North Jersey Notes: Murder League All-Stars, Panzie*, Lower The Veil and More!

My bro Tim McMurtrie, who also runs the Blue Room in Secaucus, NJ, recently reached out to me to let me know that his band Murder League All-Stars is on the hunt for a new guitar player. He says he’s looking for “a shredder, heavy hand and rhythmic monster.” If that is you, contact my bro Tim McMurtrie at for an audition now.

Now for some upsetting news, my bros Panzie* have officially parted ways with singer Johnny Hawaiian (yes, the guy with the tattoos on his face). The boys don’t plan on slowing down at all though. In fact, they are looking forward to the new chapter of Panzie*. They are already writing new material while they search for their new frontman. If you have what it takes to lead Panzie*, contact the band at

Speaking of my bros, the boys from Lower The Veil recently got an amazing endorsement on VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show when co-host and another one of my buds, Don Jamieson, picked their latest CD, Soon, as his pick of the week. Every week, hosts Eddie Trunk, Don and Jim Florentine pick a CD that they like for that week and their picks are usually national signed bands. Not that week! Lower The Veil was his pick! There are some good things happening with these guys. They were recently invited to play SXSW in Austin, TX this year. Keep your eyes on for more news on the band.

The guys from Audio Insight have released their latest EP, The Embryo. The EP was produced by Chris Pennie, former drummer for Coheed And Cambria and co-founder of Dillinger Escape Plan. This is the first release from Audio Insight since their 2010 release, Dimensions. The boys celebrated the release of The Embryo with a weeklong jaunt through Maryland, D.C., Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania in early January. For more on Audio Insight, log onto

My old buddy and guitar wiz Steve Bello says that his new drummer, Kamran Vaziri, for his Steve Bello Band, seems to be working out. He’s been locking in with bassist Joe DeMott pretty nicely. Steve was also excited to have showcased two brand new songs back in November at Buddies Tavern in Sayreville, NJ, where they received quite a response. Well, according to Steve it was quite a response. Regardless, he seemed pretty excited about writing more new material with this crew. Catch the Steve Bello Band live this Saturday night (2/15) with Krown Point at Crossroads in Garwood, NJ. For more on the Bello, log onto

And finally, next Friday night (2/21) at The Stone Pony, the mighty Prophet return to the stage. For you youngsters out there, Prophet was one of the biggest Jersey bands on the music scene. They were selling out clubs before you were even a twinkle in your parents’ eyes. Well, they’re back and led by singer Russell Arcara, and they’re ready to rock the Pony next Friday night! This show should not be missed! For more info, 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:

2/13—Steve Brown and Terry Farley—Thatcher McGhee’s, Pompton Lakes, NJ

2/14—TRIMM/Buckcherry—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

2/15—Steve Bello Band/Krown Point—Crossroads, Garwood, NJ

2/15—Steve Brown and the Fallout—Willie McBride’s, Branchburg, NJ

2/15—Long Gone Day/Richie Ramone—Tenth Street Live, Kenilworth, NJ

2/15—End of an Era/Planeside—Aztec, Seaside Heights, NJ

2/16—In Search Of/Absit/My Iron Heart/Resentment/All For One/Thanatotic Desire/JULIUS SEIZURE/Sentinels/Darkness Descends—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

2/19—Extractus/We…Our War /Stabbing Eden/Bow To The Fallen/Damien The Cat/Reborn Divided/DeathThrob/Panic/We Are Them/Prosper Or Perish—The Backstage at Championship Bar, Trenton, NJ

2/21—Prophet—The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ

2/21—Trailer Park Mafia/MurderSmile—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

2/21—Dead Fish Handshake—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

2/21—The 39/Gathering After Ashes/Pounds The Lbs/Hot.Blonde.Dead./Warhammer/Human Repair Shop/Metal Disorder/Framework—Tenth Street Live, Kenilworth, NJ

2/22—Buzzard Wagon/Natural Born Losers/The Dirty Stayouts—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

2/27—Governing Murphy—The Legendary Dobbs, Philadelphia, PA

3/8—BlackOcean/Cycle Of Pain/Black Water Rising/Sekond Skyn/New Theory—The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ

3/8—The Dirty Stayouts/Sinners/Sardonica/SMACK formerly DMZ/Skunkdaze/Voodoo Terror Tribe—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

3/14—D.R.I./Apathy—The Studio at Webster Hall, NYC

3/14—Mother/Tempest City/Midnight Mob/Race To Dawn/Kid Felix—Mercury Lounge, NYC

3/15—Stagger/Darkness Descends/Negative Sky/Cyperna/Gyre/Apostasy/ Eye Of Anubis/Julius Seizure/Mass Punishment/Scars of Envy—Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

3/29—Xero Gravity/Midnight Hellion—Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

3/29—Steve Bello Band/Ripped—Buddies Tavern, Sayreville, NJ