JERSEY BEAT #67: $3.00 ppd., 8 ½ X 11, offset newsprint, over a hundred pages.

The title helps you out – lots of music that’s from or coming through New Jersey. Literally thousands of reviews. (Quite a few of the columns are just more reviews, separated by critic.) This issue’s coverage leans toward the less aggro and more to the introspective and “musically crafting” bands. Interviews with Saves The Day, Rainer Maria, The Anniversary, Radar Mercury, The Lapse, Rusty Nails, and Novena. I do have a question for Jim Testa, the editor, though. Why so low a line screen on all your photos? It looks like all of the in-house graphics are viewed through miniature chain link fences. You can bump those bad boys to 85 lines per inch, and it’ll print nice. All in all, a real solid musical resource that’s definitely keeping its ears to the ground and hearing the future shocks of the music world. -Todd (Jersey Beat, 418 Gregory Ave., Weehawken, NY 07087)