“I’ll Have Anything But an Everything” Review from Weird and Wonderful Words


Weird and Wonderful Words out of Matawan released their four-track EP, I’ll Have Anything But an Everything, on July 21, recorded and produced by Bear Away Studios and mastered by Timber Studios.

Like dipping a toe into a chilly pool before jumping in, “Boy With the Golden Toe” is a 29-second track that eases the listener in with a dreamy intro before “High Fives All Around” transitions into a five-minute stunner. Going hard for the first half, the melody recedes to clear the way for Anna Lad to perform spoken word over atmospheric guitars and soft percussion. “The air grows stale with time and so do I,” she repeats, the vocals chant after her, and the track fades away gently.

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Interview with Steven Donahue of Do Your Worst and Don’t Worry


Steven Donahue is a name that a regular N.J. Racket reader would be familiar with.  He’s well accomplished with two prominent New Jersey bands, both having celebrated releases in the past year; Young Legs with Petal and the Page and the Big Drops most recently with Time, Color.  Donahue also has another, more behind the scenes, project along with Kyle Wilkerson and Sarah C. called Do Your Worst and Don’t Worry (DYW) which records live video performances of local bands in episodic format.  DYW has worked with some of the best bands the state has to offer and has created remarkably high quality material for a DIY production.

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Bar None, Killing Horse, and Little Dickman Records Lineups for the North Jersey Indie Rock Fest


After weeks of anticipation, here we are at the final lineups announcement for the Second Annual North Jersey Indie Rock Festival, which will be on September 23, at Cathedral Hall in Jersey City.  Fourteen bands have already been announced from Mint 400 Records and Sniffling Indie Kids.  As if that wasn’t enough, here are ten more bands from Bar None Records, Killing Horse Records, and Little Dickman Records.

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Single Premiere: Trim Yr Limbs, by Glazer on State Champion Records


State Champion Records has bolstered their already impressive lineup with the addition of Glazer, longtime stalwarts of the New Brunswick DIY scene.  The band has been described as anything from post-pop to grunge, post hardcore to newgaze, which, if such contrasting descriptions mean anything at all, should speak to the truly original sound they have created.  

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Anticitizen Makes Statement with Promo 2017


Anticitizen, from Hacketstown, NJ, released 2017 Promo back in May.  For a band that has been releasing music since 2013, this two track promo is a statement of reaffirmation of everything this group is about.

As the name would suggest, Anticitizen is an anarchist punk band, and if you believe it, they don’t sound super happy about the state of the world.  The first track, “Bricks Not Ballots,” is a riotous, fast paced ripper with rapid fire vocals that sound like they’re being fired from a machine gun.  

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The BarrBarians Are Here to Mess Your Shit Up


The BarrBarians are a fresh new band out of Asbury Park – perhaps you’ve heard of it.  And yes, BarrBarians is spelled with an extra R for extra ROCK, and no I will not apologize for that horrible joke.  You’re here, you knew what you were getting yourself into.  Their debut eponymous album was released back in March of this year.  Of course, N.J. Racket is late to the party, but it’s still better than high school when we wouldn’t have been invited at all.

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