North Jersey Notes: NoraStone, Atom Strange, Young Muse Festival and More!

I recently received an email from a band out of NYC that seems to be making a name for themselves in the Tri-State Area. Their name was NoraStone, and to be honest, when I first heard the name, I expected to see another hot female lead singer. Boy, was I wrong! The singer is actually a dude named Luke Ladlee, and his voice is pretty killer when it comes to rock vocals. I haven’t caught these guys live yet, but through the songs “Lush” and “I’m Just A Ghost” that I got to hear, you can tell these guys are just a bundle of energy. I’m pretty curious as to what NoraStone can do live.

NoraStone, whose members hail from the Newburgh, NY area and the Big Apple, formed in late 2011. In creating their sound, the band chose to combine elements of post-hardcore, alternative, and hard rock with the current sound of NoraStone being the end result. The group debuted with an EP titled Hopeless Lives And Lullabies, which was produced by My Chemical Romance, Brand New and Senses Fail producer, John Naclerio, and released in Fall 2012. Here in 2013, NoraStone’s current lineup consists of singer Luke Ladlee, guitarists Nick Evans and Robert De La Pena, bassist Ryan Bloom and drummer Chris Rosario.

In their short time together, NoraStone have shared the stage with some of the bigger names in the business, opening for acts like Sevendust, Drowning Pool, Lacuna Coil, Coal Chamber and Flyleaf, and they even played the 2013 Mayhem Festival. They recently released their new single, “I’m Just A Ghost,” which is off of the upcoming EP, Sounds Through The Hour Glass. NoraStone will be dropping that EP on October 15. Find out more about them at



My bros from Atom Strange are getting set to releasing the follow-up to their 2010 release, Cosmic Disturbance, with the release of their upcoming CD, The Lost Cosmonauts, which they are looking to drop sometime this fall. For now, they’ve released a single for their song, “Reach Out,” and if this track is any indication of what The Lost Cosmonauts is going to sound like, fans of Atom Strange are in for a real treat! “Reach Out” is a full-blown rock song and this might be the best I’ve ever heard singer Rickeroo Dunn’s voice! Check out the new single “Reach Out” at

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you can catch some local live music in Ridgefield Park, NJ at the Young Muse Festival in Overpeck Park this Saturday (9/28) from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Some of the bands featured at this year’s festival include Joy Ride, Morningside Lane and Rachel Miller, just to name a few—and it’s FREE! How can you miss out on this? For more info on the Young Muse Festival, log onto

And finally, some other shows you won’t want to miss this weekend include my bros Ashes Of Your Enemy, Ixion Lux, Stingy Jack and The Devil In God invading The Court Tavern in New Brunswick this Friday night (9/27) and my bro Steve Bello performing the Pets Rock Benefit at Roxy & Duke’s Roadhouse in Dunellen with Freak Of The Day, The Holy Ghosts, Rapid Fire and Red Reyne. All proceeds are being donated to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center. This is going to be a busy weekend in local music! I’ll be in Vegas rocking out to Mötley Crüe! For more on the Pets Rock Benefit, log onto

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’re all in the same boat, so every little bit of exposure counts!

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

NJN Concert Calendar:

9/26—Rhino Bucket/Scattered Hamlet—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/27—Ashes Of Your Enemy/Ixion Lux/Stingy Jack/The Devil In God—Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ

9/27—Steve Bello Band/Freak Of The Day/The Holy Goats/Rapid Fire/Red Reyne—Roxy & Duke’s Roadhouse, Dunellen, NJ

9/27—Black Angels/DevilHaus/Looney Tunes—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/28—Joy Ride/Morningside Lane/Rachel Miller—Overpeck Park, Ridgefield Park, NJ

9/29—Charetta/Eye Empire/Beyond Visible—Revolution Bar and Music Hall, Amityville, NY

10/2—Eye Empire/True Becoming/Ghosts Of Eden/Statik Silence/Beyond Visible—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

10/2—Hookers ‘N’ Blow/Queen V—Bowery Electric, NYC

10/3—Hookers ‘N’ Blow/Spider/Streetlight Circus/Grind Axis —Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

10/5—Kosmic Daydream—The Clash Bar, Clifton, NY

10/5—Eye Empire/Brand Of Julez/True Becoming/More Than Fate—Santos Party House, NYC

10/11—Dead Fish Handshake/Like A Storm/OneHundredThousand—Architekt Music, Butler, NJ

10/12—Statik Silence—Architekt Music, Butler, NJ

10/12—Gunfire ‘N’ Sodomy (Don Jamieson)/Sekond Skyn—Tenth Street Live, Kennilworth, NJ

10/12—The Devil In God/Thrashole/Ashes Of Your Enemy/Ixion Lux—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

10/14—Ed Roland from Collective Soul—Trinity UMC, Ewing, NJ

10/18—Audio Empire/Killcode/Long Gone Day/Raftree—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

10/19—Slander/Faith Or Fear/Evil Reign/BlackOcean/Decypher/ MeatPlow/Anvil Bitch/Citadel/Bone Devil—The Legendary Dobbs, Philadelphia, PA

10/19—Borgo Pass—Who-Ville Bar, Bethpage, NY

10/26—Madysin Hatter/Rivera Bomma/Affinity—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

10/26—Lieder—Ella Lounge, NYC

10/29—The Infinite Staircase/The Winery Dogs—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

10/31—Riotgod/The Battery Electric/Sekond Skyn/Harvey Djent—The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ