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An Interview with The Bouncing Souls: Raising The Anchor

An Interview with The Bouncing Souls: Raising The Anchor

With nine studio albums under their belt, decades of relentless touring, and countless numbers of highly-energetic shows throughout their legendary career, New Brunswick-based punk rock icons The Bouncing Souls have proven this year that they are still alive and stronger than ever.

This past summer, the band celebrated their 25th anniversary at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park alongside the support of The Menzingers and Ted Leo; both are longtime friends of The Souls, who have also gained a lot of notoriety within the New Jersey punk scene over the years. Not only did The Souls have a chance to briefly come back home in the summertime, the band also continued their annual festival route through Chicago and Denver from playing this year’s Riot Fest as well.

Now that we are moving closer and closer toward the holiday season, it is almost time for every Garden State punk rock lover’s favorite time of year, The Bouncing Souls’ annual Home For The Holidays. Returning to its home base in Asbury Park, The Souls are…

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An Interview with Deer Tick: Year Of The Tick

An Interview with Deer Tick: Year Of The Tick

It's been an interesting year for John McCauley.

The Deer Tick frontman made headlines in August when he was kicked off a US Airways flight, after the airline refused to allow him to bring his guitar onboard the plane as he traveled to the Newport Folk Festival.

Airline kerfuffles aside, 2014 has mostly been a time of positive vibes for McCauley, who was asked to perform a few songs with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic at a special invite-only performance that followed Nirvana’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction. It was a role that Nirvana nut McCauley was well-suited for, as Deer Tick frequently performs Cobain-only covers shows under the moniker Deervana.

Most importantly for McCauley, 2014 marks Deer Tick’s 10th anniversary.

To observe the milestone, the band will perform a unique six-night residency at Brooklyn Bowl from Dec. 26 through 31. Each of the first five nights, in addition to its own songs, Deer Tick will play entire albums by artists they admire—Lou Reed's Transformer, The Beatles' Meet The Beatles, Devo's Q:

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Shoreworld: A Benefit For Jacko - Dec. 20; The Second Annual Monmouth And Ocean County FoodBank Benefit

Shoreworld: A Benefit For Jacko - Dec. 20; The Second Annual Monmouth And Ocean County FoodBank Benefit

The Brighton Bar Hosts Sharky's Machine, A Benefit For Jacko - Dec. 20

As most Shoreworld readers are aware of by now, New Jersey musician and longtime promoter Jack “Jacko” Monahan fell victim to necrotizing fasciitis, a debilitating illness that has resulted in the amputation of his leg. Bands and music scene friends immediately came to his aid, raising money for medical costs to help him move ahead with life. But as we all know, the insurance and medical professions make barely surviving a daunting task and more is needed.

Monahan is best known from his role as frontman for Dirge, Mau Mau Tsunami and Fatal Rage, diverse, attitude-laden bands that helped put hardcore on the Garden State map. But he was also a promotion staple at the Brighton Bar door from the early '80s up until the '00s. A myriad of Brighton Bar “Wall of Fame” alumni owe a direct debt of gratitude for the many years that Monahan gave to music, art and poetry, and I’ve read dozens of record credit dedications…

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Rock Reads: A Seasonal Guide For The Rock And Roll Literate

Rock Reads: A Seasonal Guide For The Rock And Roll Literate

            ‘Tis the season for a celebration of music in words; and in the spirit of giving, an offering of a few last-minute choices for the rock fanatic on your holiday list…

 

I’m The Man—Scott Ian (2014)

Scott Ian is a maniac. The founder and guitarist for one of the most famous and influential speed metal bands ever freely admits so over hundreds of pages of raunchy, touching and incredible stories that make up the personality that helped move a street-grunge, sub-genre of metal into an empire.

Ian, a '70s kid with an unrepentant worship for KISS and the NY Yankees, a survivor of a broken family and an obsession for the loud and fast, pulls no punches on his relationships—both personal and professional—while bringing the reader inside the trials and tribulations of making it big in the most grassroots of bands. I’m The Man also provides interesting portrayals of the groundbreaking fusion of metal and rap that Anthrax helped to forge in the late 1980s, as well as…

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Everynight Charley's Manhattan Beat: November 14 - November 18

Everynight Charley's Manhattan Beat: November 14 - November 18

The Rural Alberta Advantage/The Bowery Ballroom/November 14, 2014

Indie rock trio The Rural Alberta Advantage (also known as The RAA) came together in 2005 at an open stage in Toronto, Canada. Headlining two nights at the Bowery Ballroom, The RAA proved that a Canadian trio perhaps could widen the Americana genre. Led by Nils Edenloff's earnest, unpolished vocals and hard strums on the acoustic guitar, the band often sounded like a folk rock band. His heartfelt, plaintive lyrics pondered universal themes like love and loss, but with a backdrop noting the conditions and concerns of plain folk who experience long, cold winters. In many songs, the words were plentiful, but the easygoing melodies saved them from seeming excessive. Amy Cole's keyboards charmingly magnified the melodies with an indie pop gloss, and Paul Banwatt's energetic drummer gave the songs a driving rock flavor. The collaboration yielded cleverly-arranged music that was delivered with gritty integrity and plain-folk honesty. The band concluded the final encore, a bare bones acoustic "Good Night," by singing in the midst of…

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Farm Aid 2014 @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre

Farm Aid 2014

Walnut Creek Amphitheatre

September 14, 2014

"All of the things we're talking about here are all about power; it's all about corporations telling us what to do. The corporations are forcing our farmers to use pesticides. They own a lot of the farmers' land. They're supplying seeds to the farmers from Monsanto, seeds that you have to use their pesticides to make things out of." - Neil Young

 

"I gotta tell you, I love fresh tomatoes. I love fresh cucumbers. I like cheese. And I like fresh milk. I like coffee, and I like beer." - Dave Matthews

 

RALEIGH, NC—At this year's Farm…

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Ben Ottewell: Rattlebag

Ben Ottewell

Rattlebag

The End

What’s the recipe for an astounding album? Well, first you take two parts country, equal parts rock ‘n’ roll, then a dash of heart and soul, and finally, find an artist who can exemplify all of this successfully. Said artist is Ben Ottewell, and said album is Rattlebag, his…

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