Hear Me Roar Women Artists along with Asbury Park’s The Saint hosted Electric, an all-female rock showcase featuring seven – yeah, friggin seven – of the best female-fronted acts in the area, including Tara Dente, Bone and Marrow, Emily Grove, Ila Minori, Girl, Jane, and Bi Tyrant. Hear Me Roar is planning a series of events in the greater New Jersey/New York area in an effort to promote and connect women artists, and if you get the chance to check out a show, I highly recommend it based on the wealth of talent we saw at this show.
Anyone out there attempting the big dream of “making it” in music knows how enticing it seems to be able to play a show in New York City at (insert name here) lounge/bar/club – that is, until it’s 2 a.m. and you’re still not home. You’re alone on the PATH train surrounded by a handful of drunks who spent their evening partying and having fun with their friends. You sit and stare at them wishing you were as drunk but knowing you still have a 45-minute drive after you get off the train.
This past Saturday, I went down to Asbury Park to catch a show featuring dollys (returning from their tour), Vasudeva, Toy Cars (also back from their tour), and the North American. Now, at N.J. Racket, we love dollys and Toy Cars, but to be fair, we’ve already written about them a bunch recently, from the Sleeping Patterns album review to the EP release show in New Brunswick and the North Jersey Indie Rock Festival in Jersey City. So, to keep this website from appearing to be solely dedicated to these guys, we are only going to be talking about The North American and Vasudeva. Sorry guys, but you need to share our attention.
Not many things could get me to commute across the George Washington Bridge on a Saturday night, but for a lineup like The Gray Company, Hiroshi Jaguar, Bible Gun, Rita Fishbone, and Whiner (with the added bonus of SAVING THE ANIMALS), I got my ass in the car and hit the road for the 73 See Gallery & Design Studio in Montclair, New Jersey. Major props to Maegan Broccoli for bringing together an amazing group of artists both illustrative and musically inclined. On top of seeing the bands, I was able to acquire a new kitty pin, illustrated by Maegan, that will forever live on my camera bag and remind me of my evening and the animals at the rescue shelter!
I’ve seen Minor King on so many different lineups in the past two or so years, but the stars have aligned in such a way that I had never been able to catch a full set until this past Sunday at Hell’s Kitchen Lounge in Newark. These guys are really impressive with how they blend a smooth, soulful sound with hard rocking riffs in a way that is truly unique from any other acts I’ve seen around the state.
A week or so ago, a buddy of mine asked if I wanted to catch Speak Low if You Speak Love, a side project of Ryan Scott Graham, at Brighton Bar on Saturday. Of course I wanted to go. That’s kinda the whole point of what we’re doing here, right? But still, I had to laugh when he asked me. The two of us had seen Graham’s other band, State Champs, about a year ago when they opened for Wonder Years and Motion City Soundtrack on Black Friday at Starland, and that night ended with a fist fight on the shoulder of Rt. 35 at 2am, so I was really hoping this show would go differently.