January 14, 2010

On the Beat: Jan. 14-20

Rumpelstiltskin Grinder play an all-ages show at Championships Sports Bar and Grill in Trenton on Saturday
The jangle-pop nice guy’s tight harmonies will remind you of Barenaked Ladies, Hootie and the Blowfish and Ben Fold Five. And there will be plenty of melodies to suck down at McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) tomorrow night. Show starts at 9. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.
When not getting fancy-pants in its emo harmonizing and sweeping guitar progressions, these Flemington Slip-knoty fire breathers plant pulverizing metallic monstrosities through you skull a la Job For Cowboy. Also for fans of Between the Buried and Me, Killswitch Engage, new-nu metal bands with wuss lead singers and modern WWE walk-in themes. The trio is working on an EP. In the meantime, they’ll headline Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) tomorrow evening. Show starts at 5. Antarctica, Decaying Crypts, Among the Forgotten, WishMeWell and Purge The Plague round out the bill. Tickets cost $10. All-ages.
The maniac Philly slime-corers high-velocity metaling barks with an energy that can only be described as Anthrax slamming Vodka and Red Bull shots with Dying Fetus. A mash of rocket-fueled grind-core sensationalism hidden on the Relapse Records crushing roster of bands - the beat bashers headline Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) on Saturday afternoon. Show starts at 2. Trenton thrashers Triggered Impulse - who scored an opening slot for Nile at The Trocadero in Philly on Sunday night – are also on the bill, alongside Zombie Mortropolis, NoN-SToP!, Last [Red] Ember. Awjita, Fisthammer and Demilitia. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.
Mesmerizing and melodic creeper-core – think Quicksand, Failure and A Perfect Circle – won this Wayne outfit a record contact with Germany’s Bastardized Recordings. The rockers - playing the Mill Hill Basement (300 S. Broad St., Trenton) on Saturday - feature ex-members of Nora and The Fire Still Burns and a rhythmic flow that falls somewhere between post-core hair-pulling and nu-metal melodica. Also for fans of Hum, Snapcase’s “Bright Flashes” and the Deftones. Their “Distance Waits” EP drops in April. Show starts at 10 p.m. The Great Explainer and Communication Redlights play, too. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.
The dance-funk hip-hop cover boys hit up McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) Saturday night. Show starts at 9. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.
It’s good to see the former Husker Du drummer still focuses his aging punk angst on peppy power-pop heard on “You’re The Reflection of the Moon,” the lead single off the St. Paul’s legend’s October release, “Hot Wax.” Not one to hide from his past issues with Bob Mould – they reunited in 2005 but have trashed each other in the media a couple times since - Hart is a nice enough guy to make friends out of the Foo Fighters, who usually invite the local legend on stage when Dave Grohl and the boys roll through Minnesota. He’ll hit The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) for a free show and meet-and-greet on Saturday afternoon. Show starts at 3. All-ages.


The North Jersey prog-instrumentalists are the first-ever rock band to utilize the Erhu – a two-stringed bow instrument used by China’s Northern Song Dynasty in the 10th century – in its metallic-psychedelic fusion. The music houses a dreamy landscape in the rhythms with a bit of an edge you might catch in high-brow tech-torrent bands like Dream Theater. In 2008, their song “Rising of the Sun” was picked as the theme music for the Chinese basketball team at the Summer Olympics in Beijing. On Saturday, the crew co-headlines The Stone Pony (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) with Verity In Stereo. Super Volcano and Defog open. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10. All-ages.
Lightning crashes once again for this former Live singer – the highlight of Asbury Park’s Light of Day 10th Anniversary celebration this weekend, who’s done little since playing a waiter in the ’99 flick “Fight Club.” The post-grunge radio-rockers are said to be looking for a new singer after it was alleged Kowalczyk demanded a “$100,000 lead singer bonus” to appear at last year’s Netherlands’s Pinkpop Festival. He also reportedly sold the entire rights to Live’s songs to Black Coffee Publishing Inc. “I Alone” - seems so Mr. Kowalczyk, who’ll be going stag to Saturday’s headlining gig at the Paramount Theatre (1300 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park). Show starts at 7. Joe Grushecky & the House Rockers, Willie Nile, Jesse Malin, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, Andrea Parodi, Bello, Outside the Box, Anthony D'Amato, Rob Dye, Danny White, Jon Caspi, Lisa Bouchelle, Bobby Strange and Bruce Tunkel round out the bill. Tickets range in price from $25 to $150. All-ages.
The buzz-loving, Scandinavian-worshiped trash-rock icons spent the last two decades packing houses in Norway and rocking fictional “Soprano” bars without ever getting the warm embrace they deserve from its Trenton hometown. At least Tom Jorgenson’s city mail route – and frigid Swedish winters – traps him in town these days so when there’s new tunes to try an audience out on he can call on famed City Garden’s Randy Now to give a stage to rock. The Neckbreakers’ new recording, “Pop of the Tops” – a play off the British music chart show and trio’s first disc in about a decade - features the band’s typical high-energy rock ’n’ snot. It’ll also shake, rattle and roll the vintage vinyl - it can’t help to emulate - off the walls of The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) at Sunday’s record-release celebration. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Telstar Records. Plainfield Slim & The Groundhawgs open. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 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.