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Congratulations to Frank Smaltini from West Long Branch - winner of a pair of tickets for TOOTHGRINDER at House of Independents! Courtesy of Makin Waves

Columns By Bob Makin

Makin Waves’ Record of the Week is New Brunswick-based Mr. Payday’s full-length debut, “Welcome to the Modern World.” The band’s third and best release will be celebrated Aug. 26 at Pino’s in Highland Park followed by appearances on Sept. 10 at ROCK New Brunswick, Sept. 15 back at Pino’s, Sept. 20 at Bowery Electric, and Sept. 24 at Raritan River Festival on the New Brunswick waterfront.... READ ON

This week, Makin Waves shares streams and briefs on Cook Thugless, The Moms, Silent Stereo, Mr. Flannery and His Feelings, plus the latest about Hub City Sounds: ROCK New Brunswick, The Waffle Stompers, Bobby Mahoney & the Seventh Son, and Colossal Street Jam.... READ ON

​​​​​​​Makin Waves’ Record of the Week is Asbury Park-based The Vansaders’ highly anticipated “No Matter What” EP produced as part of the impressive stable of Bouncing Souls guitarist Pete Steinkopf’s Little Eden Studios (The Battery Electric, Crazy & the Brains, Hot Blood, Lost in Society). The five-song collection will be followed by a flurry of activity, including record release partiesAug. 11 at Bond Street Complex, Asbury Park, and Aug. 26 at Mill Hill Basement, Trenton, which sandwich a Joe Strummer tribute on Aug. 19 at The Stone Pony.... READ ON

This week, Makin Waves chats with the Asbury Park-based indie-rock band Secret Mountain, who have organized a benefit for Planned Parenthood at Asbury Park Music Foundation that is stacked with indie talent.... READ ON

Featuring ex-members of Buzzkill, Boss Jim Gettys and Good Clean Fun, the local super group Atom Driver have released their second in EP in six monthswith the aptly titled "In the West" in honor of the positive experience they had making the five-song collection at the Hub City studio on Jersey Avenue.... READ ON

This week, Makin Waves shares a scene report on Bouncing Souls, Monster Magnet, Well Wisher, Jeff Lane, Crazy & the Brains, Teenage Halloween, Chris Pierce, Little Dickman, Hub City Stompers, Silent Knight, The Band Called FUSE, Atom Driver, Mr. Payday, Flemington DIY, Mike Montrey Band, Anthony Krizan, P-Funk North, Mikeromedia, Randy Now’s Mancave, “Shooting Clerks,” Coach ’N Commando, and The Silver Hounds... READ ON

This week, Makin Waves shares Asbury Park rock queen Nicole Atkins’ new soulful album, “Goodnight Rhonda Lee,” which she will support with several tour dates, including Monmouth County Fair on July 29 and Shadow of the City Festival on Sept. 10... READ ON

This week, Makin Waves shares Hunterdon County singer-songwriter K.C. Cary’s first album in 20 years, which he will celebrate on July 13 at his label’s Black Potatoe Music Festival.... READ ON

This week, Makin Waves chats with beloved concert photographer Jeff Crespi, whose dedication to local music has made him a Jersey icon. ... READ ON

This week, the Scene Report looks at Meeko Brando, 18th & Addison, Inventure, Modern Chemistry, Dark City Strings, In the Presence of Wolves, Wayne Olivieri, Night Birds, The Pop*Break, The Hook Journal, Jigs & the Pigs, and the Makin Waves Jam ’N Groove Fest... READ ON

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