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Columns By Bob Makin

North Jersey-based Joker’s Republic team with members of Backyard Superheroes and The Toasters to create Falling Behind, a well-crafted reggae-rock LP with elements of punk and ska. They will celebrate the release of their debut full-length, Falling Behind, on April 27 at the Brighton Bar, Long Branch, with Mephiskapheles, Backyard Superheroes and The Schwam.... READ ON

Will Wood will take over Asbury Park’s Collective Art Tank from May 13 to 29 with an art exhibit, movie screening, video premiere and two concerts with his band, the Tapeworms. Also featured this week are The Tide Bends, Danny Coleman, Houston & the Dirty Rats, Debra Devi, Old Franklin Schoolhouse, Lowlight, Dentist, Rock Dance Collective and Pack the Bowl. ... READ ON

From the Pyrenees Mountains, as well as Carpathians and Appalachians, comes the mixed-metered mountain mix of gypsy jazz, klezmer, old-time and swing music by Lambertville-based Pyrenesia. ... READ ON

Reg & Jim Hogan of Defiance Engine and Daisycutter talk about their bands, including 19DRT, Solarized, Dirge, Dime Bag and Freak Theatre, and their long-lasting influential role within the New Jersey music scene, particularly the Brighton Bar. ... READ ON

The New Black’s LP, Coming Home, is as inspiring as guitarist Gabriel Hurley’s tale of perseverance and passion. ... READ ON

This week also features New Jersey Jazz Society, Rachel Ana Dobken, Connor Bracken and the Mother Leeds Band, The Stone Pony, The Wag, Jeff Crespi, Avenel Arts Center, Joker’s Republic, Pink Mexico, Black Flamingos, Lost Culture, The Campfire Flies, Karen Mansfield, Loudy Brown, Rock ’N Raise, Erniefest and 2019 Makin Waves Concert Series.... READ ON

Jersey Shore rock band Vendetta Rose will celebrate the release of their four-song debut EP, Tilted Directions, on March 30 at Asbury Lanes with The Flukes and Dress Code. ... READ ON

Bob Makin takes a look at the latest releases by with Cold Weather Company, Karma Gambi, and Ezra Caspi.... READ ON

On March 22, The Battery Electric will release Goin’ Wild, the Asbury Park-originated soul-punk band’s first full-length album in four years. The record is a blast of fun from those Devils in Denim.... READ ON

Before he tours Florida and L.A. then heads into the studio to record his solo debut album, soaring vocalist Chris Pinnella will perform “The Billy Joel Songbook” March 23 at The Asbury hotel. This week also features Secret Sound, Green Knuckle Material, Elephant Talk, Levy & the Oaks, Avenel Arts Center, “The Eleventh Hour,” JAHK, Foxanne, 3143 Management, Holdfast Records, The New Black, Chill Smith, Eve’s Artistry, EarthShare NJ Rocks!, Sonoa, Nude Shoes, Sleep In, Cabana Wear and Carl Chesna. Photo by  Andrew Pinnella.... READ ON

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