Under The Covers…

By Chris Rotolo, The Creator

“If I Die Young” performed by A Tale To Tell

The Jersey Shore-based Pop-Rock collective, A Tale To Tell, released its debut EP, A New Direction, in November and didn’t let their situation stagnate as the outfit recently dropped their new Pop-Punk rendition of an old song by The Band Perry, a burgeoning Country music outfit and 2012 Grammy Nominee for Best New Artist.  Download the cover of “If I Die Young” here, listen to it below, and be sure to check out A Tale To Tell on Thursday March 1st at The Stone Pony as the group take part in The Break Contest competing for a spot on The Bamboozle lineup.

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“Hiding Tonight” performed by You Are The Quarry

Photo by C. Rotolo (Manny Castanon @ The Lanes)

When Manny Castanon isn’t stage left plucking the bass for Asbury’s Top Rock Band, The Amboys, he enjoys singing acoustic guitar-led Pop-Rock songs, originals and covers, into the recording device on his cell phone and posting them online under the pseudonym You Are The Quarry.  Most recently, Castanon has developed an intense affinity for the Arctic Monkeys Alex Turner and the front-man’s 2011 debut solo EP Submarine, which acts as the soundtrack to the film of the same name.  Grab his cover of “Hiding Tonight” below and check out The Amboys tomorrow night (Friday February 3rd) at The Saint and on Wednesday March 7th at The Downtown in Red Bank.

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“You Angel You” performed by Eryn Shewell

2011 marked the 70th birthday of Bob Dylan as well as the 50th anniversary of the bluesman’s first recording and Philadelphia producer/musician Lance Davis wasn’t about to let his city miss the chance to take its shot of the legend’s catalogue.  Thus, Davis recruited a collection of artists to create the compilation album Dylan-70: Philadelphia Pays Tribute To A Legend, a collection that included Eryn Shewell’s alluring rendition of the Dylan classic “You Angel You.”  Don’t miss Shewell’s set tomorrow evening at Lemon Mediterranean Restaurant in Freehold tomorrow evening (Friday February 3rd), a venue the songstress will return to on the 24th of this month.

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“The Star Spangled Banner” performed by Almost There

Photo by C. Rotolo (Almost There @ The Brighton Bar)

I’m a very patriotic person, and when it comes to our Nation’s Anthem, there’s few things I take as seriously.  The song isn’t merely a sporting event commencement tune but a prideful pledge of allegiance to the greatest country in the world and a solute to all of those who provide this nation with a cozy and comfortable blanket of freedom to rest easy beneath…and Eddie Soles and Zach Sicherman of Almost There recently performed one of my favorite renditions of Francis Scott Key’s “The Star Spangled Banner” I’ve ever had the pleasure of filling my ear drums with.  You probably won’t hear the Pop-Punk collective play this tune tomorrow evening (Friday February 3rd) at The Brighton Bar with Bert L’z, but you should definitely stop the Long Branch haunt and check out the show regardless, for their collection of originals is just as awesome.

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“The One That Got Away” performed by Lo Kloza

Another Asbury Park songstress has emerged, and her name is Lo Kloza.  With a debut EP expected to drop this year, the pen-woman has serenaded assemblages on the boardwalk, up Cookman, and on Main Street with an alluring brand of acoustic-guitar fronted Pop-Rock, and one of her ear candy spewing inspirations is revealed in this cover of Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away.”  Be sure to catch Lo Kloza’s set at Espresso Joe’s in Keyport on March 30th…stay tuned for details on that.

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“Carried Away” performed by Declan’s Well

I wasn’t privy to Kleenex Girl Wonder, nor the New York City-based Indie-Rock outfit’s front-man Graham Smith, prior to the Declan’s Well cover of the aforementioned’s “Carried Away.”  That being said, I am a fan of the South Plainfield, NJ group and the Electronic-Pop duo’s rendition of this piece is a beguiling one.  The cover is include upon the pair’s 2011 full-length release Campaign Cool alongside several impressive originals and another cover of The Mountain Goats “Sex Rohmer #1.”  Grab it here and “Carried Away” below.

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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