As they are almost all I've been listening to, I would definitely recommend the Hold Steady
, I don't know how to describe them. They remind me a lot of the Dismemberment Plan, but my boyfriend says I'm crazy.
and Outsmarting Simon
are my personal favorite local NJ bands, but they sound nothing alike. Madison is hardcore with an underlying moog and OS is a slow rocky kind of deal who sound like Penfold and quote T. S. Eliot.