MACK EP Release Show at The Saint

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Up until Saturday night I had only heard about Mackenzie Brown but was very interested in hearing and seeing her perform. MACK as she is called in the music world had her EP release show at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ. Her EP Balance is a collection of a few songs that really shows her rage as a young artist. She resides in New Jersey and works as a music instructor at the Lakehouse Music Academy which is home and work to many bands and musicians from the area. Mackenzie’s voice is extremely refreshing and has a cool stage performance as well as she was backed up with some seasoned local musicians. Her EP Balance is available on iTunes and spotify I totally recommend giving her tunes a listen.

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Lost in Society/Dollys Record Release Show

Lost in Society and Dollys combined forces for a record release show in Asbury Park. Lost in Society just recorded ‘Modern Illusions’ and Dollys just recorded ‘Low Year’ it was a perfect match held in one of Asbury Parks coolest places Convention Hall. The show was on the second floor balcony area of Convention Hall which is an amazing space. It’s a huge long hallway with a full bar off to the side. The stage was setup against a wall with a huge window that oversees the Asbury Park bosrdwalk. There was plenty of room for everyone to watch listen dance and sing. Lost in Society and Dollys also had Gods another Asbury Park favorite along with Kyle Trocolla and Derek Rossi from OC45 playing a couple of acoustic sets.

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Pussy Riot at the House of Independents

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Pussy Riot founded in 2011 is a feminist punk rock protest group from Moscow. One of the members Masha Alyokhina came through Asbury Park NJ to the House of Independents to tell her story. The group is known for staging unauthorized anti leadership protests in public locations. They range in age between 20 to 33 and have approx. 11 women that participate. In 2012 they staged a protest inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior and as a result 3 of them were arrested for “Hooliganism Motivated by Religious Hatred”, they served two years behind bars.

The event was very interesting as it showed a film about Pussy Riot’s protests and the reaction it had on the people of Russia. All of their protests resulted in members and non members being dragged away. There main focus is to change the system over from a dictatorship where they say that anything can happen to anyone with no warning or real process in place. They are very anti Putin and they make sure everyone around them knows that.

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The interview was moderated by John Cameron Mitchell who coordinated the questions and conversations. There was also a translator to help the Russian speaking Maria address the crowd. A question and answer session was conducted at the end as well so the audience was able to get involved.

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Where’s The Band at the House of Independents

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Chris Conley (Saves the Day), Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio), Matt Pryor (The Get up Kids), Anthony Raneri (Bayside) and Andy Jackson (Hot Rod Circuit) came to the House of Independents in Asbury Park, NJ for an acoustic unrehearsed show that seems to have set off some negative reviews due to an emotional breakdown by Chris. Chris was acting intoxicated and was upset that there was some talking going on in the crowd while they were playing so he called them out and yelled to them shut the F**k up. He left the stage and didn’t return causing some friction between him and the other performers. I was at the show and have to say so what. A live show is meant to be and feel real. I am so damn tired of people putting musicians as well as other entertainers and pro athletes on pedestals. These are people not robots they have feelings and emotions like we do. We expect them to act professional but yet we can act like assholes and be okay with it because we are not in the public eye. The show was awesome with great music fun conversations and realism which is exactly what I love to see at live shows especially ones like this. I heard fans screaming out the musicians names in awe and singing aloud to their favorite songs. The place was filled with a few hundred fans who were there because they wanted to be there.

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I love seeing musicians just being themselves onstage and how they interact with each other especially when something unplanned happens. I hope the House of Independents brings more shows like this one in the near future.

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Voivod at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ

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Sometimes I go through the venue schedule of events and say who are some of these bands. I hate to admit it but Voivod was one of those bands for me. What I love is seeing the chatter on social media about certain area show coming up, that’s what excites me to cover bands I never followed or even listened to back in the day. Voivod was a stellar surprise as I was blown away by the headbanging cult following crowd that came out to the legendary Stone Pone Pony. I was front and center with my camera in hand clicking away like a madman. An amazing display of thrash metal close up in your face take it or leave it. The crowd was filled with a lot of old school hardcore metal fans that stayed well after the show ended to meet Snake and the band. It was definitely a worth while trip to Asbury Park, NJ on a bitterly cold night.

 

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Panic State Records 7th Anniversary Show

Panic State Records held their 7th Anniversary show at  Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ with a killer lineup headlined by Catch 22. This stacked lineup included a reunion show with The Youth Ahead along with Lost in Society, With the Punches, Sammy Kay, Rebuilder, Teenage Halloween and World/Inferno Friendship Society.

Catch 22 is a really cool ska, punk, reggae band who hails from dirty Jersey. Some of them have younger kids who travel with them and hang out on stage while they perform. It’s awesome to watch the band have so much fun while their kids are dancing along with them.

Every single band brought excitement and energy to their fans especially With The Punches. The bodies just kept coming and coming over the rail fighting and singing their way into the security guards arms.

The Youth Ahead came out to play a reunion show, I remember being at their last show played years ago at Starland Ballroom. They performed just as good as they did back then.

I first saw World/Inferno Friendship Society a couple of months back opening up for The Bouncing Souls during their Home For The Holidays shows. I just love bands that have fun on stage and include the crowd into what they are doing.

Lost in Society is one of my local favorites, they always play around town and jump on all the fun shows. With a new Lp coming out I’m sure we will be seeing them a lot over the next few months.

Sammy Kay and Rebuilder played some cool acoustic sets as well, both home town favorites.

The youngest band of the night was Teenage Halloween who impressed me beyond my imagination. Frontman Luke Hendericks was on point with his song and play.

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Lamb of God at Starland Ballroom

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Metal powerhouse Lamb of God came to Starland Ballroom with support from Anthrax, Deaf Heaven and Power Trip. I have had the opportunity to cover Lamb of God twice once outside at PNC Bank Arts Center and now inside at Starland Ballroom. Both settings were extremely interesting but the Starland Ballroom show was over the top. I always feel like I’m part of the show not just covering it. Being withing arms reach of a band to me is way more exciting because you never know where or when something is going to happen right by you. I love being at a show with such an intense crowd. Vocalist Randy shows so much emotion on stage that you can’t help but show the same emotion in the crowd.

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Anthrax opened up for Lamb of God another major metal band who still shows amazing emotion and passion on stage. The sound just echos through your body and forces you to move and shake.

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