Asbury Park indie rockers Dentist have announced a national tour in support of their forthcoming third LP, “Night Swimming,” a label debut for L.A.-based Cleopatra Records. Also featured this week are Hub City Stompers, Silent Culture, Sean Kiely, and Joshua Branson. Photo by Bob Makin.
Asbury favesDentist are about to embark on a national tour in support of “Night Swimming,” their forthcoming third LP and label debut for L.A.-based Cleopatra Records. But first, they’ll play the record release party for Avery Mandeville & the Man Devils on July 13 at The Saint in Asbury Park with Lowlight and Julian Fulton. Then the tour will kick off July 18 at Ortlieb’s, Philadelphia, before heading down the East Coast to New Orleans, out to Texas, the Southwest, and the West Coast, trekking to the Midwest, and winding up Aug. 15 at Mohawk Place in Buffalo, N.Y. On Aug. 24, Dentist will play a homecoming show at Asbury Park Yacht Club.
Fans of Fazerdaze, The Primitives, The Cardigans and Soft Science will dig the 11-song LP, which will drop July 20 and features a video for “The Latter,” streaming below, and a single for “Corked” that can be found here .
Dentist feature the husband-and-wife songwriting team of of vocalist-bassist Emily and guitarist Justin Bornemann, as well as drummer Matt Hockenjos. Their mix of catchy, dreamy, fuzzed-out indie surf pop, aggressive garage punk and lyrical themes of social anxiety and heartache combine the freedom of the beach with the urgency of the city.
"This album was an attempt to capture all the different aspects of ourselves and create something that we would want to listen to," Justin said.
“Musically we are attracted to rawness and simplicity, but melodically we lean towards a pop aesthetic,” Emily added. “The lyrics tend to be focused on social anxiety, heartache and loss, but sometimes reveal love and optimism.”
Produced by Justin and recording-mixing engineer Andy Bova at Simple Sound Studios in Oceanport, “Night Swimming” was mastered by Jürgen Engler, who has worked with Die Krupps, Nico, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, and Queensryche.
Dentist have shared the stage with Television, Screaming Females, Ringo Deathstarr, and Laura Stevenson. They were named one of the top 10 bands at this year's SXSW by Mercury News and also have been featured by National Public Radio and Stereogum. “Night Swimming” follows a self-released 2014 self-titled debut LP, and “Ceilings,” their 2016 outing on Asbury Park-based Little Dickman Records featuring the single “Meet You There (In Delaware),” which found its way onto Spotify's “Fresh Finds” playlist and was chosen as one of Daytrotter’s top 100 songs of 2016 ...
On the heels of their latest EP, “Born to Run,” and a successful tour with The Pretenders, Lowlight have released “It’s Later Than You Think,” a live LP that features three new songs: the Asbury Park-inspired “Locals Only,” the road weary but romantic “California Blue,” and the jaded jangle of “Endless Bummer (Coastlines).” For now a digital-only release, the 10-song collection was captured while the Asbury alt-roots rockers were on tour opening for The Pretenders in late March and early April throughout the East Coast. Jersey weighs heavily in the band’s third release following “Born to Run” and the brilliant 2016 debut LP, “Where Do We Go from Here.” Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre, where Lowlight have opened three of several shows for The Pretenders since 2017 — most recently on the June 28 release date of “It’s Later Than You Think” — is the source of most of the songs, but Mayo Center for the Performing Arts in Morristown also is featured, along with Boston’s Orpheum Theatre.
Recorded by Scott Maxwell, the audio tech of The Pretenders tour who’s also worked with U2, “It’s Later Than You Think” was mixed and mastered by Lowlight producer-guitarist Derril Sellers and once again features epic pastoral album art by his wife, keyboardist Dana Sellers. Other tracks are “Bones,” “86 Parisienne,” “Motel Chronicles,” and the title track from the debut LP and “Sleep Wounds,” “Can’t Stop Now” and “Nights and Weekends” from the recent EP.
After you’ve bought, downloaded and heard “It’s Later Than You Think,” you can experience Lowlight live in person on July 13 at the aforementioned Saint show, as well as their monthly residency on third Saturdays at John & Peter’s in New Hope, Pa. They’ll also open for the new roots-rockin’ super group Glorietta, featuring members of Delta Spirit, Wild Child and Black Pumas, on July 26 at 90.5 the Night’s free Songwriters on the Beach series in Belmar, as well as for their buds in Roadside Graves, including Lowlight singer-songwriter-guitarist Renee Maskin, a former Graves member, on Sept. 1 at Asbury Park Yacht Club for the release party for a long-awaited follow-up to their previous Don Giovanni Records outing, 2015’s “Acne/Ears.” Coach N’ Commando also will be on that bill.
Other Lowlight dates include July 22, Old Franklin Schoolhouse, Metuchen, with the Welsh folk act Jon Langford & His Four Lost Souls and fellow Schoolhouse fave Hank Reineke; an acoustic set on Aug. 4 there; Aug. 8, MusikFest, Bethlehem, Pa.; Sept. 15, Metuchen Beer Fest, and Oct. 26, Asbury Lanes.
Having recently toured the Northeast in support of their new single, “Coffee Sundae,” The Vaughns will play July 12 for SoFar Sounds Baltimore and July 13 at APYC with Well Wisher and Yawn Mower. The charming new single follows the fun-filled “Bring Your Kids to Work Day" video. The whimsical track chronicles dealing with a romantic partner who is still in contact with their ex and will be part of a soon-to-be-announced larger release ...
Hub City Stompers have released their second video from their hot new LP, “Haters Dozen.” For “Hard Place to Be,” Jenny Whiskey has set down her saxophone and picked up the microphone for her tasty tune.
The clip features NYC punkster Hiromy Araniva skanking to “Hard Place to Be,” a breakup song about a scenester couple whose disparate levels of maturity lead to their parting. Check it out live when Hub City Stompers, who originated in New Brunswick but whose members largely either were raised and/or now live in the Trenton area, play Makin Waves’ “Trenton Makes Takeover” of Asbury Park Brewery with The Cryptkeeper Five, Molly Rhythm, Experiment 34, and Chalk & the Beige Americans on July 14. After that, HCS will do mini tours of the Northeast and California before returning to Asbury on Aug. 24 to play the Wonder Bar with The Pietasters and Sammy Kay. Then they’ll play Chicago before once again headlining Hub City Sounds: ROCK New Brunswick on Sept. 8 in Boyd Park with Doc Hopper, Pleased Youth, Sharief in Burgundy, Silent Knight, Danielle Illario, Nalani & Sarina, Experiment 34, Professor Caveman, SusBus and Hong Kong Graffiti ...
Silent Culture are a great young South Jersey band recommended by my longtime buddy and colleague Lee Mrowicki. I can see why the legendary Asbury DJ likes them so much. They have a hearty, driving sound that recalls U2. While they ready a follow-up to the impressive 2017 singles, “7:30” and “Somewhere in Between,” they will play July 7, Championship Bar, Trenton, with San Diego-based Made in the Shade recording act Secrets, as well as Indighxst, My Last Breath, and Dig Deep; July 13, The Fire, Philadelphia, with Caterpillars, and July 14 at the massive Stick’s Fest at The Basement in Eldora, also with Caterpillar, as well as through July 15 with Sons, The River Mourning, Con Etiquette, Goalkeeper, Fool Sends, Ringtail Howitzer, Damn Long Hairs, Baron Praxis, Hit Like a Girl, The Missing Frets, Mikita, Hannah Stone & Company, Norelle Green, BauceCat, BarrBarians, Moment to Capitalize, The Creds, The Gettysburg Address, Wait and Shackle, Necter, It Came from Space, Reunite Pangea, Meet Me at the Altar, Bear Success, Foxy Dads, Heartside, Old Home, Pool Kids, Casting, Afloat, Stonehaven, This Year’s Comeback, Hold Fast Hope, Pinwheel, Moonflower, Heavensake, Hanger, Poverty, Facets and more. Whew! I pity the sound crew ...
Another very impressive act who comes recommended a longtime buddy and colleague, Jay Lustig of NJArts.net, is rootsy Jersey City singer-songwriter-guitarist Sean Kiely, who has a new EP, “It Sure Was Good,” that he’s gigging behind. Upcoming dates include July 6, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1, New York City; July 26, Fox & Crow, Jersey City, with The Royal Arctic Institute; July 28, John & Peters, New Hope; Aug. 16, Whittemore, Tewksbury, and Sept. 13, Rockwood Stage 3. The fascinating four-song outing was inspired by Kiely’s learning of the failed Roanoke colony settled in 1585 by 115 Brits who languished more than 20 years before Jamestown. His discovery coincided with the personal struggles spawning the emotional reckoning of “It Sure Was Good.” The Multiple Logo Records release follows 2015’s “Your Logo, My Logo” and 2017's “Willow, Texas” split seven-inch with Jeff Taylor ...
Having recently played Jersey Shore and Sourland Music festivals, Branchburg-based singer-songwriter Joshua Branson will continue to perform in support his self-titled four-song EP on July 7 at American Spirits Roadhouse, Asbury (Hunterdon County). A recent video for a track entitled "By Design" was produced by Grammy-winning Canadian Malcolm Burn (Emmylou Harris). The EP is a follow-up to last year’s three-song “Revival” produced by Anthony Krizan (Spin Doctors, Lenny Kravitz).
Jann Klose and The Voice's Josett Diaz To Perform At Ethical Brew To Benefit A Cause Close To Home (TEANECK, NJ) -- On Saturday, December 8th, singer-songwriter and recording artist, Jann Klose will perform at Ethical Brew on behalf of Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, a community arts and cultural center for children and teens located in Bronx, New York. Doors open at 7:30, show begins at 8:00pm.Kenny Chesney To Perform At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) -- Focusing on smaller venues and markets not directly impacted by his massive stadium tours, Kenny Chesney sought to make his Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour mirror the intimacy of its namesake album. Inspired by the resilience of the people around him, Chesney doubles down on the human connection for his 2019 tour by seeking those members of No Shoes Nation who have spent the past decade and a half making the trip to stadium markets for what is now a summer tradition. On Saturday, May 11, 2019 he brings the tour to Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena in Atlantic City, NJ.State Theatre New Jersey presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze (NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze on Friday, December 7 at 8:00pm, Saturday, December 8 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, December 9 at 2:00pm. Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a division of Cirque du Soleil, has become a critically acclaimed, state-of-the-art Broadway musical, and a fun-filled, holiday family show. Tickets range from $35-$98.NJSO presents 2019 Winter Festival, 'Music Speaks' (NEWARK, NJ) -- A trio of renowned guest artists with distinct musical voices—pianists Emanuel Ax and Daniil Trifonov and soprano Dawn Upshaw—headline the NJSO’s Winter Festival, “Music Speaks,” in January 2019. The Orchestra’s signature artistic event takes place across three weekends, January 10–27, in six New Jersey venues.RVCC Chorale to Perform Annual Holiday Concert on December 8th (BRANCHBURG, NJ) --The RVCC Chorale will give its annual holiday concert on Saturday, December 8 at 8:00pm in the Welpe Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College’s Branchburg campus. The program will feature Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata, Das Neugeborne Kindelein, as well as a cappella pieces from by Sergei Rachmaninov, Zoltan Kodaly and Giuseppe Verdi. The program also will include an audience singalong of traditional carols.
"Great Music!" Tavares and Harold Melvin's Blue Notes LIVE! at the Strand Theater The music of the 1970s is alive and well this Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Lakewood, NJ’s Strand Theater with a concert by the ’70’s R&B and soul groups Tavares and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes!"An Amazing Musical Genius!" Brian Wilson LIVE! at the State Theatre In the music room in the back of our house, there’s an electric bass and amp, two acoustic guitars, a microphone and PA speakers, several pieces of music recording equipment, and a bookcase filled with books on music, not to mention a slew of assorted music memorabilia. But, perhaps, one of the most highly prized items in the room is hanging directly above the piano next to the college music diplomas.Jazz Saxophonist Don Braden LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center It’s a breezy day for a new installment of the Jazz On a Sunday Afternoon concert series at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts this Sunday Oct. 27, 2018 afternoon. Today’s special 3pm performance is entitled Earth, Wind and Wonder and is presented by jazz saxophonist Don Braden.Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Classics IV, and The Brooklyn Bridge LIVE! at The Strand, Lakewood The stars are out this Saturday Oct. 26, 2018 evening in Lakewood, NJ for a “Golden Oldies” concert featuring Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Classics IV, and The Brooklyn Bridge!PODCAST: Grammy Winner Terri Lyne Carrington At TD James Moody Jazz Festival Drummer, leader, and composer Terri Lyne Carrington made history as the first woman to win a Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz for her album “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue.” Now, she brings her interpretation of Duke Ellington’s “Money Jungle” to the TD James Moody Jazz Festival at NJPAC on November 11, 2018, as part of a program called “Jazz Vinyl Revisited.” Producer Susan Wallner talks to Carrington about her connections to the jazz greats Clark Terry and Max Roach; her newest project, the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice; and why she thinks drummers make natural leaders.
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