Blink-182 @ Starland Ballroom

SAYREVILLE, NJ—When asked the question, “What do you like to do for fun?” the answer is always concrete and simple: Go to shows. In my opinion, there is nothing like the experience of a concert—the energy, raw talent, and feeling of a sore neck in the morning from jamming. Having …

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Interview with Noctum: Making The Final Sacrifice

I recently stumbled across one of the most interesting metal bands I’ve heard in quite some time that hails from Sweden. They go by the name of Noctum, and they just released a new record on Oct. 29 through Metal Blade entitled Final Sacrifice.

Tobias Rosén, the group’s bassist, …

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Maria Mar’s Local Radar: Statik Silence

My local rock squad, we meet once again. Wednesday has become the greatest day of the week, because we can chat local music, of course. Week to week, I try to open my ears and expand my knowledge of the various genres in the local music scene. My goal with …

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Maria Mar’s Local Radar: The Battery Electric

It’s Wednesday again, which means Local Radar is upon us. I had such a tough time deciding what act to write about this week, as I have so many choices! Hey, no complaints here, it’s a great problem to have. In fact, the best problem I could ask for. Thanks …

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Maria Mar’s Local Radar: Black Stars

My Wednesday friends, we meet again. It’s my favorite time of the week to chat local music with you all. Music submissions have been flooding my inbox as of late, and that is always a great problem to have. With everything from reggae and metal to alternative, punk, pop and …

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Interview with The 1975: Hitting The City

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you’ve been hearing “Chocolate” by The 1975 on almost every radio station. One of their best traits as a band is that they can make the crossover from a pop market to an alternative one with no problem …

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An Interview with Atlas Genius: Living In The Now

It seems like Atlas Genius quickly became one of the biggest bands in alternative rock. However, they have paved their way for success with hard work, dedication, and a love for the business. Their debut album, When It Was Now, was released in February, and singles such as “Trojans” …

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Maria Mar’s Local Radar: Swim.

Local rockers, we are together again! These weeks seem so long that we are apart, and Wednesday has certainly become my favorite day of the week. So, let’s kick it off with some more exciting things that have been happening on the local front. My friends in Brick + Mortar …

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Interview with Dave Hause: A Chance To Be King

Back in July, I made the trip to NYC to see a favorite group of mine, The Gaslight Anthem, for a showcase sponsored by Red Bull Sound Select at Irving Plaza. There are specific times in life where I’m glad I’m an early bird, and this show was one of …

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Maria Mar’s Local Radar: Ardvark Smile

My local rock stars, we meet once again. I’ve been noticing a big difference at the attendance of shows lately, which means you are getting off your butts and supporting the scene! Whether it’s my constant demanding of your presence (which I am not sorry for) or you guys are …

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