MUSIC

THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM IS GROWIN’ UP

One morning last spring, I was freezing my ass off on Cookman Ave., waiting for the perpetually late coast-to-city Academy bus, when a late model muscle car pulled up across the street. The man behind the wheel recognized me and rolled down the window, and a big sounding rock song came blaring out.


Panic State Records Anniversary show at Asbury Lanes to benefit local Food Banks


H.R. OF BAD BRAINS WITH HUGE AT ASBURY LANES

The man. The myth. The legend. H.R of Bad Brains returns to Asbury Park, that’s the Asbury Lanes to be specific, on Saturday, May 3rd with Dubb Agents and Russ Iglay’s (Underdog) side project HUGE plus Eastbourne. H.R. (Human Rights) has been known to pop up unannounced at venues around the city. This time its […]


REVIEW: THE JULIE RUIN FEATURING KATHLEEN HANNA AT ASBURY LANES

Feminist artist Kathleen Hanna’s band The Julie Ruin played to a sold out crowd at the Asbury Lanes last Saturday night (4/12/14). Along with Hanna was former Bikini Kill bandmate Kathi Wilcox on bass, Sara Landeau on guitar, Kenny Melman on keyboard and Carmine Covelli on drums. It was clear to see that fans had […]


MARIACHI EL BRONX AT ASBURY LANES SUNDAY, MARCH 23

It’s been a while since we’ve been this excited about a show in Asbury Park. Mariachi el Bronx at Asbury Lanes this Sunday is just what we needed to knock the stale off of a miserable winter. But it also reminds us of how sad we’ll be when the day finally comes when Asbury Lanes […]


ASBURY’S LITTLE DICKMAN RECORDS HEADS TO SXSW

Little Dickman Records is taking the show on the road so to speak. The Asbury record label, which boasts local bands like TV Tramps, The Battery Electric, Hot Blood, Wolfcock, Inspector 7 and Pretty Blue Ribbon, is heading to SXSW music fest in Austin for a few unofficial showcase shows starting this week. We caught […]


REVIEW: MAN MAN AT ASBURY LANES

What a perfect fucking night. Last Thursday, I went to see Man Man (from Philadelphia) at the Asbury Lanes.  They have a such an eclectic sound that’s soo much fun to dance to, they’re the kind of band that brings all your friends out.  They’ve got this unique mix of avant-garde, chaotic, gypsy punk and […]


DAVE HAUSE AT ASBURY LANES THURSDAY, JANUARY 23

For this Philadelphia native who now refers to California as home, Dave Hause will have a homecoming of sorts when he visits the Asbury Lanes on Thursday, January 23rd at 8PM. You may be familiar with Hause’s punk band The Loved Ones or seen him on tour with local favorites like The Gaslight Anthem and […]


HAPPY MONDAYS AT WONDER BAR

Wonder Bar’s Happy Mondays guarantee you a great start to your week by bringing free music to Asbury Park on a night that’s usually dead on arrival. Who cares if you have to work on Tuesday morning? Liquor up, laquer down and go see some original live music on an a night that doesn’t normally […]


ACCIDENTAL SEABIRDS CD RELEASE PARTY FRIDAY, JANUARY 10TH AT ASBURY LANES

The Greenpoint Spill is a full circle project of sorts for New Jersey based avant-indie band Accidental Seabirds. The group, which initially started out as a solo project for frontman Jesse Lee Herdman while he was living in Brooklyn a few years back, has evolved into a full bodied, tight knit collection of multi-instrumentalists and […]


OCEAN GROVE RESIDENT CURATES MIDWEST GUITAR FESTIVAL

Ocean Grove resident and Anchor contributor David Spelman shares some thoughts upon returning from another installment of Ellnora (www.ellnoraguitarfestival.com), a Midwest music festival he’s been curating since 2005.


THE MEMPHIS DAWLS AT THE SAINT ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH

Holly Cole, Jana Misener & Krista Wroten began creating music together in high school. Taking inspiration from the musicians and atmosphere of their Tennessee hometown, they became the Memphis Dawls. They might have started with the tunes of Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt, but they’ve branched out into their own sound, a sort of folk/classic rock/country […]


SEAN LENNON’S GHOST OF A SABER TOOTH TIGER FRIDAY (9/28) AT THE SAINT WITH WREATHS

While Sean isn’t John Lennon (and I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way) he does harbor the spirit of his father vocally speaking. His group Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, whom he shares duties with Charlotte Kemp Muhl is interesting in that it harkens back to the 60s while having a very […]


FLORIDA’S III BONES, PREHISTORIC FOREST THIS THURSDAY (9/26) AT ASBURY PARK YACHT CLUB

I’ve been following a simple philosophy lately called “make shit happen.” And the idea behind it really is self explanatory. In terms of The Anchor, the “make shit happen” idea applies to the entertainment arm of the website. Over the past 4 months we’ve become event planners of sorts, hosting and presenting a nice mix […]


SOCAL PUNK LEGENDS T.S.O.L TONIGHT (9/17) AT ASBURY LANES

Tonight at Asbury Lanes, SoCal punk legends T.S.O.L play alongside Jersey based The Scandals and Stag Party with DJ Jack the Ripper spinning old school punk. Doors at 7PM. $15. Here’s a bit of history about T.S.O.L.


CLEVELAND’S GOLDMINES, SHIT BOX JIMMY PLAY BERKELEY BAR 9/14

We’ve got a good show to tell you about. A couple of Cleveland, Ohio bands are coming in to town on Saturday night, September 14, Goldmines and Shit Box Jimmy along with locals The Electric Arms. Yes, Shit Box Jimmy. I swear some of the names these fucking bands come up with. But I gotta […]


ANDY ANIMAL’S CANNIBAL TRIBE AT LANGOSTA LOUNGE SATURDAY, AUGUST 24

On Saturday, August 24th The Anchor welcomes New York based band Andy Animal’s Cannibal Tribe to the Asbury Park boardwalk and more specifically to Langosta Lounge. The band features Asbury’s own Sweet Joey on drums. The Anchor hosted another of Joey’s bands earlier this summer, the Brooklyn based Vietnam. Turned out to be one of […]


THE FEMALE JOHNNY CASH, ELSA CROSS, TONIGHT (8/12) AT THE SAINT

I love finding out about good stuff last minute. Case in point is the lady version of Johnny Cash. At least that’s what the critics are saying. But I think that’s bullshit. Elsa Cross’ music is distinctly her own. The Austin, TX resident will be performing tonight at The Saint along with Cigar Box Stompers […]


THE KRAYOLAS: texas garage rock legends come to berkeley bar TONIGHT (8/8)

Mexican dudes wearing orange and yellow tuxedos with embroidered flowers and cactuses and shit singing Ramones covers in their Tex-Mex powerpop and garage rock style. I’m sold. The Krayolas, the San Antonio based trio, is coming to Asbury Park’s Berkeley Bar on Thursday, August 8th at 10PM. Free as usual. But the band always gets paid. No shame in that. Prima donnas check your egos at the […]


ASBURY PARK’S DAN WASZAY: SMILING A SAD SMILE

I first met Dan Waszay one day when he was outside The Santander in Asbury Park checking out my motorcycle. I had seen him and his girlfriend Sarah in passing, coming and going from the lobby on many occasions. Usually we exchanged a “hello”, “or how’s it going?” Anyway, I jokingly asked him if he […]


CATCHING UP WITH HORACE PANTER OF THE SPECIALS

The Specials are like most other great bands that expire before they’ve been properly consumed. Get together with some friends, make music, travel around the world, fight like brothers and sisters do and then break up before the rest of us had a chance to know ya. But a lot of time and space can […]


THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS TONIGHT (7/18) AT WONDER BAR

So these dudes are men of few words. But that’s alright. It’s their outspoken stage presence that counts. The Infamous Stringdusters are at Wonder Bar (Ocean Ave. in Asbury Park.) tonight, Thursday, July 18th at 7:30PM along with the Glimmer Glass Band. $16 in advance, $18 at the door. This pop bluegrass band from Virginia emerged […]


HAPPY MONDAYS: CALIFORNIA DREAMING (6/10)

California’s The Lovely Bad Things time travel from backyard punk shows in Orange County to music capital of the East Coast, Asbury Park, NJ on Monday, June 10th. This garage pop foursome has a D.I.Y. spirit, loves the Pixies, and says if you picked apart their music you’d find the likes of Modest Mouse, Sonic […]


NEW ORLEANS’ HOT 8 BRASS BAND TONIGHT AT THE SAINT (6/7)

Who doesn’t love a good brass band? Especially one from New Orleans. The Hot 8 Brass band takes to what will be a tight stage tonight at The Saint in Asbury Park. The band blends hip-hop,  jazz and funk styles with traditional New Orleans brass sounds and performs covers like Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing. Nice! The Hot 8 Brass Band was formed […]



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