July 23rd, 2007

Supporting New Jersey's Local Music Scene Since 2000

Message From Lazlo

Hi Everyone,

Several things to discuss this week.

First off, don't forget to vote for what you would like to see happen to's webcast.

I'm going to leave it up a little longer before making a decision, but so far it seems like people are really interested in a podcast. But if you're for that or against that, don't forget to let you opinion count by voting.

And bands, if you haven't already, please take a moment to downlaod and sign the royalty waiver, that I will need to use if I take the webcast off of Live365. Thanks!


Second, this Saturday is another Free Concert at Buddie's Tavern, 277 Johnson Lane, Parlin (Sayreville), NJ.

This one features the debut of Nerve Tonic. Nerve Tonic is essentially a new direction for the old band Funch. Don't worry, they still rock with the same garage/punk swagger, just without the screaming now. Also on the bill is brit-garage-pop sounds of Mod Fun, and The Obvious.

And did I mention the show was FREE

Help support this concert series, and see some great bands!


Third, I have removed myself and from involvement with the Black River Music & Art Fest, that is happening on August 18th. I had a disagreement with the Historic Business Association of Chester (the people behind the fest), and I realized it was too great a disagreement for me to remain involved. I wish the fest the best of luck. I have left it fully in the hands of my former partner on the fest, Alan, who I know will do a great job.


Lazlo's Den is still on the air for now also, airing, as always, Monday through Friday at 8PM ET on and UpstageRadio.

Tuesday on Lazlo's Den

Paul Sanchez


Album of the Month
The Chilling Details - "innerdialogue"

The Chilling Details push the boundaries of rock-based music. Armed with an arsenal of influences the trio takes the stage not just willing to entertain you but to challenge you to exist outside the box of your everyday life.

With just three members, some say The Chilling Details live performances emulate Spector’s legendary “wall of sound”. Decibel, amplitude, and dynamics can be wielded like crude weapons or controlled like a skilled craftsman’s tools in the hands of the group which consists of charismatic front man Frank Bressi (vocals, guitars) and the booming rhythm section of Chris Smith (bass,vocals) and James Griffith (drums,vocals).

In the recording studio The Chilling Details communicate the fire of their live shows with an added clarity that is sure to set them apart from their peers. Taking the collection of songs penned by Bressi to great heights of texture and depth without losing the energy that have made their live shows shine for the crowds who have been steadily growing in number like summertime sun worshipers drawn the beaches of the same Jersey Shore that The Chilling Details call home.

New Songs Added This Week

The Post Scripts songs you can eat cake to
Whiskey Flask Revenge this was probably a bad idea

The Underpass lives... at The Alexus Tavern, 80 Wagaraw Road, in Hawthorne, NJ.

Russ, the sound engineer, tells me that The Underpass is back in operation at a new location -- bigger and better than ever -- just four miles from its former Elmwood Park location. The live music room is large, the stage is spacious -- as always, the sound will be stellar. Parking is plentiful, and, yes, even the bathrooms are beautiful. Beets and Russ are back in business...

"We're excited about our new arrangement at the Alexus and look forward to reuniting with all of The Underpass faithful. I started hunting around the area in April looking for ownership that understood what we do and a physical space that met certain requirements. Everybody's cool at The Alexus -- they're really looking forward to us being there, too -- and that was important. It may take a little while to get the word out that we've moved just up the road --we expect the Underpass' loyal following to make the new arrangement at The Alexus a success, and will definitely lead to a long and prosperous future for our unique, all-original music venue."

Expect the very best of The Underpass' musical roster, with more national acts possible, due to increased capacity. Russ's powerhouse sound system from The Underpass has been installed at the Alexus -- and he tells me it sounds better than ever. Joe Beets will continue to emcee the evenings, book bands and spin tunes. Working together, they'll provide exceptional sound, in a friendly atmosphere, while hosting some of the area's best original music -- everything you grew to love about the (fabulous) Underpass, but with better bathrooms. Incense will be noticeably absent in this incarnation of The Underpass, but it is replaced by great food at reasonable prices. Help keep quality original music alive in the area -- come out to the all-new Underpass at The Alexus Tavern in Hawthorne.



Thereafter, the regular Underpass schedule is being followed:
Tuesday night -- open acoustic.
Wednesday night -- open electric jam.
Thursday and Friday -- the best in live, original music.
(Saturdays will not have live entertainment till the Fall.)

DIRECTIONS: From the former location, make a right on River Road and head north exactly four miles (River Road becomes Wagaraw Road) -- left into the large Alexus parking lot, across from the small shopping mall. Call 973-427-9200 for more info and check the Underpass website for updates and bookings:
Concert Picks of the Week

Lazlo (

Saturday at Buddie's Tavern (277 Johnsons Ln, Parlin (Sayreville)), marks the debut of Nerve Tonic. Nerve Tonic is essentially a new direction for the old band Funch. Don't worry, they still rock with the same garage/punk swagger, just without the screaming now. Also on the bill is brit-garage-pop sounds of Mod Fun, and The Obvious.

By the way, did I mention this was part of's FREE Conert Series?
Jim Testa (Jersey Beat)

If you're in New Jersey on Saturday night, be sure to check out's showcase at Buddie's Tavern in Parlin with my old mates Mod Fun. If you're in the City, I'd suggest the following:

Saturday, July 28
A TRIBUTE TO EMILY CORNISH: A Benefit For Save Darfur, with Charm School, The Bullys, Demetra, Monty's Demize, The Challenged - The Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St. NYC - 8 pm, $10, all ages

Emily Cornish was deeply involved with the local music scene and a passionate advocate for the besieged peoples of Darfur. She passed away much to young and this benefit will honor her memory and make a donation to the Save Darfur organization. It's a potpourri of local punk bands with the gritty pop/punk of The Challenged and the ageless oldschool punk-rock of the Bullys especially recommended.
Upcoming Concerts

Concert Picks of the Week

Gary Wien (Upstage)

Jared Migden (WRSU)

Concert Calendar

Monday July 23rd
The Gil Aharon Trio (featuring Brian Viglione of The Dresden Dolls) @ World Cafe Live
Two Cow Garage, Maybe Pete @ The Saint

Tuesday July 24th
The Fave
The Goldhawk
936 Park Ave (at 10th st.)
James Cotton Band @ NYC Rockin' The River Cruises
Brett Mosley @ The Saint

Wednesday July 25th
New Day Dawn
Crash Mansion
199 Bowery
John Doe @ World Cafe Live
Hanson @ Webster Hall
Raul Malo @ NYC Rockin' The River Cruises
The Youths of Today, The Barnstormers, The Scandals, BullGooseLoony @ Asbury Lanes
Incognito Mosquito @ The Saint
Cineman, Cinema @ The Annex

Thursday July 26th
The Fave

Buzz Universe
Sinatra Park
Between 4th & 5th Sts
on the Hudson River
Twine, End Of An Era @ The Saint

Friday July 27th
The Court Tavern
124 Church St
New Brunswick
The Meltdowns
Luna Lounge
361 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Particle Zoo
Loop Lounge
373 Broadway
The Fave

Temporary Grace
The Saint
601 Main St
Asbury Park
Ellis Paul @ The Rubin Museum of Art
The Slits @ World Cafe Live
Old 97's @ NYC Rockin' The River Cruises

Saturday July 28th

Sunday July 29th
Bobby Strange
Lutheran Chruch
First Ave & Heck St
Asbury Park
Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers @ World Cafe Live

bring it on home

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