Hoboken, Hudson County, New Jersey 07030
Local music is still a cornerstone of Hoboken's entertainment scene. As rehearsal studios have made way for condos and the sounds of bands rehearsing have been replaced by the deafening silence brought on by the anti-social behavior created by the giant “dorms” now cluttering each block, it is really exciting when a bill contains three local acts that are all worth hearing. Two hail from Hudson County (No Pasaran! and WJ and The Sweet Sacrifice) and one from Brooklyn (The Art of Shooting). No Pasaran! are a progressive outfit mining similar territory as bands like Gang of Four or Menomena, and a personal favorite of mine. Their music is as beautiful as it is aggressive and they can snap your neck when they stop on a dime and change ideas and tempos quicker than you can shout, "None Shall Pass!"
WJ & The Sweet Sacrifice is a different sound altogether but no less powerful. Anytime you get city folk channeling Country Rock you are in for some fuzzy guitars, twisted lyrics and in this case a gentleness and sense of calm even when they are kicking up some dust. The Art of Shooting keep this bill extremely eclectic with a unique sound similar to a sped up Children's record spinning offset and wobbly on the turntable. The Harmonies are staggered creating tension as the band provides a dynamic landscape both familiar and frightening. If you like music, see this show. If you don't like music, I am sad for you.