March is here, and that means spring will shortly arrive. While we wait until the official start on March 20, there's a handful of performances in the Garden State that will get us through the final days of chilly weather. A country singer tests out some new material from their forthcoming studio album, a beloved rock group arrive with "Good Vibrations", and two of the biggest metal acts out there collide for an explosive performance. Several albums will also be performed in their entirety, including a platinum selling release from a Canadian pop punk band. Check out our list of the best shows coming to New Jersey this month.
Wednesday, March 1
Kite, Abbey Death @ QXT's
Swedish synthpop act Kite are set to release their sixth EP this summer, and they're making a special appearance inside Newark's QXT's on their trek with industrial duo Abbey Death, which includes members of Cruxshadows and Psyclon Nine. EBM artist STRNGR will open.
Friday, March 3
Save Ferris @ The Stone Pony
Ska punk act Save Ferris will have their first release in 18 years on Friday with the Checkered Past EP, which features Neville Staple of The Specials. The outfit will make their return to the Garden State with a headlining gig at The Stone Pony. Atlanta indie rap outfit Baby Baby will open.
Saturday, March 4
Dance Gavin Dance, Chon @ Starland Ballroom
Dance Gavin Dance, who are touring in support of their new studio album Mothership, and Chon, who are working on their sophomore studio album, bring The Robot With Human Hair vs Chonzilla Tour to Starland Ballroom.
Saturday, March 11
Overkill, Nile @ Starland Ballroom
New Jersey metal titans Overkill dropped their new studio album The Grinding Wheel on eOne Music, and they're concluding their U.S. tour with a home state performance at Starland Ballroom. Nile, Amorphis, and Swallow The Sun will join them for the festivities.
Friday, March 17
Easton Corbin @ Wellmont Theater
Country singer Easton Corbin hits up Montclair's Wellmont Theater to perform his brand new song "A Girl Like You", which stems from his upcoming fourth studio album. The Tampa native is best known for his number one hits "A Little More Country Than That" and "Roll with It".
The Expendables @ The Stone Pony
Reggae rockers The Expendables are slated to release their new In This Moment EP in the near future, and they're set to play some new tunes inside The Stone Pony. Joining them for their winter tour are RDGLDGRN and Tribal Theory.
Thursday, March 23
Senses Fail, Counterparts @ Starland Ballroom
New Jersey rockers Senses Fail are celebrating their 15 year anniversary by performing their 2006 studio album Still Searching in its entirety. The record, which is their highest charting release to date (number 15 on the Billboard Top 200 chart), features the fan favorites "Calling All Cars" and "Can't Be Saved". On Friday, the band will release their new acoustic EP titled In Your Absence. Counterparts, Movements, and Like Pacific will join them for this gig.
Tuesday, March 28
New Found Glory, Trash Boat @ Starland Ballroom
There are still some tickets left for New Found Glory's gig at Starland Ballroom. For their current 20 year anniversary tour, the pop punk gurus have been performing select albums at every show. This specific show will find them performing the albums Catalyst & Sticks & Stones. British pop punk band Trash Boat will open.
Wednesday, March 29
Killswitch Engage, Anthrax @ Wellmont Theater
Killswitch Engage and Anthrax bring their massive co-headlining tour to New Jersey, and tickets are disappearing quickly. Killswitch Engage are promoting their latest album Incarnate, which is their third album to debut in the Top 10. Anthrax are plugging their latest album For All Kings. Joining them are The Devil Wears Prada and Jasta, who recently dropped a new tune.
Simple Plan, Set It Off @ Starland Ballroom
Pop punk band Simple Plan are celebrating the 15 year anniversary of their double platinum album No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls, and tickets for this show are running low. Joining them for this gig are Set It Off, who are promoting their recent album Upside Down, and Seaway, who are working on their third studio album.
The Beach Boys @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
Iconic group The Beach Boys perform their greatest hits inside the Bergen Performing Arts Center. Their last studio album was 2012's That's Why God Made the Radio, which debuted at number three on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The act will also perform at New Brunswick's State Theatre on March 31.