Spowder Releases Miracle Grow Music Video


Well folks, looks like miracles do come true.

This one comes in the form of the trippy “Miracle Grow” music video from Spowder, off their April release, Health Palm.  Spowder’s one of the local DIY bands that’s been creating a ton of buzz in the past year having released an absolute killer album on both State Champion Records and Sniffling Indie Kids, recently announced they will be playing with the Screaming Females at Monty Hall for the second straight year, were one of the headlining bands at the Second Annual North Jersey Indie Rock Festival, and now approach the close of 2017 with this video for their most hard hitting track.  Check it out below…

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Mutual Interest Single Release: Sunset on a Perfect Day


On of my biggest pet peeves is when band’s are defined in terms of other bands instead of given the credit for their own individuality and creativity.  When you read things like “They sound like Green Day,” it’s usually bull shit because even Green Day doesn’t sound like Green Day anymore, but that’s a conversation for another time.  Point being, I was a little ashamed of myself when I listened to Mutual Interest‘s upcoming album Better Than I Expected and immediately thought to myself “holy shit! they sound like The Smiths….sans Morrissey’s pretentiousness.”  But so much that made so many people fall in love with The Smiths is present in Mutual Interest, from the jangling post-punk riffs to the melodramatic new wave tones, and if you doubt me, listen for yourself.  The premiere of their single “Sunset on a Perfect Day” is streaming below.

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Hodera’s First Things First is as Real as it Gets


There’s a ton of great music coming out of the New Jersey indie scene these days from a ton of talented artists, but there are certain intangible qualities beyond sheer talent which are responsible for a piece of music being able to truly resonate with people on a level that exists deeper than enjoyable listening.  Such an album was given to us by Hodera and Take This to Heart Records in First Things First.

On November 3, Hodera celebrated the release with a show at The Brighton Bar in Long Branch along with Save Face, Secret Stuff, and Halogens.  The venue was packed with an enthusiastic and attentive crowd.  To have followed these guys’ work and to see them receive the feedback and support First Things First has brought them has been nothing short of remarkable.

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Teenage Halloween Gets Posi With Eternal Roast


One of the youngest and yet most accomplished bands in the New Jersey DIY scene for the past several years has been Teenage Halloween, originally from Asbury Park.  On October 20, the band released the highly anticipated Eternal Roast on Get Better Records and Fistolo Records.  It was the band’s first formal release since 2015’s It Was Weird, But It WorkedTeenage Halloween celebrated the EP release with a show at New Brunswick’s Mt. Moon with good friends Fire is Motion, Ghost Camp, and Spowder.

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Big News From The Vaughns


One of New Jersey’s most exciting and promising young bands, The Vaughns have been gaining more and more attention as of late.  Following their 2015 release tomfooleryThe Vaughns had released the single “Santa Cruz” back in May of this year and debuted a music video in September.  

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Exclusive Interview with Not Just A Boys Club


When you go to a show, it’s more than likely you’ll see a bunch of guys singing songs about girls breaking their sensitive artsy hearts.  It can be very daunting for anyone who doesn’t connect to what these people are saying, but wants to support local art and music. Luckily there are organizations like Not Just A Boys Club (NJABC) taking steps to change this. NJABC is an organization who’s purpose is to celebrate  feminine-identifying people. On November 4th, they will be hosting their third annual event at Debonair Hall in Teaneck, New Jersey. John Cozz of N.J. Racket got the pleasure of sitting down with them to talk about their roots, beliefs, and the future of NJABC. 

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