Looks like my boys from Brand of Julez have strengthened their lineup. Joining Julez and Brandon Zamora are new guitarist Marc Muniz and drummer Zakk DuBois, who some might recognize from the band Legacy. This was a bold move on the part of Brand of Julez since they’ve been riding a high, hot off the heels of their shows at South By Southwest down in Austin, Texas. If you missed the new lineup at Maxwell’s Tavern in Hoboken, NJ a couple of weekends ago, you’ll have another chance to check out this new power-packed Brand of Julez lineup at Webster Hall in NYC on May 10 when they open for Sons of Texas. For more on Brand of Julez, visit Facebook.com/BrandofJulez.

The gang from Midnight Mob released a brand new music video for their song “Ghost,” which I think is absolutely awesome! From the opening bass lick by Carly Quinn to the powerful vocals of Blackey Deathproof to the incredibly catchy hook of the song. That’s exactly what it is—a great song! For more on the Midnight Mob, visit MidnightMob.com.

Speaking of great new songs, my buds from Thornes emailed me their new song “Lip Service,” which sounded fantastic! Just like Midnight Mob’s track, this song also opens with a great bassline by bassist Steve Steele accompanied by some powerful vocals by singer and guitarist Antoinette Thornes, who told me since I featured them here in NJN, they’ve redefined the lineup and are now a three-piece rounded out by drummer Randy Satarsky. Thornes recently finished up a residency at Arlene’s Grocery in NYC and are now planning on a video release show for “Lip Service” on June with The Blackfires and Prisoners of New York. For more info on Thornes, visit ThornesRocks.com.

In following the theme of female-fronted bands this week, Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ has announced that the lovely Lita Ford will be performing on August 11. Lita’s local support will include my buds New Day Dawn, Baelfire and my bro, Steve Bello, who will be the only non-female-fronted band of the evening. Congrats to Dawn and her crew, the Unverricht sisters and Steve Bello on this awesome gig! I remember seeing Lita at the Rock Carnival back in September and she was amazing! For tickets to this show, please contact New Day Dawn, Baelfire and Steve Bello, because you can bet your ass they will be selling tickets for this show.

And finally, I wanted to send out a big congrats to my old high school bud, Eric See, who used to play drums for the band Hello Eden. Hello Eden was the launching pad for singer Sal Marrano, who now fronts the awesome band Thank You Scientist, and guitarist Derrick Klybish, who now plays bass for 40 Below Summer. Eric landed an amazing gig sitting on the throne (drums) for comedian Jim Breuer’s new heavy metal band, Jim Breuer and The Loud and Rowdy. Breuer has a new metal CD out called Songs from the Garage, which he is promoting with a tour. For more on Jim Breuer’s metal CD, visit metalblade.com/songsfromthegarage. Congrats again, E!

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 tim@theaquarian.com, 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:

4/27—Dream Eternal Bliss/Dynamite Orchestra/Drive The Bus/Allure—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

4/27—Jersey Campfire Presents: Me With Creeps/Strive/Words Never Spoken/Blackout Paul—Maxwell’s Tavern, Hoboken, NJ

4/29—Blak Emoji—Pianos, NYC

4/29—The Catering Company/Fence/ The Dead Drop/Monitor/Blank Minded—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/29—Madysin Hatter/Tom Kiefer—Bergen PAC, Englewood, NJ

4/30—Robots and Monsters/Cipher/Deadly Nights/Enigma Machine/Hounds —Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ

4/30—Insane Louie/Warhammer/Rocker—Tavern on the Lake, Hightstown, NJ

4/30—One Hundred Thousand/Pralaya/Heartsick/Echolab—Santos Party House, NYC

4/30—Tracii Guns’ LA Guns/Joey Evans Band/DIRTY/Concrete God/No Kings/Among Wolves/Fiction—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

4/30—Black Satellite’s “Indefinite Delusion” EP Release Party—Piano’s, NYC

5/6—Robots and Monsters—My Place Pizza, Poughkeepsie, NY

5/6—Borgo Pass—The Backstage Pass, Ronkonkoma, NY

5/7—Dark Sky Choir—The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NY

5/7—That of a Lion—Blackburn Hall, Watchung, NJ

5/10—Brand of Julez/Sons of Texas—Webster Hall, NYC

5/11—Zero Distance/Voidless/Benchmark/Midnight Fade—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

5/12—Kiefer Sutherland/Austin Plaine—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

5/13—Mikell’s Plot/Brain Freeze/The Accelerators—Kenilworth VFW, Kenilworth, NJ

5/14—Rahway/Baelfire/Division 1.1/Ixion Lux/Nuse/Midnite Hellion/Ashes of Your Enemy—Roxy and Dukes, Dunellen, NJ

5/18—Five Myles/Mike Daly and The Planets/Fifth Street/Marci Geller—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

5/20—Seas of Wake CD Release Party/The Blessing of this Curse/That of a Lion/Comb the Desert/EchoLab—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

5/20—Sebastian Bach/Ripped/Atomic Beauty/Scottish Widows/Santa Cruz—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

5/21—Robots and Monsters—The Fire, Philadelphia, PA

5/21—Starland Battle of the Bands: Concrete God/Another Distraction/The Ones You Forgot/Xenophile/Fun While You Wait/Daniel James and The Loveless/John The Gun/Birds In The Boneyard/Hazeli/My Lonely Heart/Stillwells/Painted Young/To The Skyline—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

5/22—Ill Nino/Bobaflex/Shattered Sun/Voodoo Terror Tribe/Me With Creeps/ANAKA/Aurin/Maggotmouth/Ronin/Throat—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

5/25—Killcode/Eve to Adam/Awaken the Shadow—Marlin Room at Webster Hall, NYC

5/25—Jersey Campfires Production Presents Triple Scoop/Lunatic Fringe/Stereo Jo/Words Never Spoken—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

5/27—That of a Lion/Buried Under Ruined Nations—Valley View Pub, West Milford, NJ

5/28—Dead Superstar/Scott Stapp—Revolution Bar and Music Hall, Amityville, NY

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