North Jersey Notes: .Gyre., Santino Noir, Heroes Of Toolik and More!

I recently got an email from the band .Gyre. from Weehawken, NJ, asking me to check them out. Let me start by saying that I love when bands email me to check them out because it’s like a present, and you never know what kind of band it is until …

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North Jersey Notes: My Bitter End, A Lesson In Violence, and More!

One of my boys from Aarius Studios in Sayreville, Pat Linfante, recently told me about the band he’s been playing with out of Middletown, NY. Their name is My Bitter End, and yes, they’re not from North Jersey, but they recently performed at Dingbatz in Clifton, and you can’t …

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North Jersey Notes: 3D Rock Band, Murder League All-Stars, Judge The Fallen and More!

I was recently emailed about a unique and amazing band out of Bergen County. I mean, I’ve heard of brothers performing in the same band, but I’ve never heard of a father-son-daughter outfit. To be brutally honest, I rolled my eyes when I first read the email because I wasn’t …

by   |  11/21/2012  |  Comments (3)

North Jersey Notes: Brand Of Julez, The Compulsions, Sekond Skyn and More

While I was searching through reverbnation.com for a band to feature this week, I came across a diamond in the rough. The name of the band was Brand Of Julez, and they’re from Bronx, NY. This hard-rocking trio might be one of NYC’s best kept secrets. I fell in …

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North Jersey Notes: Black Summer, Atom Strange, Audio Insight and More!

One of bands I’ll be playing with this weekend at the Harry Dullys Memorial Show at Dingbatz is a band out of Long Island called Black Summer. Now, with a name like Black Summer, you have to be cool! Anyway, I wanted to hear what the other “black” band …

by   |  11/07/2012  |  Comments Off on North Jersey Notes: Black Summer, Atom Strange, Audio Insight and More!

North Jersey Notes: Xero Gravity, Scarlet Carson, Marc Rizzo and More!

Would you believe that I’ve wanted to feature this band since the summer? I saw these kids at Raceway Park’s Summer Jam, and I thought they were amazing for a young bunch of metalheads! I was mostly impressed with the bass player Jack Rose. Oh and by the way, the …

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North Jersey Notes: Slam One Down, Ripface Invasion and More!

I recently went to a birthday party for my old guitarist and current Black Water Rising member Dennis Kimak when I ran into former Swear On Your Life bassist Shane Train. I always love spending time talking basses with my bass brothers, but then Shane handed me a CD and …

by   |  10/24/2012  |  Comments (1)

North Jersey Notes: The New Royalty, The Compulsions, Sanitarius and More!

A friend introduced me to the music of Freehold, NJ’s The New Royalty, and I got to say that this female-fronted band has really tickled my fancy. Singer Bree Iafelice had incredible range in her vocals and amazing stage presence that can put her line with some of the …

by   |  10/17/2012  |  Comments Off on North Jersey Notes: The New Royalty, The Compulsions, Sanitarius and More!

Local Noise: In Cages

In Cages have been hitting the scene in a big way recently, most notably with a performance at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, as well as New York hotspots such as Sullivan Hall, the Parkside Lounge, and Bar East, among others. But their favorite venue right now is …

by   |  10/10/2012  |  Comments Off on Local Noise: In Cages

North Jersey Notes: Orbynot, Audio Machine, Murder League All-Stars and More!

A couple of months ago, I emceed an event at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ, and one of the stagehands helping out was a kid named Tony Gabriele. Tony apparently remembered me from the many sold out shows that I performed up at Dexter’s in Riverdale, so I took a …

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