Makin Waves Scene Report with Deal Casino, Molly Rhythm, Hi-Tide Recordings and more



Deal Casino will celebrate the release of their latest EP, “Isadora Duncan,” on June 16 at House of Independents in Asbury Park.

Starting this week, the Makin Waves Scene Report will appear weekly on

Deal Casino will celebrate their sixth release — Isadora Duncan, named after the modern dance pioneer — on June 16 at House of Independents in their home base of Asbury Park with their friends in Haunt Club, Well Wisher, and Sonic Blume. Also coming up in support of the artistic yet accessible four-song effort will be dates with fellow Asbury act Parlor Mob on June 19 at Mercury Lounge in New York, and June 21 at Ortlieb’s in Philadelphia.

Having seen them four times this year, I can say that Deal Casino are one of New Jersey’s best live bands with a powerful, expressive show that combines music technology and stage effects with passionate songs and performances. If you haven’t seen them yet, I highly recommend you do.

Deal Casino’s schedule also includes a hot spot on Sept. 29 at the Sea.Hear.Now Festival, which also will feature Jack Johnson, Incubus, Social Distortion, The Front Bottoms, Parlor Mob, Battery Electric and much more. Look for a Record of the Week review here on June 14.


Congrats to Inventure, latewaves, Molly Rhythm, The Stolen and Vanish, who are among the Jersey bands tapped to play the local Full Sail Stage at the last Warped Tour. Inventure, Molly Rhythm, and Vanish will play July 13 at BB&T Pavilion in Camden and latewaves and The Stolen will play July 14 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.

After three EPs since 2013, Asbury grind-core act Inventure just self-released their full-length debut, Sociopath. In support of it, they will tour with New York’s S’efforcer. Dates include May 26 at Championship Bar, Trenton.

Trenton-based female-fronted horn-driven alt-rockers Molly Rhythm have some other sweet gigs coming up. They’ll also play June 8 at HH Ranch in Philadelphia, with New York’s Funkrust Brass Band, hardcore Philly anarchists Cage Fight, and Philly synth-rockers Blank Pill; June 23 at Mill Hill Basement in Trenton, with Canadian punks Bucky Harris, Philly punks The Lamplighters, Philly punk-popsters The Up, Up, Ups and New Brunswick punks Erotic Novels; June 29 at Bushwick Public Ice in, Brooklyn with Bucky Harris, BK pop-punks Cold Wrecks, and reunited Wondercave recording act Pocketpool; and July 14 at Makin Waves’ Trenton Makes Takeover at Asbury Park Brewery, with Hub City Stompers, The Cryptkeeper Five, Experiment 34, and Chalk & the Beige Americans.

Outerloop recording act Vanish are readying a follow-up to last year’s label debut, From Sheep to Wolves. They also can be seen May 26 at The Barbary with University Drive, Crimson Creek, This Curse and Counterfeit Culture. Meanwhile, Old Bridge alt-rockers The Stolen continue to work hard behind their new single/video, “Overboard.” Immediately following their Warped show, The Stolen will embark on a tour with Nashville-based Good Time recording act MILKK. The eight-day jaunt will take them to the Midwest and South before heading back up the East Coast on July 24 to Philamoca, Philadelphia, and July 25, Sunnyvale, Brooklyn, where Philly’s FV will be added to the bill.

Asbury faves latewaves recently dropped a new video, “Jezebel,” from last year’s local smash, Partied Out, on New Brunswick-based Panic State Records. Since that release, the punk-fueled trio have constantly been on the road. Other upcoming dates include June 21, Crossroads, Garwood, with Map of Rome, Old Currents, Champ and Spice Weasel.

For more info, visit and scroll down to Full Sail Stage. Also, look for Makin Waves interviews with Inventure, latewaves and Molly Rhythm this summer.

Inspired by a dream of Elvis Presley in 1995, Igor Yuzov fled the former Soviet Union — where rock ‘n’ roll was illegal — to the streets of sunny Santa Monica, Calif. A dozen albums and a million touring miles later, Igor & Red Elvises bring the party to the historic Wonder Bar in Asbury Park for Hi-Tide Recordings’ Summer Kickoff on May 26. The show follows the band’s spring tour with Reverend Horton Heat. Sharing the bill will be The Brigantines and Plato Zorba, both of whom feature members of Asbury Park Surf Music Festival favorites Black Flamingos. Plato Zorba are Hi-Tide label mates with Black Flamingos and include their guitarist Robbie Butkowski, while The Brigantines feature Flamingos drummer Vincent Minervino, co-founder of Hi-Tide and Asbury Park Surf Music Festival.

In other Hi-Tide news, their Aloha Friday series continues June 1 at The Anchor’s Bend on Asbury’s North Beach with Baltimore’s The Flying Faders, as well as an exclusive vintage cocktail menu and DJ Hi-Tide spinning surf and lounge tunes on vinyl. Aloha Fridays also will take place July 7 with Plato Zorba, Aug. 17 with Ninth Wave at the pre-party of the fifth annual Asbury Park Surf Music Festival, which will return Aug. 16-19 through the City by the Sea, and Sept. 7 with Los Tiki Phantoms.

Rhyme & Reason Records’ latest releases are by popular Brooklyn-based indie acts Red Baraat and pronoun. Red Baraat are on tour in Europe playing their new single, “Kala Mukhra,” and other tunes from their next album, Sound the People, due June 29 from the Jersey City-based indie. The band also will play their fusion of bhangra, go-go, hip-hop and jazz June 11 at the Sunset Jazz Series in Wiggins Park in Camden.

A star of last year’s South by Southwest Festival, pronoun is back with “wrong,” the one-woman indie-rock band’s second single from a forthcoming full-length debut. A follow-up to the well-received 2016 debut EP, There’s no one new around you, the as-yet-untitled LP will drop by year’s end. In the meantime, pronoun is on tour with Citizen, Angel Du$t and Oso Oso.

South Amboy-based has released its Rock Against Hate Volume 2 compilation featuring dozens of New Jersey musical acts. The $10 charity collection will benefit Planned Parenthood and The Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens and young adults. Original songs by A Halo Called Fred, Above The Moon, Ancient Babies, Colie Brice, Tris McCall and others showcase activism, social issues or protest. has raised money for many nonprofit associations, including Spondylitis Association Of America, the beneficiary of the annual Banding Together series. On June 2, will host a benefit webathon, “Rock the Lup,” for the Lupus Research Alliance.

Bob Makin is the reporter for and a former managing editor of The Aquarian Weekly, which launched this column in 1988. Contact him at And like Makin Waves at

We need your help!


Since launching in September 2014,, a 501(c)(3) organization, has become one of the most important media outlets for the Garden State arts scene. And it has always offered its content without a subscription fee, or a paywall. Its continued existence depends on support from members of that scene, and the state’s arts lovers. Please consider making a contribution of any amount to via PayPal, or by sending a check made out to to 11 Skytop Terrace, Montclair, NJ 07043.


Custom Amount

Personal Info

Donation Total: $20.00

Explore more articles:

Leave a Comment

Sign up for our Newsletter