February 4, 2010

On the Beat: Feb. 4-Feb.10

Poor Righteous Teacher, Wise Intellegent, joins Rakim and Brand Nubian on stage at the Trenton War Memorial's Patriot Theatre, Friday night
The erotically named New York blues performer’s music is often in a state of flux. Although inspired to play electric guitar through his appreciation for Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones - and eventually becoming one of the top visionaries in the ’90s modern blues scene - the 49-year-old candy-store-owner’s son incorporated pop and hip-hop in his start-of-the-century recordings. And if that didn’t sound like a crazy clash, Chubby - whose name matches his immense girth - headlines The Trenton War Memorial’s Patriot’s Theatre (1 Memorial Dr., Trenton) tonight a couple years after constructing a country-punk CD, “Vicious Country,” with wifie, Galea. Show starts at 7. Tickets cost $25. All-ages.

The Texas-toasting cowgirl’s gravy train – and country-fried campfire tunes – mosey into The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) tonight. It’s classic pop Americana you hear at Southern “American Idol” auditions, but with Woody Guthrie-like venom in its true-to-life lyrical mastery. For fans of Jewel and LeAnn Rimes. Show starts at 7. Jim Rowland opens. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.
DJ Kava
The New Brunswick selector sets the head-nod on bobble when spinning the dopest plastic from deceased beat miner J Dilla in the basement of The Court Tavern (124 Church St., New Brunswick) tonight. Dilla – the Jay part of Madlib’s Jaylib project and Slum Village’s deejay - also orchestrated fly production on A Tribe Quest’s “Beats, Rhymes & Life” and The Pharcyde’s “Labcabincalifonia.” Sets starts at 10. The Mad Notes play upstairs at 9. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus. The Supersucker drops the punk-rock snarl act for Hank Williams-dusted country-bumping and Whisky-drenched bar blues when rolling solo these days. The rocker - whose latest release, “Old No. 2,” features a frightening photo of a tatted babe dropping a deuce on the cover – headlines Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park) tonight. Show starts at 8. Tickets cost $10. 21-plus. Trenton hip-hop will always been defined by this Poor Righteous Teacher – rocking his first city set since 2008 tomorrow night at the War Memorial’s Patriot’s Theatre’s (1 Memorial Dr., Trenton) “Return of the God MCs” showcase. Be it his hip-hop party-movers or poetic-yet-militant vocal awakenings, Wise sets the standard for Trenton emceeing by educating and uplifting with his lyrics while promoting provocative thinking to a hungry hip-hop underground nationwide. And even as the most accomplished rapper to emerge for Trenton, Wise refuses to let whack, money-motivated trends blind his scientific wordplay. Of course, Wise spent the ’80s “Follow(ing) The Leader” – that “Microphone Fiend,” Rakim, whose headlining set a tomorrow’s show will most definitely “move the crowd.” Show starts at 8. Brand Nubian and Wu-Tang Clan members Cappadonna and Masta Killa light up the stage, too. Tickets cost $35, $45 and $75. All-ages. The Pennington blues-rock jammers – think Grateful Dead and early John Mayer - headline McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) tomorrow night. Show starts at 9. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus. Led by the gritty-yet-energetic holler of second-generation performer Brooke Rachel Shive, the Bucks County foursome get your hips-a-shaking with tight musicianship and a soul-rock vibe inspired by the spirit of Janis Joplin and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Rachel – a Newtown, Pa., resident and soap actress whose father sessioned with Hall & Oates – leads the band into The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) tomorrow night. Show starts at 7:30. Shore singer Cara Salimando plays, too. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.

The Jersey street-punk’s time-warping exploits and nihilistic temperament embodies the climate-clash of Britain’s harsh, hardcore underground of the late ’70s featured in truth-speaking, anti-heroes Discharge and GBH. Lineup shifts through the early 2000s - including punk-rock outsourcing to AFI and Murphy’s Law – led to the band’s premature break-up. The spikey-haired hooligans, however, reformed in 2004, are said to be working on a follow-up to 1998’s “C.B.H.” and are slated to headline Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park) tomorrow night. For fans of The Casualties and Rancid. Show starts at 8. Despised Reunion, Night Birds, Radio Exile and Teenage Whoremoans round out the bill. Tickets cost $8. 18-plus.


The Bostonian brain-scrambler’s vulgar display of power is sparked by glorious, well-calculated and tyrannical thrash-metal guitar insanity, demonic vocal spazzing and destructive drum turbos. Their Relapse Record’s debut, “Existence Is Futile,” represents a verity of maniacal musical fusions - from the groove-metal hell raising of Pantera and A Life Once Lost to the spastic lunacy of Every Time I Die and prog-metalcore of Misery Signals. Pretty powerful stuff – and best yet – there will be no wuss emo choruses damaging the speakers at their headlining gig at Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) Saturday afternoon. Show starts at noon. Hypnose, The Binary Code, Triggered Impulse, Thrasher, NoN-SToP!, Humanity Falls, Slutty Earth, The Necrophiliac Yacht Club, After the Genocide and The West Memphis open. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.

Jed Steadson and the Kumas

Trenton folklore contends Steadson and his crew of merry minstrels’ “cheesy,” “yacht-rock” songstyles were greeted with mild success in the 1980s on the South London pop charts – only to crash in burn throughout the cocaine era. Well, they’re set to reunite for one night of pop-rock thrills in the Mill Hill Basement (300 S. Broad St., Trenton) Saturday night. Don’t be shocked if you recognize the cast of characters that make up the band. Strangely enough, the five-piece finds its inspiration from local luminaries Moscow Girls, Boxcar, Jac and Mad Elephant in their musical compositions Steadson himself described to On The Beat as “catchy pop tunes played with expert precession, which have relevant emotionality.” Show starts at 9. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

Heroes Anonymous

The Hopewell ragga-rappers – think SX-10, 311 and Matisyahu – will be jammin,’ man, at McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) with Mercer pop-rockers Selkow Saturday night. Show starts at 9. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

Dennis Diken and The Bell Sound

When Ronnie Spector, Nancy Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Frankie Valli needed a studio drummer in New Jersey, they called in this Smithereens original – set to headline The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) Saturday night. Diken went solo with “Late Music” this past September – earning praise from a number of critics for its ’70s-style radio-pop feel. Or as Fountain of Wayne’s Chris Collingwood explained, Diken “paints a dreamy, wistful landscape that fondly recalls The Lovin’ Spoonful or ‘Pet Sounds’ on steroids.” Show starts at 7:30. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.

Echo Movement

The stoney roots-rock wailers claim “God smokes weed,” and “was high when he made (them).” And they know it because they “feel it in (their) DNA.” Yeah, sounds like they burn more than the ganja when reshaping vintage Bob Marley – that Trojan and Upsetter rhythms - into their own brand of suburban-bred reggae. The Shore dub-steppers will attract fans of Pepper, Badfish and State Radio on Saturday when headlining a concert at the – appropriately named here - Stone Pony (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) to celebrate what would have been Bob’s 65th birthday. Show starts at 8 p.m. Quincy Mumford, Can’t Hang, The Irie Sound and The Ice Picks play, too. 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.