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GRIMM JACK – New York City I seriously cannot believe these guys are still around, but when I saw they were performing tonight (10/16) as part of Ten Ton Mojo’s residency at Arlene’s Grocery in NYC, I knew ...

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KINGS COUNTY – Orlando, FL Yes, I’m aware that this says Orlando, Florida, but let me explain. Bassist and singer Rob Dexter tried out for my band Smoke Star many moons ago. We always wanted him in the band...

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NORTH JERSEY NOTES UPDATES: Tonal Crush has a new bass player. His name is Marc Dube and the band is excited to have Marc on board because according to their Facebook post, “Marc brings not only an amazing ...

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DESPYRE – Shirley, NY Metal lives with these guys out of Shirley, NY. The name of the band is Despyre and man, are they heavy! I just got done listening to their latest record Rise Up, featuring the songs “...

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THE HELL YEAH BABIES – Astoria, NY So, I came across this really nerdy band from my old stomping grounds of Astoria. They call themselves The Hell Yeah Babies and they remind me so much of Weezer. They have...

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In Spite Of – Marlboro, NJ I could have sworn I wrote about these guys many, many years ago. And I know this because I believe this is how I came to know my bass brother Raj Narayanan, whom I’ve known for m...

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CONCRETE DREAM – Hoboken, NJ I wrote about these guys back in April 2018, but I never gave them a proper feature. The name of the band is Concrete Dream and they recently released their self-titled record t...

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RACHEL ANA DOBKEN – Asbury Park, NJ I came across an interesting artist a bit more south of our North Jersey parts, but she’s making some big noise on the music scene. Her name is Rachel Ana Dobken. After l...

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ALL IN MOMENT – Staten Island, NY This week, I came across a pretty heavy band out of Staten Island who call themselves All In Moment. I had no idea that Staten Island could produce hard and heavy music lik...

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KODIAK – Toms River, NJ I’m not really sure how I even stumbled across these guys, but I am so glad that I did. They have a retro eighties rock sound and I’m an eighties rock kind of guy, and no one is play...