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“If music be the food of love, play on.”

Nicely played, William; nicely played, and while many individuals have an adverse reaction to Shakespeare— joining the ranks of countless high school graduates, all of whom lost the taste for prose somewhere between the umpteenth reading of “Romeo and Juliet” and the mandatory participation in the in-class performance of “Julius Caesar“— the ol’ playwright may just be on to something.

Music, that rare substance that possesses the power to echo the tales of past protests, bears the marks of the movements of generations and whispers the collective history of humanity.  A form of sustenance, music fuels individual appetites and brings friends and strangers to the table.

While musical starvation in our world of interconnectivity and online piracy is virtually impossible, I feel as though I’d be committing nothing short of forcible famine to abandon M.O.S.H. This project, which rose from the ashes of a class requirement, has grown into more than a method of grading and evaluation. It’s a form of sustenance. The time has come and, if I may borrow the immortal prose of Shakespeare, I intend to “play on.”

Write On: The Greatest Hits

In our modern world, the three-meals-a-day model took a stagedive. So, while waiting for that next big musical feast, nibbling is fully advisable and certainly recommended. Below, to save you the trouble of raiding the fridge of pop-punk, alternative rock and indie acoustics, you’ll find a collection of bite-worthy reads that should hold even the most insatiable appetite for a spell.


Photo courtesy of Brandon Debes

A1 Carmen Magro discusses his musical influences, what brought him to music and what his songs mean to him and his fans

B3 Review: “Who Shot Rock and Roll” brings the genre to life

C5 I Call Fives receive praise for their latest endeavor, “Someone That’s Not You”

D4 Every Minute Can Kill discuss the band’s formation, “Faceless Creatures” and offer tips on being a success in the local music scene

E2 Bon Jovi, Springsteen, Alesana and Ace Built this City on Rock and Roll

Bonus: the possibility of a vending machine eating your last dollar bill is slim to none. No need to fear dropping all of your change and looking like a fool, falling to your knees in a desperate scramble to stop the coins from rolling between the Coke machine and your intended treasure trove of over-priced goodies. The tears when you realize that your last quarter just found its way into Narnia via the blackest of abysses; save them for the last all-nighter of the semester.*

*For the sake of artistic direction, let’s just assume that the above example is completely fictitious in nature.


Picture of Shows Past: Tim of Honor Bright Performing at Harmony Grange

Tim, vocalist and guitarist of Syracuse-based pop-rock outfit, Honor Bright, 
performing at the Harmony Grange in Delaware on Nov. 11, 2010

Headbang: A Collection of “Hair Whips”

The phrase, “I whip my hair back and forth” found world-wide attention when Willow Smith released her single “Whip My Hair” in 2010. The pint-sized artist was not the first to discover the liberation found in the dizzy spell after repeated and quick movements of the head, however.

Bands have long been whipping their hair back and forth, or headbanging as it is more commonly known. From the ding before the breakdown to the moment before a mosh pit opens, headbanging is found wherever there’s an amp. While one could argue that Smith coined the phrase, the following collection of band photos proves that the likes of Of Mice and Men, Alesana, I See Stars and Silverstein perfected the art of hair-whipping long before Smith’s sassy single.

The metal in "Whip My Hair" courtesy of Joe Ellis

All photos were taken by me, Ashley Cline, at venues in the Tri-State area
including Hangar 84, Harmony Grange and the Trocadero.

Bon Jovi, Springsteen, Alesana and Ace Built this City on Rock and Roll

“Being from Jersey means never having to say you’re sorry.”

While the opening track of Cobra Starship’s debut album, While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets, released in 2006, may offer rowdy Philly sports fans a glimmer of a guarantee of forgiveness for raucous behavior, it also illustrates a point. Being from Jersey means never having to say you’re sorry for rocking too loudly. I admit, there’s no excuse for train wrecks like the Jersey Shore, no “sorry” in existence can ever right that wrong, but what Jersey and her surrounding neighbors lack in bronzer and hair gel, they more than make up for in music.

Bon Jovi live in Zurich. Photo: HD Zimmermann

Exhibit A
: The Jersey born Jon Bon Jovi proves that the Garden State produces much more than her nickname suggests and, after decades of living on a prayer, promises to bring classic rock and roll to Asbury Park, NJ this May, headlining the third and final day of the Bamboozle music festival.

Exhibit B: The Boss is back. The native New Jerseyian, Bruce Springsteen’s new album Wrecking Ball, scheduled to drop March 6, 2012, connects rock to events that have recently shaped the nation, Occupy Music style.

Shawn Milke live in Wilmington, DE.

Exhibit C: With roots in Philadelphia, Shawn Milke, guitarist and vocalist of the successful Raleigh based, post-hardcore outfit, Alesana, provides inspiration alongside the beautiful melodies and brutal breakdowns of the band’s second conceptual album.

Exhibit D: Ace Enders, having performed at Rowan University last semester, and his band, The Early November, hailing from Hammonton, NJ, have reunited and, under their new label, Rise Records, are set to release a new album this spring.

Missing the 80’s hair nostalgia of Bon Jovi, the E-Street band of Springsteen, the Dante’s Inferno inspired tunes of Alesana or the reunion hype of The Early November? No matter. Opportunities to broadcast your sound abound in New Jersey. From break contests to play Bamboozle to Battle of the Bands to play the Van’s Warped Tour, options are there for young, local acts. Why fist pump when you can M.O.S.H.?

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