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This is the first in a series at New Jersey Stage.  We reached out to people to find out what were the five songs that define their life.   It’s a different type of list than just your favorite songs.  We’re looking for songs that are deeply personal to you, songs that motivate you, or songs that describe your life in some way.  They may wind up being your favorite songs, but the interesting part is trying to narrow your list down to just five.  It’s harder to do than it sounds and it provides a good look into each person.... READ ON

John DiCapua is the Assistant Head of Audio at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark.  He’s also well known to music fans at the Jersey Shore for his work at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park where he got his start. While everyone wants the arts to come back, the people behind the scenes like John are facing difficult times too. Unfortunately, they are part of the forgotten class of people left behind in the arts during the pandemic.... READ ON

Inspiration can strike at any time.  For Gordon Burke, lead singer and songwriter for the Australian band Josh Orange, the band’s latest single was inspired by a waitress who served him at the Miss America Diner in Jersey City.... READ ON

The eclectic Jersey Shore band 40 Pound Hound, featuring former members of Dirge, Black Nasa and The Atomic Bitchwax, flirt with stoner rock and grunge with a hefty helping of classic rock. Their four-song debut EP, “Ghost Ship,” stylistically ranges from Peter Green’s original version of Fleetwood Mac to Creedence Clearwater Revival to Three Dog Night and more. All four songs sport some of the best guitar chops within the New Jersey music scene, those of Duane Hutter, who spent a minute in TAB but is better known for the similar-sounding Black Nasa. Keeping a thunderous but tight beat is drummer Dan Gollin of the great JSHC band Dirge and bassist John Mathias, who also handles lead vocals and most lyric duties.... READ ON

Garden State power-pop greats Jim Babjak of The Smithereens and Kurt Reil of The Grip Weeds formed a band with Metuchen-based singer-songwriter Danny Adlerman, center, called The BAR. “Katie’s Shoes,” the first single from a forthcoming self-titled album, is the Makin Waves Song of the Week. ... READ ON

In less than a year from their last LP, Trenton-based The Successful Failures return with a new nine-song collection, “Pack Up Your Shadows.”... READ ON

"We did some celebrity videos; Tico Torres from Bon Jovi giving us his voice, Kenny Gamble from Gamble and Huff giving us his voice, Rob Hyman from The Hooters giving us his testimonial endorsement, Christine Ebersole, Siobhan Fallon from SNL; there's a lot of celebrities coming out to back us."... READ ON

Sarah Chang is an award-winning violinist who is considered one of the most captivating young artists in the classical music world. Recognized as a child prodigy, Chang’s debut album was released when she was 10, and she went on to record and perform with some of the most prominent orchestras in the USA and around the globe.... READ ON

Asbury Park indie-popsters Fake Pockets have a sweet new EP, “Magnolia Street,” on North Jersey-based Mint 400 Records... READ ON

Central Jersey/Eastern PA-based glam-punk rockers Cowbell Superstar have dropped their self-titled seven-song debut EP featuring the single, “Real Girl,” the Makin Waves Song of the Week. ... READ ON

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