DIY/Lo-Fi

Teenage Halloween take their brand of power-pop meets folk-punk on a NJ tour

Despite having 10 members whose ages range from 16 to 23, Teenage Halloween knows exactly the kind of music they want to play. The Asbury Park-based band takes cues from artists like Jeff Rosenstock, Elvis Costello, Defiance Ohio, and blink-182 to stir up an energetic blend of power-pop, folk, and punk . Although featuring a unique combination of instruments for a punk album like banjo, trombone, and saxophone, their latest EP It Was Weird, But It Worked never feels forced or gimmicky. Opening track “Waitress” is a brief song that calls to mind modern punk acts like Joyce Manor, while “Tiki Party” references the folk punk sound of fellow Jersey natives The Gaslight Anthem and Philly punk act The Menzingers. This summer Teenage Halloween will be playing several shows in New Jersey, the first one of which will be at Long Branch's Brighton Bar. - John Honan

   

New JANK Remix LP Available for Streaming & Download

JANK dropped their debut LP Awkward Pop Songs towards the end of last year, and you can now find it on vinyl via Creep Records. They also just shared a new remix album, tapping into a network of producers throughout the U.S. Awkward Chopped Songs features the reimaginings of Blanda, Wildabeast, Albino Panda and many more.

   

Free Download: "Method Acting" - Work Drugs & Announce New LP

Sedative-wave outfit Work Drugs announced that it will be releasing a new LP, Method Acting. You can stream and download its title track for free below, and also check out its cover art above! The album will be available on August 5 via Bobby Cahn Records.

   

Saturday Night Sounds: Backbiter - Fvck the Bozos

Dream punks Backbiter are leaving for an East Coast tour next week and with their tour kickoff show TONIGHT (along with Seattle's Vats, Mr. Wrong and Mini Blinds at the High Water Mark), tonight's Saturday Night Sounds is in celebration of them.

It's hard to choose just one track from Fvck the Bozos, so here's all of them. The six tracks blast right by you quickly, each with a runtime under two minutes, so feel free to play it on repeat to get your fill.

Hopefully we'll see more from Backbiter soon, but until then, good luck on your East Coast tour and with Plan-it-X Fest!

   

Love On The Streets Fest Reloaded at Paine's Park July 9

Today is the rescheduled rain date for the second annual Love On The Streets Fest at Paine's Park, and though the weather reports aren't looking very promising today, I can only hope that the weathermen/women remain as inaccurate as they've always been. Presented by Wahoo’s Tacos, LOTS is back at it again with a reloaded lineup. The event, which supports the Franklin Pains Skatepark Fund (FPSF), includes a skateboarding competition that begins at 1pm (with a grand prize of $2000), and will be deejayed by Frank Sriracha, Fishtown Beats, and Aurize. Now, whether you’re taking in the live visual art of Distoart, Getup, and Victor Perez, or perusing the flea market for gems, you’ll want to stay hydrated and nourished with a convenient array of vendors that will include Eat-A-Pita, Philly Delicias, Pbon's Fresh Phood of Philly, Lil' Pop Shop, Sweet Lavender, HubBub Coffee, and of course, Wahoo’s, along with the Bud Light Beer Garden, which will be all at your disposal. And the icing on this proverbial cake will be a day loaded with a laundry list of fine local talent set to perform from noon till 9pm. On the slate, you'll find Creepoid, Steady Hands, Mercury Girls, Amanda X, Vicky Speedboat, Hurry, Endless Taile, Weller, and RFA representing the City of Brotherly Love. Come out to support a good cause, and stimulate your senses - fuck the rain! Paine's Park, N. 24th St., 12pm-10pm, Free, All Ages - Michael Colavita