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We recently put out the welcome mat for the Pennsylvania band Crobot and welcomed them to the WRAT Studios during Rockyn Robyn Lane’s show for an in-studio interview and live performance.

The band stopped by as their tour with Steel Panther brought them to the area to play Starland Ballroom.

It was really fun to have the entire band stop in, enjoy some whisky with us and play the song that we’ve all fallen for, the latest single called, “Golden”.

The band explained to Robyn that as they were writing the song they realized that it really sounded like a Soundgarden song.  That’s not surprising as they count the Seattle rockers amongst their many early influences.  Instead of shying away from the song, they decided to fully accept the idea and make the track a homage to the incredible lead singer, Chris Cornell.

The cameras do a pretty good job of capturing the vibe of the acoustic performance.  We’re super honored to continue this cool relationship with Crobot.  Safe travels, fellas… and we’ll catch up for more whisky memories when the universe conspires to bring us together again.

Crobot, “Golden”:

Asbury Park Featured In New Statewide Music And Arts Festival

Remember on Friday when we heard rumors about a new music festival was going to be announced soon?  Well… That New Jersey based music, arts and technology festival was announced yesterday.  It’s going to have a cool local impact because some of the events will be in Asbury Park in June.

The festival is being called “North To Shore”, as in “from the Northern part of the state to the Jersey Shore”, I guess.  So far, 27 different venues are involved in all the events spread between Newark, Asbury Park and Atlantic City.  Governor Murphy said at the press conference yesterday he hopes it’s like the South By Southwest festival in Austin, but reflecting New Jersey Artists.

The North To Shore festival begins in Atlantic City June 4th to 11th.  The Asbury shows are June 14 to 18 and the Newark dates span June 24 to 25.

So who’s playing locally?  Glad you asked. This is what we know of as of press time. It’s possible that additions will be made.

  • June 14, 2023

    Two shows in Asbury Park on June 14th.

    Brian Fallon to play Stone Pony

    Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem will do a solo performance inside the Stone Pony on Ocean Avenue.  Donovan Woods opens up the show.  Clearly this is an opportunity to catch a dynamic intimate performance from Brian.  Opportunities like this don’t come too often.  Don’t forget:  the last Gaslight show was at the PNC Bank Arts Center for thousands and thousands of people… The Stone Pony show will be a treat for those who can get in.

    Also on June 14th, just down the street:  The Sensational Soul Cruisers at The Wonder Bar.  11 horn players and 4 vocalists.  Serious tribute to the soul sounds of the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s.  This is  throw back and a darn good time.  Watch a video or two on their website and you’ll flash back and want to be there.

  • June 15, 2023

    Local Rockers Dentist to play N2S Festival

    Local favorites Dentist will perform on June 15th at The Wonder Bar on Ocean Avenue.  Little Hag and Low Light open up the show.

    Tom Hanley, WRAT Jersey Rock programmer and host, comments on Dentist:

    “Dentist is an Asbury Park staple that has reached well beyond the local scene with their unique brand of fuzzy Surf Rock. They’ve repped the Garden State on the national level, rocking many high-profile music festivals, and reached even further with their creative music videos.  I’m proud to call them “Jersey Rock Vets” and look forward to witnessing their future achievements.”


  • June 16, 2023

    Multiple shows in Asbury Park for the “N2S” festival:

    An East Nashville Tribute To The Traveling Wilburys

    NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – JANUARY 27: Nicole Atkins performs at An East Nashville Tribute To The Traveling Wilburys at The Basement East on January 27, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

    Nicole Atkins (grade school friend of the Morning Rat Race’s East Side Dave) will be at The Wonder Bar and Demi Lovato will be at The Stone Pony Summer Stage.

    Not just that:  There will be a Vintage Turf Club show at The Turf Club.  Back in “the day” The Turf Club was part a serious music scene on Springwood Avenue… The thriving home of the African American community on The Jersey Shore.   Read more about it here and just know that if Billie Holiday played there (she did), that’s something to be cherished.

  • June 17, 2023

    The Growlers 6 Festival - Day 2

    SAN PEDRO, CA – OCTOBER 29: Singer Fred Schneider (Left) and singer Kate Pierson (Right) of the The B-52’s perform on stage at the Growlers 6 festival at the LA Waterfront on October 29, 2017 in San Pedro, California. (Photo by Matt Cowan/Getty Images)

    On June 17th even the House of Independents gets in on the action as The Haunting perform there on the 17th.  Also on the 17th it’s the remaining members of The Smithereens and Marshall Crenshaw at The Wonder Bar.  But the big show that night is The B52’s at The Stone Pony Summer Stage, Tin Roof – Rusted!

  • June 18, 2023

    Jarod Clemons

    The Asbury Park portion of the festival wraps up on Sunday, the 18th with Jarod Clemens at The Wonder Bar.  Jarod says he’s “excited to do this show honoring his father” and we’re pretty stoked about it too.

Carl Craft is studying here on earth for a short time with varying amounts of success. He's heard every morning on The Morning Rat Race. Sometimes he goes, "sock / shoe, sock / shoe" which we think is a sign of some kind of psychosis...

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