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Sons of Apollo at House of Independents


Sons of Apollo is a heavy metal supergroup, drawing musical expertise from bands such as Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, and Alice Cooper with the band members having formerly played in such bands. Their musical style consists of harcore, head-smashing metal music which brings out a certain animal in each listener. The talent of the band lies within their members, namely: Jeff Soto, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian, and Mark Portnoy. The band was formed in 2017 after Mike Portnoy had proposed the idea to fellow band members and friends who were interested in a full-time project. Their debut album, Psychotic Symphony, was released in October of 2017.

Off of their album, “God of the Sun” is an ode to the metal genre as a whole with its bone-crunching instrumentals and intense vocals, whereas tracks such as “Lost in Oblivion” and “Coming Home” dig into the bands roots and express the foundation of the band’s style. Sons of Apollo is currently playing their debut album on tour and tickets are on sale via their website.

written by Gianmarco Castronovo

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High on Fire at House of Independents


Hailing from Oakland California, High On Fire emits a bone-chilling, powerful, and fortitudinous style of music that reinvents the entire metal scene. Lead singer and guitarist Matt Pike digs deep into his roots with every line of every song, while being complimented by the ever-so-talented Jeff Matz on Bass, and Des Kenzel on Drums. The band debuted with their first studio album: The Art of Self-Defense under the Man’s Ruins record label, which received critical acclaim and prompted the production of Surrounded by Thieves two years later. Since then, High on Fire has taken off as one of the staples in the Metal Rock genre, and have appeared as high as 14 on the Billboard Top 200 Rock Albums list.

The band’s latest release, Luminiferous, came in 2015 and has been one of their most celebrated albums yet. “The Black Plot” examines the very foundation of the band’s origin through cutting vocals and deep instrumentals, while “The Cave”, takes a slight step back and allows the listener to feel every note of Pike’s pain and agony he gives. Expect great things coming from the band’s next project, as High on Fire is a name to remember.

written by Gianmarco Castronovo

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Concert Crave Artist Spotlight Show at House of Independents



Concert Crave and Spacebar Recording brought an Artist Spotlight Showcase to House of Independents. There was 32 acts doing seven minutes each competing for some cool prizes including opening up for a headlining act.

I decided to check it out since I’m always looking for new and interesting music to cover. It was more crowded then I anticipated with the snow and brutal cold hitting the area. Each act had a hometown crowd of friends and family to root them on which was cool to see.

Make sure you check out Concert Crave and Spacebar Recording for all upcoming events



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Pussy Riot at the House of Independents


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.


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.





Where’s The Band at the House of Independents


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.



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.






Light of Day Foundation Sweet 16


After five days and nights of covering the Light of Day Foundation Sweet 16 here in Asbury Park I am finally finished editing and admiring over a thousand pictures circulating around social media. The Light of Day Foundation was created to raise money to help find a cure for Parkinsons disease and it’s related illnesses ALS and PSP. This event which has been happening for the last sixteen years and has since raised close to $4,000,000.



I have been covering this amazing event for the last three years and have so much fun watching the music community come alive for so many shows, artists and businesses. This year Asbury Underground http://www.asburyunderground.com/ was involved as well which includes so many local and mainstream artists coming together with local businesses.

This years events in Asbury Park featured some really awesome artists from headliners The Smithereens to local artists like Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son. The list of artists that performed at the main event held at the Paramount Theatre were Rob Dye, Milly, Luca, Joe D’Urso & the Stone Caravan, Emily Grove, Matt O’Rae Band, Dramarama, Jill Hennessy, Garland Jeffreys, Steve Forbert, Jesse Malin, James Maddock, Willie Nile, Joe Grushecky & the House Rockers, Williams Honor and The Smithereens.

Local businesses and venues used in Asbury Park this year were: The Paramount Theatre, The Stone Pony, The Wonder Bar, Langosta Lounge, The Watermark, Tim McLoone’s Supper Club, The Saint, Asbury Park Yacht Club, House of Independents, Heaven Gallery, Oasis Home, Parlor Gallery, Coil & Co., America’s Cup, Cafe Volan, Art629 Gallery, Exhibit No. 9 Gallery, BTll Gallery, Confections of a Rock Star, Holdfast Records, Twisted Tree Cafe, Shoppes at the Arcade, Cross & Orange & Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten.

Please take the time to check out all the pictures as they feature so many local acts as well as mainstream artists to make the Light of Day Foundation what it is today