The Experience: 5th Annual California Roots Festival

Working three jobs around the clock in sunny San Diego, I had only one entity to look forward to between March and (presumably) September when I finally might have a day off: my three-day jam-packed press ticket to the glorious and all-wonderful Memorial Day weekend of the 5th Annual Cali Roots in Monterey, California. I […]

When reggae met hip hop: a love story

During this past California Music and Arts Festival over Memorial Day weekend, I had a moment to break away from the 5th annual madness to sit-in on Zion I’s exclusive press conference in the middle of Day 2. The meeting conveniently followed the group’s hour-long set on the main Bowl Stage – where thousands of […]

Introducing Iron Rhythm, side project of Clear Conscience

Reggae side projects are all the rage up and down the California coast, but Clear Conscience bassist Julian Nielsen has taken the idea of solo versatility to the next level. Early 2014, Nielsen started channeling his ideas in the recording studio, beginning to lay down an album under the name Iron Rhythm; the true significance […]

Hummingbird Hotel’s debut single has us hooked

Many a successful musical syndicate has been birthed from members of previously established groups by combining variable dynamics. Usually in such a diversifying process, an entirely new level of sophistication and sound is generated for already existing fans. A prime example is The Postal Service project from lead singer Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For […]

Reggae in the Hills 2014 is the Perfect Get-Away

Tucked away in the serene Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California, Reggae in the Hills is a jam-packed three-day experience at the kick-off of June every year! It isn’t all about the music; artists, dancers and skateboarders are welcome to join the fun, since RITH offers a skatepark (complete with halfpipe), two stages and multiple […]

A night with The Aggrolites

Los Angeles could not have bred a better mix of ska, soul and old-school funk – all wrapped together to make a premier “dirty reggae” genre – better than The Aggrolites, who graced San Diego with their presence recently at Solana Beach’s Belly Up Tavern. Knowing that the L.A. conglomeration is a good twelve years […]

Bad Neighborz self-titled album review

Busting out of the northern suburbs of San Diego County, Bad Neighborz keeps the good vibes heavy and the subject matter light on their new album, all in favor of the ever-sought after sweet and sunny California lifestyle! In impressive top-quality packaging, this CD is worth its weight – for each song has such uplifting […]

Thrive and Hirie sing the blues in “Broken”

Reggae’s mellow rhythms branch out to encompass all kinds of themes – whether it be for the love of Jah, the love of love, or the love of weed, there’s always a ballad to sway to. Rarely, however, is there a song in the reggae genre that’s slows the tempo down for sorrow. The subject, […]

The Expanders Spring U.S. Tour is on the move!

Classic and dirty reggae encompassed The Expanders are moving southwest to southeast on their month-long tour, sprung out from Hermosa Beach, California last Thursday! The crew has a short solo run, up through Arizona’s 420 Festival in Phoenix, only to get more jam-packed by the arrival of Slightly Stoopid in the mix for six shows […]

Through the Roots “Spring Rising” tour about to blossom

the reggae trifecta goes full-force, yet full-circle The arrival of spring brings with it an air of regeneration, and California-based reggae sensation Through The Roots has resurrected by jumping on the perverbial, as well as literal, bandwagon in their Spring Rising tour – branching out across the north and southwest at the close of April! With […]

Spring into the 11th annual Summer Meltdown April 26, 2014

The city of Santa Clarita is once again transforming their sleepy, Southern California town into a reggae extravaganza for its 11th Annual Autism Awareness, Art, and Music Festival – known simply as the Summer Meltdown! The festival took roots from Canyon High School's “Yes I Can” student program and alumni, who, eleven years ago, came […]

Award-winning Dirty Heads are Driftin’ east on spring tour

Dubbed number one in “World Music” at the 2014 OC Music Awards, the Dirty Heads plan to leave the studio and forge the road! Last week, the Orange County natives declared to the public all the stops they are laying down on their spring tour, inevitably leading to their much anticipated album release rumored out […]

Seedless’ new single “Bullet” leaves us trigger happy

On a more savage side to Seedless, the Orange County natives blow away their fans with their new single “Bullet”, reaching more than 1,800 views on Youtube within the first 72 hours of uploading! Resonant of post-millennia punk bands such as Coheed and Cambria or Avenged Sevenfold, the single starts out heavy on walking electric […]

Passafire 2014 Vines Spring Tour

We are proud to announce that Georgia-based rock/reggae band Passafire does not stop with one tour for their recently released fifth studio album Vines, but two! The band plans to embark on yet another 2014 tour in three weeks time to curtail their recently ended, although immensely successful, Winter Brewhaha Tour alongside Ballyhoo! and Pacific […]