) first college night party of the Fall on Tuesday. It’s been a happening spot before. And who actually does their homework on the week of school? Starts at 9 p.m. Free. 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





Dj Cobra: Thr-iller Night


DJ Cobra – Iller

If you like any of Girl Talk’s last two records, you’ll love this free offer from On The Beat – DJ Cobra’s “Iller” mix tape. It’s one of those discs that have it all: booty anthems blended over classic rock, pop hits overlapping alternative rock. It’s pretty freakin’ awesome. Even us music snobs who dodge Lil Wayne songs because their lame, stupid and only acceptable smashed into a Rolling Stones song. 

DJ Cobra is on tour this summer with The Knux. He's also worked with P. Diddy and Prince. 

Chairlift: Massive Attack

Slinky Chairlift singer Caroline Polachek made her directorial debut for the synth-pop trio's new single, "Ceiling Wax." According to Brooklynite's people, Polachek brought in her sister for the sexy interpretive dance you can check out below.
As you can hear, the song's too dark to sell Nano iPods like "Bruises" did. But there aren't too many on "Does You Inspire You" that do. Anyone who saw them at All Points West (photo left) last month felt the group's bass-bin barrages cave in their chest. Had they not be from New York and so appealing to look at live, you could suggest that Chairlift - playing Kung Fu Necktie on Sunday in Philadelphia - can in fact fill the void in the indie trip-hop. Don't see a little Massive Attack, Tricky or Portishead in the bunch. Some of the darker songs go that way.