Hurricane Sandy Update: Lavallette And Ortley Beach

I spoke with Joe Barcellona by phone this week, and he told me that like most, they are waiting for the insurance company red tape to unravel. After months of claim denials, Barcellona is understandably exhausted about talking on the subject. “There is truly not a lot to say about …

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North Jersey Notes: Beyond Visible, Queen V, David Marcus and More!

Another band that I will have the pleasure of sharing the stage with on July 20 at the Jersey Shore Music Festival at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, NJ, is an act from Red Bank called Beyond Visible. I’ve played with these guys before at a memorial for my fallen …

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Hurricane Sandy Update: Belmar Talks Hurricane Sandy Aftermath – Half A Year Later Through The Eyes Of Its Residents

We continue our coverage of Hurricane Sandy with another look at the Belmar area. When you speak to beach town residents, the ongoing feeling is still one of suspicion when it comes to real timelines of rebuilding and regaining the quality of life they lost, but also one of encouragement …

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North Jersey Notes: Meatplow

My featured band this week isn’t from North Jersey, but these guys need to play up here! Their origin is South Jersey—and I don’t mean like Seaside Heights South Jersey! I mean piney South Jersey! I swear that these bands down south are some sort of metal mutants! The name …

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Hurricane Sandy Update: Belmar – Will Things Ever Be The Same?

We’ve been moving up the coast, speaking to musicians that have lived through one of the worst storms of recent times. Some have come through minus cherished items, memories and instruments, while some have been fortunate enough to dodge that bullet. Stories of limited help from government agencies and insurance …

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North Jersey Notes: Dive, Gotham Rocks, InDisguise and More!

My bro Tom Herres from Scarlet Carson recently posted something on Facebook stating that he was asked to go on tour and play bass for a band called Dive. But wait! Tommy, you’re a singer now! Leave the bass playing to bass players! Who’s going to sing for Scarlet …

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North Jersey Notes: Ten Ton Mojo, Seas Of Wake and More!

My boy Jonnie Rockitt from Panzie* was telling me about a band he was going to see at The Trash Bar in Brooklyn a few weeks ago while I was also heading into the city. Of course, he was urging me to go to Brooklyn to check these cats out, …

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North Jersey Notes: Unlocking The Truth, Pheroze, Syka and More!

My bud and former manager, Andrew Gelardi, recently hit me up on Facebook IM to tell me about some band of 11-year-olds that he saw performing in the streets of New York City. Yes, the streets! Not a club or a bar because they’re only 11 years old. Normally, I …

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North Jersey Notes: Answer Infinity, Iratetion, Deal Casino and More!

It’s funny how people come in and out of your life. It’s also funny how they come back into your life. I’m not sure if I’ve written about this band Answer Infinity yet, but if I did, they’re worth the mention again. You see, guitarist Mark Tiarra did some vocal …

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North Jersey Notes: New Theory, Black Water Rising, Panzie* and More!

One local Jersey band that I am absolutely obsessed with lately is a group called New Theory out of Port Monmouth, NJ. The harmonies, the melodies, and the heaviness of their songs really gave me wood. One of the act’s they claim to sound like is Tool and I have …

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