August 5, 2010

On The Beat - Aug.5-Aug.11

Photo by Scott Frost
Singer Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem rocks out at The Great Plaza in Philadelphia on July 29. The New Brunswick diamonds in the rough headline The Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park Thursday night.
Garden State pride was loud and proud last week when the New Brunswick rockers stormed Philly’s Penn’s Landing Grant Plaza. Were the chants of “Jersey” deafening to be heard across the Delaware? Probably not. But singer Brian Fallon took notice. “It’s like screaming your old girls name at your new girls house,” Fallon said with a smile, a Hall & Oates record draped across the monitor behind him. “We have to be respectful. Plus, the Flyers almost brought it home last year.” Not bad for a band who went from attracting a paying crowd of 20 at Trenton’s Mill Hill Basement in 2006 to now drawing thousands of ink-scarred punk purists and mosh-rookie, meathead frat boys. “American Slang,” the punk band’s new disc, is a slice of shore-bred Americana chock filled with intoxication-induced love ballads that’ll have Bruce Springsteen and Kings Of Leon fans serenading their girlfriends and contemplating matching heart tattoos. That record, and 2008’s “’59 Sound,” will make up a majority of tonight’s set list at The Stone Pony Summer Stage (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park). Show starts at 6. Frank Turner and William Elliot Whitmore open. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door. All-ages. Danny Vapid, whose pop-punk resume includes prominent stops in Screeching Weasel and The Queers, brings his more-melodic-less-snooty new band to The Mill Hill Basement (300 S. Broad St., Trenton) tomorrow night. The three-chord energy has this Bad Religion appeal, while the quaint, playful harmonies pay homage to Jawbreaker, Squirtgun and “Kurplunk”-era Green Day – especially in the solemn heart-twister, “A Single Bullet.” Also for fans of The Replacement, Husker Du, “Feel The Pain”-era Dinosaur Jr. and fellow Chi-town indie punks Naked Raygun. Show starts at 10. Downbound City (Verd of 37 Slurp, Joe of Break Away), The Stark Blues and Band of Beards (ex Whiskey Flask Revenge!) round out the bill. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus. The babe-built Brooklyn foursome’s low-fi art-punk rhythm collisions combine the dark and distorted musical turmoil of the San Francisco ’60s acid-rock scene with the fever-y poetic howl of a Karen O. For fans of “Fever To Tell”-style Yeah Yeah Yeahs, School of Seven Bells and The Breeders. The girls headline The All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) tomorrow night. Show starts at 9. The Timid Roosevelts, Steer and The Vast I Am play, too. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus. The Jersey metalers’ Pantera-influenced thrash marches and Hatebreeding tough-core tantrums get the pit-tornado spinning out of control. As for fans of hardcore truth speakers Earth Crisis and Bane, Clive Barker’s mental imbalance and Rob Zombie flicks. The fearsome foursome headlines Championship Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) tomorrow night. Show starts at 9. Mourning, Dark Sacrement, Ollipeist and Machina Infernace round out the bill. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus. The pro-pot Undead-head and former guitarist for horror-punk icons, The Misfits, plays a solo set at The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) tomorrow night. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Ani DiFranco’s bad-boy folkster friend, Hammell On Trial headlines. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 at the door. All-ages. The rocksteady soul-searchers’ “We Can’t Wait” CD hit the streets last week, and On the Beat got saxman Johnny B to drop some knowledge about its musical makeup so that everyone knows what in store for tomorrow night’s live revue at McCormick’s Pub (266 Somerset St., New Brunswick). He said the songs are like “The Skatalites hav(ing) a drink with Memphis (Otis Redding) and NoLa (Lee Dorsey) Soul at the pub with Inspector 7 sitting in the corner waiting for another round.” Yeah, it’s that tight. And heavily jazz influenced, too, for long nights of beer sipping by the lake. Show starts at 10. Tickets cost $3. 21-plus.
Unlike former Up Records label mates Modest Mouse, Doug Martsche’s indie-rock fluttering and caustic lyrical tone never turned out a radio hit here on the East Coast. But that’s never stopped the trio from packing in mid-sized venues and open-air arenas to the seams the last decade, where they mix up favorites with odd covers of M.I.A., Steve Miller and “The Peanuts” theme. Matt Groening is one of the band’s many famous fans that seem to cross all musical planes. Psycho rhyme slayer Cage couldn’t even “get that sound (Martsche) make(s) out of (his) head” when straight-up ganking the jangler “I Would Hurt A Fly” in his head rattler “Ballad of Worms.” Built To Spill makes a local stop at The Stone Pony (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) tomorrow night. Show starts at 7. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door. All-ages. The growls off the Wisconsin death metalers’ new disc, “What Horrors Await,” are reminiscent of “Chaos A.D.”-era Sepultura - where the Larynx isn’t wasted on that wussy emo soft-served fake-core. Also for fans of Obituary and The Black Dahlia Murder. The metal band headlines Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) Saturday afternoon. Show starts a 2. Woe Of Tyrants, Lightning Swords Of Death, Last [Red] Ember, Nightfire, March To Victory, VTT, Orion and The Difference play, too. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $14 at the door. All-ages. The surf-tinged garage pop from these way-out New Yorkers will get your go-go-ing bum a twisting. For fans of The Monkees and The Cramps. The foursome play Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) Saturday night. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. The Doughboys headlines. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.
The local singer-songwriter plays the second day of The Rootstock Music Festival (36 Cpl. Luigi Marciante Jr. Blvd., Jackson) on Sunday. Show starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The two-stage assault includes sets from original, cover and tribute bands the likes of 15 Keys, Friends of Bill Wilson, Instant Karma, Black Dog, Danny Nova, Matt O’Ree, Yasgurs Farms, Dr. Cheeko, Black Reign and Blondsense. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $16 at the door. All-ages. The Jammy winners - whose improvisations takes a page out of Iron Maiden and King Crimson’s song book more than Phish and The Grateful Dead – unleash their scientific progressions from The Stone Pony Summer Stage (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) Saturday night. Show starts at 6:30. Tickets cost $27.50 in advance, $30 at the door. All-ages. The angelic O.C. hard rockers – think a holy-rolling AFI getting paddled with the Ten Commandments by Gravity Kills and Bullet For My Valentine - headline The Wonder Bar (1213 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) Sunday night. Show starts at 4:30. The Wedding opens. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages. The Philly rockers feature an ex member of The Ruining and a peddle-to-the-metal punk stomp reminiscent of an angrier and country-trampled Smoke Or Fire or Off With Their Heads. They roll into Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Lanes) Wednesday night. Show starts at 8. New Brunswick’s Let Me Run, Trenton’s Downbound City and Asbury’s Taylor Allen (Skull Motion) play, too. Tickets cost $7. All-ages.
Scott Frost’s On The Beat concert listing appears in The Trentonian and at every Thursday. If your band is playing around town, email the On the Beat web line at

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