• Kings of Pop Punk - The Fresh Clothing

    The Fresh Clothing Mixtape: Kings of Pop Punk

    The Fresh Clothing has released a new mixtape, and Lamplighter is overjoyed to be its host! Rather than carry on about one of NJ’s finest music scene citizens, Jason Soroka, and his company’s newest release, we’ll give him the stage:

    “Pop punk was a big part of my music upbringing in New Jersey. I spent my teenage youth working at Bloomfield Ave Cafe, a punk venue in Montclair, NJ that doesn’t exist anymore. I was lucky enough to experience the death of “Midtown pop punk,” the “slow period,” and the birth of todays Run For Cover/No Sleep/etc pop-punk.

    While there are some obvious kings, in my opinion, like Blink 182, Green Day, and Fall Out Boy, this mixtape focuses on the underground. I started this off with a really old Saves The Day song. Why? Because Saves the Day has influenced countless bands and represents the pop punk culture that spawned from New Brunswick basements, tiny punk rock venues, and VFW halls into an undeniable world wide appreciation.

    Every band on this mixtape is doing something really amazing right now. I urge you to listen and support them, however you decide.”
    – Jason Soroka

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  • Photo 41

    The Return of Adam Streicher

    After a hiatus of over two years, Adam Streicher, former Molotov Cocktails leader, is back, with a whole new band! And they started things up right with a Thursday night show at Maxwell’s. Nothing less than a triumphant return, Streicher brought a crowd who carried as much drive and enthusiasm as him.

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  • Sara Album Cover

    The Band with the Magic Touch

    Everyone knows that the New Jersey music scene is filled with awesome musicians from Hoboken to Asbury Park, and every city and town in between. However, there seems to be a concentration of bands and artists rocking around the Rutgers campus in New Brunswick. Rutgers students are always looking for a good ear massage and Sara is one of the many artists that has the magic touch and some really good lavender-scented body oils to get the job done.

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  • Filth Requisite

    DJ Collective Keeping New Jersey Filthy

    Dubstep and drum’n’bass fans, we introduce to you Filth Requisite. What, you ask, is Filth Requisite? A company created to bring the NJ Underground community the music – and parties – they’ve been asking for. But the real question: who is Filth Requisite? Filth Requisite is Jaymon, No Request, Jumpshot, Hardline, Dekim, Ciphe, and Kilometriko. Together, they produce, remix, and deliver some of the most original and unique dubstep in New Jersey. Filth Requisite (Filth Req for short) has been involved in warehouse parties, raves, and dubstep nights at local spots for over the past ten years, whether individually or collectively.

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  • Meet/Pause

    The New Kids Make Varsity with Cluster Cascade EP

    Meet/Pause is a band that has just celebrated its first birthday as a band since its inception in the Summer of 2010. In hypothetical grade-school terms, they are still the new kids on the playground getting beat up for lunch money. However, these new kids have already scored some pretty high marks. With a mass of critical and fan praise, making feet move at Brick City Sound Riot last September, induction into the Tiny Giant Artist Collective (the scene’s answer to the high school football team), and an excellent EP release with their “Cluster Cascade” EP, these guys are proving that rookies know how to shred just as well as varsity.

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