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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Interview with Désir Decir’s Mitch Cady, Looking Ahead to the North Jersey Indie Rock Fest


Well, the Second Annual North Jersey Indie Rock Festival is rapidly approaching so I wanted to be sure to take the time to actually speak with a few of the artists that are lined up to be performing and since there has been so much focus on the festival’s organizers, Sniffling Indie Kids and Mint 400, why not take the opportunity to spotlight one of the festival newcomers, Désir Decir, a Jersey City band on Killing Horse 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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Sniffling Indie Kids Announce North Jersey Indie Rock Fest Lineup


The time has come to announce the first group of bands for The North Jersey Indie Rock Festival set for September 23 at Cathedral Hall in Jersey City.  We have already given you the two sponsors for the event, Jonathan LeVine Projects and, your’s truly, N.J. Racket.  Now, we present the lineup of bands from, festival co-founder, Sniffling Indie Kids:

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Smock Gets Messy


Last week, at the recently re-opened Meatlocker, the newly formed local super-group Smock arrived on the scene with a riotous set.  Sandwiched between established commodity LKFFCT and fellow new-comers Shred Flintstone, it was the highly anticipated first appearance of Smock, comprised of members from Kult of Mary, Whiner, and Sunflower, that brought the crowd out in force.

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Max Rauch Talks Working With Sniffling Indie Kids: “A label that passionately cares about what it brings to NJ.”


The first time N.J. Racket covered a NGHTCRWLRS show, Cooper took about two hundred photos of the set, and I’d guess about one hundred of those were of the band’s drummer Max Rauch.  His excuse was “that dude has too much fun for me to take pictures of anyone else.”  Totally accurate assessment.  The second time we covered NGHTCRWLRS played out pretty much the same, only this time we introduced ourselves after the show and were thrilled to learn that not only is Max an excellent drummer that has a ton of fun performing, but he is also an incredibly chill and good dude.

Max Rauch is a name you’ve almost definitely heard before on N.J. Racket.  Aside from NGHTCRWLRS, we’ve also covered his other band LKFFCT and we’ve reviewed more albums that he’s recorded and engineered than I can keep track of, including Salt Pepper Ketchup, from our own John Cozz, and most recently Within My World, by Sunflower.  Max is easily one of the hardest working members of New Jersey’s DIY community and I am endlessly impressed by both the quantity and quality that he continues to produce and the knowledge and talent he shares with so many other artists is truly invaluable.  

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