September 10, 2009

On the Beat: Sept. 10-Sept. 16

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Trenton rockers Too Much Too Fast Too Soon play The Mill Hill Basement on Saturday night.
City postcore melody miners – playing The Mill Hill Basement (300 S. Broad St., Trenton) tomorrow night - use erratic guitar changes and heart-torn harmonies to dig up friendly emotions of passion-punk’s yesteryears from Sensefield and Sunny Day Real Estate albums. Show starts at 9 p.m. PJ Bond, Chambers and A F***ing Elephant round out the bill. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.
Machuco’s Trabuco
The samba swingers headline the iFiesta! party at The Phoenix (formerly Maxine’s 2, 120 S. Warren St., Trenton) tomorrow night. The free show starts at 7. Jose “Papo” Diaz offers free salsa lessons, too. All-ages.
D&D drunk Philly mock metalers, who sound like Alice Cooper and Weird Al arm wrestling a zombie Wayne Campbell, go medieval on Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) tomorrow night. Show starts at 9. NoN-Stop!, Triggered Impulse and Total Ruination play, too. Tickets cost $8. 18-plus.
Hugh Cornwell
The Londoner for new-wave punks, The Stranglers, celebrates the release of his new solo record, “Hooverdam,” within the intimate settings of The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) tomorrow night. Released stateside on Tuesday – and available as a free download at - the new songs “combine rhythm and blues, rockabilly and post-punk,” according to his public relations peeps. While music remains his muse, Cornwell gets his angst out these days as a professional cricket player in England. And while The Stranglers called it quits in 1990 after 16 years, Cornwell recorded several lo-fi solo spots starting in 1988 and even toured the UK with Blondie in 2006-07. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. The go-go gals in The Friggs open. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door. All-ages.
The Rapture
Cowbell-clutching Bowery boys - milkshake shimmying over to The Stone Pony (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) tomorrow night – bang out electronic art-funk Gang of Fours soaked in Timberland beats. Show starts at 8 p.m. The Golden Filter open. Tickets cost $17.50 in advance, $20 at the door. All-ages.
Silent Civilian
These head banging ballers from L.A. ditched its industrial allegiance to Spineshank a few years ago to concentrate on sneering guitar explosions and skull-crashing drumming mirrored in nu-breed hardliners All That Remains and Five Finger Death Punch. Band also features former Bleed The Sky members, just off tour with Kittie and after Saturday’s monster matinee at Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton), the ear-bruising quartet hits the road with hardcore hangmen Bury Your Dead. Show starts at 1 p.m. Triggered Impulse, Ashes of Your Enemy, The Walking Alley, Mass Punishment, Deeds of Betrayal, Betrayus, Terminal Fate, Through the Grey and Esquilax open. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $14 at the door. All-ages.
Growling grease-punk motor heads - featuring ex-members of Philo, The Cryptkeeper Five and The Rape Babies and a fiery, never say die, disposition – will have you eating dust in the basement of Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon (300 S. Broad St., Trenton) on Saturday night with a double-fist of rock ’n’ roll. For fans of Rocket From the Crypt, The Reverend Horton Heat, the Sex Pistols and dirty strip clubs. Show starts at 9 p.m. FreeDoom opens. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.
Larry White
No one quite exudes the melodies of true love from his music like this city reggae wordsmith, set to give up those special Island vibes on The All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) on Saturday. Show starts at 9 p.m. Rap queen Ras Asia plays, too. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.
Trenton post-core peddler, whose jazz-rock gyrations are reminiscent of Serj Tankian’s solo work, shoot for a $10,000 cash prize up for grabs at Saturday’s Jersey Showdown at Brewsters (formerly Finnegan’s, 529 Route 30N, East Windsor). The winner of Saturday’s show moves onto the finals in October. Show starts at 1 p.m. Other bands on bill - like they have a chance against the former Riotones - include: Liberal Media Bias, Written Inside, Unwanted Truth, Deity, Troubled Superhumans, Basic Need, Here and Now and Asbestos. Tickets cost $8. All-ages.
Fighting Forty
Rock copycats find the fountain of youth mashing the riffs of Rage Against the Machine’s “Gorilla Radio” with the rap-slam of House of Pain’s “Jump Around” at McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) on Saturday. They’ll throw in Metallica and Cindy Lauper, too, so it’ll definitely be a party. Show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.
Princeton School of Rock
The camp of pimple-popping teen-rock apprentices pay homage to the greatest three-chord thumps in rock history with two sets of The Ramones at The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) Saturday night. That’s like 40 songs, if rarities “Spider-Man” and “Let’s Dance” appear on the set list. Got to be some sort of record. Someone call Guinness. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door. All-ages.
DJ Randy Now
Bad Religion’s favorite city selector spins at Jester’s CafĂ© (233 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) Saturday night the new-wave no ones he used booked at Trenton City Gardens in the ’80s and ’90s. Probably some famous people in the set, too. How famous without Now? A book, “No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving: How a seedy New Jersey Club Defined an Era,” coming out soon, explains it all. Set starts at 10 p.m. Free. 21-plus.
Rusted Root
“Bad Son,” off the Pittsburgh bohemian rhapsoders’ upcoming CD, sounds as if the gang caught a case of the Hives. Well, at least a less grimy Hives in clashing patchwork pants. They’ll “Send (You) on (Your) way,” too, at The Stone Pony (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) on Saturday night. Show starts at 8 p.m. The Kin opens. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door. All-ages.
DJ Pat Money
Bronc Pub’s beat-masher banks on B-mored electro remixes of oldies – and Dave Guetta’s “Love Is Gone” … again – to get the area’s hottest college co-eds rearing to get sloppy at Tuesday’s grind date at The All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing). On tap this week: Michael Jackson mixers and cheap drinks. Set starts at 9 p.m. Free. 21-plus.
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