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It’s starting to feel a bit like fall on this August 23, 2019 evening outside Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts as we ready ourselves for a late-summer concert appearance by the talented singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright.... READ ON

"Yacht Rock," the very words conjure up images of stuffy, ascot adorned, wealthy individuals on insanely large boats; or perhaps Ted Knight's Judge Smails character in the comedy cult classic, "Caddyshack." ... READ ON

From the first seconds of the Phil Spector-meets-Brian Wilson-like symphonic surf-rock of the opening “Give it a Minute,” Lowlight had my full attention with their new LP, “Endless Bummer.” Complete with a sweet slack key-like steel guitar that follows a great childlike choir at the end of the track, “Give It a Minute” is the Makin Waves Song of the Week at  ThePenguinRocks.com, its “Radio Jersey” show, as well as Makin Waves’ Spotify and YouTube playlists. ... READ ON

​​​​​​​Levy & the Oaks are a relatively new band featuring four well-established veterans of the New Jersey music scene. Front man Levy Okun and bassist Lou Panico were in Drive-Thru recording act Socratic, and guitarists Chris Colon and Nick Ryan also are known respectively for their involvement in international Beatles tribute acts and Asbury faves Taylor Tote Band.... READ ON








As we enter the elegant lobby of MPAC in Morristown, NJ, this Tuesday, August 20, 2019 evening, we notice several ushers wearing captain’s hats and bartenders offering a special concoction known as a “yacht rock breeze” — an appetizing drink consisting of coconut rum, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice.... READ ON

As we wait on the boardwalk for tonight’s August 19, 2019 concert by The Zombies outside Ocean City, NJ’s historic Ocean City Music Pier, we chat with a young man, Jonathan from Pottstown, PA, who proudly sports a Zombies T-shirt.... READ ON

Grim Reaper was formed circa 1979 in the UK and featured Nick Bowcott and vocalist Paul de Mercado. Their fate was short lived however and after a break up was quickly reformed by Bowcott; this time with Dave Wanklin, Lee Harris and Steve Grimmett. The four jelled instantly and from there began their ascent to prominence after they bested 100 other groups in a battle of the bands competition; eventually leading them to signing a deal with Ebony Records.... READ ON

I’ve always thought of The Parlor Mob as a hard rock band, not exactly Monster Magnet but continuing on that Pride of Red Bank tip. If I am correct in that assessment, their new album “Dark Hour,” their first full-length since the 2011 Roadrunner outing, “Dogs,” is quite a departure, half of which flirts with EDM.... READ ON

Morris County native Sammy Kay didn’t think he had anything left after his third album, Untitled.  He was battling mental health issues and substance abuse.  He was tired of touring and didn’t know what his future would hold, but he still believed. In fact, he ended Untitled with the song “I Believe.” ... READ ON

Our Featured Music Video of the Month is "Beatz 4 Days" by Blew Money.... READ ON


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