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New Jersey's Original Alt-Weekly

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    The Anchor’s Bend, Asbury Park

    New Jersey has really chipped in when it comes to our nation’s most well-known comics. As far back as the early days of vaudeville, guys like Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were hard at work entertaining us with their vaudevillian style of guffaws to radio, TV, and movies. Their hit show, “The Abbott and Costello Show,” really put them over the top and featured plenty of pratfalls, slapstick and plenty of slaps too! Ouch! The famous duo got their start at various nightclubs and venues in New Jersey and New York.

    Trenton’s own …


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    Noordzo – Shark Funeral Songbook

    When you hear about Mike Noordzy, many different musical textures come to mind. While he has been featured on many rock records, he has always mixed things up and kept his options open. Some of the current or recent projects he’s been part of include El Noordzo, a bizarre combination of an Afro-Cuban jazz band that interprets music by Nirvana, The Misfits, Talking Heads, The Pixies, The Beatles, Radiohead. He is also half of the jazz duo, Fly Me to the Moon, which features guitarist Chris Welcome. He is featured with The High Standards trio, …


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    BlowUpRadio.com, where NJ rock lives, is once again bringing together some of the best local indie musicians for the 11th annual Banding Together: Benefit for The Spondylitis Association of America this fall.

    Every year Shoreworld gives props to Lazlo and his benefit for Spondylitis. Lazlo is one of New Jersey’s leading music aficionados. His BlowUpRadio show has been showcasing New Jersey original bands for years, and his love of music and the scene is unmatched by most. I’ve known Lazlo for a couple of decades, and he always comes through for musicians that would otherwise most likely go unnoticed by …


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    The good folks over at Little Dickman have come through again with new, cutting-edge music and the bands that perform it for us. This next offering is a two-band split project, containing two songs from the band High Waisted and two from Minneapolis-based The Coax. And while The Coax may not live here on the East Coast, their label and labelmates consider them family as we also do. Same goes for NYC High Waisted. Although considered a city band, their touring and recorded music brings them to our coast on a regular basis, and I felt this was a project …


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    Ever since I reviewed Taylor Tote’s eponymous EP back in 2015, she has continued to impress new fans and make great strides in the world of music. A native of Tinton Falls, NJ, Tote and her top-notch band have been taking the musical world by storm. Since I last covered her four-song project, Taylor has continued to perform many high-profile out of state shows including venues in NY, PA, MD, DE, TN, CA and potential upcoming shows to AZ and VA. Her audience continues to expand gaining exposure across the nation at each show.

    Taylor has performed at the world’s …


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    Halloween is mere days away, and in that evil spirit I dig up an oddity from my dark and misguided youth. Horror…those black, velvety horror honeys that paraded around on late-night TV. You know, the ones where some scantily clad vixen would roll monster flicks like, Them, I Spit on Your Grave, and Hill House, while you swigged cheap cherry brandy and ate popcorn. And for years, thousands of New Jersey and Pennsylvania youth were hypnotized on Saturday nights by a buxom zombified beauty named Stella, The Man-Eater from Manayunk, played by Karen Scioli. Her show was called …


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    Ricky is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and arranger from Irvington, NJ whose music style is formed around reggae rock.

    Ricky is part of the Berklee College of Music, Class of 2021. He received his first instrument for Christmas at the age of 1. At the tender age of 4 years old, Ricky started taking music classes at Music Together and dance lessons at Stories in Motion, both in South Orange, NJ.

    Ricky was accepted by the Newark School of the Arts to study drums at the age of 4. When Ricky was 8 years old, he would go with …


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    Joe Michelini could have just sat back and formed another band like River City Extension and done all right. He could have just said, “I’m going to follow the typical formula and play pop-based rock,” and he would have been fine. But instead, he decided to really go his own way and play and produce original music that fits him and his timeline and so far, it’s worked out well for him. In anticipation of his most unholy release, Tentanda Via, and in the service of his most loyal followers, The American Trappist Offers, Amuse-Oreille, Vol. 1, with …


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    Dave Simmons has graced these pages in the past, and it’s nice to see him back with new music and directive to boot. I’ve known Simmons for many years now. First, as a member of different area bands, and then as a friend and fellow guitarist. While we had not stayed in touch a lot, I was always aware of his continued foray into playing and writing in other situations. When he came to me with his 2012 project, This New Life Of Mine, for review, I was pleasantly surprised with his direction and playing prowess. He then submitted …


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    Sonny Kenn has been at the forefront of rock-and-roll since the 1960s. Kenn is credited with starting the rock scene here in New Jersey, and I can understand why. Even before the standard names register, Kenn was there first, tearing things up and leaving the locals starving for more. He got his real musical start with Sonny Kenn and The Starfires (featuring future E-Streeter, Vinnie Lopez) in the mid-60s before evolving into Sonny Kenn and the Wild Ideas. Kenn also played in a trio with Southside Johnny called Maelstrom. He has been around since day one, and his contributions to …


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  • 11/22/17--07:00: Shoreworld – The Carousers
  • Long Branch, NJ has always been a mainstay for punk rock. Going back into the ‘80s, The Brighton Bar was the home of New Jersey punk here in the east, and it continues to be so to this day. Thanks in large part to Greg Macolino, owner of The Brighton Bar, punk continues to reign supreme in Long Branch through old kings and new emperors alike. The one thing about Long Branch and its music scene that can be said is that it lends an air of supreme originality when put up against other areas that claim to be the …


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    Hailing from Asbury Park, NJ, the Cold Seas is primarily the brainchild of guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter, Chad Sabo, who started out solo, posting his folky demos to Facebook and SoundCloud. Through a friend, his music caught the attention of Roc Nation, which in 2014 signed him to a publishing deal and immediately picked up one of his songs, “Never Ending,” for Rihanna to record on her album Anti. Sabo also produced the recording. He then set about putting together a band, recruiting players he had met through the local gig circuit: guitarist Erik Rudic, bassist Matt Castoral, and …


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    Ah, it’s almost that time again kids. Reindeer and tinsel, presents and last-minute shopping so stressful that it shaves years off our lives. Santa and elves dance their merry dance while humankind takes pause, stopping their onslaught of violence and mayhem to give a break to the holiday of togetherness and love. Yes, it’s Christmas time, and in that caring spirit, we come together to explore the world of our next Shoreworld compatriots.

    Yawn Mower is a two-piece fuzz, garage, rock, surf duo from Asbury Park, NJ. Since their inception in 2015, YM has released two EP’s — Get To


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    Photo by Kristen Driscoll Photography | www.KristenDriscollPhotography.com

    I’ve had the privilege to be friends with Tom Kanach for some 35 years now. Kanach got his start with the well-known Monmouth County punk band Mischief, and he hasn’t looked back since. Mischief released one record before disbanding out of the need for growth. Tom then went on to form a band called Well of Souls, which was a continuation of Kanach’s pop sensibilities and songwriting prowess. Influenced from everything from early Beatles, to The Dead Boys and David Cassidy, Kanach honed a lean and mean craft as a writer, moving way …


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    From somewhere amid the suburban sprawl of southern New Jersey comes Blank Pages’ brand of indie pop. Led by guitarist, singer, and songwriter Greg Potter, the band has been creating their unique brand of rock ‘n’ roll for more than 20 years. It’s a familiar story. Hearing a Beatles record for the first time at age five fueled Potter’s obsession with melodic rock music. He took up the guitar, started writing songs, and recorded so many demos on his four-track cassette machine that the heads wore out. Potter formed Blank Pages in college to focus on his evolving melodic, guitar-driven …


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    I’ve mentioned several New Jersey-based record companies in my column. The most featured label to date has been Asbury Park-based Little Dickman Records. But now we have another Shoreworld area label that deserves mention and I wanted to talk about them and discuss what they do for the local community.

    MOTO Records is a collaborative independent record label that aims to provide state-of-the-art recording opportunities at Lakehouse Recording Studios, as well as continued professional resources and artistic support before, during, and after the recording process. The label is run by Artist Program Directors (Albie Monterrosa, Eric Novod, and Jon Leidersdorff), …


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    Mike Montrey’s professional music career began in 2001 with the formation of the band Water. Water earned themselves a cult-like following from several tours that included performances at SXSW, as well as famous clubs such as the Knitting Factory, Stone Pony and many other well-known music venues across the country. Mike was invited to join the seminal rock band The Samples, which lead to several worldwide tours as the guitarist for the group. The Samples keyboardist, Karl Dietel, appears on several past Mike Montrey band releases and regularly performs with them in live settings.

    Mike Montrey Band is releasing their …


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    Joey Affatato, member of The Carousers and working stiff over at Asbury Park’s MOTO records, is also part of The Ramparts Rebel. The Ramparts Rebel is a punk rock band from Trenton, NJ. The group has been throwing itself into great heaps of performing work, playing throughout the tri-state area and logging countless hours in the recording studio. The band currently consists of Joey Affatato (vocals/guitar), Johnny Ott (guitar/backing vocals), Mikey Groch (bass), and D.T. Graves (drums). They draw influence from bands such diverse and heralded groups such as Green Day, Ramones, Jimmy Eat World, The Gaslight Anthem, and many …


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  • 01/17/18--04:00: Shoreworld
  • Gail Petersen – The Hollow Canyon Band: Performing at International Blues Challenge
    Memphis, TN.
      New Jersey’s Gail Petersen has appeared several times in Shoreworld in the past. As a member of The Catholic Girls, Petersen has demonstrated time and time again her talent and dedication to her craft as a songwriter. The Catholic Girls got their start back in the eighties after the band was formed with childhood friends Petersen, Roxy Andersen and Doreen Holmes.

      After learning their craft and playing all over the area, the girls ended up landing a deal on MCA Records. The band launched …


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  • 01/24/18--07:00: Shoreworld – Stacie Rose
  •   It’s the dawning of a new day for New Jersey native, Stacie Rose. As she prepares to release her next upcoming album, she reflects on many years of music making, recording, rocking in and around New Jersey and New York City, and the things that set this collection of songs apart from her past body of work. For a great while, Rose has set her sights on creating a string of songs with a more live, “in the moment” type of feel. This time she figured out the way to approach things in that manner. She has figured out …


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