March 4, 2010

Dillinger Escape Plan - Insane to the Mem-brain

Morris Plain's Dillinger Escape Plan keep drop the crazies on us as we await the release of the math-metal maniac's new CD, "Option Paralysis," - set to drop March 23. "Farewell, Mona Lisa" is the first single and video. It's nuts, spazzy and hectic. What else would you expect from the DEP? Pretty phyched that they'll be at Coachella Festival in April. In an interview I did with the guys a few years back, I mentioned that Dillinger was listed as appearing at the mega concert on one of those fake posters that always "leak" before the lineup was annouced. I remember them saying something in effect of that they were cool enough to be at one of those shows. Enjoy the video - it's a scorcher!


On the Beat: March 4-March 10

The Dollyrots play The Record Collector in Bordentown Monday night.
The Jersey Shore slime-core carnivores’ musical bloodletting blends old school thrash with grind and skate punk. And it’s earned the foursome appropriate opening slots for AxCx and D.R.I at Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) on March 28 and May 29, respectively. Until then, they’ll headline the Trenton metal club tomorrow night – sharing the stage with Dead Womb, The Sex Zombies, Kill The Fall and Double Or Nothing. For fans of Suicidal Tendencies and Dave Mustaine spoken word. Show starts at 9. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.
Make sure to thank raven-haired beauty Dena Bonfonti – and her sensual strutting of En Vogue’s “Hold On” - for bringing the necessary sex appeal this soul-strutting wedding band needs to let their inhibitions loose on McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) tomorrow night. Show starts at 9. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

Tumbleweeds seem to dance across the thoroughfare of this Lambertville roots bluesman’s MySpace page. That’s eight friends including everyone’s bud, Tom since logging in last March. But that’s not why it feels so rustic. It’s actually Kline’s cowboy croons and down-on-farm country twang. There’s killer harmonica and depressing love tunes, too. And check out this for a motto; Kline - rolling into The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) tomorrow night – says on his MySpace that he’d “rather squeeze a pound of soul into one note, than to play 250 notes.” That’s got to hurt. Show starts at 7:30. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 at the door. All-ages.

Chicks in skin-tight, studded-leather bodysuits playing Judas Priest songs? That’s got to break some kind of law. Yeah, but it sounds pretty awesome, too. The New York glam gals are “Heading Out to the Highway” this weekend – rolling into The Stone Pony (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) tomorrow night. Show starts at 7:30. Tickets cost $10. All-ages.


The Beantown bashers “sanctified their soul” – as heard on their MySpace page – by extending their trademark metalcore sound to a full-on harmonic attack aimed at rock-radio domination. Former members of the Century Media family, the guys still shred with the best of them – leading to a tour last year with Korn. Also for fans of Shadow’s Fall and Killswitch Engage. They’ll headline Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) on Saturday afternoon. Show starts at 2. Edge of Madness, who by the sound of their monster vocal kills you’d never think they had a female at the helm, open the show. Burial Mound, Edge of Existence and Dementis play, too. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $14 at the door. All-ages.


“Big” Joe Leming and his moonlighting Motowners – guitarist Mike “Led” Lenyo and drummer Mark Pultorak – rock ’n’ roll a free show at Pete’s Steak House Tavern (523 Whitehorse Ave., Trenton) Saturday night. Did you know Pultorak gigs with The Supremes? Coolness. Show starts at 10. 21-plus.

Radical Supernatural

The South Jersey disco-funk copycats headline McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) Saturday night. Show starts at 9. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

Richard Barone

The wordsmith behind no wavers The Bongos leapt into a profitable career as a solo artist after the band’s demise in the late ’80s. David Browne, in a review of Barone’s 1990’s “Primal Dream” for Rolling Stone, wrote that “Barone is fast moving beyond the limited vocabulary of 12 strings and wimp-pop vocals.” Later on collaborations with Jill Sobule (“I Kissed A Girl”) and production work landed his songs on “The West Wing,” “Dawson’s Creek” and “Felicity.” On Saturday he’ll hit The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) armed with a ukulele for a tribute to Tiny Tim. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.


Tobe Hooper’s favorite punk buzz saws invade Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park) Saturday night. The Brits, whose style was often described as a cross between Husker Du and Motorhead, are touring in support of their ninth album, “The Stormy Petrel,” released recently on No Idea Records. Show starts at 8. Yesterdays, Bridge & Tunnel and Lemuria open. Tickets cost $12. All-ages.

Bring Out Your Dead

Bane and Comeback Kid share in the same old school ideals and death-defying vocal punches as these Long Island hardcore hit men, headlining the Mill Hill Basement (300 S. Broad St., Trenton) Sunday afternoon. Also for fans of One King Down, Snapcase, pile-ons and hardcore dance moves like picking up the change. Show starts at 5. Detonate Records label mates The Progress are also on the bill along with Cranbury post-punks A Lesser Evil – who just released its “These Old Streets” EP - New Brunswick’s John Wilks Youth and straightedge hard-corers, Outlast. Tickets cost $8. All-ages.

The Timid Roosevelts

Cute. Quirky. Kind of tired of describing the Parker sister’s indie pop outfit quirky and cute. Shoot. Did it again. How about eccentric Bordentown sisters churn charming shy-and-sly college pop with a bashful-by-the-bunches melodic nature? That’s better. Fun for fans of Los Campesinos!, Tegan and Sara and adult trick-or-treaters. The gang’s smile-a-minute road show hits Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) Sunday afternoon. The benefit show starts at 2. Static Radio, Full Of Fancy, Lemuria, The Sirs, Post No Bills, The Tea & Whiskey, Curious Buddies and Radio Exiles play, too. Tickets cost $10. All-ages.

The Dollyrots

Foxy Floridian Kelly Ogden’s sugar-pop singing style may conjure up visions of Avril Lavigne, but combined with her backing band’s Green Day-styled three-chord punk slugging it’s hard not to think Runaways either. In fact, The Dollyrots – headlining The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) Monday night – made a fan out of Joan Jett when both were featured on the 2006 Warped Tour, prompting the original Runaway to sign the trio to her Blackheart Records. The Dollyrots have an arsenal of new tunes to their disposal while on tour with Bowling For Soup this winter. Their third full length is scheduled for release this summer. In the meantime, the band just put out its “California Beach Boy” EP, for which the single “Dumb” was donated to Songs For Haiti 2010 Earthquake Relief. For fans of Cub, The Muffs, lip gloss commercial themes and punching Hanna Montana in the face just because she tries way too hard to be edgy. Show starts at 7. Tickets cost $5. All-ages.

The High Society

The Bucks crew Circa Survives on the melody-enriched post-punk made famous on the now-generation’s Vans Warped Tour, but with sentimental wordplay aimed at drawing the tone-def All Time Low fans over to the intelligent side of the mosh pit. The guys headline a festival-style fundraiser for at Polanka Park (3258 Knights Road, Bensalem, Pa.) Wednesday evening with drama-core newbies Life On Repeat (Equal Vision Records), whose cover of Miley Cyrus’ “Party In the USA” is hit within the blog universe. Get there early to check out the hottie singing for Philly metal band The Power Sense. Hubba, hubba. Show starts at 6. Atlanta’s I Rival, Virginia’s Conditions and hardcore homies, Since The Collapse (Langhorne) and A Dream Worth Dying For (Bensalem), round out the bill. Tickets cost $10. 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 web line at