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Columns By Bob Makin

In support of their debut LP, “Nope,” Shut Up are playing Aug. 30 with Chemtrail at The Chubby Pickle, Highlands; Oct. 4 with Mudhoney at White Eagle Hall, Jersey City; Nov. 1 with Hidden Knives at The News Café, Pawtucket, R.I., and Nov. 2 at the Hixxgiving Festival at Midway Café in Boston. ... READ ON

With their pastoral, Northwest Jersey-churned improvisational roots rock, From Good Homes always have been one of the proudest points on the Garden State Music Map. And home they are coming from New Hampshire and South Carolina to reunite once again at Waterloo Village in Hackettstown. This time, it’s for an Aug. 3 record release party for a great new album, "Time and the River."... READ ON

Bob Makin takes a look at the latest releases by Reality Suite, Christine Mitchell, and Sunny Gang in this month's Makin Waves Record Roundup.... READ ON

Jersey rocker CC Colleti has organized the three-day Woodstock tribute Let It All Hang Out Fest at which she, American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis and several others will pay tribute to the historic event’s original lineup. This week also features Pyrrhic Victory Records, 3143 Management, Telegraph Hill Records, Hub City Sounds, Bulletproof Belv, Shut Up,  Rhonette Smith, Deal Casino, Hi-Tide Summer Holiday, Rachel Ana Dobken, 18th & Addison, Baron Praxis, The Latest Noise, Asbury Park Music Foundation, Turnpike Gates, JERSEY ROCKS!, Dan Amato and Jackie June... READ ON

​​​​​​​If you are a fan of British Invasion power pop and psychedelia and subsequently inspired acts, such as XTC, The Jam, Redd Kross, The Smithereens, The Pursuit of Happiness, The Posies and Jellyfish, you’re going to love the new Anderson Council album. Released on Jersey-based JEM Records – home to similar Garden State acts The Weeklings and The Grip Weeds – the 14-song “Worlds Collide” may be the best thing the New Brunswick psyche-pop four-piece ever have done following four previous LPs and an anthology.  ... READ ON

The harmonic New Brunswick-based acoustic trio Cold Weather Company have amassed a sizeable online and live following releasing three albums completely DIY... READ ON

If you like Sublime, Dirty Heads and other bands who invite you to a funky reggae party, then you’ll enjoy North Plainfield-based P-Funk North’s latest LP, “Don’t Even Ask.” To the best of the merry mix — ably laid down by PFN drummer Ryan Weil at his Middletown-based Weilhouse Productions — he and founding singer-songwriter-bassist-guitarist Dave Sloyan add punk, ska, dub and rap.... READ ON

North Jersey hard rockers Reality Suite have expanded upon their 2018 self-released “Awaken” EP with the 12-track LP “Awaken (Deluxe),” their debut for the Denmark label Lions Pride Music. ... READ ON

On the eve of the Garden State Hip Hop and Makin Waves Summer Rap ‘n’ Rock Tour, Chalk and the Beige Americans talk about hitting the road and entering the studio, while sharing their soul-hop history.  ... READ ON

Chill Smith was inspired by “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and “Black Panther” to create his new EP, “Friendly Neighborhood Rhyme Slinger,” which looks at racism, homophobia and other social ills through the eyes of a black superhero.... READ ON

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