Craig Finn @ Maxwell’s

HOBOKEN, NJ—During my drive to Maxwell’s on March 1, I couldn’t believe the day had arrived that I would be seeing Craig Finn perform live and in person. The lead singer of the rock group The Hold Steady released a solo album, Clear Heart Full Eyes, in January and …

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Cage The Elephant: Southern Style Kick

Bowling Green, KY, natives Cage The Elephant present the harder side of Southern influenced rock with Matthew Shultz’s rhythmic vocal delivery and raw lyrics. Shultz’s voice paired with energetic punk guitar riffs, funk bass and drum grooves creates a unique sound that comes across well at live performances. After relocating …

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Skid Row: A Walk Down Memory Lane

Heavy metal, sometimes confused for glam rock, group Skid Row has mostly remained under the radar in recent years despite their checkered history throughout the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Without original members, singer Sebastian Bach and drummer Rob Affuso, the group still puts forth their best effort on tour …

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The English Beat: Legendary Ska Comes to Jersey

Revolutionary English ska act, The Beat (known as The English Beat in the U.S.) is proving that things are better when they are together. After the group fell apart in 1983, members ventured into new but similar acts (Fine Young Cannibals and General Public) and solo releases. In 2003, the …

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The Morning Of: Success On the Horizon

Female-fronted rock/pop band, The Morning Of, has displayed nothing but patience since their first EP in 2007, Welcome Change, Goodbye Gravity. They quintet bided their time, writing, recording and touring, knowing that their vibrant piano-fueled tunes would one day soon launch the group’s career. Their latest release, The Way I …

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Bell Biv DeVoe: Poisonous R&B

When popular R&B group New Edition went on a hiatus in 1990, original members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe decided to join forces and create Bell Biv DeVoe. The R&B group’s first album, Poison, contained hit after hit for the group including “Poison,” and “Do Me!”, …

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The Twees: Infectious Indie

The Twees have been straddling the fine line between indie and garage rock to create a genuine New York City sound since their inception. Using lineup changes made at the beginning of this year as a springboard to impress live audiences and record new material, lead singer Jason Abrishami’s deep …

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Rasputina: History with a Twist

Cello-driven chamber trio Rasputina have captivated listeners with their haunting melodies, historically-based lyrics and Victorian era costumes since the early ‘90s. Their latest effort, Sister Kindhook, released last month is a sonic return to their first album, Thanks For the Ether. Rasputina showcases the power of the cello …

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Anders Holst: Intimate Evening of Jazz

Anders Holst is a Swedish born, now New York City-based, adult contemporary jazz artist that uses easy listening jazz melodies paired with delicate lyrics and a soulful voice to create music that is not just about love, but genuine romance. Holst’s unique voice and blend of pop and jazz make …

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Maxwell: The Garden Gets Soul

In the early-’90s when R&B singer Maxwell recorded his first album, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, Columbia Records kept it on the shelf. The album was released two years later in 1996, and it instantly went platinum. Maxwell took a break from the music industry between 2001 and 2009, and …

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