North Jersey Notes: Rahway, Killcode, Baelfire and More!

My brothers from Killcode just landed the coolest support slot on tour opening for former Kiss guitar legend, Ace Frehley, on a handful of dates. Killcode will be direct support at B.B. King’s in NYC on April 11, The Paramount in Huntington, NY on April 13, the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA on April 15 and at The Chance in Poughkeepsie on April 16. This is a great opportunity for the fellas as they gear up to release their long-awaited follow-up to their 2013 self-titled debut, which is once again being produced by the talented Joey Z from Life Of Agony. For more on Killcode, visit

I just heard the debut single from Baelfire featuring members from Flowers To Flames and Xero Gravity off of their upcoming EP, Neverland. The song is called “Someway” and I have to say that they these guys and gals might have something here with this collaboration. I know the Zero Gravity guys have more of a metal influence, but the combination of them with the Flowers To Flames’ sisters sounds like it’s paying off. Catch them live with my band Rahway and many more on May 14 at Roxy and Duke’s in Dunellen, NJ. For more info, visit

A few weeks ago, my buds from Atomic Bitchwax released a brand new music video for their song “Ice Age (Hey Baby)” off of their latest CD, Gravitron. In case you don’t remember, Atomic Bitchwax is the stoner-rock supergroup featuring singer and bassist Chris Kosnik and drummer Bob Pantella from Monster Magnet and guitarist Finn Ryan from the band Core. “Ice Age” is such a trippy rock song, you really want to spark one up when listening to this track, plus the video will really bug you out! Check out Atomic Bitchwax at

            Speaking of my band Rahway and new music videos, Rahway is currently in production filming a new music video for the upcoming single “Yesterday,” which is off of the band’s latest EP, Grand Design. The song is already getting spins on stations like WBSX in PA and WMGM in Atlantic City, NJ and receiving some amazing reactions. Keep your ears peeled for it on Homegrown Spotlight on WDHA soon. Rahway finally hits the stage again after a short hiatus from drummer Steve Cardenas’s accident on April 2 at the Boneyard in Atlantic City, NJ with fellow North Jerseyers Sekond Skyn and One Hundred Thousand. Then on April 17, a battle for a slot at the Rock ‘N’ Derby in Schaghticoke, NY at Game Changer in Freehold, NJ, and on April 22, Rahway performs with Saint Caine at the Stanhope House in Stanhope, NJ. For more on Rahway, visit

And finally, one of my best buds on the music scene that many of you know, and if you don’t know, you should, Michael “Smitty” Smith from Zenergy Entertainment, lost his son, Pierce Smith, aka Bigg Redd, a few weeks ago. It’s heartbreaking to see any parent have to go through this, especially when it’s a close friend. I’ve only met Pierce a few times, but he was always respectful and just like Smitty, laughed at everything that came out of my mouth. To me, he always seemed to be a quiet kid, but as a rapper or as Bigg Redd…wow! This kid could rap! I just wanted to take a second to memorialize Pierce who was taken from us way too soon and my heart goes out to Smitty and the entire Smith family for their loss. R.I.P. Bigg Redd!

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:

3/24—Answer Infinity/Triple Scoop/Sinertia/Minor King/Asphalt Grey—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

3/25—Deaf Rhino—Bull Shooter’s Saloon, Philadelphia, PA

3/25—Danger Danger/Maxx Explosion/D.M.K.—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

3/25—Whiplash/Psychoprism/Half-Witted Dogs/Deathrash/Voidless—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

3/26—Binary Code/EchoLab/Pralaya/Decades/In The Presence Of Wolves—Backroom Studios, Rockaway, NJ

3/26—Primadonnaz—Wooly Mammoth, Philadelphia, PA

3/26—Restorations—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

3/26—ORBYNOT/Judas Priestess—The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ

3/26—Cranely Gardens/Another Vendetta/Emerge A Tyrant—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/2—Jersey Campfire Productions Presents: Rahway/Sekond Skyn/One Hundred Thousand/Meatplow/Shattered Skin—Boneyard Bar and Grill, Atlantic City, NJ

4/2—Crash NYC/Trapped In The Shadows/Saturn’s Return/Lorie De Winter—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/2—Major Crush—The Shop, Brooklyn, NY

4/2—The Falcon—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

4/3—Gothic Knights—Stage 48, NYC

4/4—Crowbar—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/10—Goolsby/Crypt Keeper 5—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/11—Killcode/Ace Frehley—B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill, NYC

4/12—Corrosion of Conformity/Tarpit Boogie—The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, NJ

4/13—Killcode/Ace Frehley—The Paramount, Huntington, NY

4/15—Killcode/Ace Frehley—F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA

4/16—The Vaughns—Drew University, Madison, NJ

4/16—Me With Creeps—The Blue Room, Secaucus, NJ

4/16—Killcode/Ace Frehley—The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY

4/16—Voodoo Terror Tribe/Midnite Hellion/ORBYNOT—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/16—MDC—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

4/16—The Vaughns—The Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ

4/17—Rahway—Game Changer World, Howell, NJ

4/19—Gus G/The Clocktown Giants/Unholy Dispute/Endall/Hot Blonde Dead—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/21—Nekrogoblikon/Psychostick/Urizen/Monument Of A Memory/Ocean Of Illusions/Edge Of Annihilation—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/22—Rahway/Saint Caine/Pat Llewellyn Band—The Stanhope House, Stanhope, NJ

4/23—Lyken 21/Flathead Sky/Gathering After Ashes/Dying Eyes of Sloth/Iron Front/Lunatic Fringe/Incognito Theory—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/24—Faster Pussycat/Zsah Domme/Blue Movie/Firefight—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ