Will Wood is one of the most interesting and captivating artists on the N.J. indie scene. His creativity is boundless, his charisma unmatched, his intensity intimidating, his philosophies confounding. A Will Wood performance is more stimulating than an 8-ball straight to the dome and will absolutely not leave you limp. But when faced with the question “Who is the real Will Wood?” the answer is still elusive.
On March 18, at Backroom Studios in Rockaway, New Jersey, Will Wood put on a one-night-only performance entitled “The Real Will Wood,” which was filmed and recorded for an upcoming dual live album/video. In Wood’s own words, “This party [was] a multi-cam film production in high-def, high-fidelity, high-on-mescaline glory.” I spoke with him earlier this week and he guaranteed me that I would be surprised. But then, I never doubted that.
Asbury Park’s PRIM released their debut EP, Awake Again, back on January 30. The band is led by singer/songwriter Jenna Murphy, who is joined by Erik Romero (also responsible for the EP’s production, engineering, and mastering), Jeff Lane, Chris Beninato, and Mike Linardi.
The EP is remarkably dynamic, with emotional highs and lows coupled with musical climaxes, giving Awake Again an overwhelmingly powerful impact. From the first listen, I was enthralled with this album. Instrumentally, the sound is so dreamlike, and you can easily get lost in trying to peel away the layers of the guitar, piano, bass, and drums which are all so distinct but still come together to complement each other and the vocals so perfectly.
On March 18, at Backroom Studios in Rockaway, New Jersey, Will Wood will be performing for a live concert film and live album release entitled “The Real Will Wood.” This event is guaranteed to be a true spectacle, as Wood has established himself as one of the most theatrical and thrilling artists on the scene. You can (should) PURCHASE TICKETS TO THE SHOW HERE. It is already approaching a sell out, so act fast.
Adam Bird was previously the frontman for the band Those Mockingbirds, however his last release was the single How the Story Goes in 2015. Recently, Bird has began work on a new project under the moniker of “a BIRD” and is looking to begin releasing new music in the coming months for the first time in years. N.J. Racket had the chance to catch up with Bird over the past few weeks and we discussed the new a BIRD project as well as where he’s been since we last heard from him with Those Mockingbirds. Check out what he had to say below.
Last Saturday, John Cozz hosted a release show for his new album, Salt, Pepper, Ketchup, in the basement of the Underground Skate Shop in Newark. The show featured an impressive lineup, paintings on display from local artists, homemade Taylor ham, egg, and cheese sandwiches, and well over a hundred people packed into the basement. I’ve previously written a review for Salt, Pepper, Ketchup in which I praised John for his D.I.Y. attitude and all of the hard work he put into creating this album. It was really great to see him get the payoff he deserved with this show, so first and foremost, congratulations, John.
The calm before a storm, the lights are dim, beers in hand, and the sound-check is over. The Vaughns are set to open the Experiment 34 album release show at The Asbury Park Yacht Club. There’s usually not a crowd so large for the opening band, but The Vaughns, consisting of Anna Lies, David Cacciatore, Ryan Kenter, and Tom Losito from Springfield, are not a typical opening band. I have been looking forward to this show since I first heard their album Tomfoolery and can I just say, if you haven’t been listening, you are seriously missing out.
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