North Jersey Notes: Wildstreet, Christine Martucci And More!


I recently received a friend request on Facebook from some dude named Ali Hassan. This dude, Ali, whom I thought was an old high school chum, had a Nikki Sixx look about him, and since I have this ongoing sick obsession with the charismatic Mötley Crüe bass player, I accepted Ali as a friend. I did some research before I accepted him, and as luck would have it, he was a bass player for a band out of New York City called Wildstreet. After seeing their band photo, my interest peaked even more because of the Michael Monroe-looking lead singer in Eric Jayk. What year was it? Is glam rock making a comeback? I needed to give these guys a listen! I got to hear a couple of tracks off of their new CD, Wildstreets II:….Faster….Louder, and I have to say that songs like “Poison Kiss,” “Shake It” and “Cocked And Ready” really bring me back to a time that I thought was forgotten. These songs had that gritty, dirty, New York City sound of the late 1980s, early 1990s. Aaaahh! I can just smell the floors of the Limelight and L’Amours.

Wildstreet is a sex-fueled NYC rock band that prides itself on the glory days of ‘80s arena rock. Two years ago, Las Vegas based indie label, Retrospect Records released Wildstreet’s self-titled debut CD. Since the release of that CD, Wildstreet has done four pretty extensive tours, getting rock fans and critics buzzing nationwide. After finishing up their first U.S. tour in August 2009, Wildstreet began working on the follow up to their debut, Wildstreet II: …Faster…Louder, which they recently released on Jan. 25. Wildstreet is singer Eric Jayk, guitarist Aaron Joos, bassist Ali Hassan and drummer Brian Beck.

TV networks have been all over this new CD, Wildstreet II: ….Faster…Louder. In fact, the song “Cocked And Ready” was used on TBS’s new hit show Glory Daze, and the songs “Shake it,” “Poison Kiss” and “Cocked and Ready” have appeared in multiple episodes of E!’s hit show Married To Rock. Wildstreet has also been invited to play Rocklahoma 2011, which will make it their third straight year performing the huge rock event. If you love your arena rock glam rock, you will love these guys! If you’d like to find out more about these guys or simply just want to give them a listen, log onto


Just a reminder, solo artist Christine Martucci will be releasing her new CD, Sin And Redemption, nationwide via Sunsets West Records next month. Her first single off of the CD, “Moving On,” will coincide with the release of Sin And Redemption, but will be released exclusively only on iTunes. Christine Martucci will be celebrating the release of the album with a CD release party at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ on March 19. The party will include special guests The Banjo Boyz, which features Grammy Award-winning producer Damon Elliot. For more info on the Christine Martucci CD release party, log onto

The boys from Dinosaur Eyelids recently released their new CD, Down A River, with a CD release party of their own a couple of weeks ago down at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ, where they performed the majority of the new CD. If you missed that performance, you can catch Dinosaur Eyelids again at the North Star Bar in Philly on Feb. 25 or at Fontana’s in NYC on March 11. For more info on Dinosaur Eyelids, log onto

And finally, the guys from JPT recently released their new single “Amazing Crazy Beautiful,” which was also added for national radio airplay. According to the guys from JPT, “Amazing Crazy Beautiful” was a song off of their CD, The Burning, but has been broken down and rearranged so many times that they finally feel like they got it right. You can download the song for free right now at

That’s all for now! If your band is from North Jersey, and you want some exposure, send your press kits to Arts Weekly, c/o Tim Louie P.O. Box 1140 Little Falls, NJ 07424, or you can email me at, where you can also let me know where you’re performing next!

Just remember: we are all in the same boat, so every little bit of exposure counts!

Tim Louie is the author of S**t Happens.

NJN Concert Calendar:

2/17—Steve Brown—Firehouse Eatery, Rahway, NJ

2/18—ZO2—The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY

2/18—Steve Brown and the Fallout—Senoritas, Clark, NJ

2/19—Murder League All Stars/The Dirty Stayouts/Pounder/Departures//Done Deal/The DIYS—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

2/19—Makara (reunion show)—The Cup Complex, Linden, NJ

2/19—Steve Brown and the Fallout—The Grasshopper Also, Carlstadt, NJ

2/20—(Damn) This Desert Air—The Clash Bar, Clifton, NJ

2/20—Taproot/With Daggers Drawn/One Brick Down—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

2/23—Steve Brown—The Copper Bottom, Florida, NY

2/24—Steve Brown—Firehouse Eatery, Rahway, NJ

2/25—Dinosaur Eyelids—North Star Bar, Philadelphia, PA

2/25—Steve Brown—The Grasshopper Too, Wayne, NJ

2/26—Steve Brown and the Fallout—Elm Street Grill, Oakland, NJ

2/27—The Dirty Stayouts/D.R.I.—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ