July 15, 2010

On the Beat: July 15-21

Let's Get It headline an all-ages show inside the The Mill Hill Basement Saturday night.

Early Graves

The pissed-off dispatch of the San Francisco slayer’s month-old CD, “Goner,” (Metal Blade Records) blends scaring death-core and Entombed-taught thrash with modern-day metallic bloodletting for instilling fear into the human race. Crushing stuff to say the least. The musical monsters – who have web reviewers comparing the throwback track “Old Bones” to vintage Minor Threat – headline Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park) tonight. Show starts at 8. California’s Funeral Pyre, New York’s Tiger Flowers and Tom’s River’s An Open Ended Sky round out the bill. Tickets cost $10. 18-plus.

Honah Lee

The job-dodging Trenton alt-rockers’ split EP with The Plurals has gotten some nice press lately. Philly’s Examiner online addiction say the band – while spelling their name completely wrong throughout the article – have “the rare ability to succeed in the confined space of three minutes and distorted guitars along with melodies that will get stick in your head for days on end.” They’ve been touring all summer long with road trips to New York, Fairfield, Pompton Lakes and New Brunswick coming up. Until then, they’ll headline McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) tomorrow night. For fans of The Replacements and Weezer. California’s The Scarred and The New Threat, and Central Jersey’s Radio Exiles (Jimbo of Garden State Soul fame) round out the bill. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

The Movement

The Pocono party poppers’ cascading electronics and synth-shocked bedazzlers – think Chromeo, Soft Cell and the theme to the ’84 Saturday morning cartoon classic “Kidd Video” – get its neon glow on at Six Flag’s Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Live & Local stage tomorrow night. Show starts at 6:30. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

Candy Hearts

The female-fronted New York outfits’ bubbly jolly pop and kooky lyrical liveliness will get you in the mood for Go Sailor, Rainer Maria, The Summer Set, and ’90s janglers Juliana Hatfield and Mary Lou Lord. The foursome headline Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park) tomorrow night. Show starts at 8. The Sundials open. Tickets cost $8. 18-plus.

Let’s Get It

“Duck, Duck, Grey Goose,” the effects-driven pop-rock dittie off the Ohio band’s 2009 EP “Digital Spaces” (Fearless Records), nicely represents the current wave of Warped Tour bands that seem rely less on searing guitar and puffed up vocal yells and more on electrified keyboards and harmony-heavy sing-along choruses that get stuck in your head for hours. Their sound is this generations Panic! At the Disco – who were the first successful band of the millennium to melt club-like beats with pogo-prompting punk rock. Fall Out Boy utilized these electronic additives, too. As do Let’s Get It label mates Mayday Parade, whose infectious pop rhythms and target audience – trendy teen girls in neon sunglasses and scenester boys in excessively tight jeans who look to score with said girls – are basically the same. The Dayton five-piece – who have more than 4,000 fans on social network PureVolume.com - headline The Mill Hill Basement (300 S. Broad St., Trenton) Saturday night. Show starts at 5. The Blue Pages, Stay, Return To Gold and Somersault Sunday play, too. Tickets cost $10. All-ages.


The fist-flying trench punks fight for the rights of the everyman – and pot-smoking cop haters, too - with ’70s-inspired riot rock with a Minor Threat temper and classic skin-ska state of mind of Citizen Fish. Also for fans of Swingin’ Utters, Rancid, The Clash and GBH. The sharpies headline Championship Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) Saturday afternoon. Show starts at noon. Bull Dozer, Rough On Rats, Barcode Youth, Not In Public and Mahlors round out the bill. Tickets cost $10. All-ages.

Among Criminals

The politically minded Philly ragga rockers – think State Radio with a Mars Volta-like, Latin energy - headline the All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) Saturday night. Show starts at 9. Amleah and The Vast I Am open. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

Resident Stone

The Atlantic City five piece, whose fuel-injected hard-rock restorations sound a lot like Black Label Society, headline Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) Saturday night. Show starts at 9. Mind Fish and A Light Divided open. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.

Jonah Delso

The Drexel songwriter made headlines in 2008 when he won a 2008 Internet search to open a sold-out Coldplay concert at the Wachovia Center. Since then the Rancocas Valley High School graduate’s been specializing in a charming, acoustically centered indie-folk mesh of Flaming Lips and Citizen Cope. More recently, the bassist for the Philly “fractured-pop” band Goodnight Lights flexed his ukulele muscle when scoring the music to the indie flick “Exit 117.” Labeled as New Jersey’s take on “The Breakfast Club,” Delso will debut tunes from “Exit 117” at a screening of the movie at The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) Saturday night. Show starts at 8. Tickets cost $10. All-ages. Drexel

True Witness

The New York-based worship rockers’ angelic alt-pop resurrects Six Flag’s Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Live & Local stage on Saturday night. For fans of Jars Of Clay and DC Talk. Show starts at 6:30. Hopewell’s Selkow plays, too. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.


The punk rockers have a noisy, take-no-prisoners, Germs feel to them that can get a little crusty. They play Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) Sunday afternoon with Teen Wolves and Threatening Youth Show. Show starts at 4. Tickets cost $10. All0-ages.

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Annie Minouge

The sultry-voiced singer got to open for David Lee Roth once. Her songs also appeared on “The Real World” and “Dawson’s Creek.” She even shared a stage with Steve Mill Band. You’ll love her if you dig on Shawn Colvin and Joan Osbourne. And if have time to wander between getting wet on Congo Rapids and a bucking, white-knuckle run on El Toro, Minouge will be featured at Six Flag’s Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Live & Local stage on Sunday night. Show starts at 6:30. At Sea opens. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

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The barbarous babes have been riding the lightning of their immense popularity all across the nation this summer. The titty-triumphant Metallica tribute band even scored a gig in Alaska next month. Metal purists like that the Philly gals – opening for Electric Six at Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park) Sunday night – tend to concentrate their set lists around Metallica’s early records. But there’s some angry postings popping up on their Facebook complaining that “St. Anger” and “ReLoad” tracks remain absent from their shows. Those people are lame and should stay home with their Creed records anyway. Show starts at 8. Township plays, too. Tickets cost $8. 18-plus.

Bright and Early

Former High Court singer John “JB” Browne continues to diss those pretender bands that refuse to keep it real with his new pop punk project, starring on The Ernie Ball Stage at tomorrow’s Warped Tour stop in Camden and at The Mill Hill Basement (300 S. Broad St., Trenton) Tuesday night. On the track “Something Personal” he takes shots at the new wave of pop punk bands making bank these days and how they concentrate more on staying trendy than evolving the anti-establishment/DIY spirit the genre was born out of. He “never looked right in V-necks or tight clothes/never looked good in high tops and camou (and) won’t strike a pose like All Time Low.” Why? Because, “Hey, it’s rock ’n’ roll,” he says on the track, “And it’s not OK to forget what you know.” For fans of Valencia and The Early November. Show starts at 7. Someone Just Like You, Reckless and The Cretins play, too. Tickets cost $10. All-ages.

Trenton House Society

The city techno-heads’ twisted turntable tumbling force your back up off the wall at BT Bistro (3499 U.S. Highway Route 1, Princeton) every Wednesday night. For fans of Frankie Knuckles, Kaskade and Raze’s “Break For Love.” Sets start at 9. Free. 21-plus.

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

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