October 14, 2009

On the Beat: Oct. 15-Oct. 21

Stephaniesid hit up The Record Collector in Bordentown Friday night.
Should be a good show.

The Red Elvises

The California surf-a-billy Soviets, doing the Gorbachev shuffle at The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown tonight, “groove to the Moscow beat” – this campy, ’60s drive-in type of garage-rock hybrid spun like if a Vodka-drunk Dick Dale suddenly busted out the “Monster Mash.” Their 11th and latest album, “Drinking With Jesus,” and the by-the-beach love song, “Me & My Baby,” has a “Pulp Fiction” soundtrack quality to it. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Philly’s horror-rock stylistics, The Young Werewolves, open. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $23 at the door. All-ages.

Montagna & The Mouth-To-Mouths

The Asbury Park roots-rock collective - who sound like Jeff Tweedy leading The Arcade Fire - headline Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park) tonight. Fans of Black Mountain would dig these guys, too. Show starts at 9 p.m. The Obvious, The Invincible Gods and Frank Bressi and The Chilling Details play, too. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.

Astorian Stigmata

The fuzz-heavy Western Pennsylvania post-grunge weirdoes - opening for Dinosaur Eyelids at Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) tomorrow night - get moody on twisting melodies pulled right out of Pavement’s indie cookbook. Show starts at 9 p.m. The Amboys and The Fearless round out the bill. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.


The rock-pop storytellers headline McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) tomorrow night. Show starts at 9 p.m. Chattahoochee Payload opens. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.


The North Carolina sun-shining shoegazers bring its trip-pop mix of Mates of State, Massive Attack and Band of Horses to The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) tomorrow night. Pretty girl on breathy vocal leads also brings to mind The Duke Spirit and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Winterpills open. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.

The Steve Morse Band

The Dixie Dregs guitar magician – whose complex chord structures made him the best possible replacement for Ritchie Blackmore, and later, Joe Satriani, on four Deep Purple records through the ’90s – headlines The Stone Pony (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) tomorrow night. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Ghost Dance and Valhalla, open. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door. All-ages.

The Brains

The zombie-a-billy Canadian trio – haunting Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park) tomorrow night – get psycho-silly on a horror-punk elixir of Rocket From The Crypt, No Doubt and AFI. Pretty scary stuff and they get into the Halloween spirit. The Brains tour with a stand-up bass that’s sculpted to look like a coffin. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10. 21-plus.


The prog-rock legends carry on their wayward son with The Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra at The Patriots Threatre (1 Memorial Dr., Trenton) Saturday night. And watch out for the one oldster in the crew sporting a pirate eye patch. Arrggghhh!! Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $35, $55, $66, $70 and $75. All-ages.

DJ Dawn

The local selector spins you round like a record, baby, right round, round round – to raise money for breast cancer at Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) on Saturday night. Sets start at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $5. Proceeds benefit Fight For The Cure. 21-plus.

Full Blown Cherry

The Philly rockabilly high rollers – think The Atomic Fireballs or Stray Cats – gamble on revved-up cowboy punk and Old West flips of Ramones songs at The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) Saturday night. Also fun for fans of Ricky Nelson and Roy Rogers happy meals. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Unloved plays, too. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.

Killed By The Bull

Former hardcore experimentalists in The Banner and Judas Factor – a pair of majorly underappreciated Jersey/NY fear-core outfits in the same league as Deadguy – hit up The Mill Hill Basement (300 S. Broad St., Trenton) Sunday night with fresh musical theories that dodges past aggro effects for a fresh-faced, theatrical mixture of surf-a-billy punk seen in The Cramps and The Misfits. Show starts at 10 p.m. Chambers and Magnus Magnus round out a stellar bill. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

Jenny Owen Youngs

The Brooklyn babe - who strums classical-chick-centric acoustic pop under a blanket of coffeehouse jazz a la Norah Jones and Jolie Holland - joins Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music) and Tim Barry (Avail) for a night of unplugged folk-punk at Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park) Sunday. Show starts at 7 p.m. Jim Ward (At The Drive-In, Sparta) plays, too. Tickets cost $13 in advance, $15 at the door. All-ages.

Australian Pink Floyd

Band practice for these Aussie prog copycats – headlining The Paramount Theatre (1300 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) Wednesday night - probably goes like this: “Good day, mates. When we head to America in October, lets play our ‘Greatest Hits.’ Well, they’re not our greatest hits, but David Gilmore and Roger Waters won’t stop hating each other, Syd Barrett is dead and no one can tells the difference with their eyes blinded by all these psychedelic lights. We can even charge stoner fossils $60 to watch. And then we can buy heaps of Vegemite. Americans as dumb as a dingo caught in a kangaroo trap.” Show starts at 6:45 p.m. Tickets cost between $35 and $60. All-ages.

Scott Frost’s On The Beat concert listing appears in The Trentonian every Thursday. If your band is playing around town, email the On the Beat webline at djscott111@aol.com.

Anna Ternheim: Swedish Sultress

So there was this cute blonde that appeared on stage with Peter Bjorn & John at Coachella Festival last April. Anna Ternheim - playing Saturday, Oct. 17, at Johnny Brenda's in Philly with Asobi Seksu - wasn't her. But it could have been. You see, the Swedish songstress' new album, "Leaving On Mayday," was produced by Bjorn Yttling. And you can hear his influence - in particular the minimalistic percussion on "Let It Rain" (which opens the album).
And in PB&J news --- the guys return to Philly Nov. 9, and I'll be there taking photos. Say hi.

La Roux: Roux-ling the World

Euro synth-pop queen La Roux finally saw the stateside release of her stellar debut a few weeks back ... and it's crazy, sexy, cool. The girl's huge in Europe and with the help of the blog universe and her sweet-yet-whipsmart melodies sliding into live sets from superstar deejays like Philly's Diplo - and our own local spinster Deejay Non-Chalant's Meatballs series - so it won't be too long before the now waver becomes a U.S. sensation. La Roux already sold out her New York show this month at the Highline Ballroom. I'll take bets she plays Coachella this Apil.
"I'm Not A Toy" is not one of the hits, however, a remix of the track found its way on Deejay Non-Chalant's mix tape (available for download above). But I think it's important to finally hear from no mixed versions of La Roux's songs so you can feel the real sultry essence of her voice.

Deadmau5 - Mau5-ing Around

The promoters of the Electric Zoo Festival at Randall's Island last month really missed the boat as far as picking groups to headline the event. We're talking about a mega techno party in the city that never sleeps and the best they could good was cookie-cutter Euro trance deejays like Armin Van Boring. Sorry guys, but a Hot Chip deejay set is just not gonna cut it. Now, if you got Soulwax, Justice or for Christ sake a live Hot Chip performance to headline one of the stages, maybe I'd buy a ticket.
Now while there was no way I'd hit up this event, Deadmau5's set from that weekend was pretty kick ass. A download of his performances was aired live on XM radio and recently found it way into the blog universe. Techno the way it's supposed to be spun, Deadmau5 tosses in a few surprises in the mix, including the theme to the old NES game "The Legend of Zelda" and that infamous "Fuck It! Do It Live" rant from Bill O'Reilly. Good stuff ... and dance your ass off.