November 19, 2009


Kap Bambino: Synth-Clash Newbies

While it seems Peaches has gone soft serve with "I Feel Cream" - one of On the Beat's top records of the year by the way - maybe there's room for a new diva to take the electro-clash reigns. Enter Kap Bambino - a sythn-scream duo from France that'll bring the grrrl back into trash-core techno. The gang just dropped their first single "Batcaves" (video down below) on the states this week. "Lezard" comes off the band's yet-to-be-released, "Blacklist," LP.

On the Beat: Nov. 19-25

George Clinton headlines the Trenton War Memorial's Patriots Theatre
on Friday night.

The Faux Four are said to be an authentic representation of The Beatles’ live show – or what could be envisioned as their live sets had the Brits continued to tour after “Revolver” dropped in 1966. In fact, it’s the never-before-witnessed performances of post-Beatlemania records that’s earned the marveled-by-Broadway cover boys – coming together at the Sun National Bank Center (81 Hamilton Ave., Trenton) tonight - rave reviews over the years. Show starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $35, $45 and $50. All-ages.
"When you got a real type of thing going down, getting down,” you call in this captain of interstellar funk to the party to turn that mother out. Then before you know it you’re shaking your groove thang with the naked guy and getting funk-da-fried with a scruffy old dude in an adult diaper. Got the dog in you? Then it’s the Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial (1 Memorial Dr., Trenton) where you’re going to get busy tomorrow night. Dr. Funkenstein hits the stage at 7:30. Tickets cost $35, $45, $55, $65 and $75. All-ages.


The Hamilton cover band “cry the midnight hour … more, more, more” with intoxicated, biker-babalicious leads. Nice! Its like Shirley Manson and Billie Idol hammered from a Rock Band binge. The group will have a few other rock-pop hits – from Carrie Underwood to Melissa Etheridge - up its sleeves when headlining McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) tomorrow night. Show starts at 9. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

Ash Monday

The Jersey Shore crust-metal murderers who haunt like the Evil Dead fronting Social Decay headline Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) tomorrow night. Show starts at 9. Crasher, Bil Doe and the Reacharounds and The Communion round out the bill. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.

The Trenton rocker’s smooth mix of white-boy soul, jazz and sexy R&B prompts the ’70s funk ass shaking typical of Average White Band and Tower of Power shows. Currently working on a new CD, the gang will try out new jams on The All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) crowd tomorrow night. Show starts at 9. Little John and DJ Bounce open. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

The Grip Weeds

The North Jersey power-pop rhythm addicts, whose sunny melodies spark memories of cheerful alt-rock radio stalwarts The Lemonheads and less bleak R.E.M., open for The Doughboys at The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) tomorrow. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.

Ventura Boulevard

Thousands run down this dream of being the next Tom Petty. These Jersey Shore copycats – headlining The Stone Pony (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) tomorrow night – just cover Tom Petty instead. Show starts at 7:30. The Young Guns and Private Stock open. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages. Years Spent Cold-Abandon all hope


Years Spent Cold

The tough-core titan’s full-blown chaos, rap-represented name-drops and manic metal mechanics tips its cap to underground hit-mongers Floorpunch and Biohazard. The machine-gun drumming and beasty vocals will certainly induce massive mosh-pitting and self-satisfactory chest-bumps Saturday afternoon at Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton). Eulogy Records. Show starts at noon. Wisdom In Chains, Sicker Than Most, C.S.S. and Roger Klotz open. Tickets cost $10. All-ages.

Burning Jersey

The Hamilton rocker’s power metal gets abrasive in its spazzy choruses, but like Coheed & Cambria are able to maintain a melodic middle ground in the vocals and gifted guitar dancing during the most dramatic parts. After a summer tour and spot start at this summer’s Warped Tour, the guys return to their home away from home – Brewsters (529 Route 130, East Windsor) – on Saturday with a revised lineup and fresh tunes with a certain psycho-circus feel to them. Show starts at 2 p.m. A Clever Con, Audacity, Political Party Crashers and Shadowplay round out the bill. Tickets cost $8. All-ages.


The Philly playas like to fit their progressive-rock bulge into leather pants. Would remind you of The Mars Volta, until the Faith No More-fashioned metallic carnival-funk and slick turntable cuts kick in. And for that, it’s not so hard seeing the big-city invaders sharing the McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) stage Saturday night with Lawrence ska-martians, Karma Bat!, who in itself sounds like a zombie Gwen Stefani whose gone batty on a Tilt-A-Whirl. Show starts at 9. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

Dewey Decimal and the System

A swig of country swing and a beer-bong of Americana-sozzled rock ’n’ roll gets these mountain men - hitting up Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) Saturday night - to the barnyard jamboree on time. Also for fans of Kings of Leon and My Morning Jacket. Show starts at 9. The Bad Notes, Sunchild & the Moonlight Flux and Vose round out the bill. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.

Gleaming The Cube

The Westbury, N.Y.-natives are skate-punk straight down to their high-top Vans. Like you didn’t make that assumption based on their name alone? There’s some speed-metal break downs mixed in, too, so fans of Underdog and JFA should take note. But the guys – hitting up The All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) with 14 Points on Saturday – primary inspiration comes from old Bones Brigade videos and Steve Caballero’s ’80s punk pack, The Faction. You know that’s sound making a huge comeback these days in the punk underground, right? Show starts at 9 p.m. Take Today and Ominous Black play, too. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

Steve Wynn

The ’80s despondency in the Dream Syndicate singer’s lyrical depression on “The Day of Wine and Roses” will remind you of post-punk icons, Joy Division. Wynn – headlining The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) on Saturday - to cheer up on the grunge-rocking solo tip through the ’90s with a notable duet with Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, but is known now for his work with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck in Seattle’s The Baseball Project. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.

Screaming Females

The New Brunswick noise-rock trio offers up Grace Slick-meets-Kathleen Hanna fem-punk eruptions for Boss Hog followers. Also fun for fans of psychedelic riot-girlie outfits under the Bikini Kill umbrella and old school Sonic Youth. The Hub City sensations headline Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park) on Saturday. Show starts at 6 p.m. Full Fancy, No Connection, Sick Fix, Black Kites and Human Failures open. Jersey punks The Kanamits will also come together for the first time in a while. Tickets cost $8. All-ages.

Moscow Girls

The Frantic’s second incarnation will rip it up, break it up and shake it up again! Split for about a year ago to concentrate on separate projects ranging from a tour with The AKA’s to running amok in local super groups Honah Lee and Minnesota’s Calling, the Trenton rockers - whose British Invasion-inspired rebel yells encompass elements of Superdrag, Arctic Monkeys and Blur – will return to its original stomping grounds for a free, one-night only reunion show in The Mill Hill Basement (300 S. Broad St., Trenton) Wednesday night. Hopefully it’s not the last time seeing crew reformed. Show starts at 8. Honah Lee and DJ Johnny Utah are also on the bill. 21-plus.

David Johansen

The glam-rock legend from the New York Dolls promises to “explore the more soulful side of singing” when headlining the Patriot Theatre at the Trenton War Memorial (1 Memorial Dr., Trenton) Wednesday night. Show starts at 7. Tickets cost $25. All-ages.

Deejay Non-Chalant

The Philly mix masher puts his Crookers remixes on the back burner to fire a barrage of b-more-backed ’80s music at McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) for the biggest party night of the year. Outfield’s “Josie?” Check! Eddie Money? Got it. “It’s Tricky?” Oh, yeah! Eddie Murphy’s “My Girl Likes to Party All the Time?” You better believe it! First 25 people get a free copy of the “Meatballs: 8-ighty-8” mix tape. Sets start at 9. Tickets cost $1. 21-plus.

Among Criminals

The Bucks band’s smoke-stained roots-rock and complex drum-jams radiates a groovy Dispatch vibe. Also fit for fans of The Police, Bob Marley and Sublime. The guys headline The All Call Inn’s (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) free pre-Thanksgiving bash Wednesday night. Show starts at 9. Avra opens. 21-plus.

Clifford Adams Organ Jazz Trio

A little trivia. What Trenton-born trombonist starred in The Stylistics’ horn section for its 1973 world tour? The same jazz giant whose solos were featured in Kool & the Gang’s “Joanna,” and whose trio headlines The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) Wednesday night. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.

Nicole Atkins

The Neptune singer’s self-described “pop-noir” exemplifies the gloom found in PJ Harvey with the glee of Jenny Lewis. Her berceuse jazzy numbers also have a Norah Jones feel to them, but in the Grammy winner’s recent edgy-but-beautiful reincarnation. Atkins headlines the Stone Pony (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) Wednesday night. Show starts at 7. River City Extension and Sikamor Rooney play, too. Tickets cost $16.50 in advance, $18 at the door.

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