‘Oakland Loves You’ album review from Midnight Raid

2014 is turning out to be a big year for many artists in terms of album releases, touring, and the overall magnitude of forward momentum. This is very much the case with Oakland’s own Midnight Raid, which released their very first full length studio album this year titled Oakland Loves You. Midnight Raid describes their […]

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 […]

‘Burning the Midnight Oil’ album review from Arden Park Roots

Award winning reggae-rock band Arden Park Roots released their fourth full length album, titled Burning the Midnight Oil. The predecessors to this album, Pipe Dreams which launched in 2011, debuted at #2 on iTunes and has remained in the top 100 for over two years. Many patient fans waiting eagerly can now pick up APR’s […]

Piracy Conspiracy album review

Piracy Conspiracy makes their style known within just first few bars of the opening track off their self titled debut: hard-hitting, horn driven, roots music.  The San Diego based group is a merging of Piracy (aka Gloria Melissa Carballo), a versatile MC with a self described “digital ragamuffin style” and the band Conspiracy.  Not only […]

The Steppas ‘To You From We’ album review

Less than two years since their first self titled EP release, the latest and first full length album from the five man Hawaiian crew, The Steppas, dropped last week titled To You From We. Like any other exceptional album review, we put the latest studio album from The Steppas under a sizable microscope and examine […]

True Press ‘Anything is Possible’ album review

“Bring people together, rise up, unite and enjoy life!” is the simple, yet compelling message coming from the six piece progressive reggae band straight out of Southern California. True Press has had a rough uprising in their hometown, “borrowing” electricity from their neighbor’s home to power the jam sessions that took place in an abandoned […]

Ease Up self titled album review

Ease Up is hitting the road to promote their self-titled, full-length debut album which hits digital stands on March 4th 2014. Ease Up is a band from both Los Angeles and San Diego, California- originally coming from the Los Angeles area, but also planting roots in San Diego County, and enjoying its scene as indicated […]

Sono Vero ‘Roses for the Reckless’ album review

With three singles and two EPs already under their belt as of last week, along with an expeditiously growing loyal fan base, the Southern California boys are making another mark in the charts with their latest studio EP release titled Roses for the Reckless, which most fittingly released on Valentines Day. Sono Vero’s first self-titled […]

Krooked Treez ‘Higher Place’ album review

Like what New Orleans is to jazz, or Seattle was to grunge, Southern California as of late has been the absolute hub of reggae rock.  With an abundance of artists originating from SoCal, it is undeniably difficult to break out as a band and differentiate yourself from the rest. Krooked Treez debut album Higher Place […]

The Dirty Heads ‘Home | Phantoms of the Summer’ album review

The highly anticipated album Home | Phantoms of the Summer from the Southern California boys, The Dirty Heads dropped late October 2013. Following their previous installment Cabin by the Sea, The Dirty Heads valorously released an acoustic album, which to say the least, is very uncommon in the reggae rock sub genre. There is however […]

Indubious ‘Wake the Lion’ album review

There isn’t much confusion when you hear that Indubious song in your (or your friend’s) playlist. Indubious, an Oregon-based group has an extremely unique sound that is simply unrivaled by any other in the genre. The combination of the slap bass of Spencer Burton and the lyrics from either himself or his brother, bandmate and […]

The Green “Hawaii ’13” album review

The very much anticipated album from the Hawaiian natives, The Green, hit retailers on August 20, 2013 to the delight of many many patient fans around the globe.  The album simply entitled Hawai’i ’13 pays homage to the bands tight hometown roots and stays true to their image, which is apparent from the start of […]

The Movement ‘Side by Side’ album review

Like just about any band with numerous albums under their belt, The Movement has slowly but surely left many of their old ways behind and have refined their sound and have really hit the “sweet spot” with their latest and fourth studio release titled Side by Side. The Movement’s first studio album On Your Feet […]

Through The Roots ‘Take You There’ album review

Since 2008, these San Diego natives have been pumping out music and making huge impressions across the United States.  In just a matter of years, this five piece So-Cal reggae rock band has been touring with high profile names like Iration, Rebelution, Tribal Seeds, The Green and the list goes on.  It takes huge talent […]

New Kingston ‘Kingston University’ album review

Few reggae artists from the last few years have been as hard working and prominent in the genre, while still being as charismatic and down to earth as these three guys from Brooklyn, New York. New Kingston is passionately admired by not only their hardcore fans, but each and every band as well. Their touring […]