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"WEEKEND: PENINSULA VENUES TO WELCOME HAWAI-BASED FOLK, POP SINGER" (click the pic to read the article online) Hawaii-based folk and pop singer Stef Muzic is about to embark on a whirlwind tour of Washington state with her latest album, “This Wave.” The recording, released last Saturday on iTunes, “is dedicated to all of you who have ever been held under by life,” Muzic writes, “much as a large wave does. You know it will let you up for air at some point and can only hold your breath until it does.” Muzic will travel from town to town this weekend to play at these venues: ■ Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., Port Townsend, $5 cover charge, 9:30 Friday night. ■ The Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Sequim at 9 p.m. Saturday, no cover charge. ■ The Next Door gastropub, 113 W. First St., at 4 p.m. Sunday, no cover charge. Born into a big family of rock, country, jazz and folk musicians in Santa Cruz, Calif., Muzic has lived in the Hawaiian Islands for more

“‘This Wave’ Stef Muzic (Steftunes) With the songs of “This Wave” alt-rocker Stef Muzic (aka Stephanie Marie Mariani) documents an escape from a dysfunctional relationship. The first few songs cover issues we all can relate to — a lover who is inconsiderate or neglectful, and the gradual realization that we deserve better. Her voice, reminiscent perhaps of Tracy Chapman, effectively conveys the emotional turmoil experienced. With Shawn Moseley as her co-producer, Muzic sings her emotions out over a rich and diverse pallet of instrumental arrangements. Mandolele (a nylon-stringed mandolin with single rather than double strings) brings Hawaiian shadings to the title song. Cello adds to the gloom of “Ode to Tyson” as Muzic declares her love to a “baby boy” who is no longer with her — either taken from her or dead. On the other hand, the bright tune and bouncy rhythms of “Maui Song” close the album on an optimistic note. Contact Stef Muzic at www.steftunes.com ——”

“If her songs are any proof, Stef Muzic wears her heart on her sleeve………. “This Wave” won rock album of the year at the 2013 Big Island Music Awards…. she hopes to go 2-for-2 as a Na Hoku Hanohano Awards nominee in the same category. She has a distinctive singing voice — alto with occasional vibrato that might remind listeners of Grace Slick, and with emotional heft..….she will begin recording an EP next month for a planned release in early summer….. -Gary Chun Honolulu Star Advertiser May 3, 2013”

"I just listened to Stef's "This Wave" and felt transported back to the 70's. Actually, I was a baby back then, but I think Stef is channeling the smokey-folksy tones in this song. I also get a hint of 4 NonBlondes and Tracy Chapman in her style with "Walk Away." I'm pretty sure I've just become a fan. You should check her out." -Cherry Pop Review Magazine (Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii) March 13, 2013 Stef Muzic Mariani is the Featured Artist May Issue Cherry Pop Revue

““I can’t think of a better title for StefMuZic’s debut solo release that This Wave because that’s exactly how it hits. With a consistent balance of crests and troughs, This Wave not only flows through the ears, but through the heart. Each song is a deeply personal and emotional ride. Despite this, though, StefMuZic’s unique blend of folk and rock appeals to listeners of all tastes. Even though songs like “Never Around” and “Ode to Tyson” are obviously very specific to Stef and her experiences, their emotionality is highly relatable and it resonates in very honest ways....it is more than impressive to hear the simultaneously glossy and raw current iterations of songs that she’s been developing for a good while now. Stef is one of the most hardworking, honest, and passionate artists I know of and have had the pleasure of playing alongside. It’s tight, well structured, and groovy, but it also has a certain lose feel of playfulness. This gives insight into Stef’s is”

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