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sounds throughout the record, is exemplary, her inconsistent ap- proach to singing and songwrit- ing on much of “Euphoria Love” makes it an uneven affair. Pro- ducer Kurt Reil of label mates The Grip Weeds should have gone for better takes on “Overflowing Mag- ic,” “Leaving for New York City,” “Dreaming in Blue,” and “Some- where in Time,” as well as the title track on which Richard stumbles. Hokey and maudlin compared to the fun edge of the rest of the re- cord, these tracks either should have been reworked or left off to make for a stellar EP. Perhaps “Euphoria Love” trans- lates better live. Brenyama also can be seen May 27 at The Brigh- ton Bar, Long Branch, and June 4 at Championship Bar, Trenton. Jersey Alive Hodera, dollys, Green Knuckle Material, Secret Mountain, and Offkey Lifestyle / A New Bruns- wick Basement / April 14 I am looking forward to the City of New Brunswick trying to bring “legitimate” all-ages venues to the town that has produced more na- tional acts than Asbury Park and Hoboken combined. Many, such as Bouncing Souls, Lifetime, Dead- guy, Thursday, Midtown, The Ergs!, Gaslight Anthem, and Screaming Females, came out of the city’s in- ternationally influential basement scene, long the alternative to a lack of all-ages venues and now, sadly, a lack of ANY consistent rock venues. Only one station plays thousands of artists from New Jersey... alongside the best artists from around the globe. NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 3 INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 130