The duty of booking shows in TCNJ’s the Rat is no easy task because those who shoulder the operation sometimes fail to realize that it isn’t about them, it’s about the institution. Your choices need to satisfy the entire student body, there needs to be something for everyone, and it appears College Union Board member and Hey Cole intern, Ali Sotolongo, has put together a wonderfully diverse schedule of musical events featuring a handful of Asbury’s finest and a number of other exciting acts from beyond our border.
Friday September 9th:
Friday September 9th marks the true opening of The College’s famed music club and buffalo chicken wrap roadhouse with an evening headlined by The Early November’s renown front-man Ace Enders.
Enders, a Hammontown, NJ native, recently released his third full-length record, The Gold Rush, which has grown into one of SIMGE’s favorites of 2011, under the moniker of his side-project I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business, an outfit which features Robin Gazzera who will be opening the show.
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Friday September 16th:
The Following Friday September 16th features a Brooklyn-bred lineup headlined by Jarrod Gorbel and supported by the acoustic-guitar led duo Atlantic/Pacific. Gorbel’s 2011 EP Bruises From Your Bad Dreams includes a cameo by Neptune City’s favorite songstress, and who many believe to be the next big star to emerge from the Garden State, Nicole Atkins, on a track named “Miserable Without You,” a necessity for any Jersey music fans collection.
Friday September 30th:
The 30th of September brings The Postelles. If you remember correctly, The Postelles self-titled debut record was named SIMGE’s Album Of The Year in 2010, and has since been officially re-released in 2011 with an additional track named “Sound The Alarms,” yet another gritty Garage-Pop track with a sultry sing-along chorus included.
The Postelles debut was partially produced by The Strokes’ axe wielder Albert Hammond Jr. and, despite a subpar review from SPIN magazine last year, the outfit has dazzled audiences across the country, most notably at the 2011 SXSW festival spurring a pair of national tours in the past few months.
“White Night” by The Postelles
The Postelles will be joined by the Brooklyn-Based Pop-Rock outfit Eytan & The Embassy that most recently finished up a tour with treadmill hopping genre-mates OK Go.
“No Reason To Cry” by Eytan & The Embassy
Tuesday October 25th:
Tuesday October 25th brings the boardwalk’s own four-man string band Thomas Wesley Stern to The Rat who’s sing along Folk tunes have captured the ears and minds of Asbury music enthusiasts all summer long. Most recently the outfit returned from the Wassaic Festival in upstate New York to cut the second half of it’s Sun Session EP, a collection of tracks recorded via solar energy in the backwoods of New Egypt, NJ by J.R. Skola (Dawn Of Man) and Kevin Grossman (Karmic Juggernaut) in the pair’s mobile studio. This forthcoming record will act as the follow up the Thomas Wesley Stern’s 2011 studio debut Hope Folk, an EP that will undoubtedly end up on the end of the year list of SIMGE’s favorites.
“Hello, Hello” by Thomas Wesley Stern
Thomas Wesley Stern will open the night for Destry, a hazy acoustic guitar led Indie-Rock duo from Boston featuring Michelle DaRosa and Tyler Odom formerly of well known Straylight Run and the not so recognized Northstar/Casino. It’s music that makes you feel good, so go listen to it.
Friday November 11th:
Friday November 11th brings yet another great night of music to campus pairing the fine soulful wine of the Asbury Folk rock collective Mad Feather Group together with the main course: the musical stylings of Brooklyn’s own The Bloodsugars. Mad Feather Group’s forthcoming studio release, which is expected in October according to front-man Dave Colon, should be available by then and nobody should live without experiencing The Bloodsugars rendition of the classic ’80s track by Thomas Dolby “She Blinded Me With Science.” Don’t miss this.
“Reprise” by Mad Feather Group
Tuesday December 6th:
And finally, the semester literally comes to a close with a performance by Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why, who are currently playing shows overseas in support of the band’s 2011 third full-length release Speak, and an opening set by one of SIMGE’s favorite song writers Matt Huston, who’s collection of rough demos are captivating making this writer hunger for more. Come out and hear for yourself.