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Columns By Bob Makin

The funky pop of Asbury Park-based Pepperwine keeps moving them forward. The band has  a slew of muy caliente shows coming up in support of their debut full-length, “Bright Ideas,” including two shows with fellow female funk-popsters Nalani & Sarina on Sept. 22 at Ladybug Festival in Delaware and Oct. 6 at Asbury Lanes also with headliner Taylor Tote Band.... READ ON

Sniffling Indie Kids is one of five New Jersey-based indie labels that have organized the third annual North Jersey Indie Rock Festival on Oct. 6 at White Eagle Hall and FM Bar in Jersey City. Their acts will include LKFFCT, Tru, The Vaughns, and Professor Caveman. The other labels are Mint 400, Rhyme & Reason, Little Dickman and State Champion. Also featured this week are LKFFCT, Tru, The Beagles and Tigerman.... READ ON

New Brunswick jam ‘n’ groovers Professor Caveman’s latest, “Vol. 4,” is a venture into a jazz-funk fusion for the indie rockers that sounds like a cross between the Latin jazz-rock of Santana, the groovedelic brilliance of Prince and the nonsensical funky fun of Primus.

The Asbury Park-based indie-rock two-piece Yawn Mower are celebrating “Local Summer” with a new video for that track from their fourth original EP "Could Eat, Would Sleep" premiering here at Makin Waves. ... READ ON

New Brunswick punk trio Erotic Novels have released “There Is No Language in Our Love,” their debut for Lansing, Mich.-based GTG Records.... READ ON

Makin Waves Scene Report with Central Jersey Jazz Festival, Indian Summer festival, Ancient Babies and more​​​​​​​. Also featured this week are North Jersey Indie Festival, Mint 400 Records, Bruce Wacker Tribute at the Stone Pony, and Russtival.... READ ON

Hub City Sounds: ROCK New Brunswick returns Sept. 8 to Boyd Park. Also featured this week are Pepperwine, Colossal Street Jam, “A Celebration of the Jersey Sound,” Revolutionary Rewind and Nonstop Show Group.... READ ON

Twinergetic folk ‘n’ funk soul-pop duo Nalani & Sarina have kicked off their first-ever national tour with local stops coming up at ROCK New Brunswick, The Bitter End, Asbury Lanes, Raritan Valley Community College and Asbury Park Yacht Club.... READ ON

Asbury Park-based The Mercury Brothers’ sophomore LP, “II,” features another batch of eight well-crafted, edgy roots-rockin’ songs.... READ ON

New Brunswick scenester Derrick Braxton shares his love of his hometown, whose music will be celebrated on Sept. 8 in Boyd Park with the fifth annual Hub City Sounds: ROCK New Brunswick, an event he has helped to organize, along with an after party, where’ll spin at Fatto Americano.... READ ON

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