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Columns By Bob Makin

In this week’s Scene Report, find out about Elk City, Yung Wu, more Bar/None Records news, the Makin Waves 2018 Concert Series, Levy & the Oaks, Secretary Legs, Stephanie Chin, and River Monsters... READ ON

What a busy year 2018 is turning out to be for Brian Fallon, who is touring the world through May in support of his sophomore solo album, “Sleepwalkers,” and then again with a summer reunion of New Brunswick-originated The Gaslight Anthem.... READ ON

New Brunswick favorite son and Makin Waves’ 2017 Male Artist of the Year Sharief Hobley chats about his illustrious career as a session man and touring musician with the likes of Michael Jackson, Kanye West, John Legend, and Alicia Keys, and the fun he’s had in such great Hub City acts Knew Breed, Spy Gods, Fried Ice Cream and now Sharief in Burgundy. ... READ ON

​​​​​​​Screaming Females return next week with “All at Once,” their seventh studio LP for Don Giovanni Records, and a celebratory three-night stand at Jersey City’s Monty Hall.... READ ON

This week’s Scene Report includes The Burns, the Asbury Park jam scene, Sink Tapes, The Clydes, a new film series at the Brighton Bar, the continuation of 95.9 the Rat’s “Jersey Rock” Showcase, WFDU 98.1’s “Signal to Noise,” coLAB Arts, Second Arrows, Feeny, and Miz... READ ON

Karen Mansfield’s full-length debut album, “Thistle & Boon,” drops Feb. 14, but Makin Waves has a review now. ... READ ON

On the eve of dates in Philly and Jersey City, Jack Terricloth of Brooklyn-based The World/Inferno Friendship Society talks about the band’s growth from a bunch of misfit pranksters in New Brunswick to a prime example of how to endure within the DIY scene.... READ ON

Jersey City-based Black Wail have released three EPs since forming in 2014, but their six-song debut for hometown label Rhyme & Reason Records is their best work yet.... READ ON

Also featured in this week’s Scene Report are Billy Bash 2018, Lowlight, Secret Sound, Little Vicious, Hot Blood, Erotic Novels, Shoobies, Windows of Understanding, Sink Tapes, Mint 400 Records, Spider Rockets, Arts Council of Princeton, and Douglass Dresher’s “Inheritance of the Saints.”... READ ON

“John Street” is an extremely special and well-made project that is by far the best album Mike Montrey ever has made, including the two with Water... READ ON

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