June 10, 2010

Miss TK: More Cowbell, Please!

Miss TK & The Revenge: NO BITERZ! from Mr. Record on Vimeo.

Love this band, Miss TK & The Revenge from Asbury Park. More Cowbell, Please! Disco, dance-punk with electro influences. Fun stuff for Peaches and Rapture fans. Features ex-Lifetime members.

Here's the press thingy (album comes out July 13):

Led by the husband and wife duo of Tannis "Miss TK" Kristjanson on vocals, and Ari Katz aka "Mighty Lion" on drums, the six member gang of Miss TK & The Revenge have been dropping scattered bits of their punk disco dance hits since their 2004 debut XOXO on the legendary NJ punk label Gern Blandsten. Formed in the wake of the short lived Zero Zero (Katz has also spent the last 20 or so years as the singer for influential NJ punks Lifetime), Miss TK & The Revenge have been deep in the studio producing new tracks for the past few years, resulting in the dynamic new LP The Ocean Likes To Party Too. Steeped in the vibe of the group's Asbury Park beachfront digs, The Ocean Likes to Party Too is a bonfire beachparty jam from the raunchy opening grooves of "Beachmaster" to the breezy convertible bounce of "Saturday" through the tweaked out electronics of "Shimmy Sha." Beneath a sheen that hits on Blondie, M.I.A. and !!! they slow burn through endless grooves under the watchful eye of producer Alap Momin of Dälek (Momin also co-wrote two of the album's tracks). Ernest Jenning Record Co. is kicking off a new era of TK by reissuing the (previously digital-only) impeccably produced double blast of No Biterz / Future Power on 7" single for the first time, and immediately following it up with the full out non stop bounce-groove jam of "Ocean" this Summer.

On the Beat: June 10-16

New Brunswick's Communication Redlight play McGuinn's Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence, NJ) with Honah Lee and others Saturday, June 12. James Popik
The Hopewell roots rockers’ spirit-driven blues, piano boogies and stylized guitar work show an appreciation for Jeff Beck, The Allman Brothers and classic Eric Clapton. He plays a free show outside the Trenton Marriott (1 W. Lafayette St., Trenton) tomorrow night. Show starts at 5. All-ages.

A Friend Called Fire

The ChiTown trio’s five week “An American Daydream” east coast tour lands at McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) tomorrow night. Their music is high-energy melodic rock that incorporates a commercial heavy metal edge you’d see in a Three Days Grace or Linkin Park with the emotional zeal and volume turned way up. “An American Daydream” is the band’s brand new record. Show starts at 9. Ewing’s Local Demise headlines. Karma Bat, Satellite Hearts and Kinetic Culture round out the bill. Tickets cost $5. 21-pluse.

Brick Mower

The Keensburg trio’s offbeat indie pop, left of the dial post-punk quirks and fuzz-rock makeup take you back to a time in the college radio universe when the soothing sound of an analog 7-inch recording combined with a low-frequency signal gave you the sense that underground music had no boundaries. Here the gang sounds like a combo of The Breeders and Sonic Youth, but with a juvenile punch that screams DIY or die. Case in point, they produce their own split cassette recordings. Brick Mower play The All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) tomorrow night. Show starts at 9. Bordentown’s The Timid Roosevelts headline. Philly’s The City Music Project play, too. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

Animal Train

The volatile and punk slush from these female-led shout-at-the-top-of-your-lungs Upper Darby, Pa., snot rockets’ tuneless angst fights the power that be. Classic punk rock with a message? How quaint. The trio headlines Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) tomorrow night. Show starts at 9. Dead Zebbra, Stomping Ground, The Disappointments and The Choices round out the bill. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.

T.J. Nix

It’s “Blues in Disguise” when this local harp throb jams with Trenton guitar icon Paul Plumeri Sr. The music has a sweet swing shuffle to it that infuses heart-damaging soul, jazz and jive-jumping rhythm and blues. The crew, which also includes Angelo DiBraccio, Nick Hutton, Jerry Monk and Michael White, will debut a new album at The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) tomorrow night. For fans of Muddy Waters’ “Hoochie Coochie Man.” Show starts at 7:30. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.

The Timepiece Mechanics

The Haddon Heights emo rockers headline Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) Saturday afternoon. Show starts at noon. Along Those Lines, Running Late, Ruckus at the Zoo, Aspiga, The Brain Farts, Agent Mofo and The Ocean Heirs open. Tickets cost $10. All-ages. t.gunn (Communication Redlight) with The Gaslight Anthem

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The New Brunswick rockers’ post-core pleasantries combine the essence of mid-’90s melodic punk a la Texas Is The Reason, Gameface and Farside with the hard-working musical ideals and dulcet-yet-danceable break downs of basement babies Let Me Run. Passionate stuff also for fans of Shades Apart, The Casting Out and Burning Airlines. At McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) Saturday night. Show starts at 9. Honah Lee (Philo, Moscow Girls, Rape Babies), The Dead & Gone and Mya Run round out the bill. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.
The Trenton pop band slide in a little Southern rock vibage in a Kings Of Leon sort of way on “You Don’t Know” – a track off their new CD “Untamed Animals,” set for release at The All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) Saturday night. Show starts at 9. Shaun Ruymen opens. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.
The North Plainfield rockers’ cute and cuddly pillow pop – think Ben Folds-meets-Jack Johnson – slides into Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) tomorrow night. Also for fans of John Mayer and Darius Rucker. Show starts at 9. Keith Moody & My Band, The Late Night Drifters and The Reverend Christopher Eissing play, too. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.
Texas In July-Elements Live

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The Lancaster, Pa., sound extremists unleash their God-mosh inferno on Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) Tuesday afternoon. For fans of August Burns Red, As I Lay Dying and Norma Jean. Show starts at 4. Taking The Tide, An Early Ending, Dirge of Methuselah, Tides In Nevada, Life In Ancient Seas and We Dream Of Solace round out the bill. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $14 at the door. All-ages.

The Indiana band’s (No Idea! Records) guttery Irish rock with acoustically gruff, working-class folk-punk antics and jub-band effects – highlighted by cello, electric bass and violin – is fun to jig to. And there’s two cute chicks in the band, too, to rub onto at their headlining gig at Asbury Lanes Tuesday night. Show starts at 8. Local stalwarts Downbound City (ex-Break Away, The Frantic) and Nick Harris (Checkers NJ, The Ruining) and DC’s The Max Levine Ensemble round out the bill. Tickets cost $8. All-ages.
The hardcore hoser’s hedonistic ear clobbers fuse classic thrash (Pantera) with melodic choruses (All That Remains), eh. The Canadians, which just dropped its second record “Vigilance,” are aboot to hit the road with Swedish death metal legends Dark Tranquility. In the meantime they’ll test out the new record on the metal maniacs that hang out at Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton). The band headlines a show with tech-tyrants Revocation (Relapse Records) Wednesday afternoon. Show starts at 4. Triggered Impulse, Orwell, NoN-SToP!, Within Cold Blood and Another Vendetta play, too. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $14 at the door. All-ages.
Scott Frost’s On the Beat concert listing appears in The Trentonian every Thursday and on www.trentonian.com. If your band is playing around town, email the On the Beat web line at djscott111@aol.com.