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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...5/28/15

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 05/28/2015
I just want to say that we're having a blast on this tour and we want to thank everyone; I mean everyone. We are really happy with the way it's going and it's a great combo of bands," says Justin Symbol of the band that bears his name as they have joined  forces with Requiem and William Control and the Neuromantic Boys on their most recent tour. 
"How great is this tour going? I was annoyed to be home yesterday," he said with a laugh. "The fact that it sucked so much having a day off is an indication of how good this tour is; the other bands are great! Requiem and William are treating us, well let's say, there's a lot of mutual respect."  
Respect in the music biz isn't always easy to come by; many artists are haunted by demons, addictions, self-destructive behavior and poor choices. Symbol toiled in local New York City bars and clubs doing a solo act, playing a mix of typical generic cover tunes interspersed by his original work; yet he longed for more. Dubbing himself the  "King of Negativity,"  he found his desire to create, if even from a very dark realm, was the driving force behind what would eventually become his band. "I guess you can say that this whole project started on Halloween 2014 with the release of "VOIDHEAD," he explained. "I had material and put together a band prior to releasing the disc but that other band wasn't as serious as I liked. I asked our drummer Will E. Vill and bassist Fox to join along with guitarist Soda and we morphed into a rock band; it was really cool how it just kind of happened. During the making of "VOIDHEAD" I was bottoming out with drug and alcohol addiction and dark was the only mood I was able to convey. There are a few songs on the album that are upbeat but with psychotic dark lyrics. The night we did the video for "Purgatory" I got arrested; it wasn't my best moment." 
Marilyn Manson co-founder and guitarist Daisy Berkowitz contributed heavily to the making of "VOIDHEAD" and helped garner the aforementioned respect that artists crave. Symbol speaks fondly of his working relationship with Berkowitz; explaining the connection came through a mutual friend. "Yeah, Daisy and I had a mutual friend, he was an older dude and he was kind of eccentric; he may even be dead by now. This guy told me about an audition that was taking place for a band that he thought I would fit and when I got to this hotel where the auditions were being held; there was Daisy. We hit it off and we've been kind of working together ever since."
Berkowitz's crisp yet haunting guitar work lends to the over all tone of the disc; furthering Symbol's image of a dark and brooding tormented soul. On the road of course, the guitar work is left up to Soda and the rest of the band to recreate the studio sound and for the moment; Justin's compositions. " Yeah, I would say that I am the principal songwriter; definitely of the latest disc and our re-mix album but that may or will all change. Now that I'm working with this great band, our next album is definitely going to be more band driven; we'll do it together." 
Even though the band is having a blast, touring can cost some serious cash. Justin and the group have taken to using an Indie Go-Go campaign as a way to fund their road trip. "Touring is expensive," said Symbol with a laugh. "We love being on the road and as I said this tour is going great but the fact is; we need money to eat and put gas in the vehicle. So we figured we would go this route and so far we are doing good with it." 
The route they are now on is taking them to the west coast and three shows in California before heading home. Shows in Anaheim (June 5), Fresno (June 7) and Oakland (June 8) round out their portion of the tour which officially comes to a close on June 11. 
Symbol seems to finally have made peace with himself, accepting his demons and addictions; staying strong and positive in total contrast to his on stage persona. His open honesty was both refreshing and a pleasant surprise; not holding back both positive and negative thoughts. To support the band's tour and Indie Go Go campaign, please go here, or to learn more about Justin Symbol please visit . 
That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON!


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28 Witherspoon Street Princeton

(609) 924-5555


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Sun. 9 p.m. Kenny Cunningham

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Amalfi's Restaurant

146 Lawrenceville-Pennington Rd. Lawrenceville

(609) 912-1599


Sat. 8:30 p.m. Kindred Spirit


Amarones Windsor Inn

29 Church St. Windsor


(609) 448-7144

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Thurs. 6:30 p.m. "Country" Ron Crites

Fri. 8 p.m. Smoked Ice

Sat. 8 p.m. Sounds of the Street

Tues. 8 p.m. Ambiance the Duo


Blend Bar & Bistro

911 Highway 33, Hamilton

(609) 245-8887


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Tues. 8 p.m. Triviajam 


The Backstage at Championship Bar 

931 Chambers St. Trenton


Fri. 7 p.m. The Afraid Brigade, Skysleeper, Above The Mendoza, Crash Landing, Old City Revival. All ages, $10

Sat. 5 p.m. Electric Puke, Action Man, A Crisis Of Confidence, Cut The Act, Tripping For Life, Government Of Sheep, The Brandon Smith Band.  All ages, $10


Candlelight Lounge 

24 Passaic St. Trenton

(609) 695-9612


Sat. 3 p.m. James Stewart Tenor Sax Quartet. (No cover-$10 minimum)


Chickie's & Pete's

183 US Highway 130 North Bordentown

(609) 298-9182


Thurs. 9 p.m. Lip-sync Contest

Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Music Night feat. The Dawgs

Wed. 9 p.m. Trivia Night


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Dog & Bull Brew House

810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.

(215) 788-2855


Thurs. 8 p.m. Twin Ghost

Fri. (4 p.m.) "Happy Hour Jam" feat. Visoon (9 p.m.) CP Duo 

Sat. (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch Jam" feat. Dave Dzubinski Group (9 p.m.) Big Soul Chicken

Sun. (11 a.m.) "Sunday Brunch" feat. Dick Gratton (3 p.m.) Mike Ghantt

Mon. 8 p.m.  The Keith Lesnik Trio

Tues. 8 p.m. Nytrous

Wed. 8 p.m. Joe Robinson


Dubh Linn Square 

167 Rte. 130 North Bordentown

(609) 298-7100


Thurs. Ladies Night

Sun. 4 p.m. Irish Sessions

Mon. Military Day


Fran's Pub

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116 S. Main St. New Hope, PA.



Thurs. 9 p.m. Curtain Call

Fri. 9 p.m. Paul Plumeri Blues Band

Sat. 9 p.m. Charles Laurita & The Mischief

Mon. 8 p.m. Open Blues Jam

All shows 21+ 


Halo Pub

4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square

(609) 586-1811


Sat. 7 p.m. Joe Zook & Paul Plumeri


Havana New Hope

105 S. Main Street. New Hope, Pa. 

(215) 862-9897


Thurs. 8 p.m. Anna Nalick. Doors at 6 p.m., $35 (reserved seating)

Fri. 8 p.m. Jah People (CD Release Party). Ages 21+, doors at 6 p.m., $15

Sat. 8:30 p.m. Coast 2 Coast

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Sun. 4 p.m. Rocky and Heather and Their Friends

Mon. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Ron

Wed. 8 p.m. Pat Foran & Friends 


Ivy Tavern 

3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton

(609) 888-1435


Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke

Fri. 10 p.m. Gunsmoke

Sat. 10 p.m. The Dawgs

All shows 21+


John & Peter's 

96 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa.

(215) 862-5981


Thurs. 9 p.m. Jerry Feiss

Fri. 9 p.m. Ammunition

Sat. (3 p.m.) Kelly Zullo (9 p.m.) Jason Ager & Blackrue

Sun. (3 p.m.) Miss Pumpkin Presents: A Drag Show Benefit (9 p.m.)Patrick Sweany w/ The Silks

Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic. w/Tim

Wed. 9:30 p.m. The Invitational

All shows 21+


JoJo's Tavern

2677 Nottingham Way Hamilton

(609) 586-2678


Wed. 10 p.m. Karaoke


Paint the Roses Tea and Café

37 West Broad Street Hopewell

(609) 466-8200


Sat. 11 a.m. Bryan Hill


Palermo's Of Hamilton

310 Klockner Rd. Hamilton

(609) 838-7979


Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke

All shows 21+ 


Patriot's Crossing

1339 River Rd. Titusville

(609) 737-2780


Fri. 7:30 p.m. Danielle Stewart

Sat. 7:30 p.m. McMillan & Company


Pete's Steak House

523 Whitehorse Ave. Hamilton

(609) 585-8008


Fri. 9:30 p.m. Kindred Spirit

Sat. 9:30 p.m. Deep Release


Randy Now's Man Cave

134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown

(609) 424-3766


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 RHO Waterfront

50 Riverview Plaza Trenton

(609) 393-7300


Thurs. 10 p.m. College Night Dance party w/ DJ Wessy Wes

Fri. (4 p.m.) Happy Hour Buffet. $10 (8:30 p.m.) Black Frost

All Shows 21+

Tavern On The Lake

101 Main St. Hightstown

(609) 426-9345


Fri. 9 p.m. ArHouse

Sat. 9 p.m. Steve The Band

Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night 


The HOB Tavern

146 Second Street

(609) 291-7020


Sat. 9 p.m. Karaoke


The Ivy Inn

248 Nassau St. Princeton

(609) 921-8555


Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Ron

Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Darius

Sat. 10 p.m. El Ka Bong

Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv

Wed. 8:30 p.m. Tune Trivia (10:30 p.m.) DJ Rockn Ron


The Millhill Basement

300 South Broad St Trenton

(609) 989-1600


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The Record Collector

358 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown

(609) 324-0880


Fri. 8 p.m. Reach Around Rodeo Clowns / Crash Gordon & Debra Dynamite. All ages, doors at 7:30 p.m., $15 (advance) 


The Sticky Wicket 

2465 South Broad St. Hamilton

(609) 439-0007


Fri. 9 p.m. D*Luxe the Band

Sat. 9 p.m. Drunk Monkeys


The Sun National Bank Center 

81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton

(609) 656-3200


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Tilted Kilt 

557 US Hwy. 130 North, Hamilton

(609) 585-1800


Fri. 9 p.m. Polish Nannies


Tir Na Nog 

1324 Hamilton Ave. Trenton

(609) 392-2554


Fri. 5 p.m. Ed Wilson

Tues. 9 p.m. Bob Daley

All shows  21+

Trenton Buzz

702 Pine St. Trenton

(609) 392-6000


Thurs. 8 p.m. Open Mic. w/ Hek Cat


Trenton Social

449 South Broad Street Trenton

(609) 989-7777


Thurs. 8:30 p.m. Cinema Thursday Presents:  (TBA)

Fri. 7 p.m. First Friday

Mon. 10 p.m. Service Industry Night w/ DJ-Jay Kountree 

Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic.


Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)

400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.

(215) 862-8300


Fri. 10 p.m. Levee Drivers. ($5 cover charge)

Sat. 10 p.m. Cold Roses. ($5 cover charge)

Sun. 7 p.m. Open Jam Night

All shows 21+


Wildflowers Inn

2572 Pennington Rd. Pennington

Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock 

All shows 21+

Danny Coleman is a veteran musician and writer from central New Jersey. He hosts a weekly radio program entitled “Rock On Radio” airing Sunday evenings at 7:000pm EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.



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