Featured Shows (5/18/11 – 5/22)


The Great Explainer, Gimme Drugs, Aspiga, Kid Nichols, Neur @ Asbury Lanes

Jesse Skokos of Gimme Drugs

The Lanes sends off Shore Alternative’s The Punkyard with a loaded local lineup including the Asbury Stoner-Rock outfit Gimme Drugs, that has a pair of LPs coming out next month, and the Chunksaah Records signee The Great Explainer, a thrash and burn four-piece from Hamilton, NJ that was tapped by the Bouncing Souls this past february to open the band’s four-night Snowed In event Stone Pony.

The Great Explainer (minus front man Sean Bys)

To hear Bys’ charred roar go to the Chunksaah Records store to purchase the band’s recently released EP The Way Things Swell.  You can also download THe Great Explainers 2009 three-track demo for free here.



Matt Wade, Underwater Country Club, Matt O’Ree Band, Tor Miller Band @ The Aztec Ocean Resort

Asbury ivory tickler and song writer Matt Wade sits amidst a four act lineup, including the piano laden tunes of Freehold Township’s Underwater Country Club, the Bluesified Southern-Rock of the Matt O’Ree Band, and the Tor Miller Band.

Wade has been prepping his debut album for a few months now and, interestingly, has announced a collaboration with this Facebook post from April 27th:

“Another song finished, and it sounds great! Matt O’Ree played his ass off as usual, and added a lot to the tune. Can’t wait for you all to hear it.”

IT’s not out of the realm of possibilities that this track is debuted on opening night of the Seaside Music Festvial.

The Aztec Ocean Resort
SMF2011 Kick-off Party hosted by 94.3 The Point with Matt Wade & Friends
9:00PM Underwater Country Club Freehold, NJ
10:00PM Matt O’Ree Band Red Bank, NJ
11:00PM Matt Wade Point Pleasant, NJ
12:00AM Tor Miller Band Colts Neck, NJ


Earthman, Colie Brice, The Sunday Blues, Neon Dynamite, The Amboys, Captain James Peacock @ Jack & Bill’s

 Fellow swashbucklers Colie Brice and the noble Captain James Peacock perform solo sets with Asbury favorites The Sunday Blues, and the boot stomping Folk-Rock of The Amboys.  The four area favorites will be joined by the wave of Funk rolling down the shore from Brooklyn that is Neon Dynamite and the world renown Earthman.

Jack & Bill’s
Aeria Records Showcase
8:00PM Captain James Peacock Asbury Park, NJ
9:00PM The Amboys Asbury Park, NJ
10:00PM Neon Dynamite Brooklyn, NY
11:00PM The Sunday Blues Asbury Park, NJ
12:00AM Colie Brice Lavallette/AP, NJ
1:00AM Earthman Asbury Park, NJ


Lost In Society, Black Top Kids, Valhalla, Along Those Lines @ Grant Ave. Block Party at the Seaside Auto and Bike Show

Lost In Society headlines a lineup featuring Monroe Thrash-Punks, and Karate Kid enthusiasts, Black Top Kids (purchase Black Top Kids debut full-lenth Right In The Street, featuring an opening salvo named “Sweep The Leg” right here.)

“Lost In Society has a new EP named Give Us Your Hope coming out later this Summer and the band’s set will undoubtedly feature cuts from that upcoming record.  For more information on the release check out SIMGE’s review here and listen to the exclusive track “Wrong Direction.

G & Motor Media
Lost In Society Lost In Society & Friends
2:00PM Along Those Lines Washington, DC
4:00PM Valhalla Montville, NJ
5:00PM Black Tops Kids Monroe, NJ
6:00PM Lost In Society Asbury Park, NJ


Green Paper @ The Pie Hole

Psychedelic-Pop rockers, Green Paper, have called Ewing, NJ’s The Pie Hole home for the past couple of years and on Friday evening the band will close down its practice space, complete with “spider bathroom” and taco chairs, with one final show.

Go grab “the best Summer album released in Winter,” the band’s debut full-length record Firehere, and get more information of the follow-up, Waterhere. 


James Wells (The Gay Blades), The Obvious @ The Brighton Bar

The Gay Blades front-man James Wells last took his solo act to The Boardwalk nearly one month ago while performing alongside other local favorites during the resurrection of A Night In Progress at The Saint.  On Sunday, the soulful vocalist and guitar maestro returns to the shore to front a lineup featuring one of the top Punk acts around, The Obvious.

Wells specifically requested that The Obvious be on the bill and when asked about this selection he replied, simply, “I just think they are good.”

The Obvious just finished up recording its sophomore EP, and follow up to the band’s 2010 release Bringing Wreck, the tentatively titled, One Way Ticket To Newark with Pete Steinkopf of the Bouncing Souls.  Come check out some of the Punk outfit’s new tunes and old favorites, as well as Well’s sure to be awe inspiring performance. 

About rote7123

Chris graduated from The College Of New Jersey in May 2011 with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Professional Writing, as well as a degree in Communication Studies. He has held down a position in the Asbury Park Press’ Sports Department since September of 2010 and is a contributor to the outlet's Arts & Entertainment section, and has contributed to The Aquarian Weekly all while being the sole operator of Asbury Park's premier music news outlet Speak Into My Good Eye.
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