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Makin Waves with Bulletproof Belv & Matty Carlock, Drew the Recluse & The Cold Seas, Murdock & Cook Thugless and more

originally published: 08/15/2018

Makin Waves with Bulletproof Belv & Matty Carlock, Drew the Recluse & The Cold Seas, Murdock & Cook Thugless and more

In the wake of their local hit, “Dark City Lights,” Bulletproof Belv and Matty Carlock are about to drop a follow-up single, “F Being Friends,” while readying records of their own. Also featured this week in special all-hip-hop edition of the Scene Report are Chill Smith, Mello B, Black Surburbia Music and Silent Knight.  Photo courtesy of Matty Carlock.

Asbury Park rapper Bulletproof Belv and his rocker counterpart Matty Carlock soon will release a new single, “F Being Friends,” a follow-up to their local smash, “Dark City Lights.” In the meantime, both Belv and Carlock are readying other records that will be released by year’s end. 

Belv will follow his buzzing “11:11 Wishing Thinking” LP with an EP, “With or Without You.” He also will be the subject of a forthcoming documentary looking at his early days growing up in pre-gentrified Asbury Park and rising up the ranks of hip-hop. 

Carlock also is featured in rapper Cage’s new music video for “Veins.” He also contributed three of his tunes to Priority/Capitol recording Albee Al, popular rapper Chad B, and rap battle champ Arsonal Da Rebel, all of which will be released by winter as videos. 

Carlock also expects to release his full-length debut album, “Jailbirds,” by year’s end. The LP will feature guest performances by fellow well-rooted punk-inspired singer-songwriters Jared Hart of The Scandals and Jesse Malin, plus the blues harp of celebrity photographer Danny Clinch.

“The whole record is about the trials and tribulations of growing up a punk hardcore kid in the suburbs of New Jersey,” Carlock said. “Its about sex addiction, overdosing, teenage death, extreme violence, drugs, young love, and being fucked up with no guidance. But the beauty in that -- through all of that -- youth shines through and you find companionship.”

Carlock plans to tour the South and Canada in support of their record, but first he’ll play Malin’s annual Summer Stram Jam in tribute to The Clash’s Joe Strummer on Aug. 25 at Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Hart’s new band, Mercy Union, and New York City’s Uni will share the bill along with special guests HR of Bad Brains, Tommy Stinson of The Replacements, Suzi Gardner of L7, Cait O’Riordan of The Pogues, Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance, Willie Nile and much more. Find out more about that show here … 


Asbury hip-hopper Drew the Recluse is featured on The Cold Seas’ new single, “Bloodstain,” which officially drops next week, but can be heard on the “Makin Waves Report” of Asbury Music’s “Radio Jersey” at The Cold Seas and Drew the Recluse will celebrate the release of “Bloodstain” on Aug. 31 at The Saint with special guests Ella Rose, Lex Rex and more.

Black Suburbia Music Group, a hip-hop collective run by Drew; his brother, Morgan, and their father James Barkley, will collaborate with the Asbury Park Music Foundation on a monthly concert series, Suburbia Friday Nights, which kicks off Sept. 7. In addition to Drew and Morgan, aka Momo Da Gawd?, performers will include Miles NxBxDy and members of APMF’s Makin Waves-sponsored Hip Hop Institute. Shows for Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7 dates will be announced soon. Meanwhile, APMF will seek a corporate sponsor or individual underwriters to support this mission for an inclusive and collaborative “One Asbury” music community at the AMPF performance space in the Lakehouse building at 621 Lake Ave. The all-ages alcohol-free monthly series will provide a base for hip-hop music on the east side of Asbury to expand on shows running successfully at The Saint and House of Independents.

“One of our biggest goals is to bring a diverse musical experience to our audience,” James Barkley said in a news release. “We want to continue to introduce hip hop to Asbury Park’s music scene and at the same time collaborate with other genres. We hope that by sharing our vision with the next generation, the railroad tracks will no longer be a dividing line.” 

APMF Chairman Jim Lenskold added, “Hip hop is under-represented in Asbury Park and our foundation saw an opportunity to support this musical community and build the momentum that is just starting to get traction. Black Suburbia Group takes a very professional approach to their shows and can inspire young artists just starting out. Plus, they are attracting a growing audience who want to see hip hop within the mix of great music in Asbury Park.”

APMF also is hosting Karma Cartel’s Back to School Drive on Aug. 16. This 7 p.m. all-ages alcohol-free show will collect school supplies for K.Y.D.S. (Konscious Youth Development & Service) and instruments that APMF will get to students at local schools. Hip-hop performances by Heather Hills, Grooves & Hip-Hop, and Shortshot x Ewald will be mixed with those by pop singer-songwriter SOF and transplanted Brazilian songstress Ashley Delima. People bringing a school supply donation or instrument can attend for $5 (or $7 without the donation) …

Jersey City rapper Murdock will release his latest album, “Rebirth,” on Aug. 16 on all the usual digital outlets. An album release party and art show will take place Aug. 18 at Art House Productions in JC featuring the music of Cook Thugless, PeteyxKraze, Vincent the Owl, Nizz Sentine, Jonny Wolf, DAZED and DJ Leeroy Green. The theatrical, visual show will feature a projector, video installations and a full gallery with pieces by Leandro Henriquez, Jason Morales, Kelsey Reilly, John Mehrkens, Jean Louis Droulers, Kaitlyn Texel, Alexander Gurevich, Jessica Zuniga, and more … 

Speaking of Cook Thugless, the New Brunswick-originated, Jersey City/Brooklyn-based jazzadelic rap band have dropped their third single this year, “Love Is a Wild Thing.” The dope new tune sounds like melancholy autotuned ballad meets epic orchestral 8-bit wonderland. Cook Thugless also will play Sept. 6 at Barca City, New Brunswick, with Madam West …

Prolific and productive New Brunswick rapper Mello B has followed up his five-song “No Filter” EP released earlier this year with a new 11-track album, “Set in Stone,” featuring the single “What I Believe,” a video for which is expected to be released by month’s end. With “No Filter” still buzzing, another video is expected from that too for “Forever at Motion.” Now that’s what I call Makin Waves … 

Makin Waves with Bulletproof Belv & Matty Carlock, Drew the Recluse & The Cold Seas, Murdock & Cook Thugless and more

New Brunswick rapper Silent Knight is pictured with his New York Press Club Best Podcast Award for his contributions to as artist-in-residence.

New Bruswick rapper Silent Knight has three hot Hub City shows coming up: Aug. 17, Scarlet Pub, with J.I. Hudson, Vincent the Owl, and Jay Hollin; Aug. 25, Blackthorn, with Cymarshall Law and K. Desiree, who, like Silent Knight, will be celebrating their birthdays, plus his band The Band Called FUSE, and Sept. 8, ROCK New Brunswick, with Hub City Stompers, Priva and Naja, Professor Caveman, Hong Kong Graffiti, Sharief Hobley, Experiment 34, Nalani & Sarina, SusBus, Pleased Youth, Doc Hopper and Circus Place. 

In other Silent Knight news, the rapper recently won a New York Press Club Best Podcast Award for, where he is the artist-in-residence. Through News Beat, he was tapped to be an Innocence Ambassador for The Innocence Project, a social justice nonprofit that exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. Find about more about that here … 

Paterson-bred rapper Chill Smith will take a break of his new album, which will feature Lex Rex & the Dragons and longtime collaborator Chris Rockwell, to play the Second Annual Rap Vs. Punk Show on Aug. 23 at The Saint. In addition to Smith and Rockwell, the lineup will feature Sister Munch, This Year’s Comeback, Miles Nxbxdy, Trashboat Dickinson, and Trapbang. In October, Smith and Rockwell will be heading out on a national tour. 

Bob Makin is the reporter for and a former managing editor of The Aquarian Weekly, which launched this column in 1988. Contact him at And like Makin Waves at

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State Theatre Presents Diana Krall: Turn Up the Quiet Tour
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Diana Krall live in concert as part of her Turn Up The Quiet World Tour on Friday, October 12 at 8:00pm. Tickets range from $43-$153.50.  This concert will feature songs from Diana Krall’s stunning new album, Turn Up The Quiet, out now on Verve Records as well as a mix of some fan favorites. 
Kean Stage Presents The Manhattan Transfer
(UNION, NJ) -- Going strong after more than 45 years, Grammy Award winner The Manhattan Transfer, with tenor vocals from Kean University alumnus Alan Paul '71, will captivate Kean Stage audiences with their distinctive four-part harmonies at Enlow Recital Hall on Sunday, September 30 at 3:00pm.
3rd Annual North Jersey Indie Rock Festival
(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- The North Jersey Indie Rock Festival returns to Jersey City on October 6. Presented by Mint 400 Records and Sniffling Indie Kids, the festival includes acts from those labels and Little Dickman Records, Rhyme and Reason Records, and State Champion Records.  The festival takes place at White Eagle Hall. Doors are at 4:00pm and the music starts at 4:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
The Dryden Ensemble Presents Bach Cantata Fest
(PRINCETON, NJ) -- The Dryden Ensemble will present a Bach Cantata Fest on Saturday, October 20 at 7:30pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, Pennsylvania, and on Sunday, October 21 at 3:00pm at Miller Chapel, located on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton, New Jersey. Tickets are $25 for general admission and free to students with an ID. They may be purchased at the door or online at
Steve Barton & Robert Darlington From Translator To Perform at Randy Now's Man Cave
(BORDENTOWN, NJ) -- Whether it's pure pop or moody acoustic ballads, singer/songwriter/guitarist, Steve Barton, has developed a reputation for crafting some of the most literate and poignant music in underground rock.  In addition to being a founding member of the revered punk/psychedelic band Translator, perhaps best known for the Barton-penned song "Everywhere That I'm Not", he has released several solo albums.  The seventh and latest, "Tall Tales and Alibis", is a sprawling triple album tour de force filled with Steve's brand new songs, which was released in March by Sleepless Music.   To celebrate the release of the record, Barton will be making a rare live appearance with his Translator partner Robert Darlington, this Sunday, September 23 at Randy Now's Man Cave in Bordentown (134 Farnsworth Ave) at 7:00pm.  

From the Ballpark to the Concert Stage: Bernie Williams LIVE! at The Grunin Center
Fans of sports and music are lining up outside Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts this Saturday, September 8, 2018 for a concert by four-time World Series Champion and Latin Grammy-Nominated guitarist/composer Bernie Williams and his All-Star Band!
“Here’s Lucie!” Lucie Arnaz LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center
Even though the weather outside Holmdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center is cloudy with some light intermittent drizzle this Wednesday, September 12, 2018 afternoon, the venue’s stage is still shining brightly with talent thanks to a live performance by television, film, and stage actress/singer Lucie Arnaz!
Mike Aiken Talks About Aiken & Friends Fest, North Branch At RVCC
(BRANCHBURG, NJ) -- Raritan Valley Community College presents Aiken & Friends Fest, North Branch on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22.  The three-day event will feature a number of different musical shows by Mike Aiken, as well as other solo artists and groups.  
Virtuoso Jazz Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty LIVE! at the Newton Theatre
It’s a warm but lovely Aug. 23, 2018 evening here in Newton, NJ. After enjoying some hand-dipped Cliff’s ice cream from the window at Hayek Market, we march up Spring Street looking forward to hearing some world-class jazz at one of the Garden State’s favorite concert venues, The Newton Theatre.
An Interview with Bernie Williams
Four-time World Series Champion and Latin Grammy-Nominated guitarist and composer Bernie Williams will perform with his All-Star Band at the Jersey Shore this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at The Grunin Center of the Arts in Toms River, NJ!

Event calendar
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018


Asbury Park Porchfest @ Booskerdoo, Asbury Park - 12:00pm

Carl Chesna & Co. @ Hotel Tides, Asbury Park - 1:00pm

Echoes @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

Cole Swindell @ Hard Rock Live Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 8:00pm

GRUPO NICHE @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

The History of Motown @ Englewood Public Library, Englewood - 7:00pm

Drake Bell @ iPlay America, Freehold - 7:00pm

Classic Stones Live feat. The Glimmer Twins @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Opera Theatre of Montclair Presents Hansel and Gretel @ Central Presbyterian Church, Montclair - 4:00pm

Oscar D’León with Tony Vega and Los Hermanos Moreno @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 8:00pm

SunDog Band at Duffy's Tavern, Paterson NJ @ Duffy's Tavern, Paterson NJ, Paterson - 9:00pm

Celtic Thunder X @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Young Person's Concert @ River Dell Middle School Auditorium, River Edge - 1:00pm

Tigerman record release show for “Descend Into Savagery” @ Debonair Music Hall, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Hubby Jenkins @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm


Souvenir @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 8:00pm

East Lynne Theater Company presents SILENT SKY @ First Presbyterian Church (Cape May), Cape May - 8:00pm

The Shuck @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm and 7:30pm

Incorruptible @ Ritz Theatre Company, Haddon Township - 8:00pm

West End Festival of the Arts- Theatre Brut Session 2 @ West End Arts Center, Long Branch - 2:00pm

Evita @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Seuls en Scene French Theater Festival - "Claire, Anton et Eux" @ Class of 1970 Theatre, Whitman College, Princeton - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

HUMAN ERROR by Eric Pfeffinger @ West Windsor Arts Center, Princeton Junction - 8:00pm

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Assisted Living: The Musical @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 2:00pm

Brick City @ Premiere Stages at Kean University, Union - 3:00pm


SWAN LAKE - THE ATLANTIC CITY BALLET @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 7:00pm

SOLE Defined @ Mainstage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 8:00pm


Monthly Saturday Writing Retreats @ Tiferet Journal, Bernardsville - 9:00am

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