Sour Goat

Rock / Reggae / Indie
North Plainfield, NJ

Formerly Milan, the New Jersey-based musical group’s self-described style is “Roots, rock, reggae with that East Coast sound.” Sour Goat has a modern rock sound that blends varying ethnic musical forms, solid lyrics that tell a story, and a live sound that focuses on jams, sing-along choruses, and classic guitar and drum solos.


Metal / Hardcore
Sayreville, NJ

Featuring violent guitar riffs, pulsating double bass, and pit-provoking breakdowns, UIA’s sound is balanced by captivating melodic vocals. This ever-evolving brand of sound proves a truly visceral experience time and time again, leaving their growing fan base salivating for Reflections release.


Metal / Thrash
Rockaway, NJ

Formerly LockJaw, Warhorse is an up-and-coming thrash metal band from New Jersey, combining aggressive speed with melody and hooks. Warhorse is comprised of five members who each bring their own unique style and playing abilities to the table.

Under Spinning Lights

Pop-Punk / Electronica
Long Island, NY

Party-pop quintet Under Spinning Lights from Long Island, NY, are known for fusing pop-punk and electronica to create tunes that are catchy, energetic, and make you want to dance! These handsome individuals have been compared to Cobra Starship, Forever The Sickest Kids, Breathe Carolina, Owl City, and Cash Cash.

Dave Pittenger

Rock / Acoustic / Pop
New York, NY

Dave Pittenger is a NJ native who has toured 26 states and Canada and has shared the stage with bands like Hootie And The Blowfish, Sister Hazel and Blues Traveler. Pittenger is currently writing new material for a new record to be produced by Chris Kuffner (Ingrid Michaelson).

For The Record

Poughkeepsie, NY

For The Record released their debut EP, Fair Love And War, in March and “Push,” the band’s first single, has already gained radio play. With a wide range of influences, their live show is an energetic mix of sing-along melodies and a crowd that always wants more.

Memories In Play

Acoustic / Pop Punk
Long Island, NY

Memories In Play fuses cutting edge musicality with innovative songwriting. In an attempt to bring an original yet alternative, pop-punk sound, MIP has combined today’s catchiness without sacrificing musical talent and innovation. “Everyone has their own story to tell, and we feel that music allows us to express ourselves in ways words simply cannot.”

Bern And The Brights

Indie / New Wave / Shoegaze
Montclair, NJ

Bern And The Brights are known for their evocative and energetic live show. With radiant chemistry and strong musicianship, they create an infectious, positive emotion that takes over and transforms any room. Their “effortless genre-bending” sound has been compared to artists such as R.E.M., Dave Matthews Band, Jeff Buckley and Coldplay.

Marilyn Is Dead

Hardcore Electronica
Iselin, NJ

Move over Chiodos and A Day To Remember; with any luck—Iselin, NJ-based Marilyn Is Dead will have rooms bursting with dancing hardcore kids with a sweet tooth for synths and soaring vocals. Oh, and don’t forget the Cher-worthy bridges that evolve into growling breakdowns.

The Accelerators

Punk / Pop Punk / Garage
Union, NJ

The Accelerators, influenced largely by the Ramones, were started by singer/bass player/songwriter Ron Nole in 1981 with talented but troubled lead guitarist John T. Hansen, backed by Dave Ross on drums. The Accelerators have recently completed a new LP, Do You Remember Punk?


Screamo / Post-Hardcore
Bergen County, NJ

Sexy as hell, and fueled by an appetite for sausages, destruction and lots of coffee, the New Jersey born band Sherazada is taking the New Jersey music scene by storm. The boys say they have one common goal—Sherazada is on a mission to bring eargasms across the country.

Gerald Edward

Folk / Rock / Pop
Pompton Lakes, NJ

Gerald Edward is part of a new generation of singer/songwriters continuing the American rock tradition. At times modern rock, folk pop or blues tinged neo-soul, his songs cut across genres. His sound is comparable to John Mayer, David Gray, Elliott Smith, and The Beatles.

4 Responses

  1. josh

    why is washington square park on this list? they sound like every other new jersey punk band that can’t play their instruments or sing in tune

  2. Tim

    Don’t hate Josh!!!
    All of these bands earned their spot by being the best N.J has to offer!!!

  3. Sean

    You guys are sleeping on very original band called LET IT GO from NJ! LET IT GO did beat most of these bands in this years Break Contest and played at Bamboozle..Just a thought


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