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Mark Bodino has been a veteran of the Central Jersey music scene for many years. I remember writing about him during Makin Waves’ first run in the Courier News, which means it had to be before 2005. Six years later, he formed Broken Darling, a harmonic female-fronted folk-rock outfit whose dreamy new anthemic single, “Creamsicle Sun,” is the Makin Waves Song of the Week.... READ ON

For the second time in as many weeks, I’m reviewing an album written, performed, record and produced by a single artist: New Brunswick-based Keith Beck’s latest LP, “Scorpio.” The 12-song collection is Keith’s sixth album since 2004 on Central Jersey-based Lump’N’Loaf Records, but first without his band, Zingman Bird. Given the diversity of music styles and layers of 24 tracks, especially the harmonies and drums, it’s hard at time to believe “Scorpio” is all one guy recording in his house.... READ ON

Starting tonight, the Exit Zero Jazz Festival is taking over the historic shore town of Cape May, which is on an island past the end of the Garden State Parkway. Hence the name “Exit Zero.”... READ ON

It’s been a year of reinvention for the arts world ever since the pandemic hit. Venues like Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) in Morristown were forced to shelf the majority of their shows for the year and find new ways to stay active. Instead of shows in the theater, they presented concerts in parking lots and online. On Friday, October 2nd, MPAC will welcome audiences back into the theater for the first time in months – with the added wrinkle of the show being available for purchase as a livestream as well.... READ ON

"Gypsy soul," "Unforgettable Character" and "Gorgeous with a unique voice "have all been used to describe Melody Federer; one of the most talented singer/songwriters out there today. ... READ ON

Bob Miranda is a singer/songwriter best known as a founding member of the ’60s pop vocal group, The Happenings. Between 1966 and 1968, he and the group had nine Billboard Hot 100 singles including their signature song, “See You in September.”... READ ON

Asbury Park-based The Foes of Fern premiere in Makin Waves the video for the title track of their “Carpe Diem” debut LP on Telegraph Hill Records. It is the LP’s sixth clip and the third in a storytelling series lensed by Andrea Morgan, Bart Lentini and Rob Ciano and starring Ava Serene Portman and namesake band leader Matt “Fern” Fernicola.... READ ON

In my opinion, two of the most unsung heroes of rock ‘n’ roll are Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris, both of whom should be a lot larger than life than they are. That’s why it warms my musical heart to hear Mike Montrey and his sweetheart of the rodeo, Jen Augustine, sing duets because their soulful, pretty, bittersweet harmonies remind me so much of Gram & Emmylou. ... READ ON

It’s not only people wearing masks at Rowan University this semester. Samantha Graifer had an unusual item on her school supply shopping list when she and her roommates — all music majors at the Glassboro college — traveled to a nearby Target at the start of the new academic year. She needed pantyhose for her trumpet.... READ ON

"I'm hanging in there," said guitarist Kirk Fletcher with a laugh."I'm doing fantastic over here in Switzerland but I'm originally from the Los Angeles, California area." ... READ ON

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