‘Representing’ album review from Tribal Seeds

True to their roots and sound, California-based Tribal Seeds’ fourth full-length release, Representing is doing just that.  With an array of cameos from some of the most prominent artists in reggae music today as well as featured verses from their own members, this self-produced, 12-track flagship of modern reggae music helps to bring a refreshing […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

Oogee Wawa & Arise Roots bringing sweet reggae to San Diego, CA

On Thursday, March 20th in Ocean Beach, San Diego, two bands played at Gallagher’s Pub for reggae night- Oogee Wawa from Long Island, NY, and Arise Roots from Los Angeles, CA. Oogee Wawa plays reggae-rock music with hints of hip-hop, while Arise Roots plays straight roots reggae music! Oogee Wawa had a familiar, Sublime sound, […]

Getting crazy for The Stircrazies

The Stircrazies are a four-member band with a bass player, guitar vocalist, drummer, and percussionist coming together to create a punk-rock reggae band that will undeniably grab your attention! The band played at a recent show at 710 Beach Club in San Diego, California, and is expected to play at the California Roots Music and […]

Sono Vero bringing good vibes to Pacific Beach, CA

Sono Vero had high energy, and a great sound On Friday, March 14th in Pacific Beach, California, a band came down from Los Angeles to play at a beach club called Seven-Ten. Though the band has members that aren’t of legal drinking age, the 7-piece band was able to get on stage and bring their […]

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 […]

Synrgy delivers smooth reggae vibes to Southern California

Synrgy had great energy that night Synrgy, a band originally from Arizona but now calls Arcata, California home, played in Encinitas, California on Saturday, March 8th at a restaurant-bar called Mr. Peabody’s. Synrgy is on a mini-tour along the Western part of the United States since every year the band tries to get out and […]

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 […]

The 33rd Annual Tribute To The Reggae Legends Festival

The WorldBeat Cultural Center located in Balboa Park in San Diego, California has roots in Reggae roots music! This organization has brought significant cultural awareness to the people of Southern California whom appreciate the art of classic Reggae music—that, of course, which pertains to the original music from Jamaica! The WorldBeat Center has enabled roots […]

Pepper: Winter 2014 San Diego show review

Pepper did not disappoint this packed house at the Belly Up Tavern Pepper played in San Diego County for two nights in a row while touring the Western parts of the U.S. for a winter tour! Although Pepper hails from Hawaii, they have been known to call San Diego their second home, and that remains […]