River City Extension

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River City Extension
Origin Toms River, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Indie folk, Alternative rock
Years active 2007–present
Labels XOXO Records
Anchor & Hope Music
Website Official website
Members Joe Michelini
Mike Costaney
Colin Dimeo
John Muccino
Patrick O'Brien
Rebecca Schlappich
Past members Nick Cucci
Jenn Fantaccione
Dan Melius
James Ramirez
Sam Tacon
Desiree Hartman
Nicole Scorsone
Jean Sandpaper

River City Extension is an American indie rock band based in Toms River, New Jersey. The band released their debut EP, Nautical Sabbatical in 2009. Following the release of a full-length album, The Unmistakable Man in 2010, the band was picked up by New Jersey independent record label XOXO Records.[2]


In 2007, prior to the formation of River City Extension, Joe Michelini had already established a local reputation as a solo act when he decided to assemble a small acoustic combo. It soon expanded to its current eight-member lineup.[3]


The Unmistakable Man earned the band positive reviews from Paste magazine[4] and NPR.[5]

Festivals and tours[edit]

In 2011, the band toured heavily in support of The Unmistakable Man, becoming the first artist ever to perform at both the Newport Folk Festival and the Warped Tour.[citation needed] They additionally performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, Austin City Limits, B.O.M.B. Fest, South by Southwest, and The Bamboozle. They also toured in support of Brand New, The Get Up Kids, Steel Train, Max Bemis (of Say Anything), Kevin Devine, Alkaline Trio, The Apache Relay and The Avett Brothers.[6] In conjunction with their tour supporting Kevin Devine, the band and Devine released a collaborative split 7" vinyl EP, including two new River City Extension songs, "Ballad of Oregon" and "Point of Surrender".[7]

In October 2011, it was announced that River City Extension planned to record its second full-length album with producer Brian Deck that fall. The album, Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger was released June 5, 2012. The title paraphrases a quote from the Bible verse found at Ephesians 4:26, which speaks to believer's about righteous indignation or anger. "In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry." (New International Version) Michelini's mother would often recite this verse when he was a child.[3] The band supported the album with a five-week US tour, co-headlining with The Drowning Men.[8] They continued touring through the summer, including stints supporting Blind Pilot and Manchester Orchestra.

In June 2012, it was announced that the band would perform at the October 2012 Austin City Limits Music Festival.[9]


  • Nautical Sabbatical EP (2009)
  • The Unmistakable Man (2010)
  • Split 7" with Kevin Devine (2011)
  • Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger (2012)
  • Deliverance (2015)


  1. ^ http://rivercityextension.tumblr.com/post/47623122956/state-of-the-union
  2. ^ "introducing: river city extension - 4/6/2011". Baeblemusic.com. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  3. ^ a b "Bio". Rivercityextension.com. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  4. ^ Photos by Pat Furey (2010-05-27). "Best of What's Next: River City Extension :: Music :: Features :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  5. ^ City, River (2010-09-02). "River City Extension: Impertinence And Unity". NPR. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  6. ^ "N.J.'s River City Extension opens for Avett Brothers at PNC Arts Center". NorthJersey.com. 2011-09-22. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  7. ^ Kevin Devine’s "Between The Concrete & Clouds" (2011-04-26). "Alternative Press | Reviews | River City Extension/Kevin Devine - Split EP". Altpress.com. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  8. ^ "Check Out: River City Extension – “Welcome to Pittsburgh” (CoS Premiere) « Consequence of Sound". Consequenceofsound.net. 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  9. ^ "Alternative Press | News | River City Extension announce upcoming tour plans". Altpress.com. 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 

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