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Articles By Bob Makin

Makin Waves Song of the Week: “Julie the Redeemer” by The Successful Failures

On their own FDR Records, Bordentown-based The Successful Failures have released their ninth LP, “James Cotton Mather,” their third in as many years. The 12-track collection’s first single, “Julie the Redeemer,” is the Makin Waves Song of the Week. 

Makin Waves Song of the Week: “Energizer” by Rockstar Racecar

“Energizer,” the fourth single from “Senior Citizens,” the just-dropped fourth album by the young North Jersey punk rock band Rockstar Racecar, is the Makin Waves Song of the Week.

Makin Waves with Little Hag: ‘Brutal Is Not a Phase’

Makin Waves 2018 Female Artist of the Year Avery Mandeville continues to thrive on Hoboken-based Bar/None Records as Little Hag, which is both her stage and band names. The Jersey Shore indie songstress recently released her latest LP on Bar/None, which has worked with such legendary acts as Rage To Live, The Feelies, They Might Be Giants, Yo La Tengo, Mary Lee’s Corvette, Freedy Johnston, Richard Barone, and Shore faves The Front Bottoms. The LP, “Leash,” follows a single, EP, and compilation of previously released and unreleased tracks.

Makin Waves Song of the Week: "How Sweet It Is" by Taylor Simon King

Taylor Simon King is a celebration of legendary troubadours James Taylor, Carly Simon and Carole King. Their version of “How Sweet It Is” is the Makin Waves Song of the Week.

Makin Waves Song of the Week: “Ding! Dong! Fill My Plastic Pumpkin!” by Mike Chick

Asbury indie great Mike Chick of Yawn Mower has created an instant Halloween classic, “Ding! Dong! Fill My Plastic Pumpkin!”

Makin Waves Song of the Week: "Public Restrooms Suck!" by Houston & the Dirty Rats

Hard-working Phillipsburg-based punk trio Houston & the Dirty Rats are back on the road in support of their latest video for “Public Restrooms Suck!” off their 2020 EP, “Songs! From the Bathroom Stall?”

Makin Waves Song of the Week: “Out of Body” by Jake Ryan

Young singer-songwriter Jake Ryan premieres his latest video for the pop-edelic single, “Out of Body,” with New Jersey Stage as the Makin Waves Song of the Week

Makin Waves with Dogs in a Pile: Nothin’ Left to Do, But Smile …

Asbury Park jam band Dogs in a Pile are returning home Oct. 15 to headline The Stone Pony with two sets, including several tunes from the recent debut album, “Not Your Average Beagle.”

Makin Waves Song of the Week: “Fault Lines” by Dave Vargo

At the end of the month, Jersey Shore singer-songwriter Dave Vargo will release “Fault Lines,” the second single from his forthcoming third album. 

Makin Waves Song of the Week: “Let's Get Our Funk On” by Freakwincey

Earlier this year, the Plainfield-originated P-Funk-inspired band Freakwincey released what may be their best song, the Kool & the Gang-like fun of “Let's Get Our Funk On.”

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