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Columns By Bob Makin

The great Trenton band Honah Lee are celebrating their 10th anniversary on Aug. 18 with a video shoot for the new tune, “You Never Know,” and a party at Mill Hill Basement with fellow Trenton rockers The Cryptkeeper Five, New York City’s Statues of Liberty, and GTG label mates The Plurals.... READ ON

The young Jersey Shore dream-pop, shoe-gaze band Sonic Blume’s have released their sophomore EP, “Beach Karma,” on Asbury Park-based MOTO Records before their 18th birthdays! It features five songs and four interludes that recall the grand old Brit sounds of alt-rock pioneers The Smiths, The Cure, Depeche Mode and Joy Division.... READ ON

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. ... READ ON

Asbury Park singer-songwriter Tara Dente chats about her roots, her records and other triumphs, her great band (featuring members of The Burns, Levy & the Oaks, and Remember Jones), and her upcoming appearance at the second annual Makin Waves Roots Fest on Aug. 11 at Asbury Park Brewery, and shows at Rockwood Music Hall (Sept. 6) and The Asbury Hotel (Sept. 7). ... READ ON








Jersey Shore-based Avery Mandeville’s full-length debut for Telegraph Hill Records is a force with which to be reckoned! She will celebrate the release of the latest video, “Get Real,” on Aug. 11 at Pearl St. Consignment and Custom Clothes in Red Bank.... READ ON

Taylor Tote premieres the video to her latest single, “This Ain’t Love,” this week in Makin Waves. Also featured this week are “Jersey Rock Earbuds Mixtape” and Project BWQ.... READ ON

Asbury Park Surf Music Festival returns Aug. 16 to 19 to Anchor’s Bend, Convention Hall’s Grand Arcade, the Wonder Bar and The Asbury hotel. The fifth annual Asbury Park Surf Music Festival will feature Satan’s Pilgrims, Surfer Joes & His Band, The Volcanics, Frankie & the Pool Boys, Black Flamingos, The Men in Grey Suits, Great White Caps and more at the main event on Aug. 18 at Anchor’s Bend, as well as dozens of vendors and special activities throughout Convention Hall, plus three other days of events throughout Asbury Park, as well as Highlands. Find out more at www.apsurfmusicfest.com. PHOTO BY GEORGE KOPP... READ ON

The “You” EP, Jersey Shore-based The Burns channel some great ’70s rock to tell the tale of a restless heart that needs to find a home. The Burns will celebrate the release of their EP on Aug. 3 at Asbury Lanes in a joint celebration with Telegraph Hill label mates Levy & the Oaks. Rachel Ana Dobken, the Black Suburbia Music Group and label mate Avery Mandeville will share the bill. PHOTO BY KEVIN GROSKRANZ ... READ ON

Multi-hyphenated Asbury Park-based talent Rachel Ana Dobken, the music curator at Danny Clinch Transparent Gallery, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to finance the release of her next record, “When It Happens to You,” to be released Sept. 8 at Asbury Lanes. Also featured this week are Asbury Park’s Universal African Festival, Pyrrhic Victory Recordings, Green Knuckle Material and Drive, Kid, and more. PHOTO BY JUSTIN FVLLER... READ ON

Trenton punks Doc Rotten continue their mad quest to be the hardest-working band in New Jersey with a slew of local dates, including the Makin Waves Summer Concert Series at Asbury Park Brewery on July 28, before they jet to Japan and Europe for fall tours.... READ ON


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