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Articles By Bob Makin

Makin Waves Song of the Week: “Close 2 U” by Ser Xerri

​​​​​​​After a pre-pandemic year that included touring the U.S. as guitarist for Remember Jones and having his song, “Sympathetic Response,” placed on Investigation Discovery’s nationally televised “Primal Instinct,” Ser Xerri (pronounced “Sir Sherry”) has released his new single, “Close 2 U.” 

Makin Waves Song of the Week: “The Bench at the Top of the World” by Amanda Rose Riley

For her latest album, the eight-song “The Fine Print,” singer-songwriter Amanda Rose Riley expanded her acoustic guitar palette to an include electric six string, as well drum and bass programming. 

Makin Waves with Tom Kanach: Fixing the Damage

The only live music act on the bill for the DJ-centric “Welcome Home Matt Pinfield” on Aug. 14 at The Saint in Asbury Park, Tom Kanach is a deeply talented and equally respected veteran rocker whose potpourri of power pop, punk and art rock would make The Beatles, The Who, The Ramones, and Cheap Trick proud, and their fans instant appreciators of the Jersey Shore singer-songwriter-guitarist. 

Makin Waves Song of the Week: "Half Bad" by Dave Vargo

Asbury Park singer-songwriter Dave Vargo soon plans to follow his latest single, “Half Bad,” with another tease to his third album due in fall. That will follow the 2016 debut LP, “Burning Through,” and 2019’s “Spaces in Between.” 

Makin Waves Song of the Week: “House Full of Memories” by James Deely

Big America Records has released longtime Jersey Shore rocker James Deely’s latest single, “House Full of Memories.” 

Makin Waves with Jerry Ryan: Talkin’ Elephants, Rockin’ Autism

South Jersey indie rock impresario Jerry Ryan has been a tsunami of Makin Waves for more than a decade, and for that, he won the 2020 Makin Waves Tsunami Award for being the year’s biggest behind-the-scenes mover and shaker. Refusing to be stopped by the goddamn pandemic, Jerry kept on keepin’ on by raising more than $21,000 with virtual versions of his annual Elephants for Autism Festival. Inspired by raising his autistic son, Jeremy, as a single parent, the festival supports the families of children and young adults with autism. 

Makin Waves Song of the Week: "Drift Away" by Tom Kanach Band

Tom Kanach Band includes Pete Wood, Tom Kanach, Steve Buzbee, and Joe Rowley. They will return to Asbury on Aug. 14 at The Saint to play “Welcome Home Matt Pinfield,” a long-awaited homecoming for the East Brunswick music industry icon.

Makin Waves Song of the Week: "Lay It on the Line" by Ferocious Designs

Ferocious Designs, the project of Central Jersey-based singer-songwriter Brian Kelley, pictured, has dropped a video for the anthemic Peter Gabriel-like call to social justice, “Lay It on the Line,” in anticipation of a just-released five-song debut EP.

Makin Waves Song of the Week: “How Do You Want Me?” by Blaise

Asbury Park artist Blaise has released his third single and video, “How Do You Want Me?”, from his third solo album, “Silver Linings Only.” Like several of its predecessors, the seven-minute clip is a short film featuring Blaise as both star and soundtrack.

Makin Waves Song of the Week: "Seasick" by Turnpike Gates

Turnpike Gates have just released a five-song EP, “City In Heat,” produced by The Bouncing Souls’ Pete Steinkopf. The Jersey City-based act has treated us to a video for the first single, the Killers-meets-Social Distortion-like “Seasick,” which can be viewed below. 

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